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The Big Match Preview: Exeter vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

9 February 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Exeter City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 10th February 2018, k.o. 3pm
St James Park
Referee: Stephen Martin

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- Click here for Exeter's away fans guide


Something’s got to give. Exeter have won six successive home league games; Wycombe have won five straight matches in the league. The League 2 promotion race is ready to slip into a new gear.

Wanderers’ last-gasp winner over Carlisle last weekend kept them in the automatic promotion places and denied Luton the opportunity to pull away further, with the Hatters seeing off Exeter with a slender 1-0 win at Kenilworth Road.

For the Grecians, that loss represented a first league defeat since New Year’s Day, and may have been avoided with a full-strength side, but boss Paul Tisdale had a list of absentees due to injury which he hopes will be far shorter this weekend.

Wycombe have a 100% winning record in the league in 2018, and their recent triumph at Luton will have given them confidence that they can defeat their promotion rivals and avenge last season’s 4-2 loss in Devon which triggered a sequence of disappointing results, ultimately proving costly in their play-off pursuit.

Team news
Exeter should be able to welcome back Troy Archibald-Henville, while Craig Woodman Ryan Harley and  Jake Taylor may face a late race to be fit in time.

Luke O’Nien misses the trip due to suspension but Tafari Moore is available again after injury, and Sam Saunders and Sido Jombati are closer to a return. Michael Harriman and Anthony Stewart remain out.

Man in the middle
Stephen Martin has refereed mostly at Championship level so far this season, showing 64 yellow and two red cards in his 29 matches in charge.

His last Wycombe game was against Exeter back in September 2015, when the Blues ran out 2-0 winners.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters with light blue shorts for this fixture.

Tickets
Wanderers’ allocation of tickets has sold out, with no more available. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Exeter’s ticket office from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: EX4 6PX

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and continue to the westbound M4. Leave the M4 at J20 and take the M5 (s/p The South West). Leave the M5 at Junction 29 then turn right onto the A3015 (Honiton Road). At Moor Lane roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A3015. After 0.46 miles, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto Honiton Road, the B3183. Follow “City Centre” signs and go past the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.  At the roundabout take the 4th exit onto Western Way, the B3212. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Old Tiverton Road. St James Park and Stadium Way are located on the left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 179 (average journey time a little over 3 hours)

Suggested car parking area
Note that there is no on-site parking for supporters at St James Park on match days. There is street parking, but quite a way from the ground as there is a local residents’ scheme in operation. There are also a number of car-parks within a ten-minute walk from the stadium.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 09.00. Travel prices are £23 for adults, £22 for seniors, and £21 for juniors. The price for non-members is £28 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday, February 8th at 17.00 hrs.

Fancy using the train?
There is an hourly direct service (at 3 minutes past the hour) from Paddington to Exeter St David’s with fastest journey time a little over two hours. Options for the return leg are at 18:02 or 19:06 arriving back in the capital at 20:37 and 21:39 respectively. The nearest railway station to the ground is actually St James Park. You can catch a local train from St David’s to St James Park.   

Facilities for away fans
Please note that St James Park is going through a redevelopment throughout the whole 2017/18 season, meaning that there is only the IP Office Main Stand (Seated) and Thatchers' Big Bank (Standing) open. As the away end is closed, visiting fans are housed at the end of the IP Office Main Stand. Capacity is set to 350 away fans only – please see elsewhere in this programme for further details. The IP Office Main Stand was opened in 2001, runs along the length of the pitch. It is a covered all-seater stand, which houses away fans in blocks L and M.

Spare time before or after match?
There is a Social Club at the ground, which usually allows in away supporters. A popular choice with away fans is the nearby ‘St Anne’s Well’ on Well Street. This has local ales, well cooked food, and Sky Sports. This is just a minute walk from the ground. There is plenty of choice if you walk into the city centre. Coming recommended are the ‘Duke of York’ and the ‘Amber Rooms’ in Sidwell Street, and also ‘The Victoria' on Victoria Road. Another option is the “Bowling Green” PH, on Blackboy Road about a quarter of a mile from the ground. This is a friendly establishment popular with both home and away fans.

Can’t make it?
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