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Preview: Exeter City (H)

27 November 2014

After back to back home games Stanley face another match at the Store First Stadium as Exeter City make a visit for Friday night football.

Ahead of kick off the official website has all the information you need to know.A brace from Piero Mingoia got the Reds back to winning ways in the league at the weekend and made it back to back home victories after the win over Notts County in the FA Cup.

Now the aim is to make it three in a row as Exeter head north.

The Grecians' last visit to the north west saw them beaten by Warrington in the Cup but Paul Tisdale's side have been in better league form than that result suggests and will be confident of an away win at the Store First Stadium.[/vc_tab]There are no new injury worries for John Coleman ahead of the game with Adam Buxton being eased back into training following injury and illness problems.

Will Hatfield is unavailable following his loan move to AFC Halifax Town.

If selected Stanley skipper Luke Joyce will make his 250th appearance for the club.

Veteran striker Clinton Morrison could make his Exeter debut after signing for the Grecians on non-contract terms this week.[/vc_tab]Exeter City were formed in 1904 following the merger of Exeter United and St Sidwell's United and entered in to the East Devon League. The Grecians quickly moved in to the Plymouth and District League, before joining the Southern League in 1908.

The club then became a founder member of the Third Division in 1920 and then found themselves in the newly formed Fourth Division in 1958. The club then gained promotion from the Fourth Division in the 1963/64 season, however the club was relegated after only two seasons.

They then gained promotion back to the Third Division in the 1976/77 season and stayed there for seven years, before relegation back to the basement division in 1984.

The club again gained promotion to the Third Division in 1990, before being relegated four years later. The club were then relegated to the Conference in the 2002/03 season.

The Grecians then gained promotion back to the Football League via the play offs in the 2007/08 season, when they beat Cambridge United 1-0 at Wembley. The following season the club made it back to back promotions by winning automatic promotion to League One.

The club were then relegated back to League Two at the end of the 2011/12 season[/vc_tab]

Paul Tisdale

41 year old Tisdale is currently in his second managerial role, having taken over as Exeter manager in 2006, having left his previous role as Team Bath manager to join the club.

Prior to being a manager Tisdale had an injury interrupted career as a player, eventually retiring at the age of 27. He appeared for clubs including Southampton, Yeovil Town and Bristol City. Tisdale also moved abroad in his career, appearing for Finnish side FinnPa and Greek side Panionios.

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Matt Grimes

Youngster Grimes was offered a pro contract with the Grecians after an impressive spell where he was captain of the Under 18 team.

The attacking midfielder ended his maiden season last year with 37 first team appearances and picked up the club's Player of the Year award.

[/vc_tab]The two sides have met on 15 previous occasions and it's Exeter who hold the upper hand with eight wins to Stanley's six.

The Grecians have an excellent record at the Store First Stadium, winning four times here in six previous visits.

The last meeting came in March when Kayode Odejayi scored the only goal of the game for Stanley in a 1-0 win at St James Park

[/vc_tab]Stanley have won their last two matches and only lost once at home since John Coleman returned to the club in October.

The Reds are 12th in the League Two table, four points from the play-off places.

Exeter are unbeaten in two after a comeback win at Shrewsbury last weekend and a 2-2 draw away at Newport.

They are ninth in the table and a point better off than their hosts.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

James Gray 5

Kal Naismith 4

Luke Joyce 4

Sean Maguire 3

Marcus Carver 3

Shay McCartan 3

Rob Atkinson 3

Exeter

Tom Nichols 6

Graham Cummins 5

David Wheeler 3

Matt Grimes 2

Jimmy Keohane 2[/vc_tab]

Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)

Mr Haines is an experienced official who has been taking charge of games at Football League level since 2007.

His last Stanley game was the opening game of the season against Southend when he awarded the visitors two penalty kicks.

This season: 11 games, 30 yellow cards, two red cards[/vc_tab]Admission prices for the game are:

Adults £20

Over 65′s & Students £15

Under 18′s £10

Accompanied Under 12′s £5

Neutral supporters wearing shirts and scarves from their club will receive a special discount in the Clayton End only - for more details on the Show Your Colours promotion click HERE

For more information on Southend United, why not visit their official website www.exetercityfc.co.uk or their Twitter feed @OfficialECFC[/vc_tab]


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