Sport Ruthless and clinical Exeter City are demolishing club records
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Bovey, who were 55 for six after a middle-order batting failure, recovered to make 140 all out in the 43rd over of a 50-over game . When Heathcoat were 37 for three in reply it was wide open. But the middle order ground out the runs to wrap-up a win with 12 overs to spare, despite a scare or two along the way. Victory keeps Heathcoat in third spot, but they have closed the gap in second-placed Sandford down to two points. Bovey drop one place to seventh in the table of ten and are just 12 points clear of the second relegation place.
Exeter City striker Sam Nombe hailed the ruthless and clinical nature of the side this season as they put seven goals past Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup. The Grecians recorded their biggest win since 1935 and the biggest away win ever as they hammered the Robins 7-0.
Having put four past Port Vale on Saturday, it was 11 goals in the last 180 minutes for City, who have started their first season back in the third tier in style. Nombe notched a double in Gloucestershire on Tuesday to take his tally to the second to four.
Archie Collins, Matt Jay, Jack Sparkes, Harry Kite and Josh Coley also all got in on the act as 0-0 after 23 minutes became 3-0 after 28, and 5-0 by half-time, with goals at either end of the second half sealing the win. The win over their League One rivals means City are in the draw for round two for the first time since 2019 and only the third occasion in the last decade
Exeter City determined to enjoy and become stable in League One
“We don’t want to be in a relegation battle but we might well be. We want to push towards the higher echelons of the table but have to be realistic."After years of being among the favourites to go up, City this season are being tipped for a much tougher campaign. Most predictions have them in and around a relegation battle, even if only a few experts expect them to be in the bottom four.
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“It was a great performance,” the 23-year-old said. “We have been working hard, and are showing what we are capable of.
“We came here for the win and it was what we set out to do. We played so well, got the goals, and kept the clean sheet. We are capable of scoring goals, but are being more ruthless, as playing in a better standard so we need to take them. We have to be ruthless when we get the chance.
“The team is doing well and showing that we can play in this league. There is no pressure on us, we are working hard, and we are a side for people to be worried about. With clean sheets in a row, the back boys have been outstanding and helping us and showing we are a resilient side.”
Exeter boss Matt Taylor talks Port Vale, previous meetings and latest game
Port Vale meet Exeter City in League One at St James ParkThe teams meet at St James Park this weekend just three months since James Wilson’s goal gave the Vale a 1-0 win at the same venue in the final regular game of 2021/22.
On the pitch, Nombe tapped in from close range to break the deadlock on 23 minutes, getting on the end of a Jake Caprice cross, before Collins from 25 yards made it two shortly after.
Captain Jay in the 29th minute made it three, before Nombe made it four with a bullet header of his own as City ran the defence ragged. The striker turned provider to set up Sparkes to tap home in first-half stoppage time to make it 5-0 before the break
Kite then made it six early in the second half, lashing home from the edge of the box on what was an unforgettable night, before Coley made it seven later on with a nice finish from outside the area.
Wednesday night is the draw, before City travel to Cambridge United in the league on Saturday. Nombe added: “We want a good run in the cup.”
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St James Park atmosphere is roaring on Exeter City to victory .
"When we play at home, the atmosphere is at its best as the fans are amazing and they are always behind us"After beating Port Vale 4-0 in their opening home game of the season, it is seven goals in 180 minutes on home turf – and 16 in the five games in total. The win saw them climb back up to fifth in the table in the early stages of the season.