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By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 12/11/2004

TOWN will fly all the way down to Exeter this weekend for the first round of the F.A Cup on the back of the derby day defeat to Scunthorpe last weekend, but hopeful of continuing their form from the League Cup earlier this season.

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The Opposition

Alex Inglethorpe (left) is the new man at the helm for Exeter City after the departure of Eamon Dolan to Reading, to head their new academy. The Grecians were relegated from the league the season before last, but came close to a return last year - finishing just a point away from the play off places in the Conference.

Their Squad
Experienced defender Scott Hiley made a return to St James’ Park in the 2002/03 season after spells in the higher echelons of league football with Manchester City, Southampton, Birmingham and Portsmouth. The 36 year old was in the 1989/90 Fourth Division Championship side that were promoted alongside the Mariners, then managed by Alan Buckley. Kwame Ampadu is another ‘old’ head who has played for Plymouth, Swansea, Orient and West Brom. He is in his fourth year with the Grecians. Gareth Sheldon (left) is another who has league experience, mainly with Town rivals Scunthorpe United. In attack, Exeter have a few useful strikers - including ex Mariners target Steve Flack who Russell Slade tried to sign in the summer. Jake Edwards has found goals hard to come by for Exeter after a successful spell with Telford where he hit 22 goals in 60 - odd games.

Key Player
Sean Devine - vastly experienced forward who has an excellent scoring record in the lower leagues, mainly with Wycombe and Barnet. Devine has 121 career goals since his league debut in 1995. Goals have not been so free flowing this year, netting only 4 - but is undoubtedly a threat.

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  • The Mariners have Graham Hockless and Darren Mansaram back at the club from loan spells and could feature, though "Flash" has been nursing a back problem and probably won’t be involved.

  • Dean Gordon aggravated his knee problem last week at Glanford Park and probably won’t feature. If Slade sticks with 3-4-3, then Greg Young is likely to deputise. Terrell Forbes will not play, with his trial coming up on Monday of next week.

  • In attack, there will be at least one change, with Jon Daly returning to Stockport County. Slade is hopeful of signing a new striker, but it remains to be seen whether they will be signed in time for the take off to Exeter.
  • Exeter received a huge blow this week with the news that Captain Glenn Cronin will be out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Danny Clay is likely to deputise for him.
  • Probable Teams


    1Anthony Williams
    3Greg Young
    6Justin Whittle
    18Rob Jones
    2John McDermott
    15Terry Fleming
    17Thomas Pinault
    8Jason Crowe
    10Andy Parkinson
    7Ashley Sestanovich
    29Colin Cramb
    17Martin Rice
    2Scott Hiley
    5Santos Gaia
    3Gary Sawyer
    4Danny Clay
    20Alex Jeannin
    7Andrew Taylor
    19Kwame Ampadu
    21Dean Moxey
    14Steven Flack
    10Sean Devine



    12Graham Hockless
    9Michael Reddy
    11Stacy Coldicott
    16Ronnie Bull
    23Clint Marcelle
    18Sean Canham
    9Jake Edwards
    22Leslie Afful
    1James Bittner
    12Wayne O’Sullivan

    Head to Head

    History is once again with the Mariners - but there again it was last week, and we know what happened then. The Mariners have 13 wins to Exter’s nine over Town, although Town have failed to win at St James’ Park since 1980.

    P 27 W 13 D 5 L 9 F 45 A 40

    Exeter Head-to-Head (14th on The Opposition Ladder).

    Last Meeting

    11th May 1991 - Town beat Exeter 2-1 at Blundell Park, with John Cockerill getting the two goals to earn promotion to the Old Second Division for the Mariners, in one of the most memorable matches in Cleethorpes in recent years.


    A 1-1 draw and an unwanted replay at BP


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