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Match Preview | Exeter City (A)

6 May 2023

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Match Preview | Exeter City (A)

6 May 2023

Our 2022/23 Sky Bet League One campaign comes to a close on Sunday 7 May with a trip to Devon to face Exeter City at St James Park.

Last time out, in what was our final home game of the season, the Shrimps came back from 2-0 down to beat Lincoln City 3-2 at the Mazuma Stadium in dramatic fashion.

Last time out, Exeter were beaten 6-0 by promotoion-winning Ipswich Town.

The Opposition

The Grecians sit 15th in League One with 14 wins, 11 draws and 20 defeats after 45 games.

City earned their promotion to the third tier last season after a spell of bad luck in League Two Play-Off Finals.

Having lost three finals in four seasons, the Devon-based side were promoted to the third tier after clinching automatic promotion from League Two last season. Exeter have spent the last ten years in the fourth tier and, despite their play-off heartbreak, City earned themselves a memorable FA Cup replay when they drew 2-2 against Liverpool at St James Park in 2016.


Gary Caldwell is currently in charge of Exeter. Caldwell spent four years at Celtic and five years at Wigan Athletic during his playing career as a centre back.

The Scotsman has spent time in the dugout at Wigan Athletic, Chesterfield and Partick Thistle before making the move to Devon in October following the departure of Matt Taylor to Rotherham.

Key Players

Forward Jay Stansfield has had a good season up top for the Grecians. The Fulham loanee, and son of former Grecian Adam who tragically passed away aged 31 following a battle with cancer, has netted six times this season and has clocked up eight assists to-date. At the age of 20, Stansfield is looking to impress in the EFL and has been capped for England already at U18 and U20 level.

Defender Jake Caprice has had a solid season at the back for City. The 30-year-old has also been a threat going forward, chipping in with six assists and one goal throughout the campaign. Caprice began his career at Crystal Palace and has played in the EFL for the likes of Leyton Orient and Tranmere Rovers before moving to Devon in 2020.


Midfielder Archie Collins has been playing for Exeter throughout his career. The 23-year-old has had loan spells with Weston-Super-Mare and Dorchester Town, but established himself within the Grecians ranks since returning. This season, the midfielder has scored six goals and picked up two assists so far.

Gary Caldwell’s Thoughts

Speaking on the Exeter City YouTube channel, boss Gary Caldwell admits he is looking forward to facing an in-form Morecambe side.

“What we do know is that they’re in form,” he said.

“They’ve played the same way in their last few games so I’d be very surprised if they changed that but when we play at home it’s about what we do regardless of who we play.”

Team News

Derek Adams will be without Donald Love, Pape Souare and Courney Duffus for Sunday’s game.

Meet The Officials

Carl Brook will referee Sunday’s fixture and will be assisted by Paul Lister-Flynn, Marvyn Amphlett and fourth official Adam Ricketts.


Brook has taken charge of 35 games so far this season; 15 in League One, 11 in League Two, five in the Papa John’s Trophy and two in each of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

The official last refereed Morecambe in September 2020 when the Shrimps overcame Cheltenham Town by two goals to one in League Two.

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