Date: 11th July 2015 at 7:26pm
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Our second Scottish based pre season game ended in a narrow one nil defeat against Arbroath but manager Paul Tisdale wasn’t going to let the final score dampen his mood.

The 90 minute run out at Gayfield Park was a competitive encounter, and the players who got minutes under their belts would’ve certainly benefited from it.

Tisdale picked a starting eleven that included five who had turned out against East Fife in the earlier match and new summer goalkeeper signing Bobby Ojeknik made his first appearance in our colours whilst trialists Alex Fisher and Will Hoskins appeared on the bench.

For a full match report please click here.

Suffice to say, it was a tight game with their winner coming in the second period but Exeter did dominate the opening proceedings of the match but we just couldn’t find ourselves that goal advantage with the chances that fell our way.

After that bright early start our hosts got more into the game as you would expect and chances fell the way of both teams.

Going into the half time break goalless, Tisdale made eight changes at the break and our new second half team starting brightly again with chances falling our way but being wasted, before Arboath got the ball in the net themselves.

Arbroath:

Fleming (Brodie), Verlaque, Lowdon, Munro, Hay, McWalter (Philips), Linn, Stewart, Hester, Gold (Clarke), Watt (Cameron).
Goal: Hester.

Exeter:

Olejnik (Pym), Butterfield (Ribeiro), Tillson (McAllister), Brown (Holmes), Woodman (Davies), McCready (Jay), Oakley (Byrne (Noble)), Oyeleke (Harley), Nicholls (Fisher), Reid (Watkins), Nichols (Wheeler).

Unused subs:

Hamon, Hoskins.

Referee: Scott Leslie.

Speaking after the full time whistle, Tisdale was content in knowing it was a good work out for us and overall it had been a good and productive week spent in Scotland as we continue our preparations for the coming League Two campaign of 2015-16.

‘We played better tonight than we did against East Fife, so it was another step forward. We created lots of chances and we didn`t take any – it was an ‘almost` performance in that regard. And we had lots of changes at once and conceded a goal. But the priorities again today were to increase the intensity of our play, which we did. We suddenly had some pattern to our play which we didn`t have against East Fife. And we had some really good performances. It was good to see Bobby Olejnik and Troy Brown have their first starts for us and they both did particularly well, and Ryan Harley and David Noble were on the pitch for the first time having not had a run out on Tuesday.’

Tisdale goes on to say that when you look at it from the perspective of what we gained other than the result itself, there are an awful lot of positives we can take from it – but he had to concede it was disappointing to have conceded the goal because it had been a ‘thoroughly good night.’

With the Weston-super-Mare friendly next up, the gaffer also confirmed there would be a bit more of a structure to our team make up by the time the Bournemouth friendly cycles round.

‘We will again split the workload against Weston-super-Mare. Then we`ll get through that game successfully and the level of our play will have raised again, and then I think we`ll be looking to form some pattern going into the Bournemouth game. We won`t be playing players for 90 minutes in that game; we`ll still need a full squad but we`ll start to see the team taking shape.’

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