Exeter opened up their pre season friendly campaign of the coming League Two 2015-16 season.
Having headed to Scotland for a training camp the other day, having already returned to the training ground for pre season training, a decent run out ended in a score draw for our first action of the summer.
Exeter were lively and had the lead going into the latter stages of the match but East Fife came back at the death to deny us victory. In any event though these games are about fitness and sharpness and the results don’t overly matter.
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Manager Paul Tisdale would’ve been delighted to get minutes into players though, especially the opportunity to look over trialist Alex Fisher in a match situation and see the return of Jamie Reid following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
East Fife also took the opportunity for trialists with a total of nine players ‘unnamed’ for the game on the team sheet.
Our opener came late on in the second half from Christian Ribeiro.
Goodfellow, Trialist, Walker, Trialist, Trialist, Wilkie, Slattery, Austin, Trialist, Trialist, Page.
Trialist, Mullen, Trialist, Trialist, Smith, Trialist.
Hamon (Pym), Davies (Ribeiro), Tillson, McAllister (Brown), Woodman (Butterfield), McCready (Oyeleke), Jay (Wheeler), Byrne (Oakley), Nicholls (Holmes), Fisher (Watkins), Reid (Nichols).
Olejnik, Harley, Noble, Hoskins.
Changes made at half time, and on the hour mark.
Referee: Steven Reid.
Speaking after the game at Bayview, Tisdale explained.
‘Priority number one was to get here via our flight today, and priority number two was to get to the game in the right spirit, and then play and get through it without any injury. All of those things were achieved today. We drew 1-1, but today was largely about achieving as many players on the pitch as possible. We`re really still into the first week of our training – we wanted to give as many players a run-out as we can.’
The gaffer went on to say our hosts were very ‘hospitable’ and definitely gave us a ‘proper, tough game’ that ticked all of the competitive boxes without their being any over aggressive play or naughty tackles and that is definitely what you want at this stage as the players build themselves back up again.
‘It was a really fair game of football that was refereed well. It is a good step forward for us. I consider us to be a week ahead of schedule because we`re including an extra week of training than we would ordinarily have. It`s a six-week programme and we started last week because we had these games coming up, so we wanted to ease ourselves into these games. This is all part of that six-week build-up. It`s the first game – it`s close in terms of weeks, but it`s a long way away in terms of training and preparation from August 8th. So I`m really pleased to get through this game with most if not all of the players in one piece.’
With the fans in good voice and numbers on the day, Tisdale also had words of praise for them.
‘I was surprised to see so many fans here. There were one or two friendly and familiar faces, and there were one or two that I congratulated on the huge journey they had made, only to discover they live round the corner – which was more of a surprise! They didn`t get quite the same credit as some of the others, but all in all it was really nice to see so many.’
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