Exeter City boss Matt Taylor has admitted he has a selection headache ahead of this weekend’s match against Notts County, after his fringe players held Yeovil 0-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Fresh from a 3-0 defeat against Lincoln at the weekend, his reserve players stepped up and turned in a decent performance against the Glovers. James Hamon won’t keep out Christy Pym in goal, but some of his new look back four might be in with a shout after the Lincoln debacle.
Jimmy Oates, Dara O’Shea, Luke Croll and Craig Woodman all played and kept a clean sheet in the match, which Exeter won 4-3 on penalties.
Jordan Tillson settled nicely into a midfield role and exciting youngster Archie Collins was once again impressive. He’s really caught the eye in recent weeks and is knocking on the first team door with alarming regularity.
“Some of those boys who started tonight will certainly play at the weekend,” Taylor said after the game. “They are pushing for places, definitely. There is pressure on the boys with the shorts at the moment, there really is.”
Their opponents are rock bottom of the Football League, but both teams were in the top seven last season, County losing in the semi-finals with Exeter beating Lincoln at that stage, but losing out to Coventry City.
Exeter weren’t that bad at the weekend, not for half an hour. A two-goal salvo beat them and they looked short on confidence after the restart.
There’s a call for a change at the back, but Collins is one we want to see feature more. He’s been mentioned a few times by Grecians fans and we’re sure he has a big future ahead of him.