Exeter City, after losing the likes of Archie Collins and Josh Key, might have been fearing the worst for their second successive campaign in League One – keeping their heads above water in the division could well have been the sole aim for this season.
But, optimism will have returned for the 45 games ahead after Exeter’s opening day win at Wycombe Wanderers if you have connections to the Grecians.
Within four minutes away at Wycombe, Exeter were already two goals to the good and not playing to the script. Brand new signing Jack Aitchison calmly slotted away the opener with barely a minute played on the clock, before a scramble in the area after a Grecians corner allowed Will Aimson to prod home for 2-0.
Grecians’ star-man Sam Nombe could well have made it 3-0 shortly after from the penalty spot, but his spot-kick was tipped over by Chairboys goalkeeper Max Stryjek to the satisfaction of an otherwise shell-shocked crowd.
James Scott would score late on in the second half to seal a convincing victory on their travels, Gary Caldwell’s men putting Matt Bloomfield’s Chairboys to the sword in a rampant display.
His emphatic finish past a helpless Stryjek sent the Exeter away fans into pandemonium, a win that has seen them rise to 2nd in the League One table after the opening day fixtures.
3️⃣ marvellous goals.
3️⃣ fantastic points.
— Exeter City FC (@OfficialECFC) August 5, 2023
My New Football Club Podcast Reaction
For Jon Beer, who co-hosts the Exeter City based podcast My New Football Club with David Earl, this impressive win at Adams Park wasn’t a fluke however.
Speaking to the Real EFL, he said: “It was a really professional performance. To score two early on and miss a penalty shows it wasn’t just a fluke for a lack of a better word and we managed to ride out the game.”
“We did really well to hold on, and not only that, we grabbed another to cap off a wonderful first win of the season.”
Upcoming Games For Exeter
Everyone involved at Exeter will hope they can follow up the league victory with an impressive display in the Carabao Cup tomorrow versus Crawley Town, the Grecians returning back to Devon for that home clash at St James Park.
St James Park will then have its first taste of League One football after this for the campaign as Blackpool make the long journey down from Lancashire to face off against Gary Caldwell’s men, Exeter keen to prove that the win at Wycombe wasn’t just a shock result.