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Preview: Exeter City v Barrow

7 May 2021

A photograph of Exeter City's stadium James Marsh/BPI/Shutterstock
Exeter City play at St James' Park

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League Two trip to face Exeter City at St James' Park.

Exeter City v Barrow
Saturday 8th May 2021, 3pm
St James’ Park
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Exeter City gave themselves hope of snatching a play-off place on the final day by securing a dramatic injury-time win at Bolton Wanderers last weekend.

The Grecians’ 2-1 triumph means that they can still nudge into the top seven if they get a result against Barrow – though they will also need a favour or two in games elsewhere.

The Devon outfit turned to Matt Taylor as their new boss in the summer of 2018 following the departure of the long-serving Paul Tisdale.

Since then, they have been in the mix for promotion and finished fourth last season before losing to Northampton Town in a bruising Play-Off Final experience at Wembley.

One To Watch
Matt Jay has been in outstanding form for The Grecians this season and was crowned as League Two’s Player of the Month after a particularly eye-catching March.

The 25-year-old has helped himself to 19 goals in all competitions this term and he will be hoping there are more to come as City look to book their place in the play-offs.

Jay has come through the ranks at Exeter and debuted at the tender age of 17 and has clocked up over 100 senior appearances for the Club.

Head To Head
This will be Barrow’s first trip to Exeter City for almost 50 years when The Bluebirds were beaten 7-1 on the final day of the 1971/72 season on their way to demotion from the Football League.

The two clubs have met in competitive action 19 times up to this point and the record is fairly balanced, with Barrow having won six times and Exeter tasting victory on five occasions.

Barrow’s last win at St James’ Park came in February 1967 when Roy McCarthy and George Smith grabbed the goals in a 2-1 triumph in Devon.

Referee
Ben Toner will take charge of his second Barrow game of the season this weekend when he is on the whistle for our encounter with Exeter City.

He was previously in charge for our Cumbrian derby at Carlisle United back in September when he sent off home defender Aaron Hayden.

Toner has been on the EFL list since 2015 and has taken charge of 31 games across all competitions this season, the most recent being Burton Albion’s 1-1 draw with Gillingham last weekend.

Betting
Exeter City are rated 4/6 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Barrow given odds of 17/4 on winning in Devon, while a draw is priced up 5/2 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds on Saturday’s action.

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – fans are reminded that Season Ticket holders do not get free access to away games.

We’ll be linking up with BBC Cumbria’s expert duo of Adam Johnson and Mark Boyd for full live commentary to go alongside our live stream from St James’ Park.

Fans in the UK can buy a Match Pass to watch the action now priced at £10, while overseas supporters pay £7.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for this weekend’s game.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of Saturday’s game as BBC Radio Cumbria team, Adam Johnson and Mark Boyd deliver coverage to fans all over the world via iFollow.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50 to access full live online commentary on Saturday.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow Barrow.


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