Town Draw Exeter Away in First Round of Carabao Cup
Friday, 15th Jun 2018 11:03
Town will face League Two Exeter City away in the first round of the Carabao Cup, the draw having taken place in Vietnam this morning.
The teams last met in the competition at the same stage at St James Park in August 2010 when the Blues won 3-2 after extra-time, Ronan Murray netting once and David Norris twice for the Blues and Ryan Harley, who is still with the Grecians, scoring both for the home side.
The clubs also faced one another in a two-legged first-round tie in 1998/99. The first leg in the South-West ended 1-1 with Matt Holland putting the Blues in front and Jonathan Richardson equalising for the home side in the final minute.
Town comfortably won the second leg at Portman Road, Mauricio Taricco, Holland again, Mick Stockwell, Alex Mathie and Paul Mason, playing his final game for the Blues, scoring the goals in a 5-1 victory. Richardson again netted for Exeter.
Overall, the Blues have won 11 of the 26 meetings between the sides (eight in the league and one in the FA Cup), nine have ended in draws (eight in the league), while Exeter have won six (all in the league).
Unlike the 2010 match, this year's tie, which will be played in the week commencing August 13th, won't go to extra-time, the additional half-hour having been scrapped with a number of changes having been made to the competition for the season ahead. While the draw was regionalised on a North-South basis, there was no seeding.
Last season Town won 2-0 at Luton in the first round before a very youthful team impressed but were beaten 2-1 at Crystal Palace.
Town's Championship fixtures for 2018/19 will be announced at 9am on Thursday 21st June when they will be available on TWTD.
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