Exeter City’s top scorer Matt Jay said it is a real joy playing in this Grecians side who are scoring goals for fun.

No team in the top four divisions of English football have scored more than City’s 46 in 20 games – with 13 in the last three – and they are now unbeaten in 10 away games with just one defeat in 17 in all competitions.

City smashed Grimsby Town 4-1 on Tuesday night, with Ryan Bowman, Randell Williams and Jay on the scoresheet, although the latter two will have to battle it out to decide who scored City’s third.

Goal celebration by Exeter City player Matt Jay during the Skybet League Two Match between Grimsby Town and Exeter City at Blundell Park, Grimsby on Dec 1 – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

Josh Key fired in the ball from the right and a combination of Jay and Williams got the touch at the near post with the ball going in off the post. Jay wheeled away to claim the goal, and manager Matt Taylor thought that the 24-year-old had scored it, but it has been credited instead to the ex-Watford man.

But Jay, despite his attempt to claim the goal, said he didn’t know who got the final touch but that the win for the team was the most important thing.

“I honestly still can’t tell you,” Jay said, when asked whose goal it was. “I know Josh Key crossed the ball in, it’s hit me and Rands, I don’t know in which order, but I’d thought I claim it,  but we’ll let the people who decide, decide.”

Goal celebration by Exeter City player Matt Jay during the Skybet League Two Match between Grimsby Town and Exeter City at Blundell Park, Grimsby on Dec 1 - PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK
Goal celebration by Exeter City player Matt Jay during the Skybet League Two Match between Grimsby Town and Exeter City at Blundell Park, Grimsby on Dec 1 – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

On the game, Jay said that once City got the lead through Bowman, they were fairly comfortable and were able to control the game, despite the Marines levelling up briefly in the first half when Luke Hendrie bundled an equaliser.

But Williams twice before the break netted to put City ahead, before Jay, with his ninth of the season – his best career tally – sealed it with 20 minutes to go

Grimsby Town vs Exeter City

He said: “The first 15-20 minutes were tough and once we got the goal, we felt we could built our way into the game a bit more and had the foothold. Then to concede was frustrating, but we were finished the half strong and it was nice to put the game to bed early.

“It’s a joy to play in the team at the moment as we have got some good attacking players are the moment, and the collective is going well. We’ve scored a good tally of goals and it’s another good score line, but we’ve been working on it.

“We were a bit short in final product at the start of the season but it is nice to be able to score a lot recently and long may that continue, but we know we may have to grind some games out as well.”

It was the tenth successive away game for the Grecians without defeat – eight in League Two – the latter of which is a club record, and Jay said that the lack of away fans means it can be more of a level playing field that the usual rapid home fans that they have to face.

He added: “It is a difficulty time with no fans and can be a level playing field wherever you go. It feels quite even with no fans, but we are a fit group and showed we had a lot left in the tank.”

Goal celebration by Exeter City player Matt Jay during the Skybet League Two Match between Grimsby Town and Exeter City at Blundell Park, Grimsby on Dec 1 - PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK
Goal celebration by Exeter City player Matt Jay during the Skybet League Two Match between Grimsby Town and Exeter City at Blundell Park, Grimsby on Dec 1 – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

City, for the first time in a competitive fixture since March, will though on Saturday when they travel to Cheltenham Town – who sit second, a place above the Grecians in the table, play in front of a crowd, with 2,000 home fans allowed inside Whaddon Road.

But Jay added: “We know it will be a tough place to go and there will be some fans, but we are full of confidence and really excited and we will go again Saturday.”

City will have up to 1,000 fans inside St James Park next Tuesday’s night for the Papa John’s Trophy tie with Northampton Town, with 2,000 hopefully able to attend on Saturday, December 12, when Tranmere Rovers visit in the league.





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