Exeter City travel to League One Gillingham full of confidence and hoping to cause an upset, winger Joel Randall has said.

While the Gills are a league above the Grecians, City’s 6-1 win over Colchester United on Tuesday night showed the good form they are in, having lost just once in 15 outings.

The 21-year-old is expecting a tough tie, but he said they fancy their chances of the upset and making the third round for only the third time in 15 years.

Goal celebrations for Joel Randall of Exeter City during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Colchester United at St James Park, Exeter on 24 Nov. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

“They are one league higher than us so that is something we have to be aware of,” he said.

“But after Tuesday’s win we’ve been on a good run of form recently. I think we go there in high spirits and the team are confident. Hopefully we can get through to the next round.

“The fact that the big boys enter in the third round is a great incentive for us but we have to look at Gillingham who are doing well in League One.

“It would be amazing to play against a Premier League team at their stadium but we have got a job to do on Saturday first.”

After seeing his appearances limited to EFL Trophy duty and just two late appearances off the bench in the League last season, Randall has stepped up and broken into Matt Taylor’s team this season, netting six times.

And he said that while tighter budgets have meant the squad is not as experienced as in previous seasons, it has given the youngsters their chance, which they have taken.

“It definitely helped us young boys to come into the team and show what we’re about. Matt didn’t have the budget he would have liked so he’s put his faith in us as young lads and hopefully we’re repaying him,” he said.

Goal celebrations for Joel Randall of Exeter City after beating Tom Eastman of Colchester United during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Colchester United at St James Park, Exeter on 24 Nov. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
Goal celebrations for Joel Randall of Exeter City after beating Tom Eastman of Colchester United during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Colchester United at St James Park, Exeter on 24 Nov. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Praising the work that Randall has done this season, Taylor added: “In terms of our recruitment we wanted to leave that position open for Joel. He’s exceeded our expectations, but I’m sure he’ll keep on moving forward,” said Exeter boss Taylor of his latest young player.

“He’s had talent and potential in him since a young age. His running stats are phenomenal, but he’s added an extra dimension to his game in terms of the end product.

“He’s been a constant threat down that left side, he’s worked tirelessly for the team and he’s contributed at all times this season, he’s been a standout player.”





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