Exeter City manager Matt Taylor said that Ryan Bowman’s first career hat-trick will give the confidence to keep scoring goals and shut his critics up.

Bowman’s hat-trick was part of a convincing and dominating 6-1 win over fellow play-off chasers on Tuesday night – and he could have had more after missing chances in the first half.

The 28-year-old was City’s top goalscorer last season, but had only scored twice this season prior to Tuesday, but Taylor praised his all-around game and said that even without the goals, he’d be sticking with him for what he brings outside the box.

Goal celebrations for Ryan Bowman 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

All three of Bowman’s strikes were tap ins to an empty net and takes his tally to five for the season, but the manager said if he took all his chances, then he would be playing at a much higher level than League Two.

“The goals were great for Ryan and his confidence,” Taylor said. “He brings so much to the team and if he scored every chance he got, he wouldn’t be with us, he’d be a Championship player as he’s got the game outside the box. We’ve invested in him and will stick with him and I know the value his brings to the rest of the team.

“Ryan gets some stick for not taking enough chances but he gives the team so much and I’ll fight his corner and I believe in him in what he gives this team. If he scored every chance he got, he wouldn’t be with us as he is so good outside the box, but his confidence will be sky high on the back of those goals.

Matt Taylor Manager 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
Matt Taylor Manager 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

“He gives the team a platform to keep performing and I love what he gives the team with the young legs around him. The likes of MJ and Joel Randall are not so physical so Ryan takes that load for them and he is robust.

“Ryan was frustrated at half time for not taking the chances, and we want him to score more goals and he will probably get some stick from certain sites in terms of missing some chances, but if we scored every goal, he’d be a Championship player.

“We’ve invested in him and will stick with him as I know the value to the rest of the team, and no bigger shot in the arm for confidence than a hat-trick.”

Goal celebrations for Ryan Bowman 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
Goal celebrations for Ryan Bowman 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

Matt Jay put City ahead after 20 minutes, and the Grecians could have been further ahead before Joel Randall made it two just after half-time.

Bowman then picked up a hat-trick – from a combined five yards out – before Jay grabbed a sixth with the last kick of the game, with the only downside being a sloppy goal conceded to Michael Folivi.





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