On Saturday morning, I woke up so early it was still dark outside - but I really didn’t mind as this meant the new football season was finally here!
The close-season feels to have lasted for an eternity. Especially following our dramatic end of season encounter against Cambridge at The Moss where we battled against all odds to secure our EFL status for this season.
As I prepared to head out to the coach for the extremely long journey down to Exeter, I could already feel my nerves and excitement building. I’m was so happy to see so many familiar faces ready to travel. They were all full of hope for the new season ahead. It wasn’t long before the conversation turned to our hopes and dreams for the season.
We arrive at Exeter’s ground on a lovely warm dry sunny afternoon and I couldn't wait to find my seat inside the stadium and get ready for the game.
To be honest I didn’t realise just how much I had missed watching the team warm ups prior to the game until Saturday. It was good to see our new signings all together alongside some familiar ones.
When I looked around the stand there was a lot of support there for our boys in blue, despite it being such a long way. I also knew that they will make it a really good atmosphere.
We did just that, when the teams came out on to the pitch just before kick off.
We started the game well, putting a lot of pressure on Exeter who were attacking the goal nearest to us. Both teams confidently passing the ball around, with us having the greater possession. Despite this and opportunities to score the first half ended 0-0.
The second half kicked off and there are once again opportunities for both teams to score. Sadly the only goal scored goes to Exeter’s Bowman in the 87th minute.
Despite this each and every player in a blue shirt continued to give their all to find that equaliser until the final whistle.
In a fixture which either team could have won, we were desperately unlucky not to take something from the game.
On the long tiring journey back home to Macc. I didn’t feel too disappointed or to worried about what this season holds. I was feeling determined and hopeful for this seasons journey.
See you on Saturday, when we return home to face Leyton Orient.