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The Goals: Torquay United v Exeter City

Torquay United and Exeter City stepped up their preparations for the new football season with Devon derby meeting at Plainmoor.

And it was the National League hosts who came out on top against their League Two rivals. The Grecians got the perfect start - Tom Nichols scoring in only the second minute.

But Torquay hit back with two balls into the box - Shepherd Murombedzi turned in the first, and in the second half Malachi Lavelle-Moore headed the winner.

Plymouth Argyle reach out to Torquay's young players

Torquay United have closed their youth academy. Credit: ITV News

Plymouth Argyle have offered trials to members of Torquay United's youth academy.

The Gulls have closed their academy to save money. Argyle's is run by former Torquay player and manager Kevin Hodges, who said he was delighted to offer the opportunity.

Devon's other club, Exeter City, also offered trials to Torquay's youngsters recently.


Plymouth Argyle move into the League Two play-off positions

Tonight's results.

Plymouth Argyle have moved into the League Two play-off places after their second successive win. The Pilgrims won 2-0 at Wycombe thanks to first-half goals from Lewis Alessandra and Peter Hartley.

Exeter City battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Cambridge at St James Park. Tom Nichols and David Wheeler on-target for the Grecians.

And in League One, Terry Skiverton has suffered his first defeat as Yeovil manager. The Glovers lost 1-0 at fellow strugglers Crewe.

Exeter City's Matt Grimes signed by Swansea

Grimes has signed a four and a half year deal Credit: Swansea City

Swansea City has signed midfielder Matt Grimes from Exeter City.

The 19 year old has agreed to a four-and-a-half-year deal at Liberty Stadium, and will be eligible to play for Swansea after the league visit of West Ham on January 10th.

Mr Grimes made his Exeter debut in August 2013 and went on to make 62 appearances for the Grecians, scoring five goals. He was the first Exeter player to be called up by England Under-20s earlier this season along with keeper Christy Pym.

The transfer fee between Exeter City and Swansea City hasn't been disclosed. It's thought to be in the region of £1.75 million although that's also likely to be dependent on the number of appearances that Matt Grimes makes for the Swans and other conditions being met.

It'll [the money] be used to capitalise the club to prevent us having to go to the PFA for cash flow loans in the future. To work on our infrastructure that'll work across the youth team, the football in the community, the first team, perhaps a 3G pitch and thirdly for the manager himself to bring the next players through and progress the team.

– Julian Tagg, Vice-chairman, Exeter City FC

Exeter City boss Tisdale: "Form is no flash in the pan"

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he believes his team can challenge for the League Two play-offs.

The Grecians had a slow, alarming start to the campaign but are now one of the most in-form sides in the Football League.

In fact, City have only lost one league game in their last 15 since the end of August.

They travel to Stevenage this weekend, hoping to cement their place in the top seven.

A major reason behind Exeter's rise has been their quota of gifted young players like Matt Grimes and Tom Nichols.

Bigger clubs are already circling like vultures, and selling any of the current crop of stars mid-season in January could derail City's progress before it reaches fruition.

Manager Tisdale admits he would rather retain their services, but remains pragmatic, admitting that Exeter City are "a selling club".


Play marks a century since Exeter City played Brazil

Exeter City footballers are preparing to travel to South America on Thursday to recreate the club's most historic match. A century ago they became the first side to play against Brazil's national team.

That game has now been turned into a musical. 'The Day We Played Brazil' opens tomorrow night, and tells the story of the original 1914 fixture and what's happened to the city since then. Seth Conway reports.

Coles sacked as Grecians captain

Danny Coles has been sacked as Exeter City's captain. Credit: PA

Exeter City Football Club has sacked Captain Danny Coles after he reportedly posted abusive comments aimed at a 14-year-old fan on Twitter.

Coles was subject to a disciplinary hearing yesterday regarding the comments. The club has confirmed he has been removed from his position and placed on the transfer list.

He's also been fined two weeks wages and has written a letter of apology.

Exeter City's management released a statement saying they will not tolerate abuse of anyone, in whatever form, and would like to extend its apologies to all those offended by Danny Cole's behaviour.

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