Grecians' striker in impressive pre-season form...

MATT Jay says he is pleased with his pre-season form having scored three goals in three games for Exeter City.

The striker netted a good header against Truro City in the club’s first friendly of the summer, then fired home from inside the box against Bath City on Tuesday night before scoring the pick of the goals against Weymouth on Thursday night in a 2-0 win at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

The 22-year-old striker showed a quick turn of pace to get in behind the Weymouth defence and onto a perfectly-weighted long pass from Craig Woodman before hitting a half volley into the net from 25 yards.

“I just thought I would take the shot as early as I could to see if I could catch the keeper off guard and luckily it managed to hit the sweet spot and go in,” said Jay, explaining his finish. “That movement in behind is something we have been working on though, and luckily it came off. And to be fair to Woody [Craig Woodman] he played a really good ball, again, and it was just begging to be hit.”

Jay only started five games for City last season, but ended the season on good form having scored his first goal for the Grecians in a 3-2 win against Cambridge United in April.

He says he is happy with his pre-season form and glad to have picked up where he left off following the summer break.

“I am really pleased,” he said. “A lot of people will say that pre-season is a bit of a nothing thing but it should stand me in good stead, fingers crossed.

“Pre-season training has been tough but it has been really good and the games have been good. It might not be perfect to play a Tuesday and a Thursday, but it is a good thing to do because when you are tired you still have to concentrate and it is just like playing the last few minutes of a game. So it will be good for us come the start of the season.

“I don’t know why I have managed to pick up from where I left off last season, but I am happy with that. Training has been hard but I have been feeling fit and good so we have just got to take every week, every game and every day the way it comes, and that is what Matt [Taylor] has been saying to us.”

City travel to Taunton Town on Friday and Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

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