31st January 1970
Lincoln City (h)
Lincoln Were Too Good
CITY GO DOWN AT HOME:
Saturday January 31st 1970.
EXETER CITY 1 LINCOLN CITY 2.
Before today's match with Lincoln City at St James's Park Exeter City had scored 36 goals at home. And, as expected, Exeter relied on the men who had hit Hartlepool for six last week. Lincoln had their former City pivot Ray Harford back in the side. It was his first appearance since the end of September, having undergone a cartilage operation. Also recalled was Alick Jeffery, who has not been able to command a first-team place for several weeks.
Exeter City: Wilson; Crawford, Blain; Parker, Sharples, Balson; Pleat, Banks, Gadston, Mitten, Walker.
Lincoln City:- Kennedy; Taylor, Peden; Hubbard, Harford, Grummett; Hughes, Jeffery, Fletcher, Svarc, Smith.
Subs: Wingate (Exeter) Helliwell (Lincoln).
Referee: Mr J.Lewis of Port Talbot. Linesmen: Messrs P. Potter and B.Stockley.
After their six-goal-spree of last week Exeter City were surprised by Lincoln City, who were too good for them and won quite deservedly by two goals against one. Close on half-time Banks with a good header equalised the goal Smith had scored for Lincoln after only five minutes, but after the change of ends the Imps put on a powerful display and obtained the deciding goal after fifteen minutes' play in that half. Right at the end Exeter appealed for a penalty when Banks went down in the area, but the referee was on the spot to refuse without any hesitation.