Match 07
11th September 1971
Fourth Division
Doncaster Rovers (a)


Doncaster Rovers 2, Exeter City 1

Exeter failed miserably at Doncaster and this must surely pose Manager John Newman a lot of problems. His need for a class striker and defender was made only too obvious by this depressing display as City sink back down the Fourth Division table. Doncaster should have scored at least six times, but they failed to turn their many opportunities into goals. Doncaster repeatedly carved wide openings in the shaky City defence and were unlucky not to take an early lead. City could only manage two clear-cut chances in the first half, the first of which fell to John Wingate when he saw his powerful header brilliantly saved by Glen Johnson, the Doncaster keeper. Exeter were a goal down in the 15th minute through a con- troversial decision that gave Doncaster a penalty. Allan Banks attempted a back pass to his goalkeeper which was quickly pounced on by Steve Briggs, who was sent sprawling by Banks in position that seemed to be just outside the penalty area. Referee Seel pointed straight to the spot and Briggs stepped up to give Wilson no chance. City's slack defensive work accounted for Doncaster's second goal. Rabjohn easily rounded Steve Stacey to run clear on the left. His pin-point pass found Watson, who easily beat Wilson with his shot on the turn. City, two down at this stage, came under severe pressure at the back, with Rabjohn hitting a scorching drive against the upright with Wilson helpless.

Exeter started the second half much as they finished the first, and it was only the linesman's flag that saved them. Graham Parker half hit a back pass to Wilson and Kitchen ran on to hammer the ball into the net only for the referee to give an offside decision. Wilson played a major part in keeping the scoreline to two when he made two fine saves from the very lively Briggs. John Newman's gamble did not pay off in using Jimmy Blain as a striker and City lacked craft and method up front. City managed to pull one back when Allan Banks had a shot deflected into Don- caster's goal by Stan Brookes to make the scoreline respectable.

The score flattered City as they were lucky to leave Belle Vue without a higher goals against tally.

Teams :

Wilson, Crawford, Stacey, Parker, Newman, Balson. Morrin, Banks, Wingate, Blain, Morris. Substitute: Rowan.

Doncaster Rovers.
Johnson, Branfoot, Adamson,Wilcockson, Robertson, Brookes, Watson, Rabjohn, Briggs, Irvine, Kitchen. Substitute: Elwis.



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