26th August 1978
30th August in the Western League
Chester City v Exeter City
August 26th 1978
Chester 3 Exeter City 0.
When the Exeter City supporters read, or heard, their team's first "away" result in the League this season they probably visualised a defensive and outplayed "backs to the wall" picture of the game. Yet nothing could have been further from the truth, for the City were not on the defensive any more than Chester were, they were not outplayed, and neither were their "backs to the wall." In fact Exeter were by far the better side during the first half and territorially had a greater share of the game in both periods. And if ever a final result flattered a team it was this one for Chester. It was quite ridiculous and almost unbelievable. Exeter dominated the game, particularly in the first half, and should have had it won by half-time.
Chester:- Lloyd; Raynor, Storton, Jeffries, Walker; Delgado, Oakes, Phillips; Livermore, Edwards, Mellor.
Exeter City: O'Keefe; Templeman, Giles, Roberts, Hore; Delve, Randell, Hodge; Bowker, Kellow, Hatch.
The only trouble with Exeter City was that, once again, they could not score goals. Chester, unbeaten home or away since last Good Friday, and now top of the Third Division with the maximum points, should have been "counted out" on the number of opportunities Exeter created, but Exeter missed too many chances, and Delve, Bowker, and Kellow were the most guilty in that respect.
Chester never found their rhythm, far too many of their passes went astray, at times two of their players were going for the same ball, and yet they won. The first goal was a penalty against O'Keefe for bringing down Mellor, who took the spot kick himself. His shot was saved by O'Keefe, but ruling that the goalkeeper had moved too soon the referee ordered the kick to be taken again and this time Mellor made no mistake. The other two goals were scored by Edwards after 56 and 83 minutes respectively. Attendance 3,431, match played in hot weather and bright sunshine.
Exeter City Reserves at St James's Park beat Clevedon by 3 goals to nil.
Ilminster v City Reserves
At Ilminster the City Reserves won themselves three more points by defeating the home team by 3 goals to 2.
The Reserves were represented by Nute; Smythe, Clarke, Mitchell, and Skinner; White, Forbes, and Howarth; Bickley, Gidley, and Ireland.