27th February 1979
Plymouth Argyle (Away)
Plymouth Argyle v Exeter City
February 27th 1979
Plymouth Argyle 4 Exeter City 2 at Home Park.
Defeat at the hands of their nearest rivals is always a disheartening blow to any club, and this was to Exeter City, but on the general run of the play the Argyle were worthy winners, and Exeter cannot really complain about the result.
Argyle:- Hodge; Uzzell, James, Clarke, McNeill; Bason, Megson, Harrison; Johnson, Binney, Rogers.
Exeter City:- O'Keefe; Templeman, Giles, Roberts, Hore; Delve, Randell, Hatch; Neville, Sims, Pearson.
Referee:- Mr T. Reynolds of Swansea. Linesmen:- Messrs B.A.Champion and B.N.Pike.
Fred Binney, the former City star opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Giles had pulled Megson down in the "box," and within two minutes Bason had put the Pilgrims further ahead with a header into the top corner of the net. Delve for Exeter and Johnson for Plymouth increased the score, and at half time Plymouth led by 3-1. The City began the second half with determination, and were rewarded in the 52nd minute when Roberts got their second goal. The Devon rivals, in the usual manner of these games, went at it hammer and tongs, then in the 70th minute Binney went off with a foot injury and Fear came on fit and fresh, and it was the new man who sealed Exeter's fate with a very nicely taken goal nine minutes from time. Attendance 12,657.