24th April 1979
Blackpool v Exeter City
April 24: Blackpool Exeter City 1 at Blackpool. A "gift" goal which was entirely the fault of Hesford gave Exeter a draw at Blackpool, and it was deserved on the run of the play. But there must be a big doubt as to whether the point they earned will be enough to keep their slim promotion hopes alive.
The victory they so badly needed seemed a good bet in the first half as the City overcame a spoiling wind to put Blackpool under intense pressure. Delve hit the post in the 25th minute with a header, and a number of other chances were missed by the City forwards.
Blackpool:- Hesford; Malone, Suddaby, Thompson, Gardner; Jones, Weston, McEwan; Kellow, Spence, Ronson.
City:- Main; Templeman, Giles, L. Roberts, Hore; Delve, Randell, Hatch; Neville, Sims, Rogers.
But strangely enough the City seemed to be content to settle for one point, instead of trying hard for two, after the interval. They were a goal down when their former ace marksman, Tony Kellow, scored for Blackpool with only seven minutes left. But they were saved from defeat by that freak equalising goal. With the seconds ticking away slowness in the Blackpool defence allowed Sims to advance up the left hand touchline. He beat a defender and hoisted a high centre under the Blackpool crossbar. Hesford aimed a punch at the ball but completely missed it and it dropped into the net behind the goalkeeper, to Exeter's delight and disbelief!