Match 15
23rd October 1991
Football League Trophy (Autoglass)
Torquay United (home)



Exeter City 2 (Whiston, Moran) Torquay Utd 1 (Edwards)

The game kicked off in typical local derby style with end to end action. Darran Rowbotham made his first appearance at The Park since leaving for Torquay earlier in the season. After 14 minutes Torquay surprisingly took the lead with a strange goal. With City apparently waiting for offside when the ball was floated into the area Dean Edwards was left with a header that my granny could have converted. Two minutes later Matthew Elliott hit a blistering 35 yard effort narrowly over the bar. Steve Moran beat the offside trap on 24 minutes and could have done with some support.

City then took over the show and finally got level on 35 minutes when defender Peter Whiston scored against his former club. Young Liverpudlian winger John Hodge supplied a measured cross to the far post and Whiston's head did the rest. A minute from the break Moran gave City the lead with a well placed shot from the edge of the box after Vince Hilaire had worked the scissors. At this time it seemed likely that City could well notch up another scoreline of 5 or 6 goals.

However, after the break they fell away and seemed almost disinterested. Kevin Miller produced a first-class save when the ball seemed destined for the top right corner of the goal. A minute later he palmed away for a corner. Rowbotham was unlucky as a shot cannoned back from the far post.

Gary Marshall came on as substitute for Hodge midway through the half. A cross from the out of favour winger gave Moran the chance to make the game safe but unfortunately he stubbed his toe and miscued the shot. On 81 minutes Miller was again needed, this time a fingertip save. With 3 minutes left Torquay were again foiled this time by the crossbar and from the rebound with Miller still like the proverbial cat on a hot tin roof, the City defence managed to scramble the ball away.

The absence of midfield general Steve Williams led to the lack of bite in midfield. Manager Alan Ball will not be happy about the way that lowly Torquay dominated the second half. At the end Torquay must be certain that Exeter have the Indian Sign' on them. They were given so much time, so much space and had so many chances yet again failed to beat the old enemy. The win maintained City's unbeaten run but we now know that Wigan presented far more problems on the Saturday!

Exeter: Miller, Hiley, Daniels, Whiston, Cook, Hodge (sub 70 mins Marshall), Kelly, Wimbleton, Hilaire, Moran, Chapman. Sub (not used): Brown.

Torquay: Howells, Holmes, Compton, Elliott, Loram, Hall, Sang, Joyce, Myers, Rowbotham, Edwards. Subs (not used): Colcombe, Hodges.



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