Match 11
28th September 1991
Reading (home)



Reading took the first advantage of the game and produced a strong build up after only 2 minutes and could have done much better than the poor header from Mckee which sailed over the crossbar.

The ball was held up well for Paul Wimbleton on 4 minutes. He went on a surging run, deep into the Reading half where John Hodge took over and eventually battled well to win City a corner on the right. It was Hodge who received the ball form the kick and turned 180 degrees to get in a good shot on goal from which Francis needed to react quickly in order to produce a good save. On 10 minutes Exeter's exciting football thrilled city fans with another forward run. Eammon Dolan had only the keeper to beat but his well thought side-footed lob cleared the keeper and the goal as well to the delight of the Reading supporters!. Dolan was again unlucky on 20 minutes with once more only the keeper to beat he rocketed his shot over the bar. Gary Chapman collected from a corner on 43 minutes and a magnificent flick on looked en-route for goal number one but was denied by the corner of the woodwork.

After the half time break, Reading came out in attack and on 52 minutes they found them selves clean through but it was their turn to be denied by the fated woodwork. A minute later Reading took a surprise 1-0 lead. Kevin Miller came racing out of goal to clear any danger but he was beaten to the ball which was then squared to Lovell to side-foot into an empty net with Miller stranded.

On 52 minutes Exeter were back on equal terms. Wimbleton cut in from the left wing and sent a teasing cross to the far post and Scott Daniels headed superbly into the goal.

Minutes later Wimbleton again used interven tion to send Scott Hiley free. He raced down the left and turned the ball in for Dolan who had his shot smothered at the foot of the post by Steve Francis. After 67 minutes, Hodge hit a shot from 22 yards that narrowly cleared the cross bar. Former England under 21 winger Vince Hilaire made his home debut as substitute for Eammon Dolan for the last 20 minutes of the game. The little player showed his skill, speed and class and was involved in the build up to city's second goal and the match winner on 79 mínutes. Scott Daniels, became Exeter's top goalscorer with a shot that took a slight deflec tion and spun off over the head of Francis into the Reading goal.

This was a good result for Exeter Which ex tended their unbeaten run and lifted them to 14th position in the league table.



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