Match 43
4th March 1992
Preston North End (home)

Exeter v Preston NE

On 2 minutes, Tom Kelly headed the ball into the area which was met by the head of Gary Marshall but safely held in the hands of Alan Kelly. After 3 minutes, Exeter took an early lead. The goal came from a lofted clearance by Jon Brown in defence which Vince Hilaire was able to run on to, he beat two defenders and turned sharply to hit a shot past Alan Kelly.

Two minutes later, City went 2-0 ahead when Paul Wimbleton picked up the ball just inside the area and hit a sharp shot that was fumbled by the goalkeeper and presented the poaching Steve Moran with his 17th goal of the season with a tap in at the far post. Exeter nearly snatched a third goal on 18 minutes when Wimbleton collected well from a corner and a shot from him scraped past the near post.

On 33 minutes, Preston pulled a goal back much to the annoyance of City's lowest home crowd of the season as the linesman failed to flag for a blatantly obvious off-side appeal. Lee Ashcroft scored with ease past Kevin Miller in a one-on-one situation. On 37 minutes Gary Marshall tried an overhead kick from inside of the area which Kelly did well to save.

Preston thought they had equalised on 51 minutes but this time the linesman had noticed an off-side to rule the goal out. A minute later Preston nearly equalised again when it appeared City had sat back on their one goal lead. A mistake in defence called upon Miller to make two spectacular diving saves to keep City's single goal lead. On 63 minutes City scored a third goal. The ball was played over the defence and Moran beat the off-side trap to shoot past Alan Kelly.

A few minutes later, Moran almost repeated his second goal but saw a fingertip save from Alan Kelly deny him, Vince Hilaire wasn't to be denied however and coolly slotted the ball home at the near post as it fell to him from Kelly's save. On 85 minutes, Paul Wimbleton could have done a lot better after finding himself well positioned but played a wild ball across the area that was too high for anyone to reach and went for a far side throw in.

A much improved performance following the poor defeat against Bournemouth that will put City in good stead for two away games against Fulham and Bradford. Let's hear everyone getting behind the team again.

1. Steve Moran hits the target for the second time against Preston.

2. Vince Hilaire shoots

3. and the ball plus two defenders end up in the net for his sec ond goal of the match.

4. Steve Moran gets the 'Man of the Match' tro phy from City director Allen Trump watched by sponsors Bass Brewers and Westlake Financial Services.



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