26 December 1983
Plymouth Argyle ( a)
Neville sparks late revival
Exeter C 2
STEVE Neville sparked an amazing late fightback to rescue a point for Exeter in a tension charged local derby at Home Park.
Exeter, trailing 2-0 and without injured_player manager Gerry Francis, looked a well beaten side until the elusive Neville suddenly transformed the game.
With 13 minutes to go, the winger snatched a brilliant individual goal, side-stepping two Ply- mouth defenders and steering an immaculate drive round goalkeeper Geoff Crudgington into the far corner of the net. When Neville's speed and trickery caught Plymouth out again in the 82nd minute, Lindsay Smith chopped him down from behind to concede a penalty. Crudgington saved, Stan McEwan’s spotkick but Ray Pratt rushed in to make sure as the ball ran loose.
Gordon Staniforth gave Plymouth a 41st minute lead and Tony Kellow made it two with a 55th minute header against his old club. Tempers often boiled over and five players were booked - Kellow and Gordon Nisbet for Argyle and City’s McEwan, Mark O’Connor and Neville.