Match 05
1st September 1971
Workington (a)

Workington 'smothered' by Exeter

Workington 0. Exeter City 0

Report from the Newcastle Journal 

WORKINGTON found it frustrating against Exeter defenders, who packed their goalmouth in a bid for a point. The tactics paid off and Exeter collected their second points of the season, despite a late assault by the Reds.

As Workington piled on the pressure in a final effort to break through, Tom Spratt headed against a post and he had another shot pushed aside by the agile Bob Wilson.

It was a colourless game with Workington providing most of the bright spots, but it must nevertheless have been satisfactory to Exeter's player-manager Johnny Newman.

At centre-half, Newman kept his defence tight and Wilson was always in com mand, especially in the air. Workington forced four corners to one, but on each occasion Wilson plucked the ball from the air.

Once again John Martin on the left dank, was Working- ton's most lively forward- and he came in for some rough treatment. There were several warnings from referee Eric Garner, but it was not until the 67th minute that he brought out his book. Then it was to record the name of Exeter's Jimmy Giles for late tackle on Dave Helliwell.

Earlier there was was an incident which might have gone on record when Exeter's Steve Morrin caught Alan Tyrer with his arm in a manner which would have looked better on a rugby field.

But there was no booking by Mr Garner. Trialist Wayne Nicholls, released by Leicester, pro- duced the only real scoring threat of the first half for Workington.

Always challenging within shooting distance Nicholls got his head to a centre by Martin and nodded narrowly wide.


As the game deteriorated, Nicholls also slackened off, and 10 minutes from the end he was replaced as a striker by Jan Hopkinson

Just before the end, Exeter also made a change bringing on their substitute Steve Morris for Jimmy Blain.

For a lot of the time the teams were fencing with each other and failing to produce anty thrust. Exeter produced pressure at the outset, but quickly faded to individual probes with no apparent desire to build on their raids.



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