18th September 1971
Chester City (home)
TEN MEN FIGHT BACK AT EXETER
Report from the Chester Chronicle
EXETER CITY 1
CHESTER might have got off to a bad start but they ended up on the most cheerful of notes as right-half Tony Moore hammered a 72nd minute equaliser into the Exeter net and none would deny that Chester thoroughly dseerved their share of the points. They survived the 34th minute shock of seeing their centre for ward Eddie Loyden seat off and still came back even though trailing by one goal. The game might not have produced much in the way of quality football, but Chester deserve plenty of praise for the way they stuck to their job of getting back into the game. Of course, the controversial lasse of the game was Loyden receiving his marching orders. Ten minutes earlier he had been booked for not standing ten yards away from the ball after Exeter had been awarded a free kick and the sending of followed another Exeter free kick
EXETER: Wilson Crawford, Parker; Stacey, Giles (Jim), Bolson; Rowan, Banks, Wingate, Blain, Merris Sub: Giles (John).
CHESTER: Livsey: Cheetham Griffthe; Moore, Turner, Fount my: Kennedy, Purdie, Loyden, Draper, Mettale, Sub: Smith Referee: Mr. A. C. F. Turvey.
Layden said afterwards he did not know why he had gone. "I do not know at all I did not swear. I am sick as a dog" Chester manager. Ken Roberts, is to ask for a personal hearing over the incident.
"If a player cannot go to a referee and ask him what he was doing wrong without being sent off what is the game coming to? " Exeter had two players booked by referee Turvey during the game-centre hall Jimmy Giles and winger Tony Morrin. Mr. Roberts came to their defence: "I do not think there was a bookable offence throughout the game".
The goal Chester scored wa the first away from home this season thought we die tremendously well, enthused Mr. Roberts. "We earned what we got. Many aides would have laid down after Exeter got their goal. Cheater certainly did not On two or three occasions before they equalised they came close to scoring Leyden nearly got one in the opening minutes and Exeter goalkeeper Bob Wilson had to come sliding out of his goal to black the shot Nell Grintha hit the post, and centre half Graham Turner smashed a shot over the bar. But the goal that mattered- the one that answered Exeter's 60th minute goal from centre forward John Wingate, came in the 72nd minute A cross from Kennedy was pulled down by McHale, and he laid on the chance for MOORE, which he took superbly.