26th November 1971
Colchester United (a)
FRIDAY 26th NOVEMBER 1971.
WOODS TORMENTS DISAPPOINTING CITY.
COLCHESTER 3, B.Smith; Garvey, Hall; Foley, Burgess, Cram; Lewis, (Gibbs), Woods, Leslie, Bloss, Mahon,
EXETER CITY 0, Wilson; Crawford, Blain; Morris, Giles (Jim), Balson; Rowan, Binney, (Banks), Gadston, Morrin, Wingate,
Colchester Foley 2, Lewis.
Charlie Woods, the player Exeter City failed to sign earlier in the week proved their undoing at Colchester United. He posed all sorts of problems for the City defence and was the brain behind Colchester's victory, Exeter were strangely hesitant in defence and this allowed Foley to score twice in the 20th and 25th minutes with goals engineered by Woods, After Bob Wilson had brilliantly saved a penalty kick from Lewis, the same player completed the scoring midway through the second half. Exeter were a disappointing side, Apart from Barry Rowan and to a lessser degree, Fred Binney, they had nothing to offer up front, Smith in the Colchester goal had only two worthwhile shots to deal with all evening. In the City defence, Wilson made two fine saves from Gibbs and Foley, while Campbell Crawford cleared off the line with Wilson beaten, Both Steve Morris and Jimmy Giles incurred the wrath of the crowd with their robust tactics and both received a lecture from the referee. It was a match Exeter will want to forget.