26th February 1972
SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY 1972.
CITY LET DOWN BY WEAK FINISHING.
SCUNTHORPE U 3.
Barnard; Foxton, Barker; McDonald, Deere, Atkin; Davidson, Kerr, Fletcher, Jackson, Kirk,
EXETER CITY 0.
Wilson, Stacey, Blain; Parker, Giles (Jim), Balson; Rowan, Morrin, Binney, Gibson, arker, Giles (Jim), Balson; Rowan, Morrin, Binney, Banks,
Scunthorpe Jackson, Fletcher, Giles (o.g.),
Even the Scunthorpe officials agreed that on the day there was not a three goal difference between the two teams. Although Exeter did not look like winning, they played some neat football at times. Scunthorpe however are a good side and they did a tremendous amount of running, The City were certainly not outplayed, They had their fair share of the game, but the finishing was sadly out of touch, City's moves often broke down at a critical point while Scunthorpe were more positive, more decisive, and more direct, Fletcher and Woolmer always needed close watching by the Exeter defence, After going four games without defeat it was a pity that two of the goals conceded were the result of mistakes, The first came after 7 minutes when Jimmy Giles ran back to clear a move through the middle but in trying to make sure he lobbed the ball into his own net. 8 minutes before the interval Jimmy Blain failed to cut out a free kick and Jackson scored from close range. The third goal was lucky, a City clearance struck Fletcher and the ball rebounded past Bob Wilson with 15 minutes to go.