Match 40
9th March 1988
Peterborough U (h)


Played at St James's Park, Exeter.

Wednesday March 9th 1988.

Attendance 1,584.

Exeter City:- Gwinnett; Harrower, Viney; Massey, Taylor, Olsson; Carter, Cooper, Edwards, O'Connell, Hiley.

Peterborough:- Neenan; Paris, Comer; Gooding, Price, Gunn; Nightingale, Halsall, Kelly, Nuttall, Butterworth.

Exeter City's hopes of cashing in on a run of three home games in eleven days were dashed at the hands of a not very posh Peterborough, who nevertheless managed to grab the spoils.

This was the City's seventh League defeat at home this season, and it came about as much through their own failings as Peterborough's superiority.

Exeter lacked flair and inventiveness, and Peterborough only threatened in isolated bursts. But one of those telling breakaways came in the 73rd minute and Peterborough made the most of it. Nightingale's centre from the right wing was too high for Taylor to reach, but the ball dropped just right for Gooding, who curled a clever header into the net well wide of Gwinnett.

Four minutes later the visitors nearly scored again, but this time Butterworth's shot from point blank range was finely saved by Gwinnett. Exeter had more than their share of play territorially but were unable to turn their advantage into goals. They were also plagued by bad luck, particularly in the closing minutes, when Harrower's goalbound shot was fisted out by Neenan, and when Cooper's blistering volley crashed against the corner of the upright and crossbar. Scott Hiley, the City's promising young winger did as well as any of his more experienced colleagues when he fired a powerful drive just over the bar from fully 25 yards. And right on the final whistle Neenan dived across his goal to punch out a shot from Taylor.



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