Match 02
30th August1988
Football League Cup 1st Round 1st Leg
Bristol C (a)

AUGUST 30TH 1988


Our chants of 'We're proud of you' at the end of the game seemed to sum up the feelings of all the 200 City fans present at Ashton Gate. A battling second half display had thrilled us all and the general consensus of opinion was that we were in with a good chance in the second leg. City's first half display was uninspiring but having been on the wrong end of a ridiculous penalty decision after just six minutes, it was encouraging to soo the new Exeter side not capitulate. The penalty was awarded for hand-ball by Lee Rogers, but as neither Bristol's players nor supporters appealed, referee Cooper had with one blast of his whistle turned the match into a farce. Alan Walsh scored the resulting penalty, much to the chagrin of the away contingent.

Spurred on by increased vocal encouragement in the second half (before the interval it was rather quiet), City took the game to their Third Division opponents. A succession of chances were created with 'Dazza' Rowbotham in particular frustrated by the brilliance of Kaith Waugh. Steve Neville was giving his old club a torrid time and his sharpness in and around the penalty area was a joy to watch. The reward very nearly came in injury time when a powerful header from Shaun Taylor was cleared off the line by Rob Newman. Frustrating, yes, but this was a most encouraging display against one of tho best teams in the Third Division. 



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