3rd September 1988
Doncaster R (a)
SEPTEMBER 3rd 1988
DONCASTER 2 EXETER CITY I
The journey home to Exeter from Bristol was made in high spirits, but after this game, despondency reigned. It was the worst City display I have seen in any of the fifty or so away matches I have attended. Thankfully, football matches are only ninety minutes long so it is not usually possible for any mental illnesses to result from such disappointments. The match was played to an extremely quiet audionco, in gonoral the only noise came from the titty City fans present, a poor showing for the first away League game of the season. The surroundings were no more impressive, the main stand which runs half the length of the pitch is the only covered part of the ground. The first twenty minutes were pretty uneventful but things changed at the halfway point in the first half. City were awarded a penalty and Steve Neville stepped up to score. An away win beckoned Unfortunately not so, as suven minutes later the dangerous Rankine crossed and the even more dangerous Dobson nipped in to score at the near post. Alter the interval,Doncaster applied most of the pressure and it was no surprise when Rankine won a penalty, as he was turning our defence inside out. Dobson stroked the spot-kick home. This was followed by more Rovers' pressure which should have been converted into goals.
"Sorry for the patchy report, but city performances like this should be forgotten quickly."