Match 32
11th February 1989
Scunthorpe (a)

11th FEBRUARY 1989


This was a fairly typical City away match, a defeat, no goals to celebrate, but another tremendous vocal effort by the travelling fans. Scunthorpe were in good form, having won four of their previous five matches they were clearly favourites to win. Indeed, they put City under pressure from the start and took the lead after just six minutes. Cowling set up captain Steve Lister and his shot rebounded off the crossbar and, according to a certain bloke in black, crossed the line before being smothered by Dave Walter. In all honesty, we were fairly lucky to survive an open and generally entertaining first half. Dave Walter pulled off several good saves as Scunthorpe counter attacked incisively. City's goal efforts were few and far between, Darran Rowbotham coming closest with a scorching drive which looked almost as certain a goal as one of Shaun Taylor's back passes !

The second-half bought with it Keith Smith, and subsequently more pressure from City. A couple of corners promised a lot, but the Exeter attack so sharp at The Park looks decidedly blunt on our travels. Early in the half we sprung 'Boring, Boring, Scunthorpe's' off-side trap, but the chance came to nothing, lan Benjamin nearly wriggled through the defence to leave himself a one-on-one with the keeper, but yet again Lady Luck was frowning in our direction.

At about half-past four I got that familiar feeling that more points are drifting gently away from us. Whilst hoping to be proved wrong, Dave Cowling proved me sadly right, forcing a second five minutes from time. Doubtless this sort of away performance will earn us the occasional win, but we'll need to be that yard faster, that little bit more possitive and that shade luckier if away victories are to become a regular occurence. This excited the incredibly silent Scunthorpe supporters' sufficiently to draw an ironic 'You're not singing anymore', the signal for a five minute rendition of Terry Cooper's red and white army (yes, I know you don't care - and yes, I know the result's more important, but when you've travelled all that way you don't want to shuffle, quietly out in a state of depression).

After the final whistle we burst into several mass cries of the travelling Grecians theme song 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'. Such was our merriment that the infamous Gareth was moved to comment to the watching Plod "It's a good job we didn't win !". Yet again the importance of watching your side away was highlighted. Those stranded in Exeter simply had the bare Scunthorpe 2(1) Exeter 0(0) to look at, we had the memories of a not too bad performance and an enjoyable afternoon out with one of the best happy-go-lucky bands of supporters in the land.



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