30 August 2003
Exeter City 1 Farnborough Town 1. Saturday 30 August 2003
Referee: P Melin
BBC match report –
Leroy Griffiths earned Farnborough a point with a late equaliser from the penalty spot at 10-man Exeter.
But the real hero for Farnborough, still seeking their first win of the season, was goalkeeper Mark Osborn.
Steve Flack appeared to have earned Exeter victory when he headed the ball home on the hour-mark to finally breach Osborn.
But Griffiths levelled from the spot after substitute Barrington Belgrave had been fouled by goalkeeper James Bittner before Exeter had French defender Alexandre Jeannin sent off for violent conduct in the final minute.
James Coppinger went close to giving Exeter a 12th-minute lead but Osborn produced a fine save to keep out the striker's 18-yard effort.
Osborn was called into action again moments later to deny Dutch striker Reinier Moor and then foiled Coppinger again as Exeter dominated.
In first-half stoppage time, Osborn produced another excellent save to prevent Jeannin from giving Exeter the lead.
Exeter: Bittner, Hiley, Jeannin, Gaia, Todd, Coppinger, Ampadu, Cronin, Thomas, Flack, Moor. Subs: Rice, McConnell, Sean Canham, Sean Canham, Afful, Lee.
Farnborough: Osborn, Lovett, Hayes, Weatherstone, Opinel, Hutchings, Sappleton, Beall, Hodgson, Chaaban, Griffiths. Subs: Packham, Belgrave, Harkness, Neil, Thompson.
Referee: P Melin (Frimley).