23 September 1995.
Leyton Orient (h)
And on the 26th September 1995
Dorchester Town (a) Friendly.
SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER
ENDSLEIGH LEAGUE 3rd DIVISION
EXETER CITY 2 LEYTON ORIENT 2
If ever one incident changed the course of a game, then surely this was?
Exeter had zipped into a two goal lead through Richard Pears and Mark Cooper, and although Orient had pulled one back courtesy of Alex Inglethorpe, they looked fairly comfortable and for the first time this season full of goals. It all changed however with the controversial first half dismissal of Noel Blake for a challenge on the orient keeper. Reduced to ten men for 60 minunes, City had to readjust their came plan and battle hard to preserve their lead. To their credit, they almost snatched a third goal when a header from Danny Bailey was directed straight at the visitors keeper Orient however came more and more into the game and it was really no surprise when Inglethorpe grabbed his and his teams second goal of the match to carn them a share of the points which had at one stage locked very unlikely. It was a bad afternoon all round for City who also lost Mark Cooper with ankle injury which late necessitated surgery and will keep him out of action for some weeks
Peter Fox, Neil Parsley, Gary Rice, Mark Cooper (Russell Coughlin), Noel Blake. Jon Richardson, Mark Chamberlain Danny Bailey, Richard Pears (Robbie Tumer). Martin Philips, Matthew Hare.
Peter Caldwell, lan Hendon, Roger Stanislaus, Danny Chapman, Gary Bellamy, Tony McCarthy, Tony Kelly (Mark Warren) Glen Cockerill, Alex Inglethorpe. Colin West, Shaun Brooks (Kevin Austin).
Exeter: Pears, Cooper
Orient: Inglethorpe (2)
Referee:Mike Pierce (Portsmouth)
TUESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
DORCHESTER TOWN 1
EXETER CITY 3
Exeter City fulfilled a friendly fixture at the Avenue Stadium Dorchester to give a run-out to these players who have not featured in the first team on a regular basis in recent weeks, plus also it gave a chance to some of the trainee's.
It proved to be a useful workout with Barry McConnell capping an impressive display by scoring twice. The third City goal came from Mike Cecere as he continued his comeback trail from injury
The Grecians included 18 year old goalkeeper Steve Staples in their side, having recently been released by Reading following a spell as a traince Staples was asked back for further assessment after the match.
DORCHESTER TOWN SQUAD:
Tony Oliver, Andy Gater, Alan Jordan, Mike Kilgour Michael White. Scott Morgan, Paul Watts, Dave Lovell, Simon Winstone, Jame Reeve, Chris Evans, John Mills, Gary Morris, Aidie Phillips, Kieron Howse, Ryan Corbett.
Stephen Staples, Jamie Morgan, Andrew Rollason, Steve White, Colin Anderson, Nicky Medlin, Anthony Thirlby, Gary Rice, Barry McConnell, Mike Cecere, Robbie Turner.
Subs: Jamie Littley, Richard Neno, Chris Grant
McConnell (2), Cecere.
Referee: W. Lillington.