Match 01
10th August 1968
Peterborough (a)

Saturday, 10th August, 1968

Peterborough United 1-1 Exeter 

PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1. Millington, Noble, Norman, Ricketts, wile, Wright; Brace, Conmy, Hall, Pyatt, Thompson,

Shearing; Smyth, Balson; Kirkham, Harvey, Newman; Corr, Banks, Bullock, Mitten, Pleat,

Peterborough: Hall,
Exeter: Corr.
Attendance: 8,352,

This was an extremely good start and a result that the City deserved. This new look Exeter side with five new signings is certainly an improvement on last season, They have more ability, more ideas and more purpose. This result should form a good foundation for the week's aned, and it should also build their confidence, Both sides could have scored more than once, Alan Banks and John Corr both missed good chances, while Conmy and Hall should have found the net for Peterborough, New signing John Kirkham making a quick return to his former club worked effectively in midfield, Corr had a good match making several good runs. Exeter moved the ball around well at times. Corr had gvien Exeter the lead in the 18th minute with a well taken goal from the edge of the penalty area after outpacing full back Noble to beat Millington with a low shot. The equaliser came ten minutes before half time through Hall following a goalmouth scramble, so the first of 46 episodes was over, and although it is early viewing the prospects look much brighter for Exeter City.

Match Summary 

A well deserved point obtained with a goal by Johnny Corr in the 18th minute. More good scoring efforts were well save by Millington in the Peterborough goal before the home side scrambled an equaliser through Hall, the ball bouncing off another player to give him his chance. Justice was done when the referee ruled Peterborough offside after they had got the ball in the net for City had earned this draw.

Match Report 2 

Corr sparkles on Exeter wing

Peterborough 1, Exeter 1:

Exeter gave Peterborough a view of the tough road they have to travel to get back into the Third Division. City brought no sophisticated football to London Road. but they swept into the game with speed and purpose and tackled hard all over the field. Peterborough played as if they aimed to win promotion before Christmas. Aimless excess of effort swamped what skill there is in the side, and players ran far ahead of their ideas. They got lost in a series of blind alleys and Exeter were not going to open any gates for them. Cec Smyth, in particular, had all the energy and speed needed to keep pace in defence and overlap with Johnny Corr. The Exeter winger was the best man on the field when he was moving. Off the ball he was less sure of himself, and was lost for long periods. It was Corr's sparkle that brought Exeter's goal. He was in no position for a shot when ne cut in towards the Peterborough goal after 18 minutes and aimed at a narrow gap near a post. And the ball went in. With five minutes to go Corr tried a similar shot but this time Millington dived to palm the ball for a corner. Corr was Exeter's top scorer after missing half of last season, and he will be up there again on this form. Jim Hall scrambled Peterborough back into the game 15 minutes after Corr's goal. Wing-half Brian Wright flicked on a pass from Graham Ricketts well enough. but Hall made hard work of ramming the ball in from five yards. Not until stamina started to be sapped by the hot sunshine and lush grass did Posh start to use some of their skill. Then we saw Olly Conmy shoot Just wide after he had run well to a pass from Hall, and Hall send a diving header just over. In the dying moments Peter Thompson bundled the ball in, but as the crowd began to whoop up a Peterborough victory the winger was given offside.



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