Match 03
17th August 1968
Football League
ECFC v Chesterfield

Saturday, 17th August 1968
Football League
Chesterfield (home) won 3-0.

In one of the most exciting displays given by an Exeter City side for some time at St. James Park the new-look team, which in cluded five close season signings, convincingly beat a more than useful Chesterfield combination 3-0 and might well have doubled that score.

It was a real treat to see the City attacking throughout with such craft and enthusi asm, and the first goal after 16 minutes was the result of one of the smoothest movements seen at Exeter in recent years. Balson, Banks and Bullock combined before our new centre-forward tapped the ball home.

City always looked the superior attackers although Chesterfield were never outplayed. Indeed, we had a couple of narrow escapes before David Pleat hit our second goal in the 33rd minute.

Chesterfield came more into the game after the interval, although it was City who scored again after 10 minutes through Jimmy Blain. a goal made by Alan Banks, but City came back as strong as ever in the later stages and ran out worthy winners.

Team-Shearing; Smyth. Balson; Kirkham, Harvey, Newman; Blain, Banks, Bullock, Mitten, Pleat. Sub., Crawford.

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