Match 13
September 28th, 1968
Football League
Colchester United v Exeter City

Saturday, September 28th, 1968 Football League
Colchester United (home)
Draw 1-1.

Another disappointment for home sup porters who have not seen the City do anything worthwhile on this ground since we beat Sheffield Wednesday. On this occasion both sides blamed the pitch for slowing down play and spoiling it as a spectacle, and there was also some excuse for Exeter because of their strenu ous mid-week game at White Hart Lane, but the average spectator pays little heed to such excuses and they certainly do not help to dispel disappointment at seeing the City drop another home point. City were shocked by an early Col chester goal surprisingly netted within the first two minutes. Indeed, it was such a surprise that many of us were not sure who should be credited with the goal. Obviously no-one was more surprised than Peter Shearing who must have been expecting Brian Gibbs to get his head to Simpson's high dropping centre. Actually, Gibbs failed to connect and the ball carried along its initial route and into the net.

We took a long time to get to grips with the situation after that shock and when eventually we began to worry the visiting defence we often failed through lack of determination. However, Alan Banks showed all the determination that was required when he headed (Alan is making more of a habit of heading goals these days) one of his most brilliant goals, thanks yet again to an accurate centre from Dave Pleat. This was five minutes before the interval.
There was no more scoring in the second half during which the almost leisurely exchanges were fairly evenly distributed.

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

Curtis substituting for Kirkham after 70 minutes.


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