Match 21
2nd November, 1968
Football League
ECFC v Grimsby Town

Saturday, 2nd November, 1968
Football League
Grimsby Town (home), draw 2-2

City are becoming the Treble Chance punters' favourite for this was our fourth draw in the last five home games and brought the total of draws to eight in 18 games this season-10 draws in 23 games if one includes League Cup ties.

Because Grimsby were the underdogs and were playing away from home they took the honours. City should have been able to have clinched victory in the first half when they had much more of the play but could only manage one goal Alan Banks doing his stuff yet again. Unfortunately, however, City missed too many of the chances they created for themselves in this half, and indeed it was not until after Grimsby had shot an equaliser in the last 10 minutes that Dave Pleat was able to obtain a second Exeter goal.
It was then that Grimsby showed that what they lacked in football skill they make up for with tenacity and a deter mination to fight to the last gasp, for far from taking the wind out of their sails our second goal, so soon after they had equalised, only served to spur them on to greater efforts.
Our players' complaint that Grimsby's final equaliser scored by Bobby Ross in the last minute of injury time was only a fluke goal sounds like sour grapes. Fluke or not it deprived Exeter of a point, but who would dare deny that fighting Grimsby deserved to share their spoils of an incident-packed game.

Team:- Shearing; Smyth, Blain; Kirk ham, Harvey, Curtis; Corr, Banks, Bal son, Mitten (Crawford), Pleat.

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