31st March, 1969
MONDAY 31st MARCH 1969.
BATTLING CITY MOVE UP THE TABLE.
EXETER CITY 1-0 WORKINGTON
Shearing; Smyth, Blain; Kirkham, Newman, Curtis; Pleat, Binney, Wingate, Mitten, Whatling.
Scorer Exeter : Curtis,
Battling Exeter City collected another two points as they stretched their unbeaten run to 7 games Their win over Workington lifted them three places in the Fourth Division and with 8 matches now remaining the City must have a good chance of escaping the necessity of applying for re-election, But it looked a deadlock in this game until part timer Dermot Curtis settled the issue with just 11 minutes remaining, It was not a match featuring good footballThe wind made it difficult for both sides, but there was certainly a shortage of constructive football. Exeter won because of their persistence in the second half with the wind behind them, City moved forward much more and in the end just got through, The first half was a poor scrappy affair, poor passing and virtually no constructive effort, neither goalkeeper had a great deal to do, There was a lack of fluent imaginative soccer throughout and there was nothing really clear cut about the gameExeter kept pegging away and that all important goal was the result,
Seldom has so much effort been ex pended for so little result. That's what most of us were thinking as this game was drawing to a close. But then, with 10 minutes to spare, Dermot Curtis scored the goal which was enough to give us both points and made it all worthwhile. City just about deserved victory be cause of their persistence and for noth ing else. The standard of football from either side was, to put it kindly, rather disappointing. The strong wind had something to do with this although it does not entirely excuse the teams from being unable to get to grips with the situation.