12 April 1968
Lincoln City (h)
FRIDAY 12th APRIL 1968.
CITY TEAM NEED A MIRACLE.
EXETER CITY 0,
Smout; Smyth, Balson; Newman, Harvey, Huxford; Corr, Banks, Coughlin, Pinkney, Blain, (Fudge after 60 minutes.)
LINCOLN CITY 1,
Kennedy; Brown, Peden; Smith, Harford, Grummett; Hughes, Kearns, Corner, Cobb, Holmes. Sub: Gregson
Scorer: Lincoln; Cobb,
Referee Mr New (Portsmouth)
Just what else is there to say about Exeter City ?
They leave you virtually speechless when you walk out of St James' Park after having seen them beaten yet again, Now even a fairy godmother with a wand capable of producing almost any miracle could be struggling to turn this team into one which could avoid having to apply for re-election at the end of the season, Exeter are getting worse. The re-election shadow has almost completely covered them, They met a Lincoln team, level on points with them before the match started, City had to win, but no, they were beaten, What a way to start this crucial Easter period. It was another bad performance by Exeter City and what made matters worse was that Lincoln were a poor side as well, Exeter lacked ideas and were unimaginative. They never really looked like scoring. Once Alan Pinkney hit the bar with what was an intended cross, but apart from that, there was no danger to Lincoln at all, The visitors scored their winner in the 35th minute through Cobb. That was it, Two more points gone to put City in deep trouble in the bottom four.
This was one of City's poorest displays of the season. Only twice throughout the whole 90 minutes did we look like scoring when Alan Pinkney hit the bar and when Mickey Fudge cracked in a good shot. For the most part we seldom looked capable of mastering the fast ball on a firm pitch, and worth while moves were few and far between. Lincoln deservedly won with their goal coming in the 35th minute through Billy Cobb.