Match 26
23rd December 1972
Football League
Chester v Exeter

23rd December 1972
Football League
Chester 0-1 Exeter

What the papers said!

Exeter snatched their third away win of the season when Fred Binney pounced to score the winner and end Chester's run of 14 games without defeat at Sealand Road. They opened brightly and caused plenty of problems for the home defence. Right winger Tony Scott was impressive, while in the middle, Binney and Dick Plumb were also in good form. After 10 minutes, Scott crossed and the ball broke to Plumb who hammered a dipping shot inches over the bar. Then a Binney shot bounced off goalkeeper John Taylor's leg before Chester hit back and both Bob Wallace and Terry Owen had shots blocked by Exeter's defenders. It came as no surprise when Exeter took a 24-minute lead. Young full-back John Relish failed to cut out a long through ball and Binney raced on and beat Taylor with a well-taken low shot. Chester's game improved in the second half, but their forwards lacked rhythm and they were unable to find a way past the competent Wilson.
Sunday Express

Exeter upset Chester's 14-match unbeaten home record and really proved to be their bogey side. For City cracked Chester's 25 match run last New Year's Day. But Chester can have no complaints because this was clearly their worst home display of the season.
Plumb and Binney were hard running forwards and caused Chester's slow defence all sorts of trouble. This sluggishness led to Exeter's winner midway through the first half. Relish, young Chester full-back deputising for the suspended Griffiths, stood and watched a through-ball. Binney outpaced two other de fenders and slipped the ball coolly into the net.  Chester's Hollis missed a simple chance to equalise just after half time.
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