THE FORGOTTEN STRIKER RETURNS
The striker who returned from the wilderness for a seventeen minute appearance proved to be Exeter City's match winner as the Grecians stretched their unbeaten record to four league matches.
Despite having an excellent pre-season, Graeme Tomlinson was largely overlooked for selection by former manager Noel Blake, making the substitutes bench on odd occasions - as was the case last season.
But under acting manager John Cornforth, who can have done his chances of gaining the post on a permanent basis no harm at all, Tomlinson was introduced to the fray against Carlisle United and went on to net the only goal of the game.
The first half was distinctly poor. Both sides looked like bottom of the table outfits, with the Cumbrians being guilty, thankfully from City's point of view, of some abysmal finishing.
It was a little better after the interval, with City gaining the upperhand, working harder and showing more purpose.
The winning goal came in the 65th minute when Tomlinson bundled home from close range, after a less than impressive display of defensive prowess by Carlisle.
However, his joy turned to despair six minutes later as he had to leave the field with a groin injury after chasing a through ball and over stretching.
Carlisle were almost gifted an equaliser when Kwame Amapdu fouled Peter Murphy in the 78th minute, but Arjan Van Heusden dived low to his left to push the spot kick away.
The three points lifted City into 22nd position in the Third Division and dumped Carlisle to the bottom, but such is the tighly packed league table, another win could in theory elevate City up to tenth place.
This may not have been a classic football match - far from it - but a win against another team scrapping at the bottom was vital, and City showed enough character to edge through.