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21:41 19th March 2002

Exeter City v York City

The Grecians' start the game making changes with Steve Flack and Glenn Cronin occupying spaces on the bench.  Geoff Breslan returns to the starting line up. City start the second half attacking the Cliff Bastin Stand.  The pitch has taken a severe battering over the last couple of days but the pitch has stood up very well to all of the weather.  The first five minutes start off very slowly with both teams adapting to the slippery surface. York had the first attempt on goal whem Alex Mathie hit a twenty yarder that looked like it had been pushed around the post but the referee signalled a goal kick.  City's first chance came in the tenth minute when Tomlinson placed the ball in from the right wing ang Breslan swung for the ball and missed it! Earning City their first corner. Nineteen minutes in and City created their best chance as Barlow ran through the middle and nutmegged the defender to play the ball to Tomlinson, flighted a bit too heavily the ball skimmed off of his foot and went out for a goal kick. A very boring first half so far as all of the play is taking place in the middle of the park, so far neither keeper has had a save to make.  Firmly in control of the first half , City just need to start creating some more goal attempts to liven up a dull game. Into first half injury time and Breslan fashioned a chance of sorts as he lashed his shot high.  Again at St James' Park a very uneventful first half which needs the usual half time talk to get the team playing and creating chances. Half time score Exeter City 0-0 York City The teams reappear for the second half with York City bringing Lee Nogan on for Aalex Mathie.  The Grecians' are now attacking the empty St James' Road end.  City immediately show a bit more promise as Roberts' won the ball in the air and Tomlinson struck a shot goalbound to see it saved by Fettis. A second half that started full of promise has faded as all of the play moves back into the middle of the field again with no real chances being created.  All of a sudden fifty three minutes into the game and totally against the run of play, from an in swinging free kick Basham sneaked in to head the ball into the back of the net. Fifty seven minutes into the game and City make a double substitution with Glenn Cronin and Steve Flack coming on Graeme Tomlinson and Martin Barlow.  City's best chance so far came in the sixty third minute when a free Flack headed wide of the post. From the next attack in the sixty fourth minute Roberts found himself free with the ball at his feet on the right side of the box, smashing a right footed shot into the back of the net to pull the scores level.  Corny's managerial skills came into play as he is now trying to lift the fans as well as the team, turning to the Doble Stand and asking for them to make more noise. City should have taken the lead six minutes later as Flack got the ball at his feet and struck goalwards, Fettis somehow falling backwards managed to punch the ball back out into play.  Flack played a part in the next effort as he somehow swung an boot and looped the ball over his head as Andy Roscoe rushed his shot and put the ball wide of the post. City make their final substitution in the seventy ninth minute as Jay Richardson came on to replace Geoff Breslan.  With four minutes to go Jay Richardson broke into the box and was brought down for a penalty.  Up stepped Buckle and he smashed the ball into the back of the net to give the Grecians' a 2-1 lead with three minutes plus stoppages to go. Another resurgent second half performance by the City who manage to hold on to record another home victory that moves us back into the top half of the table.
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