Left-back’s strike named as City’s standout strikeExeter City supporters have selected Craig Woodman’s free-kick on the final home fixture of 2013/14 against Scunthorpe United as the Goal of 2014.
Woody’s left-footed strike will be submitted to the Football League for consideration against the other 71 clubs from the Championship, League 1 and League 2 for the overall prize, which will be announced at the annual Football League Awards in March.
Scunthorpe were on a 28-game unbeaten run going into the weekend, before Craig popped up with a goal on the stroke of half-time. Having practiced some free-kick routines the day before, fellow full-back Danny Butterfield laid the ball square for Woodman to thrash into the top corner and sending the Big Bank into raptures.
Jimmy Keohane added a second after the interval to secure a 2-0 win, meaning that the Grecians’ Football League status was secured on the penultimate weekend. Everyone went home happy – despite losing for the first time in over four and a half months, the Iron were promoted that afternoon thanks to other results from around the country going their way.
Craig’s goal led a well-contested shortlist of six, with a free-kick from Matt Grimes against Accrington and a fine solo goal by Jimmy Keohane against Hartlepool providing the main competition.
Here’s a reminder of Woodman’s goal…