Nationwide League Division Three
2nd September 2000

Exeter  0-0  Mansfield Town

Attendance: 2,737 


Ten-man Exeter battled hard for a point despite having Neil Whitworth sent off half way through the second half. Both sides created plenty of chances and will feel that they could have won the game.
A goalless draw was the last thing that could have been expected.  Neither team had previously managed a clean sheet, Mansfield had conceded 11 goals and scored 9 in their opening four league games, but failed to find the back of the net.  Exeter started brightly and Alex Inglethorpe had an early chance to put his side ahead. He controlled Graeme Tomlinson's cross inside the box. His first shot was charged down and he struck the rebound over the bar.  Mansfield looked dangerous on the break and only Andy Roscoe's superb sliding tackle denied Darrell Clarke as he met Shayne Bradley's cross and prepared to strike at close range.  Exeter continued to press forward and Christian Roberts just failed to connect with Chris Curran's deep cross.  Exeter should have found themselves a goal down following some suspect marking midway through the half.  Wayne Cordon whipped in a low cross which found Chris Greenacre in yards of space inside the box. He struck a powerful shot from 10 yards which was superbly turned away by Stuart Fraser.  Greenacre continued to look lively and struck a powerful shot just past the post.  Inglethorpe again had a good chance for Exeter but was denied by veteran goalkeeper Bobby Mimms. Inglethorpe found himself with only Mimms to beat as he took the ball into the box, but as he attempted to go past the keeper Mimms managed to smother the ball.  Mansfield always looked dangerous in attack and Stuart Hicks struck a powerful free kick straight at Fraser and Clarke headed Bradley's cross inches past the post.  Blake brought on Steve Flack after the restart in a bid to boost Exeter's firepower.  Inglethorpe again squandered a fine chance just before the hour mark. He managed to connect with Christian Roberts' fine pass, but scooped the ball over the bar from close range.  Greenacre twice hit the woodwork for Mansfield, first his low shot from eight yards rebounded off the foot of the post with Fraser well beaten.  Greenacre then struck the bar with a fine header from Bobby Hassell's cross.  In the closing stages both teams had the chance to snatch victory but had to settle for a draw in a lively contest.