The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Stu­art James

NEW SIGN­ING Sam Parkin came to the res­cue of man­ager Paul Tis­dale as the striker crowned a su­perb de­but with the win­ning goal in Ex­eter City’s vic­tory over Bris­tol Rovers.

Parkin signed for the Gre­cians over the sum­mer fol­low­ing his re­lease from St Mir­ren and has been asked to fill the shoes of Jamie Cure­ton, who left St James’ Park for Chel­tenham Town dur­ing the close sea­son.

And Parkin came up trumps with a sub­lime div­ing header from 12 yards 11 min­utes from time to get Ex­eter’s sea­son up and run­ning with a win.

“Sam was out­stand­ing on his de­but. He re­ally had a ter­rific game,” Tis­dale said.

“Other than the goal, which is a ma­jor part of the game, his over­all per­for­mance al­lowed us to get up the field and get into the op­po­si­tion half.

“He of­fered a real chal­lenge to the Rovers de­fend­ers and I don’t want to ask too much of him too soon, but he showed to­day that he is cer­tainly ca­pa­ble of play­ing a game for us that is very, very im­por­tant.

“I’m de­lighted. We made it a fo­cus of ours that to­day was all about the re­sult and a per­for­mance that led to a re­sult.”

The open­ing goal of the game came on 58 min­utes when Steve Milden­hall failed to deal with Ar­tur Krysiak’s boom­ing clear­ance and con­ceded a cor­ner.

Craig Woodman de­liv­ered the ball to the back post where for­mer Rovers defender Danny Coles rose to thun­der a great header into the roof of the net.

How­ever, Rovers were level within ten min­utes as Ex­eter failed to deal with a deep cross which was re­cy­cled by El­lis Har­ri­son.

He curled a low cross to the front post and El­liot Richards was left with an easy tap-in from in­side the six-yard box.

City won it on 79 min­utes when the ball fell to Davies and he floated a fine cross that found Parkin on the penalty spot and he guided a fine header into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Ex­eter were wor­thy win­ners against a Rovers side that was rav­aged by in­jury and their man­ager John Ward re­fused to use that as an ex­cuse at full-time for his side’s per­for­mance.

“It’s not ideal with all the in­juries we have,”Ward said.

“It is what it is and I can’t al­ter that. I can’t make in­jured play­ers fit, so we have to go with what we have and try our very best.

“We tried our very best with the ones we got and peo­ple will have vary­ing views as to whether it was the right re­sult or not.

“I think we could have got a point out of it, but I don’t think we could have tried any harder. “We took too long to get go­ing, but that isn’t a sur­prise with it be­ing the first game of the sea­son af­ter all.

“We got at them in the sec­ond half and could have snatched a draw at the end but it wasn’t to be and that’s frus­trat­ing. “We need to pick our

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