Rangers looked to be on course for a third straight league win when they took the lead early in the game at Newton Abbot Spurs with a fine strike from Joe Chamberlain. He latched on to a great through ball from Jack Bryant before beating the home keeper from 10 yards. But Joe was to turn from hero to villain as he got his marching orders from the referee after he questioned one of his decisions for the umpteenth time. This set us on the back foot and we seemed to be in control until Mike Humphreys was robbed on the edge of the box and the ball ran loose for the home team to equalise. Five minutes later a deflected shot from distance looped over Luke Vernong giving him no chance and the game was lost.
“I look back on the game and I ask myself how did we lose that” said Clive after the match. “I lost count of the number of chances we created but we simply did not test their keeper enough and the sending off of Joe had a massive impact on the game as it gave Spurs a real lift just when they seemed to have run out of ideas in attack.”