Stoke - Past Meetings
The previous season, 1991/2, the away game at Stoke had seen a very different result as a rampant City team stunned Stoke with a 3-2 victory. In front of 13,563 spectators, two goals from Leigh Jenkinson and one from Graeme Atkinson saw the Tigers claim all three points.
Jenkinsoní s first goal came after only 4 minutes as he slid the ball home after a shot from Atkinson was parried by Ronnie Sinclair, the Stoke keeper.
The score remained this way until Half Time, with City on the defensive for long periods.
The second half started at a furious pace but it was the Tigers who drew first blood as they extended their lead, when after good work in midfield by Dean Windass and a fierce shot by John Pearson, Neil Atkinson followed up and rammed the loose ball into the roof of the net.
Stoke were next to score when Alan Fettis failed to hold onto a deep corner and Paul Barnes was on hand to prod home from short range.
The Tigers roared back two minutes later with a spectacular goal from Jenkinson, his second of the match. He ran with the ball for over half the length of the pitch before performing his famous shuffle and crashing the ball into the top left hand corner of the net.
It was almost 4-1 on 65 minutes when a Windass free kick went inches wide of the post, but the final goal of the game fell to Stoke in the 74th minute as a cross shot from Mark Stein beat Alan Fettis and went in at the far post.
The Tigers weathered a Stoke storm for the last 15 minutes but emerged from it with 3 deserved points.
Letís hope Saturdayís game is equally exciting and a similar result would be most welcome!