20th August 1955
Colchester United (h)
Kidderminster Harriers (a)
CITY WITH TWO HURT FIGHT A GALLANT DRAW.
BOTH GOALKEEPERS SHINE AT THE PARK.
SATURDAY AUGUST 20TH:
EXETER CITY 0 COLCHESTER 0.
Parr had a fitness test this morning, found that his injured ankle in good enough shape to take the strain and was able to take his place at left-back, this making a total of seven newcomers in Exeter City's side. With the temperature touching 80 degrees most of the crowd which numbered 8,000 at the start were in their shirt sleeves. There was a tremendous cheer as Mitchell led out the City team, which looked very smart in the "new look" Continental kit, red jerseys with white collars and cuffs, and white shorts, these cut very brief.
EXETER CITY:- Hunter; Walton, Parr; Dunne, Harvey, Mitchell; Simpson, Worthington, Burke, Iggleden, Buckle.
COLCHESTER:- Ames; Harrison, Fenton; Hill, Stewart, Dale; Grice, McLeod, McCurley, Fowler, Wright.
REFEREE:- Mr L. Callaghan of Merthyr.
If ever a team deserved a point it was Exeter City today. Throughout the second half Parr was off the field and Dunne was hobbling along on the right wing. But with only nine effective men they fought harder than it seemed possible to fight, and but for the superb efforts of Ames, and to a lesser degree Stewart, they surely must have won. Hunter was the man of the match as far as the City were concerned. He made over a dozen saves completely "out of this world." Burke was tireless and practically ran himself off his feet. No - one worked harder than Iggleden and Worthington in a double wing-half and inside-forward role.
KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1
EXETER CITY RESERVES 2.
Exeter City Reserves found the youngest forward line in the Southern League a lively handful in the opening stages at Kidderminster today. Only sound defensive work prevented a score quite early on.
HARRIERS:- Crowther; Paxton, Smale; Swankie, Haycox, Millington; Punter, Colson, Knowles, Cocum, Hardiman.
CITY RESERVES:- Kelly; Doyle, Foley; Packer, Davey, John; Thomas, Ellaway, Sword, Murphy, Rees.
Shortly before half-time Kidderminster lost Hardiman, who was taken off the field with a broken collar-bone. Ellaway scored for Exeter. Haycox levelled the scores direct from a free kick and Rees obtained the winning goal for the City after 78 minutes.