7th September 1955
Norwich City (a)
8th September 1955
Southern League Cup
BAD SHOOTING COST CITY TWO POINTS.
INTERVAL LEAD AT NORWICH THEN LOST 2-1.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH: NORWICH 2 EXETER CITY 1.
Exeter City on Wednesday evening threw away a splendid chance of recording their first away match success this season. They were far superior to the moderate Norwich side in the first half and should have led by more than a single goal at half-time. Then came a serious defensive lapse resulting in the equaliser for Norwich followed by a match-winning home goal shot 13 minutes from time.
Official gate: 14,014.
NORWICH: Oxford; Norman, Lewis; McCrohan, Foulkes, Ashman; Gordon, Chung, Hunt, Brennan, Coxon.
EXETER:- Hunter; Walton, Doyle; Davey, Harvey, Mitchell; Simpson, Worthington, Burke, John, Buckle.
REFEREE:- Mr R.E.Tarratt, of Horsham.
Exeter are to blame for not making certain of a shock away win in the first half hour. Their forwards repeatedly beat the Norwich defence by clever football played at top speed only to fail in shooting. John put Exeter in front with a superb goal after 7 minutes. Exeter's attack glided down the field in a line with the ball moving rapidly between Burke, Worthington, and Simpson, before John finished it off by scoring from three yards' range.
OFFSIDE TACTICS BARRACKED.
Buckle missed an easy chance of putting the City two up with Oxford out of his goal. Simpson eluded Norman's despairing tackle, drew the goalkeeper out and centred to the unmarked Buckle, who from a couple of yards out had time to literally push the ball in with his nose. Instead he contrived to slice his shot inches past the wrong side of the empty Norwich goal. A spate of barracking by the crowd at their team's inept performance and at Exeter's offside tactics did not help the home side, and the City's defence effectively held a ragged Norwich attack. After 53 minutes came a vital change. Norwich were fighting with a great degree of desperation but without much method when Chung put across a centre which was headed in by Hunt. The winning goal, all against the run of play, was scored by Gordon from Hunt's centre.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH.
SOUTHERN LEAGUE CUP:
YEOVIL 4 (REID 2 FIDLER 2)
CITY RESERVES 3 (REES SWORD 2).
In the opening 45 minutes Yeovil had no answer to the fast-moving Exeter City side and their defence was often hard-pressed. The Yeovil forward line could not beat the first-time tackling of Marsh and Foley, and in fact the whole team was made to look very slow.
YEOVIL:- Singleton; Stephen, Elder; Edwards, Nagy, Topping; Fraser, Reid, Fidler, Clarke, McKay.
CITY RESERVES:- Kelly; Foley, Marsh; Bowkett, Packer, Major; Thomas, Ellaway, Sword, Murphy, Rees.
Rees gave Exeter the lead after only ten minutes when he went on to beat Singleton while the Yeovil defence stood still waiting for the referee to signal offside. Then Yeovil went into their first real attack and forced a corner from which Reid equalised. Exeter, however, were soon on the attack again with Sword running through and beating Singleton as the goalkeeper came out to meet him.
EXETER TWO GOALS AHEAD AT INTERVAL
A further shock was in store for Yeovil when Sword coolly headed a centre from Thomas into the net and Exeter led 3-1 at the interval. The question was whether the youthful Exeter side could keep it up and it was soon apparent that they could not, despite the untiring work of Murphy and the excellent goalkeeping of Kelly. First Reid scored from Fraser's centre and then McKay got the ball into the net from Fidler's pass. The heat was then turned on by Yeovil so much that Exeter City were forced back on the defensive, and Fidler scored the winning goal a few minutes from the end. The young City side, nevertheless, are worthy of congratulations in that they played with great determination and never gave up trying. They certainly gave the Yeovil fans a fright and they might easily have won. They all played well, with Marsh, Foley, Murphy and Kelly the pick of the team.