10th September 1955
Exeter City v Southend
And in the Southern League
Barry Town v Exeter City Reserves
12th September 1955
Southern League Cup
Exeter City Reserves v Yeovil
CITY (BEATEN 1-0) HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME. SOUTHEND SCORE WINNING GOAL WITH ONLY REAL ATTACK.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH: CITY 0 SOUTHEND 1.
Iggleden made his first appearance for the City chiefs since he was injured in the second match of the season, when Southend visited St James's Park this afternoon. He came in at inside-left and John switched to right half in place of the injured Davey. Southend had a newcomer, Williamson, of Clyde, at left-back.
EXETER CITY:- Hunter; Walton, Doyle; John, Harvey, Mitchell; Simpson, Worthington, Burke, Iggleden, Buckle.
SOUTHEND: Threadgold; Young, Williamson; Duthie, Howe, Lawler;
Dowsett, McCrory, Hollis, Baron, McGuigan.
REFEREE:- Mr R.H.Mann of Worcester.
The City had no-one to blame but themselves for losing this match. For most of the game they were superior to a seemingly disinterested Southend side. At times Exeter played great football, but just did not look able to get the ball into the back of the net. For most of the second half neither side showed much signs of life, and it was from one of the few combined moves in this period that Southend got their goal. A triangular passing move between McCrory, Duthie, and Dowsett ended when Dowsett centred for McGuigan to head the ball into the net and to give the visitors an undeserved lead. John had a good game at right half, particularly before the interval and Simpson and Buckle were the most dangerous forwards even though the latter did miss an open goal.
Barry Town v Exeter City Reserves
CITY RESERVES DRAW AT BARRY.
Barry played their new centre-forward, Trevor Reynolds, from Merthyr Tydfil. Exeter had to withstand early pressure, and Kelly brought off some fine saves from a lively Welsh forward line. Sword put Exeter in front after 34 minutes but Barry drew level four minutes later when Goodfellow netted from close range. A terrific shot by Cain direct from a free kick 30 yards out gave the lead to Barry in the second half, but when they looked to have the points well in hand Thomas came along with a late equaliser when henetted the ball following a corner. Final score:
Barry Town 2
Exeter City Reserves 2.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH.
LUCK WITH YEOVIL IN SOUTHERN CUP.
CITY RESERVES EXIT:
BEATEN 0-1 AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
Yeovil Town passed into the second round of the Southern League Cup competition with a 1-0 second leg win at St James's Park. They were the stronger side, and played a fast, compact, and clever game, but all praise to the younger Exeter team, who, despite their fading staying power, particularly in the second half, tried hard for 90 minutes and almost levelled the scores in the last few seconds of the game. As in the first-leg game at Yeovil last week, when they only really settled in the second half to win 4-3, the league champions' forward line had a far more businesslike look in the second 45 minutes, and their score should have been more than one.
CITY RESERVES:- Kelly; Foley, Marsh; Major, Packer, Murphy; Thomas, Ellaway, Sword, Grinney, Rees.
YEOVIL: Singleton; Dominy, Elder; Edwards, Nagy, Hardy; Fraser, Reid, Fidler, McKay, Squires.
McKay, who played a terrier-like game, missed on three occasions when he should have scored. The long-legged and tricky Squires, formerly of Plymouth Argyle, had a good game, but his duels with Foley ended with the Exeter player taking the honours. In fact Foley and Murphy played a good, sound, aggressive game, which helped Thomas to give a performance which was much improved on his previous appearances at St James's Park in the present season.
TACTICAL ERRORS BY CITY BACKS.
Exeter's backs had an unfortunate tendency when the sun was in their forwards' eyes in the first half to boot the ball high upfield, and even when the front line could see the ball they were generally out classed in the air by the taller men in the Yeovil defence. Yeovil's goal came from a fine header by Fidler following a corner kick well placed by McKay, but all these Yeovil forwards possessed the ability to score goals. In the final minute a good move put Sword through, but Yeovil's luck was in when the centre-forward hooked the ball narrowly wide of the net.
The attendance was 1,595, receipts £132. 4s. 7d.