24th September 1955
INJURY WEAKENED CITY GO DOWN FIGHTING.
TAYLOR'S HAT TRICK GIVES BRENTFORD THE VICTORY.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH
DOYLE INJURED AND HANDICAP TOO GREAT.
Exeter were well on top in the first half, at the conclusion of which they led by a goal, scored by Burke in the eighth minute to mil. Three players, Burke, Foley, and Doyle received injuries in this half, the most serious being Doyle, who damaged his ankle, and hed to leave the field.
EXETER CITY:- Hunter; Doyle, Foley; Davey, Harvey, Mitchell; Simpson, Worthington, Burke, John, Buckle. BRENTFORD: - Cake bread; Bassham, Tickridge; Rainford, Bragg, Coote; Heath, Sperrin, Taylor, Towers, Dudley.
Doyle resumed after the interval at outside right with his right ankle heavily bandaged, and the City's great fight with ten effective men had the crowd roaring but the handicap was too great. Taylor got two goals for Brentford but Burke replied with his second for the City. Five minutes from the end Sperrin cut away on the right, and when Foley hesitated the winger transferred to Taylor, who touched the ball past Hunter for his "hat-trick." Brentford's winning goal came at a time when the City were practically played out. In the first half Exeter had played some grand football and deserved to the full their interval lead. Burke's two goals were good ones and he shared the forward honours with Buckle, hard-working and clever both in attack and defence. Doyle was a good full-back until his injury and Harvey a great centre half. Hunter made some fine saves but was at fault with one of the goals.
Result:- Exeter City 2 Brentford 3.
Headington United v Exeter City Res.
CITY RESERVES WERE THRASHED.
Headington United at Oxford beat Exeter City Reserves by seven goals to nil. Scorers: Eele (2), Doherty (1), Adams (2), Smillie (2). For the first ten minutes the Exeter defence had an anxious time, and both Bain and Adams drove the ball over the crossbar. Murray had hard luck when his shot struck the bottom of the goal post, and apart from an occasional breakaway Exeter were thrown back on the defensive, and Kelly made several good saves before the scoring began in the 23rd minute, through Eele. The second goal was scored by Doherty, the left-back, who came up the field, dribbled past three defenders and shot into the net from twenty yards.