28th September 1955
CITY WERE SHAKY IN DEFENCE AND ATTACK.
READING WINNERS OF A POOR GAME
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH
EXETER CITY 0 READING 2.
Six and a half thousand dis-satisfied customers poured away from the St James's Park ground on Wednesday evening, trying to fathom out what had happened to Exeter City's football. Reading took both the points by a 2-0 margin, thanks to the goals by Long, who apart from scoring twice did nothing.
Davey Harvey John
Thomas Worthington Burke Ellaway Buckle
Referee:- Mr R.E. Smith of Newport. Linesmen: Messrs R.C.Bryant and D.F.Green.
Wheeler Leach Kirkup Hinshelwood Long
McLaren Davies Penford
It was a poor game, and Reading were just as bad as Exeter. An Exeter devoid of solidarity in defence, and utterly without any ideas of how to penetrate the Reading blockade. Reading's first goal came in the 28th minute. Both Harvey and Mitchell went for and missed a ball down the middle and Long was able to run on and take his time in beating the helpless Hunter.
PENALTY KICK MISSED.
When for the second time (the referee ignored the first offence) Burke was brought down by Mansell in the penalty area Mr Smith signalled a penalty-kick. Buckle took it and shot straight at Jones. The second goal was scored in the last minute of the game. A corner was taken by Hinshelwood and Long headed the ball home.
Attendance 6,633, receipts £632.6s.3d.