28th January 1956
EXETER CITY 1 WALSALL 1:
SATURDAY JANUARY 28TH.
CITY SNATCH POINT IN EXTRA TIME.
Mr G..Pullen added three minutes injury time onto the game, and with no more than 30 seconds to go, outside right Whiteside collected the ball from the left, he trapped it neatly, swivelled smartly past Vinall and hit a right foot shot low into the net past Davis, Thus City had drawn 1-1 and without method, without ideas, without combination and some with skill but no effort to back it, The match was appalling, Walsall were a very poor side, City even poorer. A team lifeless to a man, added a point to their League total, a point that they did not deserve, were grinding themselves into the ground but without the skill to make these efforts worthwhile. The conditions were not helpful for good football but City nevertheless were pitifuly pathetic. They were pathetic to the extreme after Hodgkisson, the best forward on the field had given Walsall a 50th minute lead which they deservedSemi bright spots were Doyle's performance at rightback, the reliability of veteran Kelly in goal and the fair to middling game of Harvey and Rees, On a pitch that was a quagmire the only thing to do was to bring the ball up with a hard kick and forget the short passing and fancy stuff, here was City's undoing,
Attendance 7,147 Receipts £683.
Referee, Mr G.W.Pullin of Bristol.
Exeter City:- Kelly; Doyle, Mitchell; Davey, Harvey, John; Whiteside, Iggleden, Burke, Murphy, Rees.
Walsall:- Davis; Haddington, Vinall; Dorman, McPherson, Crook; Morris, Walsh, Richards, Hodgkisson, McLaren.
Dartford 4 Exeter City Reserves 0,
EXETER CITY RESERVES 0
Lobbett; Parr, Foley, Bowkett, Jenkins, Walton; Grinney, Worthington, Sword Houghton, Buckle,
Tom Jenkins a young Welsh trialist at centre half
BUCKLE GOES ON TRANSFER LIST.
Another Exeter City player has been placed on the transfer list at his own request, the second joins him on the list Ted Buckle joined City during the close season and cost a fair sized fee from Everton, he considers that at the age of 29 he has still plenty of first team football left in him,