1st February 1958
Port Vale (a)
SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY 1958.
FIGHT AND METHOD BUT OUT OF LUCK.
PORT VALE 3, EXETER CITY 2,
Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; JohnOliver, Mitchell; Rapley, Churms, Calland, Nicholls, Rees,
Port Vale:- Cunliffe, Wilkinson, Sproson.
Exeter City Calland 2.
Fight and method said the Exeter City manager Frank Broome would be his two pronged plan to get the club into a more respectable position in the Third Division table, In fight he has already succeeded, method particularly in defence is beginning to creep in where only planless shambling trod before The Third ingredient for the Fourth Division blues cure is still missing, that of luck, because with a modicum of luck City would have come home from Port Vale with maybe two points to the good. Luck was right out when in the 23rd minute, Foley was reduced to a hobbling cripple after a tackle, and in the 73rd minute the previously sound Hunter made a tragic slip and let Vale take the lead for the first time in the game through Cunliffe's hopeful 30 yard shot, two minutes later Calland put City in the lead again, but within three minutes Vale were back in front with a goal from Wilkinson, The limping Foley had laid on a goal for Calland to score in the 44th minute, Both before and after his injury the City defence was very good and covering up well. The determined performances of John MacDonald and Mitchell made the goal eager Vale forwards so often helpless. Oliver had a good all round debut,
EXETER CITY RESERVES 5
Bell; Packer,Bowkett; Waterman, Harvey, Cleverley; Wilson, Hill, Beer, Grinney,Dale
Exeter City Harvey Wilson, Hill, Grinney, Dale,