22nd March 1958
Exeter. City v Reading
And in the Southern League
Cheltenham v Exeter City Reserves
EXETER CITY 1 (Calland)
READING 1 ( Wheeler)
Played at St James's Park,
March 22nd 1958
City: Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; John, Oliver, Mitchell; Stiffle, Wilson, Calland, Churms, Dale.
Reading:- Jones; McLaren, Reeves; Anderton, Davies, Spiers; King, Wheeler, Dixon, Walker, Harrison.
Referee:- Mr G.W.Pullin of Bristol. Linesmen:- Messrs D.F.Green and L.D.Mahoney.
This was one of Exeter City's best performances for a long time. On a hard and bumpy pitch, with an icy wind sweeping the ground, they had Reading, the Leeague leaders, really worried for almost all the second half and with better finishing would have won easily. The match was a particular triumph for Tom Wilson, playing against his former club in his new position of inside right. Wilson's tireless energy almost brought about the downfall of Reading on several
occasions. Calland obtained Exeter's goal with a right-foot shot twenty minutes from the end to equalise the one scored by Wheeler mid-way through the first half.
CHELTENHAM TOWN 1
EXETER CITY RESERVES 0.
Exeter City Reserves, five places from the bottom of the SouthernLeague, made five alterations, and their forward line was completely reshuffled.
Cheltenham:- Gourlay; Farregy, Baird; Dunlop, Hyde, Dunn; Geddes, Fowler, Cleland, Scott, Burder.
City Reserves:- Bell; Packer, Gilchrist; Butterworth, Harvey, Bowkett; Atkins, Cleverly, Hill, Rees, Robinson.
Both teams were reduced to ten men in the second half, Dunlop being taken to hospital with a head injury and Bell going off with a cut over his eye after colliding with Hyde. Butterworth went in goal. Fowler scored the winning goal in the 62nd minute.