29th March 1958
Crystal Palace v Exeter City
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Merthyr Tydfil
MARCH 29th 1958
CRYSTAL PALACE 2 EXETER CITY 0.
Exeter City today took the team which drew with Reading last week to Selhurst Park, hoping to avenge last December's 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace at St James's Park. The Palace made several changes in their forward line and included Tony Collins, the former Torquay star, at outside-left. McNichol, formerly of Chelsea, was at inside right, and a further late change was Edwards for Noakes at right-back. After only eight minutes Hunter had to fling himself at the feet of McNichol to prevent a certain goal, and a succession of accurately placed centres from Collins forced both MacDonald and Oliver to boot the ball desper ately away. The bombardment of the Exeter goal continued unabated, with several corners being conceded, and in the 18th minute the pressure resulted in McNichol defeating challenges from three City defenders, weaving his way through the penalty area and beating Hunter with a crashing left-footed shot. Collins, who played a brilliant game on the Palace left wing, scored his side's second goal with a header in the 70th minute.
Palace:- Rouse; Edwards, Greenwood; Long, Choules, Sanders; Berry, McNichol, Brett, Byrne, Collins.
City: Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; John, Oliver, Mitchell; Stiffle, Wilson, Calland, Churms, Dale.
Referee:- Mr. J.S.Pickles of Cheshire.
Crystal Palace's superior team work and finishing gave them the right to these two points in a generally uninteresting game. Although the City improved after the first half hour they still had a noticeable lack of combination, especially in the forward line. The scoring potential of Calland, the only man in the City attack with a real shot, was wasted because he spent all the second half out on the left wing. The effect was that the chances fell to other forwards, who did not have the power to hammer them in. Result:
Crystal Palace 2 Exeter City nil.
Exeter City Res v Merthyr Tydfil
CITY RESERVES WIN AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
Although Exeter City Reserves have dropped down the Southern League in recent weeks they started favourites to win their home match against a Merthyr Tydfil side which is bottom of the table and which has so far conceded 114 goals this season.
Reserves:- Bell; Packer, Gilchrist; Cleverly, Harvey, Simpson; Atkins, Hill, Beer, Rees, Cruz.
Merthyr:- James; Thomas, Anderson; Lloyd, Carpenter, Howarth; Davies, Hancox, Lowe, O'Carroll, Howell.
Noel Simpson skippered the City Reserves in this, his first game since injuring a knee at Coventry last November. Exeter won by three goals, Rees, Cruz, and Hill scoring, to one for Merthyr by Howell.