27th September 1958
Yeovil Town (a)
CITY WIN BUT ATTACK STILL LACKS FINISH
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27th
CITY 3 GILLINGHAM 0
Ten minutes before the kick-off there were about 7,000 people in the St James's Park ground, most of them hoping to see the City keep that unbeaten home record, and another good performance from the newcomer, Brian Birch. There was a strong cross wind and Exeter kicked off with it slightly in their players' faces.
City: Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, Harvey; Stiffle, Rees, Calland, Birch, Dale.
Gillingham:- Simpson; Parry, Hannaway; Proverbs, Judges, Laing; Bacon, Edgar, Patrick, Moore, Pulley.
Referee:- Mr N. C. Taylor.
Exeter went ahead in the first half when Rees receiving from Calland pushed the ball past Simpson and into the net from three yards. Calland was also the provider of the second goal, scored by Stiffle after an hour's play. One minute from time Simpson only parried Foley's free kick, and the City's new inside left hammered the rebound into an empty net.
UNBEATEN HOME RECORD INTACT.
Exeter won and kept their unbeaten home record, but they never looked convincingly on top, and a Gillingham score at any time could have reversed the whole game. When he was given the ball, which was not often enough, Dale played some perfect openings from the left wing, but the City still lack finish in their attack.
Yeovil Town v Exeter City Reserves
Playing at Huish in the Southern League the City Reserves were beaten 6-1 by Yeovil Town.