27th October 1958
Exeter City v Gateshead
29th October 1958
Southern League Cup
Barrry Town (h)
EXETER CITY GO TO THE TOP OF DIVISION 4 TABLE.
BEAT GATESHEAD 2-1 BUT MARGIN SHOULD HAVE BEEN GREATER.
Monday October 27th: Exeter City made it hard for themselves in the match at Gateshead on Monday evening.
They won by the odd goal in three to round off a North - east tour that has brought them full points, but the victory does the team less credit than should have been theirs. Gateshead have won only one of their eight home games, and one has been drawn, but they have never been so completely outplayed as they were by Exeter, who had the speed, skill, and team-play to secure a victory that would have broken all records. The one thing that the City lacked was scoring power.
Gateshead:- Patterson; Ashe, Batty; Turner, Trewick, Appleton; Robinson, Kirtley, Baldridge, Alexander, Johnstone.
Exeter City:- Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, John; Stiffle, Rees, Calland, Nicholls, Dale.
Two goals was a poor return for 90 minutes of almost non-stop attack, and they were only just enough to ensure victory as Gateshead somehow managed to get a goal themselves in the last minute. A goal every five minutes would have been fair enough reward for the football of Exeter City. Time and again the home side got away with it with no great credit to their defence. The City forwards couldn't see a scoring chance when it was staring them in the face! For the record Exeter's goals were got by Nicholls and Stiffle, and Gateshead's by Alexander.
CITY RESERVES HIT PEAK FORM IN SOUTHERN LEAGUE CUP TIE.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29th
EXETER 4 BARRY 1.
In their first 13 games this season Exeter City Reserves have scored only infrequently, their average was just over a goal a game. But against Barry in the first round of the Southern League Cup, at St James's Park on Wednesday, they hammered in four, and would have had at least twice as many but for the brilliance of Hodge, the Welsh team's goalkeeper, three goal-line blockages by the right back, and one or two badly finished off moves. But the Reserves were certainly worth their 4-1 win. They attacked for at least three quarters of the game, shot for goal whenever the
opportunity presented itself, and kept this pressure up until late in the second half, when they ran out of steam and allowed Barry toget a goal. Exeter's marksmen were Hill (2), Butterworth (1) and Carberry (1) and Barry's was W. James from a penalty after he had been brought down in the area.