8th November 1958
Port Vale (a)
PORT VALE SCORE FIVE.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8TH:
Port Vale 5 Exeter City 3.
SATURDAY 8th NOVEMBER 1958.
CITY DEFENCE SHAKEN BY PORT VALE.
PORT VALE 5.
Jones; Pritchard, Raine; Kinsey, Leake, Miles; Jackson, Poole, Wilkinson, Steele, Cunliffe.
EXETER CITY 3,
Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, bliver, John; Stiffle, Rees, Calland, Nicholls, Dale.
Port Vale Jackson, Steele 2, Poole, Cunliffe.
Exeter City Rees 3.
City did not have one of their brightest soccer days at Port Vale. They were well below their recent form and they were knocked off the top of the table. It was no walkover for Vale however, in an eight goal thriller of a match. City offered a firm challenge in the second half but with the defence playing much below standard for the first time this season, they conceded five goals through the medium of a spectacular and quality hat trick by Rees, City's man of the match, Exeter made a touch and go issue of their see saw tussle until ten minutes from time. At that point with the score 3-3, Port Vale were pounding at a packed Exeter defence and they went in front with a goal of dubious validity, A player was standing yards offside, A fifth Vale goal in the 88th minute sealed City's fate, but until that late scoring flourish, Exeter despite their out of character display looked set for saving a point,
Of the City forwards Rees was out on his own, though Nicholls was also a force, Calland toiled industriously without reward, it was from the rearguard section that most of City's problems stemmed, Foley and MacDonald were repeatedly outpaced and oliver in particular had an out of touch game.
In the end the City were somewhat unfortunate to lose by such a big margin, especially as the fourth and fifth goals were disputed, but their defenders were not free from blame and were too prone to panic when the Vale stepped up the pressure.
Port Vale: Jones; Raine, Sproson; Kinsey, Leake, Miles; Jackson, Poole, Wilkinson, Steele, Cunliffe.
Exeter City: Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, John; Stiffle, Rees, Calland, Nicholls, Dale.
The three goals which Rees scored was a "hat-trick" in vain, and by their victory Port Vale have knocked Exeter off their perch at the top of the 4th Division and are now themselves the leaders.
CITY RESERVES 2 CLACTON TOWN 2.
Exeter:- Lobbett; Rutter, Whitnall; Butterworth, Packer, Cleverly; Robinson, Pulman, Hill, Willey, Rackley.
Scorers Cleverley, Willey
Clacton:- Dalziel; Buckley, Light; Lewis, Stewart, Folkard; Elms, Smith, Barrett, McKim, Ledgerton.
South Western League Cup
EXETER CITY A 4,
Newall, Atkins, Spurle, Andrews,