29th November 1958
And in the Southern League
Trowbridge v City Reserves
NICHOLLS IS THE STAR IN CITY'S WIN.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29th.
EXETER CITY 3 WATFORD 0.
Watford, level on points with Exeter City and unbeaten in their last ten League and Cup games, met their match at St James's Park to-day, where a crowd of about 9,000 saw the City win after leading 2-0 at half time. Johnny Nicholls scored the first two goals late in the first half and Ted Calland got the third in the final minute.
Exeter City: Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, John; Robinson, Rees, Calland, Nicholls, Dale.
Watford: Collins; Bell, Harrop; Catleugh, McNiece, Meadows; Gavin, Gordon, Holton, Fleming, Bunce.
The City deserved to win this game mainly on their performance in the first half. They were the better footballing side most of the way through and the main reason they did so much defending in the second half was because they were inclined to lean a little on their two-goals lead. Johnny Nicholls was certainly Exeter's star man. He scored two of the most glorious goals ever seen at the Park, worked harder than he often does, and to cap it all provided the pass from which Ted Calland got the third goal.
TROWBRIDGE 3 CITY RESERVES 2.
WINNING GOAL BY AN OLD GRECIAN.
Exeter City Reserves looked by far the more dangerous side today at Trowbridge, and the home side took a long time to settle down. The first raid came from Exeter and Trowbridge were hard put to it to clear. The next attack was initiated by Rackley but his centre was missed completely by Rapley and Hill booted the ball over the bar. Eventually Atkins provided the pass from which Pulman gave Exeter the first goal, but Henderson equalised.
Trowbridge:- May; Perrett, Edwards; Allison, Gallagher, White; Thomas, Baker, Lambden, Henderson, Murphy.
City: Lobbett; Rutter, Whitnall; Butterworth, Packer, Cleverly; Atkins, Pulman, Hill, Rapley, Rackley.
Six minutes after the interval Atkins put Exeter ahead for the second time and six minutes after that Baker equalised.
Murphy near the end scored the winning goal for Trowbridge against his old club.