31st January 1959
COVENTRY LEAD BUT EXETER CONQUER IN THE END.
SATURDAY JANUARY 31ST:
CITY 2 (CALLAND 2)
COVENTRY 1 (DALEY).
Two glorious goals by Ted Calland early in the second half provided Exeter City with a couple of very valuable points at St James's Park this afternoon, and also preserved the team's unbeaten home record. At the half-time interval the City were one goal down, but did not deserve to be. They had done most of the attacking and should have scored more than once.
Exeter City:- Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, Thompson; Stiffle, Rees, Calland, Nicholls, Dale.
Coventry:- Lightening; Kirk, Harvey; Kearns, Curtis, Farmer; Hill, Straw, Stewart, Ryan, Daley.
Referee:- Mr A.Bond of London.
Though having easily the best of the play in the first half Exeter went in at half-time a goal behind. But when Calland ran back and fouled Daley in the penalty area, the City were in trouble. A penalty was expected but Mr Bond gave Coventry a free kick outside the area instead. Kirk took the kick, pushed the ball to Hill, whose cross went right through the City defence. Daley seised on to it to beat Hunter with a ground shot. That was in the 41st minute. Four minutes after the restart the crowd cheered lustily as Calland burst through on the right to slam home a glorious equaliser. In the 55th minute Calland benged Exeter into the lead with another rocket-like drive as he broke through the centre from Mitchell's pass.
YIEWSLEY 0 CITY RESERVES 2.
Exeter City Reserves were first on the attack in the return Southern League match at Yiewsley. Cleverly put through to Hill, who ran round the goalkeeper and fed Atkins, who missed an easy chance. Despite Exeter's supremacy they were unable to get a goal until well into the second half. Before this they had netted twice in as many minutes but were given offside by the linesman each time. Birch had a golden chance which he wasted with a wild shot too high and too wide. Rackley in 80 minutes and Rutter in 87 scored for Exeter.