14th February 1959
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Yeovil Town
FEBRUARY 14TH 1959
GILLINGHAM 0 CITY 2.
JOHNNY NICHOLLS SENT OFF THE FIELD.
Despite the loss of Nicholls, sent off the field after 17 minutes of the second half at Gillingham, Exeter City increased their half-time lead to beat the Hoppers this afternoon. It was a game of sudden raids in which both defences were at times very hard pressed.
Gillingham:- Simpson; Proverbs, Hunt; Laing, Parry, Patrick; Bacon, Edgar, Terry, Moore, Payne.
Exeter City: Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, Thompson; Stiffle, Rees, Calland, Nicholls, Dale.
Referee:- Mr T.Pickles of Stockport.
The City were obviously in for a tough time. Gillingham, five places and six points behind Exeter in the League table, had only lost two home games so far and must have felt confident after making a draw at Coventry last week. Exeter led at half time by a goal scored after less than a minute's play by Nicholls, to nil. But after 17 minutes of play in the second half the City were down to ten men as the referee spoke to Nicholls after he had fouled Parry and then sent the Exeter player off. Yet the City kept attacking, and after Rees had had one shot blocked Mitchell got the loose ball from the melee and cracked it back into the net. Mitchell and Oliver were outstanding in a good defensive display by Exeter City.
CITY RES 1 YEOVIL 1.
The Reserves kicked off at St James's Park this afternoon and a pass from Butterworth to the left wing went over the touch-line. Pressure was soon being mounted by Yeovil however and the City goal had a series of close shaves.
City: Lobbett; Rutter, Whitnall; Butterworth, Rapley, Packer; Atkins, Pulman, Hill, Carberry, Rackley.
Yeovil:- Evans; Robshaw, Earl; Baldwin, Harris, Elliott; Dennis, O'Donnell, McConnon, Edmonds, McKay.
City's first chance came when Pulman put Atkins through. Atkins beat Earl and centred to Hill, whose shot was saved by Evans sticking out his foot, the ball bouncing over the line for a corner. After 25 minutes Carberry took a high lob from at least 35 yards out which completely beat the goalkeeper and sailed into the net. With the last kick of the game McConnon scored for Yeovil.