28th February 1959
Northampton Town (h)
And in the Southern League
Chelmsford v City Reserves
CITY LOST THEIR HOME RECORD
BEATEN BY NORTHAMPTON.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28TH
CITY 3 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 4.
Exeter City suffered their first home defeat of the season when the Cobblers of Northampton beat them 4-3 in front of their own support ers. Northampton, who played well from the start, took an early lead, but the City fought back and made it 2-1 in 20 minutes, only to allow the visitors to draw level before half time. They got two more in a six-minute spell to make it 4-2 and the City's efforts from then on were rewarded with a late goal.
Exeter City:- Hunter; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, Thompson; Stiffle, Rees, Calland, Nicholls, Dale.
Northampton:- Brewer; Bannister, Claypole; Mills, Gale, Smith; English, Baron, Leck, Woan, Fowler.
There were nearly 10,000 spectators present when the teams came out, and Calland gave away a free kick in the first minute, Gale's drive passing harmlessly over the goal-line. But the Cobblers were soon a goal up, Fowler lobbing the ball neatly past Hunter from a very sharp angle. Calland's shooting powers were again in evidence as he levelled the score and then gave Exeter the advantage, both goals being hammered home with unstoppable drives. By the time Exeter's last goal was scored (by Mitchell with a penalty awarded for a foul on Rees) Northampton had taken the game well in hand with Baron, English, and Leck each scoring for them. The City had to lose at home sometime, but it need not have been to day. Before and after half-time they missed great opportunities that could have turned the game round in their favour. Northampton played well enough once they were in the lead and their goals were all good ones. Exeter's penalty was the last kick of the game and consequently too late to make any difference.
EXETER CITY RESERVES 1.
Exeter, kicking off at Chelmsford before a crowd of about 2,000 were immediately on the defensive when Dicker got clear on the right, but his centre was missed by Butcher and the ball scrambled away. With eight minutes gone Chelmsford took the lead when McCorkindale scored from the rebound off Lobbett of his first shot, almost walking the ball in. Butcher got another goal and at half time Chelmsford led by two nil. Walker, Adey, and McCorkindale for Chelmsford and Hill for the City scored in the second half.