28th April 1959
EXETER CITY 1 (Nicholls)
Played at Haig-avenue, April 28th.
Exeter City collected two more points to help along their promotion efforts. They never really struck their best form, nevertheless they were worthy winners of a game which promised much in the early stages and then became tame. City had to face a strong wind in the first half, but once they settled down, they caused much anxiety around the Southport goal, Nicholls who was unlucky to see a tremendous 25 yard drive fly by the wrong side of the post in the first half, proved to be City's match winner in the second, Foley swept a free kick into the middle in the 48th minute, Mitchell nodded the ball on for Nicholls to hit on the volley into the net,
City eased off for the rest of the game and appeared to be playing well within themselvesThey almost paid dearly for those tactics in the closing minutes for not pressing home their advantage. It needed a rugged rearguard action to keep Southport at bay, Southport were a poor side and City no doubt were thankfull that the opposition were not stronger in view of the fact that they were going to face a tremendous test in the vital game at Shrewsbury on Thursday night,
Southport:- Richardson; Dodd, Rankin; Leach, Darvell, Williams; Grant, McDermott, Green, Barker, Bromilow. Exeter City: Lobbett; Foley, Whitnall; Butterworth, Oliver, Thompson; Stiffle, Rees, Mitchell, Nicholls, Dale.
Referee:- Mr L. N. Peake of Rotherham.