17th October 1959
And in the Southern League
City Reserves v Merthyr T
SOUTHPORT 3 EXETER CITY 2 AT SOUTHPORT.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH:
GIFT GOALS FAIL TO SAVE POINT.
Two gift goals put Exeter City back into the game late in the second half after they had been trailing 2-0. But in the end the home side triumphed by 3 goals to 2.
Southport:- Barnard; Rutherford, Rankin; Grant, Darvell, Robinson; Taylor, Moss, Clayton, Reeson, Harrison.
City: Lobbett; Foley, MacDonald; Harvey, Oliver, Thompson; Stiffle, Rees, Bennett, Birch, Micklewright.
The City went into arrears after only five minutes through a lapse on the part of the defence. Southport's second goal came nearly an hour later. Then three goals in six minutes made it a very lively finish. Exeter, who were forced to make changes on account of Dale having been injured at Crewe in the week, won the toss and had the advantage of a gusty wind which made conditions difficult, and as a result much of the early play was scrappy. Exeter's two goals in the second half were both in the nature of gifts. In between them Moss scored Southport's third. Fifteen minutes from the end Stiffle won a duel with Rankin and put in a centre. The ball, caught by the wind, bounced over Barnard's shoulder and sailed into the net. Nine minutes from time a mix up in the Southport defence finished with Rutherford turning the ball past his own goalkeeper.
CITY RESERVES 6 MERTHYR 1
AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
Calland gave Hill the pass from which the City inside left opened the score in 9 minutes and five minutes later Pulman shot number two with a hard crack into the net.
City: Jones; Butterworth, Whitnall; Cragg, Rapley, Cleverly; Atkins, Pulman, Calland, Hill, Rackley.
Merthyr:- Crump; Steel, Callan; Royall, Carpenter, Owen; Davies, Watkins, O'Carroll, Skyme, Humphreys.
After 36 minutes Hill from Calland's pass put Exeter further ahead, and the pattern was continued in the second half with Cragg, Hill, and Pulman getting three more goals between them. Watkins towards the close scored for Merthyr.