24th October 1959
And in the Southern League
Gloucester City v City Reserves
EXETER CITY 2 GILLINGHAM 0
SATURDAY OCTOBER 24TH:
CITY'S NEW CENTRE FORWARD.
Signed earlier today from Port Vale at a substantial fee, the City's new centre forward, Jack Wilkinson, led the attack against Gillingham and celebrated his debut with a well-taken goal after 40 minutes. The first of Exeter's brace of goals was fired home by Stiffle, who received a nicely-judged pass from Mitchell on the penalty line.
City: Jones; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, Harvey; Stiffle, Rees, Wilkinson, Micklewright, Calland.
Gillingham:- Simpson; Parry, Hannaway; Smith, Hughes, Albury; Bacon, Hunt, Patrick, Moore, Pulley.
The City, playing from the St James's Road end with a sun at their backs nearly scored in the first minute, Rees shooting across the face of the goal. Then Wilkinson fed Stiffle with a perfect pass, the ball being then transferred to Calland, who drove it over the bar. Nine minutes of the game had elapsed when Mitchell galloped down the right hand touch-line and lobbed the ball over to Stiffle, who shot first time into the net. Wilkinson as stated increased Exeter's lead five minutes before the interval. Exeter's new centre forward had hard luck for a second goal when his shot beat Simpson but bounced on top of the crossbar and out of play. But Exeter had a lucky escape when a goal-bound shot by Moore was finger-tipped over the bar by Jones. In the closing minutes Exeter pressed hard for a third goal, Stiffle, Wilkinson, and Micklewright all having good shots saved by Simpson.
GLOUCESTER CITY 1 CITY RES 0
Using more direct methods Gloucester appeared to be more dangerous than the City Reserves, but the defence showed competence in the manner in which they dealt with many spasmodic raids.
Gloucester:- Barton; Myers, Weston; Etheridge, Smith, Bell; Symington, Norris, Gallagher, Ireland, Bowman.
Exeter City: Lobbett; Rutter, Butterworth; Williams, Rapley, Thompson; Atkins, Pulman, Bennett, Hill, Rackley.
Forward play was weak in the first half, and the only shot of note was one by Hill which extended the home goalkeeper. Gloucester applied more pressure in the second half but it was not until nine minutes from the end that Ireland scored for them.