14th November 1959
FA Cup 1st Round
THE F.A.CUP FIRST ROUND
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14TH.
EXETER CITY 4
BARNSTAPLE TOWN 0
AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
The Grecians had an easy passage into the second round of the F.A.Cup this afternoon, when a crowd of 9,200 saw them beat Barnstaple Town by four clear goals. Their win was even easier than the score suggests, and but for the goalkeeping of Elliott the margin would have been much greater. In the wake of heavy rain the ground was saturated but no water was lying on top of the pitch.
City: Jones; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Oliver, Thompson; Stiffle, Rees, Wilkinson, Calland, Dale.
Barum:- Elliott; Dominy, Stephen; Mitchell, Hancock, Greenslade; Fewings, Buchanan, Kimberley, Hitchman, Hulland.
Referee Mr P. Brandwood of Kidderminster.
Linesmen Messrs P.Woodland and D. Counsell.
Apart from one or two scoring efforts by Kimberley and Hitchman the visitors from North Devon were hardly in the game at all, and it was about the easiest victory Exeter have earned in a cup tie for many years. In fact Exeter gave the impression at times that they were simply toying with the Western League side, collecting the ball from mis placed passes, and surging forward. Elliott was Barnstaple's hero and in fact their only really capable player, and he rounded off many good saves by keeping out a penalty by Thompson in the last minute.
Exeter's goals were scored by:-
- Rees, 10 minutes
- Rees 30 minutes
- Wilkinson 44 minutes
- Stiffle, 55 minutes.