2nd April 1960
And in the Southern League
March 2nd :- Folkestone v City Reserves
March 6th :- City Reserves v Folkestone
SATURDAY APRIL 2ND:
EXETER CITY 0 DARLINGTON 0. MANY RAIDS BUT NO GOALS AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
The weather in what seems to have been the wettest winter and early spring that anyone can remember worried both teams, and though both the City and Darlington forwards raided keenly and purposefully the finishing was poor, due to some extent to the waterlogged state of the ground. Often at the crucial moment the ball either stuck in the mud or else skidded wildly on the pools of water. Exeter netted twice, but each time it was no goal, once when the referee whistled up for a foul, and once for offside. John Lobbett was definitely the City's man of the match. He made brilliant saves from Smith and Baxter and certainly prevented the City from being a couple of goals down at half-time. Exeter pounded Darlington for a lot of the second half, but they left their effort too late, and even allowing for the atrocious conditions it was a disappointing performance. In the 30th minute Mitchell slipped Rees through, and the inside right's shot beat the Darlington goalkeeper. But as he did so the referee whistled up for a penalty to Exeter, Rees having been the victim of a foul as he ran through. Turner saved Thompson's penalty kick and Exeter lost a perfectly good goal because of the referee's failure to apply the advantage rule.
Folkestone v City Reserves
Exeter Reserves lost 5-2 at Folkestone, the goals for Exeter were scored by Bennett and Harvey.
RESERVES 4 FOLKESTONE 0
AT ST JAMES'S PARK. WEDNESDAY APRIL 6TH: WELSH THE STAR TURN.
Things looked bad for Exeter City Reserves when they were beaten at Folkestone by five goals to two, with Dennis Churms, their old for ward, getting three of the goals, but they more than made up for it with their 4-0 win in the return game on Wednesday afternoon.
City: Jones; Butterworth, Whitnall; Cragg, Rapley, Cleverly; Welsh, Hill, Bennett, Calland, Rackley.
Folkestone:- Scammell; Oakley, Bassham; Patrick, Addison, Woodison; Flynn, Churms, Tyrell, Tennant, Keeble.
It was not a classic of football, but it was a sound display by the City Reserves on a pitch that would not have disgraced a mud-wrestling ring. Exeter got two goals in each half after making a slow start in each one, and while Folkestone missed a few chances the Reserves did a lot more of the attacking and nearly got two more goals. It was partly the service of Butterworth and Rapley which helped to make Eric Welsh the City's star forward. The little Irishman, the youngest and smallest in the side, had one of his most impressive games yet as he moved intelligently, used the ball well, and made himself a 90-minute worker. He also scored the City's first goal. Exeter's other goals were scored by Hill (2) and Calland.