18th April 1960
Crystal Palace (h)
EASTER MONDAY 18th APRIL 1960
FOOTBALL AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
EXETER CITY 2 (Wilkinson, Micklewright) PALACE 2 (Gavin 2).
This draw gave City three points from their Easter games, it was a match that started well from City'sp oint of view, but ended up as a frustrating fiasco, Frustrating because City could never really get going in the second half. A fiasco because City saw all their first half forcefulness go to waste with one second half mistake when Jones dropped a cross and Gavin hammered the ball into the net. City thoroughly deserved their first half lead, they were not outplaying Palace, but when it came to attacking City were the better side, Wilkinson was always dangerous and opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with a shot from 16 yards, Two minutes later Micklewright scored with a similar effort, Palace came back into the game in the 54th minute after a fine solo run and goal by Gavin, He scored again to equalise and now City never really looked like pulling the game back their way, 17 year old debutant Eric Welsh after a nervous start, sent over a succession of crosses that Stiffle could not have bettered,
City: Jones; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Harvey, Thompson; Welsh, Rees, Wilkinson, Micklewright, Stiffle.
Palace:- Rouse; Long, Noakes; Truett, Evans, McNichol; Gavin, Summersby, Roche, Byrne, Rees.
Referee:- Mr J.Finney.
Linesmen:- Messrs T.Bishop and K.Lander.
Eric Welsh was given his chance in the City first team today in the match against Crystal Palace, and although not causing anything of a sensation, or being hailed as a "second Cliff Bastin," he did all that was required of him and made a very promising start.
Exeter City, who led by two clear goals at half-time, would have won but for an elementary mistake by Alan Jones in the second half. He jumped up to collect a centre from the right wing, dropped the ball, and Gavin was on hand to thump it into the empty net.
Bexleyheath v Exeter City Res
In the return Southern League match at Welling the City Reserves lost to Bexleyheath by 3 goals to 2, the latter thus completing a double over their rivals, whom they beat at Exeter on Good Friday. Dilwyn Hill scored for the reserves.
EXETER CITY RESERVES Lobbett; Cragg, Packer; Emery, Williams, Cleverley; Atkins, Pulman, Calland, Scorers Exeter City Calland, Hill,