2nd September 1978
6th September 1978 in the Western League
Shepton Mallet (away)
City v Brentford
September 2nd 1978
This was a game of fluctuating fortunes in which the Londoners were twice in the lead but finally had to settle for a division of the points.
Exeter City: O'Keefe; Templeman, Giles, Roberts, Hore; Hodge, Randell, Delve; Bowker, Kellow, Hatch.
Brentford:- Porter; Tucker, Salman, Kruse, Allen; Carlton, W.Graham, Phillips; J.Graham, Allder, McCulloch.
Referee:- Mr A.R.Glasson of Salisbury. Linesmen:- Messrs P.Jackson and K.V.Lambert.
The first part of the game belonged to Brentford, and they were 2-1 ahead in the 21st minute, McCulloch having scored twice to Bowker's once. Brentford's neat combination in midfield made Exeter look a poor side by comparison in that period, and the Bees also showed that they could turn their chances into goals. The City missed a golden opportunity in this period when Hatch, put through by Roberts with a defence-splitting pass, shot straight at the goalkeeper, who saved. The City opened the second half with a couple of strong attacks, and Hodge on the right wing beat three men, but his long range shot was not strong enough to worry Porter.
The City continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded after 73 minutes when Bowker got the equalising goal, and again it was a well directed long pass from Roberts that opened up the defence.
Oshor Williams, who Exeter have signed on a loan transfer from Southampton, was introduced as the substitute when Hodge left the field with an injury 20 minutes from the close. Attendance 3,604.
2nd September 1978
Clandown v Exeter City Reserves
Exeter City Reserves continued their winning ways at Clandown when they beat the home side by a goal, scored in the second half, to nil, and this result takes them to the top of the League, a position they have not held for some time.
September 6th 1978
SHEPTON MALLET v CITY RESERVES
Exeter City Reserves, who had won three of their first four matches, were mastered by Shepton Mallet, who won this game by two clear goals.