14th October 1978
Swansea v City
October 14th 1978
Swansea City 1 Exeter City 0
Exeter produced a stirring and fighting performance against a clever Swansea team at the Vetch Field, and although beaten were not disgraced.
Swansea:- Crudgington; Evans, Smith, Stevenson, Bartley; Moore, Toshack, Callaghan; R.James, Charles, Waddle.
City:- O'Keefe; Templeman, Giles, Roberts, Hore; Delve, Randell, Hatch; Neville, Kellow, Bowker.
Referee:- Mr A. Macdonald of Birmingham.
Exeter introduced Steve Neville, their £20,000 signing from South ampton, for his long awaited debut. Swansea started briskly, and as early as the fourth minute O'Keefe had to dive smartly to his left to keep out a header by Moore, then another header, by Charles, went wide of the post.
Swansea went ahead after 36 minutes when Toshack direct from a free kick against Delve for bringing down Charles smacked the ball into the roof of Exeter's net with stunning power, to the delight of the 10,957 onlookers.
The City fought in vain for the equaliser, but the nearest they got to scoring was in the 75th minute, when Holman, who had substituted for John Hore in an effort to liven up the attack struck a fierce shot against the crossbar.
Paulton Rovers v Exeter City
In the Western League match with Paulton Rovers the City Reserves had more of the play but were unable to penetrate a stubborn defence till three minutes before half time, when White scored a neat goal. But the Rovers, whose side included Bobby Jones, the old Bristol Rovers star, turned on the heat in the second half and scored twice to win by 2 goals to 1.
City Reserves:- Nute; Smythe, Mitchell, Ireland, Hartnell; Skinner, White, Forbes; Howarth, Bickley, Ingham.