16th December 1978
FA Cup 2nd Round
Maidstone v Exeter City
December 16th 1978
A crowd of 3,685 at London Road, Maidstone, saw their team from the Southern League score a goal in the 23rd minute due to hesitancy to clear the ball from the penalty area by the City defence, and with Exeter unable to reply despite having the bigger share of the game by far, they are out of the F.A.Cup at the first time of asking for the umpteenth time since the war, and put out by a team from a lower grade of football, at that.
Maidstone:- Guy; Kinnear, Hill, Aitken, Edwards; Rudden, Merrick, Sylvester; Gregory, Coupland, Fusco.
Exeter City:- O'Keefe; Hore, Giles, Roberts, Mitchell; Delve, Forbes, Hatch; Neville, Bowker, Pearson.
Maidstone on the heavy ground ignored their midfield men, and simply booted the ball down the field as hard as they could, and tactics of this sort, though crude, sufficed them to win the match against the more orthodox style of Exeter City.
Paulton Rovers v City Reserves
In the Western League Paulton Rovers in second place were beaten at home by the City Reserves by one goal to nil.