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Exeter City v Carlisle United
April 28: Exeter City 3 Carlisle United 2 at St James's Park. Exeter City saved one of their best performances for their final home game of the season. They kept their slender hopes of promotion alive with a stunning display which brought them a richly deserved victory in front of their own supporters.
City:- Main; Templeman, Giles, Mitchell, Hore;Delve, Randell, Hatch; Neville, Sims, Rogers.
Carlisle:- Swinburne; Hoolickin, Macdonald, Parker, McCartney; McVitie, Tait, Ludlam; Bonnyman, Kemp, Hamilton.
The ground was in perfect condition, but the strong and gusty wind looked like making ball control and accurate passing difficult, if not impossible. It was whipping up into quite a gale when Hore lost the toss and surprisingly set his men to play against the elements. The City took a little time to settle down, but when they did they produced a superb passing movement in which five players took part, and this was ended by Randell firing a shot just over the bar. Although Carlisle tried to use the wind to advantage they could find few gaps in the City defence.
After 32 minutes Neville flicked the ball into the net left footed as it came over from Delve. The City were now showing flashes of the sort of form that has taken them so high in the League table, and in the last minute before the interval Neville forced his way through and was felled by McCartney. This earned the Carlisle man a "booking" and Exeter a penalty, which Neville converted with a shot to the left of the goalkeeper. Then, right on half time, Bonnyman broke away and scored a goal at the other end.
Half-time Exeter City 2 Carlisle United 1.
Exeter came out for the second half determined to keep up their good work, and Neville almost got a hat-trick, when he burst through the middle like an express train, but Swinburne and McCartney, between them, managed to stop the City's speed merchant and force the ball away. But the City did score again in the 52nd minute when Rogers, receiving from Delve, whipped the ball into the net with a lovely first-timer. After 63 minutes Tait got Carlisle's second goal with a diving header from a centre by Kemp.
Mangotsfield United v City Reserves
Mangotsfield United beat the City Reserves 3-1 on their own ground after beating them on Tuesday at St James's Park by 3-2. Curtiss, Salt, and Musgrove (through his own goal) scored for the winners, and Ingham from Pearson's pass got Exeter's goal.