1st April 1972
SATURDAY 1st APRIL 1972.
CITY PLAY AS A DEFENSIVE UNIT.
Gurr: Walden, Walker; Joslyn, Dean, Bennett; Brown, Melledew, Grummett, Brodie, Sydenham,
EXETER CITY 0.
Wilson; Crawford, Blain; Wingate, Giles (Jim), Balson; Rowan, Banks, Gadston, Binney, Gibson
This was another good result for Exeter who have now found much more consistency, They have taken 16 points from their fast 13 games, and during this period have conceded just 6 goals. Exeter worked hard throughout at Aldershot and once again City did extremely well as a unit defensively, They never stopped or wilted under pressure, with Jimmy Giles outstanding on his return to his former club, Bob Wilson also had an excellent game with two memorable saves. Only once was he beaten when Jimmy Blain kicked off the line. When Exeter moved forward their sorties tended to lack depth and pentration but they began to put this right in the last half hour when they could have won the game, At times the Aldershot defence were in terrible trouble. Although it was not a classic soccer match by any means, it was not a total bore either. In the end a draw appeared to be a fiar result, City did have two good scoring chances, both of which fell to Alan Banks. The first he shot over the bar and the second came when he found the angle too acute and
fired into the side netting
CITY BEGIN PLANS FOR A RESERVE SIDE.
Exeter City will soon be starting out on the building programme for the return of a reserve side at St James Park in 1972-73. Manager John Newman will be holding trials at the end of April for promising young local players, It is not yet known who will take charge of the team, although several name shave been mentioned. Three men who must be considered are Dermot Curtis, now player coach at Elmore, Barney Singleton who is trainer coach at Alphington, and Alec Tyrell the trainer coach at Exmouth Town,
CITY ORGANISE A TOURNAMENT.
The Exeter City Supporters Association are organising a knockout tournament which is being sponsored by Rothmans, named the Rothmans Challenge Trophy. It starts on Tuesday 2nd May with the final being played at St James' Park on the 13th May. All games will in fact take place at the Park, Eight clubs have been invited to play in the compettition. These are Exeter and District League teams, Dawlish Town, Exmouth Town, Heavitree United and Tiverton Town, and three Exeter Sunday League sides, Stoke Hill, Stoneman and Bowker, and Prince Albert,
Peter Hawkins of Axminster who supports Exeter City completed his mission last Saturday, he walked from Axminster to St James' Park as planned as part of his support for the Buy A Player appeal fund, and arrived at the ground an hour before the kick off of City's match with Bury. He hopes to have raised £25 for his efforts towards the fund.