21st January 1950
Aldershot v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Cheltenham
CITY'S DEFENCE TAKES THE HONOURS AT ALDERSHOT.
VICTORY BY THE ODD GOAL IN THREE OVER STRUGGLING RIVALS.
Saturday, January 21st 1950.
ALDERSHOT 1 (Durkin)
EXETER CITY 2 (Walker, Smart)
Half-time Aldershot 1 City 1.
Aldershot:- Reynolds; Rogers, Stand bridge; Cropley, Billington, Daniel; Hobbs, McNicol, Mortimore, Durkin, Steen.
Referee:- Mr W.J.Edwards, of Yeovil
Exeter City: Singleton; Johnstone, Clark; Fallon, Goddard, Greenwood; Hutchings, Smart, Walker, Mackay, Murphy.
Victory over struggling rivals at Aldershot brightened Exeter City's prospects of getting away from the Third Division basement. Although defending for long periods on the windswept Recreation Ground, Exeter won by 2 goals to 1 against opposition which was enthusiastic enough but sadly deficient in marksmanship. Good positional play by Walker, who is not new to the centre-forward position, enabled him to set the City on the winning path in the 5th minute. Sustained Aldershot pressure enabled them to equalise through Durkin five minutes before the interval. Exeter were the superior side in the final phase, and the victory was theirs when Smart, gaining possession in the goalmouth, shot low and true into the net, 20 minutes from the end.
CITY RESERVES 3
Doyle and Mitchell scored for Exeter, who in the first half held such a territorial advantage that they should have had a few more goals. Harris and Young put the visitors on terms after the interval but the City recovered and McClelland obtained the winning goal near the end.
Team:- Hoyle; Warren, Rowe; Squires, Carter, Davey; Digby, Rew, Doyle, McClelland, Mitchell.