Match 28
17th January 1953
Walsall (a)

Southern League
Tonbridge (h)

Walsall 2-2 ECFC
Scorers: Dailey, Mitchell
Attendance: 6775



EXETER CITY made a late change in their team at Walsall to-day at left back, where Paddy Doyle replaced the Stan Rowe. Suffering from spinal injury, Rowe was examined by a doctor yesterday and advised not to play.

Compared with the side which lost at home to Torquay last week, Exeter had alterations in all departments, most notable being the replacement of Sam Booth by Keith Harvey.

Walsall, who have not won a Saturday home match this season, drew with Shrewsbury on Thursday. The team gave a good display in that game and no changes were made in to-day's eleven.

Kicking off, Walsall opened with spirited attacks, and after Kelly had gathered a low shot from McIntosh the home side advanced on the left flank. Giles moved in quickly, but again Kelly was in position to clear. Then the City transferred play. From Murphy's long pass McClel land forced a corner, and Walton returned the ball into the goal area for Russon to head back to his goal keeper.

Persisting in attack, Exeter were dangerous on both wings, and from Mitchell's low and equare centre Dailey connected first-time. It looked all odds on a goal until Chilvers dived to make a sensational save.

Doyle distinguished himself several times as the interval approached, but Exeter were fortunate when a long ball from Morris found Giles on the other wing. The movement took the City by surprise, and Giles dashed in to shoot inches wide of the far post.

A strong tackle by Davey next thwarted Walsall, but the initiative was with the home side now, and Kelly rose high in a goalmouth crowded with players to punch away a menacing centre from Green.

On other occasions the Walsall forwards shot badly, to the relief of a now fully extended Exeter defence.

There was little cohesion in the Exeter attack at this stage. The stronger Walsall forwards were more impressive by far, and twice in quick succession the City were in real trouble.

Firstly, Kelly did well to turn a Morris cross-shot over the bar. Next, the Walsall outside-right centred for McIntosh to head forcefully a frac tion over the bar.

When City revived. Murphy put the ball through the middle for McClelland to run on and hard past the goalkeeper.




Walsall, struggling at the bottom of the Third Division, fought with all the energy at their command. They were fast on the ball and the force ful attack brought Kelly into action many times.

The City's goalkeeper was in great for, and Doyle also acquitted him self well in the hard-worked de fence.

Little was seen of the Exeter attack, but sufficient use was made of the limited opportunities to save a point.

Attendance 6,775.

Exeter Reserves v Tonbridge 



EXETER and Tonbridge came out as advertised. Wood and Black, the two new Exeter signings, both appeared in the Reserves as centre-half and inside-left.
Black looked promising at the start but lost the ball and Knight tried with a long shot which went from Tonbridge's Anderson for a corner. Howells made a good run on the left-wing and his long shot was well cleared by Jones. Digby missed a great chance but eventually Knight headed in to Howells. The winger headed from point blank range but Jones touched the ball narrowly
over the bar. After 24 minutes ROSE opened the Score. Howells passed through to Rose, who found himself alone in front of goal after Bell had fumbled. He had no difficulty from 15 yards.

Knight looked as if he must score from a neat Black pass but Jones blocked it from three yards as he rushed out. Jones featured when he cleared from Rose. He fell and im mediately Digby tried, and Jones just managed to clear again.

Singleton saved well when Mul heron drove through a crowd of players. Fallon came very close when he headed a curving shot inches round the post.


Three minutes from the restart BLACK, Exeter's new signing from Newcastle, scored the most amazing goal ever seen at the Park. The in side-left was threequarters of the length of the pitch away from Tonbridge's goal when he collected the ball. He took it with him past two attackers and scored from 20 yards before a crowd which showed its ap preciation for several minutes. MULHERON narrowed the margin

in the 5th minute when he scored from a strong drive from the edge of the penalty area. In the second half KNIGHT scored from a Result: Black opening for Exeter.




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