Match 40
3rd April 1953
Aldershot (a)

Southern League.
Bath City (h)

Aldershot 1-1 ECFC
Scorers: Davey
Attendance: 7419

League 3rd Division South.
Good Friday,
April 3rd 1953.
Recreation ground, Aldershot.

Attendance 7,419.

ALDERSHOT 1 (Laird penalty).
Half-time Aldershot  0 Exeter 0.

Trouble did not come singly for Exeter City, it was a smart performance to earn a point at Aldershot, even if the game was a disappointing one. Shortly after the interval the City Inside left Murphy received his marching orders following a midfield incident with Cropley the Aldershot Left half. 9 minutes later Aldershot were awarded a penalty when Doyle was adjudged to have handled-a harsh decision, it appeared to be accidental and despite the City players protests Laird placed the ball out of Kellys reach. This reverse seemed to spur City into even greater efforts and Aldershot had to defend desperately. After a near miss from Daileys header. Mitchell who had not made full use of his openings until then put in a fast shot following a corner kick 10 minutes from the close, this move lead to an equalising goal. The ball went out to Davey who beat Houston with a good header. Exeter although having fewer scoring chances than Aldershot were better together as a team even when reduced to 10 men.

Rogers, Jefferson;
Reddie, Laird, Cropley;
Taylor, Mortimore, McCulloch, Alison, Flint.

Walton, Doyle;
Fallon, Goddard, Davey;
Mitchell, Knight, Dailey, Murphy, Digby.

Referee: Mr W.Ling of Cambridge.

Friday 3rd April 1953.
Southern League

Exeter City Reserves 0. Bath City 1.

Team: Singleton; Anderson, Clark; Armes, Wood, Marsh; McClelland, Black, Rose, Booth, Howells.

The scorer for Bath was Peter Smyth an ex Exeter City player


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