Match 42
6th April 1953
Aldershot (h)

Southern League.
Bath City (a)

8th April 1953
Llanelly (h)

ECFC 2-2 Aldershot
Scorers: Rose 2
Attendance: 8000

League 3rd Division South.
Easter Monday, April 6th 1953.
St. James's Park, Exeter.
Attendance 8,000.

EXETER CITY 2 (Rose2) 
ALDERSHOT 2  (McCulloch, Laird pen) 

Half-time 1-1.

Aldershot scored a controversial penalty 11 minutes from time after Goddard who was controlling the ball was alleged to have deliberately handled. In the circumstances though City were worth no more than a point, for while Exeter were the superior side before the interval, the best constructive movements of the match came from Aldershot in the last half hour of a typical Easter Monday encounter, which like the weather was cheerless apart from the odd bright interval.

Four goals were scored and in this order, 27 Minutes McCulloch put the visitors in front with a header, five minutes later Exeter equalised when Rose scored with a low shot. The same player scored again with another low drive 4 minutes into the 2nd half and lastly the controversial penalty was converted by Laird. Had stamina this contest then the verdict must have gone to Aldershot for they finished the stronger force by far and every man in their team was going full out at the end of the struggle.

Watching Exeter Citys match against Aldershot was Billy Armfield. It was his first visit to the City for more than 20 years. Billy was the Outside right in the team that reached the 6th round of the F.A.Cup in 1931. He is now settled in Birmingham and holding down a good job in an office.

Walton, Rowe;
Fallon, Goddard, Mitchell;
Dailey, Knight, Rose, Murphy, Digby.

Rogers, Jefferson;
Reddie, Laird, Cropley;
Durkin, Alison, Raine, McCulloch, Flint.

Referee:- Mr W.Ling of Cambridge. Linesmen: Messrs D.L.Scoble and G.W.Stevenson.

Southern League.

Monday April 6th 1953
Bath City 6 City Reserves 0

at Bath.

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

Attendance 4,500

Southern League.

Wednesday, April 8th 1953.

City Reserves 2 Llanelly 2
at Exeter.

Team:-Singleton; Anderson, Doyle; Fallon, Wood, Marsh; Bolt, Knight, McClelland, Black, Howells.

Exeter City Knight, McClelland.


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