7th September 1907
Exeter City v Friernhay
EXETER CITY V FRIERNHAY
Exeter City opened their season's fixtures, on September 7th, at St James's Park, before a good crowd, with a "friendly" match against Friernhay. The weather at the start was hot and sultry, and likely to prove very trying from a player's point of view.
City: Chapman; Fenwick, Coates; Bastin, Creasor, Warner; Chase, Hyde, Pryce, Singlehurst, Sellick.
Friars: Hanks; Elms, Lyne; Miller, Kerswill, Tucker; Norman, Camble, Chenneour, Stoneman, Badcock.
Referee: Mr Dennis.
Captains: Sellick and Elms.
Friernhay started off at a rattling pace and scored the first goal, through Stoneman, after fifteen minutes. A long bombardment of the Friernhay goal was then sustained by the City, the aspect of the game being completely changed. Hanks twice escaped by a hair's breadth, then following upon a prolonged scramble in front of the Friars' goal the ball struck Sellick on the chest and rebounded into the net.
Chenneour scored with a penalty against Fenwick for hands in the early stages of the second half. Exeter had by far the best of the game, but could not score until five minutes from the end, when Singlehurst had one of his many shots saved by Hanks. It was not a complete save, however, for in a twinkling Hyde fastened on to the ball and put it into the net, thus bringing the scores level.
Result: Exeter City 2 Friernhay 2.