29th February 1908
Argyle Reserves v Exeter City
ARGYLE RESERVES v EXETER CITY
Grecians Overwhelmed on Slippery pitch
Saturday, February 29th,
at Home Park, Plymouth.
ARGYLE RESERVES 8 EXETER CITY 1.
The City took a strong side, and Banks, the pro., had recovered sufficiently from his ankle injury to be able to turn out again. Eveleigh stood down owing to influenza, and Smith and Johnson, of St Luke's College, were given places in the forward line.
Argyle:- Sutcliffe; Sandys, Cudlipp; Mildren, Lillic rap, Baker; Haynes, Meager, Nugent, Wheaton, Leavey.
City:- W.Wells; Ashford, Murch; Letheren, Mudd, Banks; Sellick, Smith, Johnson, Massey, Singlehurst.
Heavy snow fell previously to the start, and there was a very small crowd of spectators. Argyle won the toss and Exeter kicked off against the wind. For the first few minutes Exeter held the advantage, but Leavey then broke away and drove the ball across the goal for Wheaton to find the net with a fast shot out of Wells's reach. Wells and Ashford were given a busy time but came through their ordeal well, until Leavey sent in a shot which Murch put into his own goal. Barely two minutes later Exeter opened their account, Massey sending in a stiff drive which Sutcliffe turned into his own net. Exeter fell to pieces after this, and the Argyle quickly added three goals, Nugent, Haynes, and Leavey scoring in turn. At half time the Argyle led by five goals to one. Plymouth kept up the attack in the second half and Leavey struck the upright and cross-bar with successive shots. The City defence was overwhelmed by the speed and combination of Plymouth's forwards on the treacherous ground, and after Wheaton had shot against the cross-bar Leavey scored the sixth goal with an unstoppable low shot to the corner of the net. For a while the Argyle were kept on the defensive, and Cudlipp ballooned the ball over his own goal. The subsequent corner kick was cleared. Leavey then got away on his own, and after beating Ashford and Letheren added the seventh goal with a drive which beat Wells all ends up. Wells saved from Lillicrap, but in the last minute was beaten by a shot from Haynes.