ECFC v Swindon Town
Swindon Town Reserves v City Reserves
RAILWAYMEN WELL ON TOP: BATTY AND FLEMING EXCEL:
Played at St James's Park,
Saturday, October 29.
EXETER CITY 1 SWINDON TOWN 4.
Last season: City 1 Swindon 0.
Gusty but fine weather prevailed this afternoon, and the ground was still very hard for football, and this, combined with tricky wind, tended to make it difficult for dribbling.
Exeter City made an eleventh-hour change in the forward line, Williams being recalled at inside right in place of Percy Hill, who was despatched to Swindon with the Reserve XI this morning.
The "Railwaymen" brought a big following of supporters, and in contravention to the agreement made last week Exeter again turned out in white shirts and blue knickers to allow Swindon Town to wear their own colours. There was disappointment among the crowd when it was learned that Coleburne would not appear, his place at right full-back having gone to Maconnachie.
Rigby Newman Williams Bullock Crompton Dockray
Referee: Mr E.E.Small, of Bristol.
Fleming Batty Cooke Phillipson Jefferson Wareing Archer Pocock Weston Maconnachie
The effort in aid of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital was very much in evidence. Collectors reaped a rich harvest under the direction of Mr S. Everest Crosse while the spectators assembled, and a giant figure advertising St Sidwell's Traders' section of this enterprise promenaded the ground. There was a big cheer for Fleming and his men, another for Crompton and the other Grecians, and yet another for that popular referee, Mr E. E. Small. Crompton having won the toss, the City played with the wind and
sun at their backs, from the St James's Road end.
The game opened briskly, with Swindon momentarily aggressive. Mitton and Crompton between them cleared the danger, and the City were away on the left wing, but Dockray was pulled up by Weston before he could get the ball through to Bullock.
Batty Opens the Scoring.
Exeter got going smartly, and Crompton won a corner with a long shot that Skiller punched over the bar, but Newman's flag kick was carried behind the goal by the high wind.
After Skiller had saved from Dockray the ball came to Bullock, who goaled it, but the point was disallowed for offside, Dockray being the offender. Batty scored for Swindon six minutes before half-time, and the Railwaymen led by this goal at the interval.
Four minutes after the re-start Fleming, who was in brilliant form, provided the opening from which Batty scored Swindon Town's second goal. After twenty-five minutes a series of swinging passes by the Swindon forwards, in which Fleming was prominent, left Cooke with an open goal, and he made no mistake, scoring with a fine shot.
Dockray got a goal for Exeter seven minutes from the end, but Fleming restored the balance with Swindon's fourth right on time.
SWINDON v CITY.
Exeter City Reserves appeared at the County Ground, Swindon, to day, where they were opposed by the Town Reserves, in a struggle for Southern League points.
Swindon:- Nash; Kay, Coleburne; Rogers, Dawe, Ing; Denyer, Stokoe, Metcalfe, Johnson, Turner.
City: Fryer; Lodge, Stewart; Siddall, Brown, Wilson; A.V.Green, P.Hill, J. Green, Vowles, Congdon.
The City Reserves were defeated at Swindon, the final result being four goals to two. Stokoe and Metcalfe scored within two minutes of each other before the interval, and Johnson increased the lead in the second half. Vowles then centred for Jimmy Green to get a goal for Exeter, and the tally was completed by Rogers for Swindon and Hill for Exeter.