Millwall v ECFC
Reserves v Bristol & District League X1
Saturday, November 5, at The Den.
MILLWALL 1 EXETER CITY 0.
Last season: Millwall 2 City 0.
The alterations made by Exeter City from last Saturday's team did not impress greatly; rather, they looked very much as if they were a confession of failure. In the general re-shuffle only five players, namely Rigby, Mitton, Watson, Newman, and Dockray, kept the positions they occupied a week ago. Pollard was shifted from left to right full-back, and Crompton from inside left to inside right. Graham was removed from the half-back line to the defence, whilst Mackechnie, Williams and Bullock were dropped, and A.Green, Vowles and P.Hill reinstated.
Nevertheless, the players were in hopeful mood when they left Exeter at 10.15 this morning for the run through to Paddington in charge of Mr F.Parkhouse.
Voisey Riddell Griffiths
Hopper Sayer Richardson Sutherland Dorsett
Referee: Mr A.E. Caseley, of Wolverhampton.
Dockray P.Hill Vowles Crompton Newman
A.V.Green Mitton Rigby
The weather was cold and bright when London was reached, but the air clouded over heavily before the match, and a keen wind swept the ground from end to end. Millwall's team was not selected until this morning, but the "Lions" were able to field a strong eleven, with John Fort, the ex-Grecian, at right back.
The Millwall programme contained very friendly paragraphs friendly good wishes and encouragement towards the City F.C., but expressed the hope, at the same time, that Exeter's reformation would not start this afternoon.
Voisey won the toss and Vowles kicked off against the wind. The initial move was checked by Woodley, then both Crompton and Hill were pulled up for offside.
MILLWALL FORWARDS "GOAL-SHY."
Though giving a poor forward display, Millwall defeated Exeter City at New Cross by a goal to nil, this representing only their second win at home during the present season. It was also their first goal at The Den since September 24th. Chances innumerable came to Millwall in both periods of the game, but weakness when it came to shooting was again apparent, Richardson being the chief offender.
The only goal was the result of a clever piece of dribbling by Dorsett and a well placed centre which Hopper headed into the net. Before this defeat Watson had shown admirable form in Exeter's goal, some of his saves in the first half bordering on the miracu lous. The Millwall defence had a somewhat easy time against the City forwards, who never got going. The only Exeter players who were anything like up to scratch, apart from Watson, were Rigby and Pollard, and to a lesser degree Crompton and Vowles.
CITY RESERVES v BRISTOL AND DISTRICT LEAGUE.
Having an open date, the City Reserves entertained the Bristol and District League XI in a "friendly" at St James's Park, Exeter, this afternoon. The weather was dull with a slight breeze, while there was a threat of rain. Exeter City have signed a new centre forward, Graydon, from Horfield, but the position was given to Jimmy Green in today's match.
Fryer; Lodge, Gaskell; Siddall, Hookway, Brown; Edge, Williams, J. Green, Bullock, and Congdon.
Sennington; Godfrey, Beasant; Webber, Cowley, Gould; Worlock, Garland, Sleigh, Green, and Hill.
Brown won the toss and Bristol kicked off, and attacked right away, but Worlock was pulled up for offside.
Nothing had been scored by the time the first half came to its end, but immediately on the restart Sleigh beat Fryer with a shot into the top of the net. The City Reserves rallied in the closing stages, and Jimmy Green scored two goals.