ECFC v Millwall
Reserves v Newton’s (Taunton)
BEST GAME AT EXETER FOR SOME TIME
Saturday, November 12,
at St James's Park.
EXETER CITY 1 MILLWALL ATHLETIC O.
Last season: City 4 Millwall 0.
Last Wednesday the City signed a new centre-forward, McCulloch, a young Scot, from Dykehead, the Scottish Western League club, and he was selected to lead the attack against Millwall at St James's Park this afternoon just three days after his arrival in Exeter. Tom Edge's reappearance in the forward line was also regarded with great interest, as he has not played in a League match since the first week of the season, yet there are few men so skilful on the City's books.
Millwall, whose forwards came in for a lot of adverse criticism from the London Press after last Saturday's game, restored Walters, the ex-Southend United player, to the line, and he rejoined his old club-mate, Dorsett, on the left wing. They also gave a trial to Hobby, from Ramsgate, who was signed as a professional this week. Hill was substituted for Woodley, who is injured, to partner John Fort at left-back. The ground was in excellent condition and the weather cold and bleak.
When the teams appeared Jack Fort received the usual hearty Devonshire greeting for an old friend, and by way of a compliment to him the Exeter City Military Band rendered "Auld Lang Syne, - should auld acquaintance be forgot...."
Rigby Mitton A.V. Green
Edge Crompton McCulloch P. Hill Dockray
Referee:- Mr A.E.Caseley, of Wolverhampton.
Griffiths Riddell Voisey
Dorsett Walters Richardson Hobby Hopper
Crompton beat Voisey with the coin, and the Lions occupied the far end of the field during the first period. Hill(R) found touch to hold up an initial dash through by Exeter on the right wing, but Crompton, gaining possession from the throw-in, kicked wildly over the goal.
McCulloch was pulled up for offside just over the half-way line, but his smart distribution of the ball was commented on by the crowd in the next minute, and he came near to breaking through on his own in very confident fashion. Although both sides had got the "offside trap" worked out to a fine art, the play in the first half was of a high standard, and certainly a big improvement on most of the football which has been seen at St James's Park this season. Ten minutes before the interval McCulloch netted the ball, to a roar of cheering from the seven thousand spectators, but no goal was allowed as Crompton was adjudged to be offside. He was also ruled out for impeding the goalkeeper. However, another brilliant movement by Exeter, on the stroke of half-time, resulted in Hill, with a coolly taken low shot, convert Dockray's centre and give the City a well earned lead. This proved to be the only goal of the game.
NOTES ON THE GAME.
Play was even and keen all the way through, and altogether it turned out to be the brightest and best game at Exeter for quite a long time.
McCulloch, the new centre forward from Scotland, was a "trump" in his first game for the City. He was very alert, full of ideas, and speedy, and his accurate distribution of the ball distinctly promising. He was unlucky in meeting the "one-back dodge," which was scientifically played by Jack Fort and his partner, and was often put off his game temporarily by unexpected decisions by the referee in respect of offside, but he will improve upon further acquaintance with his new colleagues, especially if he can gain another yard of pace.
Edge was also unlucky in being adjudged offside so often, for he is a player who gets off the mark very quickly, and a referee does not always do him justice. Exeter's full backs, it was noticed, positioned themselves much better than they usually do. Mitton played an exceptionally fine game, whilst Dockray gave Fort quite enough to think about.
The City Reserves, without a Southern League match, played a "friendly" at Taunton against Newton's. No goals resulted.