Match 23
Plymouth Argyle v ECFC

City Reserves v Argyle Reserves

Tuesday, December 27.
Home Park, Plymouth.


Last season: Argyle 0 City 0.

Having lost by two goals at Exeter on Monday, the City created a surprise at Home Park in the return match by achieving a goal less draw. They played a hard game, relying chiefly on strong kicking and using touch repeatedly.

There had been several hours of rain, and with the sodden ball and heavy ground this game paid, and although the spectators found it tedious Crompton's generalship was justified.

The attendance was 22,000, which constitutes a record for any League game on the Argyle's ground.

Fred Craig, Billy Forbes, Moses Russell, Jimmy Dickinson, Cecil Eastwood, Alf Rowe, Patsy Corcoran, Jack Fowler, Frank Richardson, Bert Batten, Jack Leslie.

Gaskell, Stewart 
Crompton Mitton Wilson
Dockray Williams Bullock Hill Newman

The Argyle made the mistake of persisting too long with short passing, their moves, though pretty when they came off, more often playing into the hands (feet) of the defence, who responded to the cry heard more than once of "Kick hard."

The Pilgrims also missed Jack Hill, their crack centre - half, who was injured on Monday, Eastwood not being so effective either in defence or attack. Bowler was absent from the forward line, and Batten came in at inside left. Percy Hill gave the Argyle a shock in the very first minute, when he broke clean through, but just when a goal seemed certain he kicked the ball too far in front of him and Craig came out and cleared his lines. In fact, in the early stages Exeter gave the Argyle two
or three frights, and although dead-on shots were rare, Craig was several times placed in difficulties.

On the other hand there were times when the Exeter goal had a charmed existence, notably when the crossbar and upright were hit by Dickenson and Richardson with successive shots. Fryer played a faultless game, also, and it was largely due to this fact that the Grecians kept a clean score-sheet. Fryer, on one occasion, dived on the ball and held it though knocked out in the process.

Both Sides Below Form.

Taking a general view of the game, both sides played well below form, and while Exeter will have to soon start winning one or two games if they are to extricate themselves from their precarious position in the League Table, the Pilgrims likewise will have to show a considerable improvement if they are to have any say in the ultimate destination of the championship.

The gate receipts at Home Park amounted to £1,250. 

City Reserves v Argyle Reserves.

The return Southern League match between the reserves of the Devonshire rivals was played at St James's Park on Tuesday. The City Reserves showed a marked improvement, but were beaten
by the odd goal in three. All the scoring took place before the interval, Smith (twice) for the Argyle, and Camble (once) for the City, putting in shots which beat the respective goalkeepers.

There was little to choose between the sides in the second period, and although Exeter struggled hard to get the equaliser, their movements lacked the necessary finish.


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