Norwich City v ECFC
City Reserves v Norwich Reserves
NORWICH CITY v EXETER CITY.
played at The Nest, Norwich, on Saturday, March the 4th.
The annual battles for League points between the "Cities" of Exeter and Norwich have produced very even football of late, and three of the last four matches have been drawn.
Today's contest, at The Nest, promised to be as keen and hard as any of the long series between the two clubs, the need for points being as acute in the East Anglian capital as it is in the capital of the West.
The introduction of Harry Kirk, from Plymouth Argyle, to the Grecian attack at inside-right, taken in conjunction with the arrival of Townsend from Torquay, was expected to make for a big improvement in the goalscoring department, where business has been disappointing so far. MacKechnie was preferred to Gaskell in the defence. There were six thousand spectators when the teams lined. up, as follows, in showery weather.
Skermer; Hodge and Hope; Wilkinson, Woodhouse, and Bradbrook; Wolstenholme, Booth, Dennison, Bertram, and Austin.
Fryer; MacKechnie and Stewart; Rigby, Mitton, and Crompton; Newman, Kirk, Bullock, Townsend, and Dockray.
The "Canaries" attacked at the outset to some purpose, Dennison compelling Fryer to concede a corner with a fine shot in the first minute. A shot from Bertram was then headed out by MacKechnie. The Exeter left wing then came into the picture, and Dockray was going through nicely when Bradbrook stopped him. On the other wing, the ball was sent through to Newman, who rounded Wilkinson cleverly, and passed to Kirk. The new-comer deftly avoided Hodge and brought Skermer to his knees with a beautiful straight shot.
The first half was fought out at great speed, and Exeter, on the run of the game, deserved a lead. Fryer was injured in a collision with Dennison, quickly recovering, however. On the second half commencing Norwich were first to the attack, and Fryer brought off a wonderful save from Booth. Woodhouse shook the upright with a "pile-driver" following a corner.
Even exchanges followed, with Exeter always as good as their hosts, and an interesting game resulted:
Norwich City 0, Exeter City 0,
CITY RESERVES v. NORWICH RESERVES
Chief interest in the encounter between the Reserves of Exeter and Norwich City, at St James's Park for Southern League points, centred in the debuts of Potter (Pinhoe) and Parsons (Chagford) in the ranks of the Grecians.
The "gate" was about 1,000.
Loram; Pollard and Gaskell;
Brown, Hookway, and Potter; Edge, A.V.Green, Parsons, Camble, and Congdon.
King; Cook, and Smith; Hannah, Scott, and Taylor; Stoakes, Lumley, Dilley, Armstrong, and Frosdick.
Brown won the toss for the Grecians, and by dint excellent combination they set up a strong attack, which led to their being a goal up inside five minutes. Camble gained possession close in, and netted with a well placed drive into the bottom corner, giving King no chance.
After a brief incursion the City again forced the Canaries back on the defensive, and Camble scored in an empty net after King had rushed out in a vain attempt to stop Edge, but missed the ball.
At half-time Exeter led by two goals to nil, but their lead was diminished after ten minutes' play in the second half by Lumley, with a fierce shot from close range. Exeter added further points through Camble and Green, and five minutes from the close Camble was fouled by Cook, and from the resultant penalty the ex-Friernhay forward scored his own fourth goal and his side's fifth.
The match thus resulted:
City Res 5 Norwich Res 1.