Match 38
Bristol Rovers v ECFC

City Reserves v Rovers Reserves

Bristol Rovers v ECFC (W 1-3)
Scorers: Kirk 2 (1 pen), Vowles Attendance: 10000


Saturday, April 8, at

Stapleton Road, Bristol.


Last season: Rovers 5 City 0.

Exeter City, fielding the same eleven for the third successive match, were very keen on improving upon their performance against Bristol Rovers last Saturday. The Rovers had Walter Hammond, the Gloucestershire County cricketer, at inside right for Morgan, and Stockley at right back.

There was a burst of applause as Crompton led out the City team, the Rovers following quickly. Simms won the toss, and Exeter faced a slight breeze in the first half.

Stockley Haydon
Winspear Simms Steele
Walter Hammond Leigh Liddell Norton

Referee: Mr E.Tolfree, of Southampton.

Dockray Vowles Bullock Kirk Newman Crompton Mitton Rigby
Stewart Pollard

About ten thousand spectators turned out at Eastville today in the hope of seeing the Rovers gather a brace of points from Exeter City.

The Rovers, however, lost their chance in the first half and had to pay the penalty. The Rovers were the first to attack, but Pollard stopped a rush by Leigh, and the ball swung out to Walter, who shot against the side netting. When Exeter made tracks for the other end Simms was the obstacle, and when the City pressed again Newman was offside. From the free kick Bristol got away smartly on the left, and the ball was swung across the goalmouth by Norton to Walter, whose header beat Fryer, but Pollard, standing practically underneath the crossbar, headed clear.

After fifteen minutes Exeter broke through with a big attack, and in the excitement Haydon was adjudged to have handled. The referee instantly signalled a penalty kick, which Kirk took, and he beat Thomson all ends up with a fast low shot.

Bristol equalised ten minutes later, when after clever work by Walter and Hammond, the ball was passed to Norton, who scored with a powerful header. The Rovers subsequently had several chances to obtain the lead, but Exeter's defenders, particularly Pollard, did so well that the interval arrived with the score one all.

Second Half.

Two corners to Exeter were cleared, and then Newman hit the bar with a strong centre, and Vowles netted the rebound. Directly on the re-start Exeter got through again, and Kirk, with sudden a dash, ran the ball past Thomson and through the posts for third goal. the

Twenty minutes after the change of ends Exeter lost the services of Rigby as the result of a heavy charge by Steele, and the Rovers attacked almost continuously against the ten remaining Grecians.

Fryer made two magnificent saves from direct shots by Hammond and Simms, and with Pollard and the rest of the defence in resolute mood, held on to the finish without loss.


In ideal weather the City Reserves encountered Bristol Reserves at St James's Park, for Southern League points. The City gave Squires a trial at centre forward, while Graham reappeared after a lengthy absence due to injury. Rovers

City Reserves:- Watson; Graham and Gaskell; Siddall, Hookway, and Brown; Edge, Townsend, Squires, Camble, and W.Hill.

Rovers Reserves:- Barnes; Roost, and Panes; Boxley, Furniss, Radmore; Chance, Dalziel, Ball, Nevis, and Harvey. and

Although many shots had been put in, mostly wide of the target, nothing was scored until ten minutes from the finish, when Chance distance of about eight yards from the line he fired the ball home gained possession in midfield and dribbled right through. From with a fast shot into the top of the net, to win the game for his side by:- One Goal to Nil.


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