ECFC v Brentford
Yeovil & Petters v Exeter City Reserves
ECFC v Brentford (W 1-0)
WINNING GOAL SCORED BY KIRK
Saturday, April 15, at St James's Park.
EXETER CITY 1 BRENTFORD O.
Last season: City 3 Brentford 0.
The weather was boisterous, with driving rain, and wild a Westerly wind. The ground was soft and very slippery. The Exeter City Military Band, under the conductorship of Mr George Newman, enlivened the period of waiting with musical selections, and a rendering of "City of Laughter City of Tears" particularly was touching. The band, in fact, did very well to continue to the end of their programme, for the gale played havoc with the music sheets and stands. Hats and caps, too, were unwontedly lively, and there was more than one heated chase by the owners of departing headgear.
Rigby Mitton Crompton
Newman Kirk Bullock Vowles Dockray
Referee:- Mr W.E.Russell, of Swindon.
Hendren Anstiss T.W.Elliott Norton Capper
Amos Hunter Kerr
Five thousand spectators welcomed the teams, and there was a big cheer for the Grecians in recognition of recent successes. Hendren won the toss, and Bullock set the ball rolling towards St James's Road and the wind. A goal scored by "Jazzo" Kirk in the last few minutes won the match for Exeter City, and went a long way towards making their League position secure. Brentford had the considerable advantage in the first half of the boisterous and turbulent wind, but they were opposed by a stout and stubborn defence, which gave them little room in which to operate. Exeter were the first to attack, and immediately threatened danger from the left wing, but Dockray was illegally brought down by Kerr. The free kick was cleared by Alton, and at the other end of the field Hendren won a corner. He then shot wide of the upright after receiving the ball back from Elliott.
Another attack by the Grecians saw Newman put across a centre which Alton missed, but Vowles was offside.
Maintaining the pressure Dockray beat the defence and middled the ball with Young helpless, but no-one was up to take advantage of the pass.
Exeter again had the better of matters in the second half, and Kirk was very prominent in the forward line.
Elliott made a determined effort to open Brentford's scoring account with a header, and at the other end Kirk struck the side of the net with a sharp drive.
The ball was very heavy, as was the ground, but both elevens infused plenty of dash into their play. Exeter's efforts were at last rewarded, with three minutes remaining. Newman got away on the right wing and centred for Kirk to drive the ball past Young.
YEOVIL AND PETTERS v EXETER CITY RESERVES.
Exeter City Reserves, without a Southern League fixture, sent a team to Yeovil to participate in a "friendly" against the local club.
Yeovil were slightly the better side in the first half, and at the interval they led by one goal, scored by Hayward, to nil. Hayward increased Yeovil's lead after the interval, and Percy Hill got a goal for the Reserves.
Yeovil & Petters 2 Exeter City Reserves 1.