Brentford v ECFC
City Reserves v Bath City
Bristol Roves v City Reserves
"BEES" STING EXETER"
Saturday, April 22, at
Griffin Park, Brentford.
BRENTFORD 5 EXETER CITY 2.
Last season: Brentford O City 0.
Exeter City left St David's Station this morning to further improve on their recent record in the return game with Brentford at Griffin Park. The weather was very pleasant, but as the party approached London they found the conditions changing, and in the Metropolis rain was falling steadily. It had been raining without cessation since Friday night.
The weather affected the gate, there being only 5,000 present when the game started.
Kerr Hunter Amos
Capper Morris Norton Anstiss Hendren
Referee: Mr W.E.Russell, of Swindon.
Dockray Vowles Bullock Kirk Newman Crompton Mitton Rigby
On a rain soaked pitch which rendered good football impossible, nothing "came off" for the Grecians, and with their forwards too, slow and their defence faltering, Brentford went from success to success. At the same time it must be admitted that the Londoners played the correct game in the circumstances, keeping the ball on the move, while they were not afraid to take a chance when within sight of goal. Their first point came at the end of nine minutes from a long range effort by Amos, and it was rather surprising that the City could not see by this time that their close passing was all wrong. At times they even had six forwards, Ellis Crompton moving up from the half-back line, but this novel formation did not bring any success.
Exeter should have equalised ten minutes before the interval, when Young fumbled a shot from Kirk, but Alton booted the leather away at the critical moment. In fact, the Brentford goalkeeper had much to thank his colleagues for on a day when he was far below his best.
The fact that the first half had yielded but one goal led to the natural inference that the players found scoring almost an impossibility owing to the liquid turf and the heavy ball. This idea was quickly dispelled after the interval, when five goals were put on in less than twenty minutes.
Brentford led the way almost as soon as the game was restarted, Anstiss and Morris breaking through for the first named to put the ball into an empty goal after Fryer had been tempted out. The City scored their first goal five minutes later, when Bullock and Kirk outwitted the opposition, and with Young caught in two minds, Kirk's shot went over the goalkeeper's outstretched leg.
An immediate reply was forthcoming, Kerr heading through from a corner, while ten minutes elapsed before Morris went through on his own to net the fourth, and Capper completed the "nap hand" after a further three minutes. Vowles scored for Exeter in the very last minute.
CITY RESERVES v BATH CITY.
Despite the beautiful spring weather there was only a moderate attendance at St James's Park this afternoon, when the Reserves an Bath City met in the Southern League competition. Exeter City gave a trial to Drew, the St Matthew's centre forward.
Watson; Gaskell, Wilson; Squires, Brown, Siddall; W.Hill, Townsend, Drew, P. Hill, and Congdon.
Adams; Williams, Smith; Nuth, Dallimore, Burns; Marsh, Thomas, Dore, Wilcocks, and Woodward.
A scrappy game, which was a poor advertisement for Southern League football, ended with another defeat for the Grecians, Dore scoring the only goal for Bath City in the second half.
The City Reserves have now failed to score in their last four matches.
BRISTOL ROVERS RESERVES V EXETER CITY RESERVES.
Postponed from April 1, playing field snowbound.
The postponed Southern League fixture between the reserve teams of Bristol Rovers and Exeter City took place on Monday evening, and resulted in a victory for the Rovers by 3-one. Exeter scored first after ten minutes,
Percy Hill forcing his way past the home defence to beat Barnes at close quarters. The Rovers attacked strongly after this, and the Exeter defence displayed capital form. Watson saved many difficult shots, then at the other end of the field Hill missed a simple chance.
Rovers Reserves 0 City Reserves 1.
The Rovers equalised through Hammond soon after the resumption, and after severe pressure by the Rovers the same player scored a second goal, beating Watson with a wonderful swerving shot.
Watson brought off many fine saves, but was beaten by Smith in the last few minutes, following a corner. The strong wind spoiled Exeter's close passing moves.