Match 42
9th April 1921
Southampton (a)

Southampton 3-0 ECFC 
Attendance: 12,000.
The Dell.

Exeter City "Reserves" lose at the Dell.
The apparent imminence of a lightning Triple Alliance Strike caused the Exeter City management  to summon their players in a hurry yesterday morning, and travel to Southampton by a motor char-a-banc for today's match at The Dell.

"Pincher" Pym has set off from Topsham at 10 o'clock on a fishing expedition in the Exe-estuary in search of silvery salmon. An hour later his father was scouting for him all along the river bank. Happily Mr Pym senior discovered the Grecians's skipper two miles below Topsham. Pym came ashore, took the heavy fisherman's boots, and ran home in his stockinged feet to pick up his football equipment, continuing the journey to Exeter in a taxi.
With Coleburne, Makin, Green, Crawshaw, Shields and Appleton of the first-team all unfit. Exeter were compelled to travel with more reserves than at any previous period in the club's history.
The journey from Devonshire, through Dorset and into heart of Hampshire, was uneventful, and Southampton was reached at 10 o'clock last night.

This morning the team visited the docks, and saw the ex-German liner "Imperator," now the "Berengaria." 
The party were accommodated overnight at the Star Hotel.

The "Saints" had Turner for Parker at right-back, otherwise they were at full strength.

Allen. Turner. Titmuss. Shelley. Campbell. Butt. Barrett. Dominy. Rawlings. Moore. Foxall.

Referee:- Mr J.W. Lucas, of London.

Exeter City:-
Pym. Pollard. Feebery. Rigby. Carrick. Hilton. McIntyre. Hetherington. Hinton. Vowles. Dockray.

The weather was fine, but there was a cold breeze. Exeter turned out in white shirts and white knickers and looked very smart, but strange. 
Pym won the toss, but Exeter's good luck did not hold, for within a minute of the start Barratt forced a corner off Hilton, and from the winger's centre Shelley headed swiftly into the net for the opening goal.
Midway through the first period a free-kick against Rigby for fouling Moore was tapped aside by Campbell to Rawlings, who scored with a low shot well out of Pym's reach. 
Ten minutes before the finish Dominy found an opening, getting to close quarters by means of a clever dribble, and beat Pym with an oblique shot from five yards' range. 

Notes on on the Game
Exeter City did well considering their heavy handicap. Vowles and Dockray were the pick of the forwards, and Hinton, despite his lack of experience, played to the best of his ability, but with little chance against the giant Campbell.
Rigby played with more judgement than either Carrick or Hilton, as might be expected. Pym had no chance with the scoring shots and kept goal in his best style.

City Reserves 1-1 Bristol Rovers Reserves
Exeter City Reserves' match with Bristol Rovers Reserves, which took place at St James's Park this afternoon, is the final home Western League match of this season. 
Review of the season
On the whole a very satisfactory season has been enjoyed, the admission of the club to the Western League having been a new and successful venture for the reserve team. Should the "Grecians" be represented in this League next season they will have to meet the "next-door neighbours," Plymouth Argyle and Torquay Town, both of whom are pledged to apply for admission.

On account of several reserves being required at Southampton, Lowton (Heavitree), Davey (St James's), Wilson (St James's), and Please and Gilmour of the R.G.A., were included in the eleven.

City Reserves:-
Charles. Lowton. Betteridge. Davey. Taylor. Wilson. Please. Brayshaw. Hesmondhalgh. Gilmour. Kelland.

Bristol Rovers Reserves:-
Gunnell. Butler. Hall. Flay. Gane. Cox. Chance. Hicks. Green. Bird. Bell.

Please gave Exeter the lead and Hicks equalised, both goals being scored in the second half.



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