Match 27
19th January 1929
Coventry City (h)

Southern League
Yeovil (a)

Exeter City  v Coventry City
Saturday, January 19th 1929.

EXETER CITY 2 (Cameron McDevitt)
COVENTRY CITY 3 (Toseland Loughlin 2)

Exeter City were a goal in arrears within a minute of the start, Toseland running in to score, un-challenged, with the defence appealing for offside. After twenty minutes Starsmore drove hard against the right hand goal-post, and the ball rebounded to Loughlin, who with an instant shot put Coventry City two up. Half-time: Exeter City 0 Coventry City 2. The six thousand spectators were in a very dispirited mood when play started after the interval, and Miller, who had made several mistakes, was the object of some barracking by a section of the crowd. Three goals were scored in the last ten minutes, by Cameron for the Grecians, Loughlin for Coventry and McDevitt finally for the Grecians again.

Exeter City: Campbell; Lowton and Miller; Clarke, Pool, and Dennington; Purcell, McDevitt, Death, Doncaster, and Cameron.

Coventry City:- Allen; Crown and Jenkins; Maskill, Dinsdale, and Bell; Toseland, Starsmore, Loughlin, Shone, and Pick.

Referee:- Mr W.E.Russell, of Swindon.

The mid-week Cup game was no doubt responsible for the staleness of several of the Exeter players. For an hour the Grecians were out-classed by a team rejoicing in a complete understanding, and with a match-winning outside-right in the nimble Toseland, who carried too many guns for Miller. At the same time Exeter had their scoring chances and with steadiness in front of goal the home forwards might well have snatched a victory. Coventry were surprised by Exeter's strong rally in the last quarter of the game, and so were the spectators, who had not expected a stirring finish. The City scored two goals where they should have easily once again they have been beaten on their own ground. obtained four, and so The League position of the club now becomes desperate indeed.

Southern League

Southern League match, at Yeovil. Winning the toss Yeovil set Exeter Reserves to face a strong sun. The Grecians were the first away, but Streets put wildly over the bar. Yeovil then got to the other end, where Holland only saved Waite's header at
the expense of a corner. This was well cleared by Pollard after Holland had failed to hold the flag kick from Smart on the goal-line. In the next Yeovil attack the crossbar was struck by Lowes with Holland out of position, and at the other end several chances were missed by the City forwards. Yeovil returned to the attack, Holland turning a hard drive from Grist around the post, and then saved the following comer kick. The City were now having more of the game, and the Yeovil goal was beseiged, but the inside forwards were too slow to turn these chances to account. After 35 minutes' play Yeovil opened the scoring through Goulden, who headed a centre by Campbell past Holland into the goal. Pollard made a gallant effort to stop the ball going into the net, but only assisted it in its course. Following this Yeovil were awarded a penalty for a foul by Noble, but from the spot kick Holland made a wonderful save from Day's shot. In the closing stages Exeter attacked at length but their front line was very weak. Smith scored for the City after the interval, and another goal by Yeovil was obtained. The teams were:
Yeovil: Rogers; Day and Baynham; Williams, Smart, and Campbell; Newman, Goulden, Waite, Lowes, and Grist.
Exeter: Holland; Pollard and Noble; Sheffield, Di tchburn, and Christie; Phoenix, Streets, Smith, Wade, and Turl.

  • County Championship 

In the County Championship match, Devon v Cornwall, at Truro, Bastin started the scoring, but Cornwall equalised before the interval and in the second half scored four times. Devon, despite the brilliance of Bastin, are now out of the competition, and Cornwall are group leaders.


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