Match 02
29th August 1932
Northampton Town v Exeter City

Tale of Eight Goals

Monday, August 29th 1932.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 5  (Mortimer 2 Boyle A. Dawes 2)
EXETER CITY 3(Connaboy Childs Poulter)
Half-time Northampton 3 City 2.

Exeter City put up a fight at Northampton on Monday evening of which they can be proud, and provided the home crowd with much thrilling entertainment that should do the Cobblers a great deal of good at a difficult stage in the club's history. From start to finish, despite the high temperature, and later on a heavy storm of rain, both sides played keenly and went all out for attack.

Northampton: Hammond Oakley Dawes (F) Dowsey Park Davies Mortimer Boyle Dawes (A) Forbes Wells
Referee:- Mr W.E.Russell, of Swindon.

Exeter City: Davies Gray Miller Barber Childs Clark Welsby Houghton Poulter Connaboy Scott

The policy of attacking at every opportunity made the contest a thrilling one, and beyond the eight actual goals there were half a dozen other occasions when one team or the other was within an ace of success. Only exceptional goalkeeping prevented the final score having much of a cricket appearance. To appreciate the full value of Exeter's effort it has to be realised that three times a two goal deficit was reduced by half, and that even when only a few minutes remained they still kept up their attack. If the return match at Exeter equals this one in interest Devon folk are in for a treat.

Northampton began brilliantly, and perfect goals by Mortimer and Boyle within ten minutes suggested a runaway victory. The Grecians fought back, and Connaboy's opening goal for them was a very cool effort. Albert Dawes restored the Cobblers' two goals margin before the interval, and for Exeter a corner kick was converted by Poulter with a very fine header. Dawes got another goal for the Cobblers early in the second half, then Childs registered Exeter's third with a header which was just as good as the earlier one by Poulter. The last goal of the evening was scored by Mortimer with a clever cross-shot from the right wing. Childs worked tremendously hard, and inspired his colleagues to many rousing attacks. Barber played effective and skilful football through the ninety minutes. Poulter took the eye of the crowd, and was frequently the subject of hearty applause. His straight-ahead dashes more than once put the home goal in jeopardy and he was unlucky not to score more than one goal. Connaboy faded after a good start, and Scott, playing on his old ground, was inclined to be erratic. Albert Dawes, who is a fine natural footballer, played a great game for Northampton, as did Mortimer and Wells.


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