Match 04
4th September 1933
Coventry City (h)

6th September 1933
Southern League
Torquay United Res (a)

September 4th 1933.


Before 15,000 spectators at Coventry on Monday evening Exeter City owed their success to two factors; remarkable blunders by the Coventry goalkeeper and the brilliance of their own defence in the second half.

Perry Bisby
Baker Davison Boileau
White Lauderdale Bourton Lake Richards

Referee: Mr L.E.Gibbs, of Reading.

Barnes Houghton Whitlow Walters Welsby
Webb Angus Clarke
Hughes Gray

Davies lost the toss and Whitlow kicked off, Clarke and Walters making a nice combined movement which enabled Welsby to drop the ball into the goalmouth, where Morgan saved Whitlow's header. Play became fast and even, both teams keeping their passes too much in the air, thereby giving the backs ample scope for clearing. Houghton, Whitlow, and Walters were clever and methodical with their approach work, but the shooting was erratic, Walters sending high over the bar from close range. Exeter took the lead after 18 minutes when Welsby with a free kick dropped the ball just under the bar, whence it passed between Morgan's hands into the net. Coventry replied with a series of fast and lively attacks, Davies saving many shots in quick succession. Exeter increased their lead with another gift goal in 26 minutes. Clarke lobbed the ball into the goalmouth from a free-kick, where Morgan pushed it out to Houghton, who promptly slammed it into the goal with a first-timer. Coventry again rallied in determined fashion, and in 33 minutes Bourton drove the ball home via the underside of the crossbar. Walters scored Exeter's third goal five minutes before the interval with a swift grounder which Morgan timed badly.


Coventry tried exploiting their right wing but made little progress against Webb and Hughes, and when White did manage to send across a centre Clarke headed safely away. Davies brought off the best save of the match in deflecting one-handed a hefty drive from Bourton at a time when Coventry were showing signs of a revival. Davies also scooped out a sudden sharp drive from Lake that was bound for the net. Exeter also had backs who were more sure in their tackling and kicking than the Coventry pair. Quick recovery was a feature of the Exeter defensive play, and Gray in particular proved fast enough to deal with the speedy runs of Richards.

Wednesday, September 6th 1933.

Exeter City introduced a 15 year-old outside left at St James's Park on Wednesday evening, when the City Reserves defeated Torquay United Reserves by the odd goal of five.

The youngster, Harold May, was figuring in school-boy football last April, but he revealed many neat touches in the more exalted grade of professional football. While he naturally requires time in which to develop, it may be that Exeter have a good young player in the making. He is already quick and confident, and shows very good positional sense.

City:- Chesters; Miller, M.Lock; E. Tappin, Ditchburn, Kennedy; Scott, Wrightson, Hurst, S.Risdon, H.May. Torquay:- Langford; Rees, T.J.Davies; R.Beer, Flavell, Hewitt; E.E.Knott, Harker, J.Morley, Mills, Bird.

As to the game generally it was hard rather than scientific. Two players were injured, Kennedy and Morley; it was surprising in view of the nature of the exchanges that mishaps did not occur with a greater frequency than they did. To add to the excitement a slight display of fisticuffs was indulged in, but the referee did not have a clear view of the incident and no action was taken by him.


Each side attacked in turn, and the United gained an early lead through J.Morley, who shot high into the net at close range from a pass by E.E.Knott. Exeter soon equalised through Scott, who was the most enterprising forward on the field. Scott drove the ball past Langford from close range having dribbled past several opponents. Scott scored Exeter's second goal from Hurst's pass. Mills with a strong left foot drive equalised for the Magpies after the interval, and Hurst restored Exeter's lead.


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