15th October 1932
Exeter City v AFC Bournemouth
20th October 1932
Bath City v Exeter City Reserves
Bournemouth Fight Back
CITY DEFEATED AFTER GAINING FIRST HALF LEAD
Weakness at Half-Back
Saturday, October 15th 1932.
EXETER CITY 2 (Higgins 2)
BOURNEMOUTH AND BOSCOMBE 3 (Ledwidge 2 Williams)
Half-time: City 2 Bournemouth 1.
Exeter City: Davies Gray Miller Clarke Childs Barber Scott Higgins Whitlow Houghton S.Hurst
Referee:- Mr E.G.Walliker, of Salisbury.
Russell White Eyre Ledwidge Williams
Whitelaw Moralee Miller
Exeter paid dearly for their early mistakes in front of the opposing goal. With accurate shooting they would have secured a really substantial lead in the first fifteen minutes.
Stanley Hurst, who made his debut, had two golden opportunities, both from Whitlow's passes, but was affected by the occasion and shot poorly. Later on the opportunism of Higgins appeared to have made things simple for the Grecians, but they failed to maintain their promise, and in the second half played a whole lot of what can only be described as scrambling football. Clarke, Childs and Barber played very poorly in the second half and failed to keep a grip on the play in midfield. Higgins scored his first goal with a diving header in 23 minutes and his second with a simple close range shot after Houghton had beaten the defence.
BATH CITY v EXETER CITY RESERVES
Thursday, October 20th 1932.
BATH CITY 3 (Trotman 2 McCartney)
EXETER CITY RESERVES 4 (Kennedy Connaboy 2 Whitlow)
Bath City 2 Exeter Reserves 1.
Exeter's principal asset at Bath was their half back line, and the play of Clarke, Childs, and Barber was the factor that turned the scales in the second half and enabled the Grecians to beat Bath for the second time in the Western League. The match was played on Bath City's new ground at Tiverton Park. Within five minutes of the start Kennedy essayed a 25 yards shot, and Densley let the ball slip through his hands, giving the City their first goal. This woke Bath up, and at the end of 15 minutes Trotman equalised, and two minutes later McCartney scored with a shot that turned into the net off the bottom of the cross-bar.
Bath City:- Densley; Howson, Legg; Lloyd, Sambridge, Hall; Thomas, Woodward, Trotman, Cowan, McCartney.
City Reserves: - Ince; Ditchburn, Hughes; Clarke, Childs, Barber; Gumm, Connaboy, Whitlow, Kennedy, Welsby.
Exeter in the second half were a different team. They played high grade and thoughtful football, sweeping down the field with long accurate passes, and Welsby was the "star turn." Connaboy equalised and Whitlow gave Exeter the lead. Ten minutes from the end Connaboy shot hard for goal and George Howson, the ex Grecian, tried to clear, but the ball flew off his head into the net. Exeter were on top all through the second half, with Childs dominating the centre of the field. Trotman scored for Bath.