26th December 1932
Swindon Town v Exeter City
Taunton Town v Exeter City Reserves
Holiday Football GRECIANS GIVE THE RAILWAYMEN A FRIGHT
More Goals By Whitlow
Monday, December 26th 1932.
SWINDON TOWN 2 (Brooks Munnings) EXETER CITY 2 (Whitlow 2).
Half-time: Swindon 0 Exeter City 1.
Exeter City followed up their clear-cut success of last Saturday with a drawn game at the Wiltshire County Ground against Swindon Town on Boxing Day afternoon. The Grecians scored first and led at one time by two goals to nil, but Swindon made a great rally in the second half and got level. Even then Exeter had a grand chance of obtaining a winning goal right on time, but Scott failed to get the ball into the net.
Berry Dransfield Girvan Godfrey Lambie Braithwaite Munnings Starsmore Morris Brooks Quinn
Davies Gray Miller Clarke Childs Barber Scott Higgins Whitlow Houghton Welsby
A point away from home can always be regarded as a good perfor mance, and Exeter City on Boxing Day did well to share with the improving Swindon Town side. But as the game ran the City should have gained the full complement, for in the closing minutes of the contest Whitlow, working clear of every one save Berry, drew the goalkeeper out before deftly turning the ball over to Scott. As Scott latched on to the ball and closed in goalwards, it was to all intents and purposes easier for him to score than to miss, but his hurried shot flashed wide of the far upright.
From Exeter City's standpoint Whitlow's fine leadership was the feature of an interesting encounter between teams who often rose above the avarage level. Whitlow's coolness, artistry, control of the ball, and accurate shooting made him the outstanding player on view, and proved, even in these days of speed and bustle, that the natural footballer makes the best leader. By comparison David Morris, although his usual hard-working self, appeared crude and cumbersome. Whitlow's first goal, midway through the opening half, was a true classic. Snapping up a pass and bringing the ball under instant control, he side-stepped Dransfield, calmly drew Berry out, then dribbled round the goalkeeper in an almost effortless manner and walked the ball into an empty net. The Swindon crowd, accustomed as they have been to football of a scientific order, were loud in their appreciation. The City's second goal, also obtained by Whitlow, was scored at the start of the second half. Whitlow again found a gap between the backs, and his shot crashed against an upright. Berry seemed nonplussed for a moment, as did Dransfield and Girvan, but the Grecians' centre forward sized up the situation immediately, and speeding in he applied the finishing touch with a cool flick of his right foot.
Swindon's rally in the last thirty minutes was praiseworthy, and there was great excitement when first Brooks and then Munnings scored. In the latter instance the Town were lucky to get away with it, for Munnings was offside when he received the ball.
Taunton Town v Exeter City Reserves
CITY RESERVES GO NAP.
Taunton Town's team for the Southern League match at St James's Park on Boxing Day contained no fewer than seven reserves, so it was not surprising that the game was very "one-sided." The City won by five goals to one, Gumm (2), Hurst, and Risdon (2) being the scorers. Thomas netted for Taunton in the last minute. Johnson played a marvellous game in goal for Taunton, his many saves including one from a penalty taken by Angus, who was the City captain for the day. Poulter, Angus, Robinson, Risdon and Gumm were the pick of the home players, although there were others who impressed by their cleverness, but did not seem to exert themselves to the full.