4th February 1933
Crystal Palace v Exeter City
Exeter City Res. v Exeter & District League X1
City's Good Performance Exeter Drop to Second Place
FOUR GOALS SHARED IN THRILLING BATTLE
Saturday, February 4th 1933.
CRYSTAL PALACE 2 (Walters Roberts)
EXETER CITY 2 (Scott Higgins)
Exeter would have secured both points this afternoon had their defence been up to its usual high standard in the first half. Miller started shakily and with such a good wing forward as Harry facing him any hesitancy was bound to prove costly. The Palace's second goal was scored for them by Roberts, who play ed several matches for the Grecians last season.
Brown Barrie Rivers
Harry Roberts Manders Walters Berry
Referee:- Mr A. J. Spittle, of Gravesend.
Higgins Houghton Whitlow Kennedy Scott
Barber Childs Clarke
Exeter City and Crystal Palace drew an exciting match today at the spacious Selhurst Park ground in South London, with each side scoring twice. The inability of the Grecians to win enabled the "Bees" of Brentford to regain the leadership of the League. The spoiling tactics of both the Palace and Exeter prevented the ten thousand spectators from enjoying the contest as they might have done, but they were compensated by an abundance of thrills, at both ends of the field. Occasionally there were some brilliant individual efforts, in which Houghton was always outstanding for Exeter. The Palace owed much to the work of Dunn, their goalkeeper, while the diminutive Turner, once a forward, then a half back, and now a back, was the best defender on view. Gray and Miller were often erratic when under pressure, and Harry and Berry were often seen to advantage.
FOUR GOALS SCORED IN FIRST HALF.
All the scoring took place during the first half. First Walters, in 14 minutes, headed a goal for Crystal Palace, and then Exeter equalised through Scott (15 minutes) and took the lead, through Higgins, in the 22nd minute. Roberts, the ex-Grecian, placed Crystal Palace on level terms with the last and best goal of the match, a brilliant drive with his left foot from outside the penalty area, fifteen minutes from the interval. Crilly won the toss and Crystal Palace had the advantage of the slight wind in the first half.
AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
CITY RESERVES v
EXETER AND DISTRICT LEAGUE XI.
The team selected to represent the Exeter and District League in their match against the City Reserves at St James's Park was a fairly good criterion of the League's playing strength, and the City club paid the League a big compliment by fielding a strong side, the only notable absentee being Hughes.
City Reserves.- Ince; Ditchburn, Lock; Keefe, Angus, Robinson; Gumm, Connaby, Poulter, Hurst, Welsby.
League XI.- P.Carpenter; W. Andrews, S. Liddle; S. Dunn, R.Penn, S.Wills; V.Clements, M.M.Hazell, B. Larsen, C.Green, D.Carr.
Result: City Reserves (Connaboy, Poulter, Angus, Welsby) won by four goals to nil. The attendance was 1,000.