11th March 1933
Exeter Draw at Watford But Forwards Off the Mark
STERLING DEFENCE BY MILLER AND HUGHES
Saturday, March 11th 1933.
WATFORD 0 EXETER CITY 0.
It was a delightful Spring day at Watford, the sun blazing from a cloudless sky. The attendance, nevertheless, was only 5,000. The City were without Jimmy Gray, who is injured, and Hughes partnered Miller at full-back. Angus again deputised for Childs.
Findlay Woodward Stokes
Chapman Barnett Lane Wooliscroft Barnes.
Referee: Mr F.W.Reeve, of Devonport.
Welsby Houghton Whitlow Higgins Scott
Barber Angus Clarke
The match was noteworthy for the fact that not one easy scoring chance developed. Neither set of forwards was clever enough to be able to create them against sound defences who gave nothing away. Exeter City were the better side but never rose to the standard expected of promotion candidates. Angus completely blotted out Lane, whose task was made harder still by woeful lack of support. Exeter's best attempts in the first half were two long range shots by Houghton, who was a great trier, but Watford's luckiest escape came when Moran, trying to kick away a shot by Houghton, somehow managed to turn the ball towards his own goal and only a few inches wide of the posts. Findlay made a conspicuous effort for Watford, with a free-kick, early in the second half, Clarke nearly beating his own goalkeeper by kicking the wrong way. Near the close Davies twice saved well from Lane and deflected one header from Wooliscroft on to the cross-bar. Taken all round a draw was a very fair result. Davies, Hughes and Miller were strong defenders for Exeter City. Houghton shone in foraging work, but his semi-withdrawal from the attack for this purpose was fatal to the City's chances of getting the ball into the Watford net. Whitlow was so well covered by the Watford backs and Woodward that he was generally in a hopeless situation. Neither Scott or Welsby were at their best. Higgins was energetic but rarely effective, and unless Exeter City can improve their attack they will not be likely to accomplish much in their remaining away matches.
CITY RESERVES 5 LLANELLY 2.
Llanelly, who contemplate seeking admission to the Third Division, have signed many players of repute, and the most notable of their players in today's Southern League match at St James's Park was McIlwaine, who captained Portsmouth in a recent Cup Final against Bolton Wanderers.
Exeter:- Ince; Ditchburn, M.Lock; Connaboy, E.Keefe, S.Barnes; Gumm, Poulter, Hurst, Kennedy, Courtney.
Llanelly: Owen; Hale, Harris; Richards, McIlwaine, Pope; Jones, Bullock, Mabbett, Cochrane, Taylor.
In a fast game Exeter gained a lead of three goals to none in the first half, Kennedy scoring once and Hurst twice. Soon after the resumption Jones scored for Llanelly with the Exeter defenders appealing unsuccessfully for offside. Hurst and Courtney then scored for Exeter, and in the last minute McIlwaine beat Ince with a penalty kick.
- EXETER CITY CAPTURES. TWO NEW PLAYERS SIGNED FROM FULHAM.
Exeter City's latest activities in the transfer market will dispel all doubts as to the club's attitude in regard to promotion, for on Monday afternoon, March 13th, two Fulham players were acquired at a transfer fee which easily forms a record payment in the history of the Grecians. The newcomers, an inside-forward and a half back, are men of experience. They are:
Born at Fulham, London. Height 5ft 10ins, weight 12 st. Half back or full back. Walthamstow Avenue (Athernian League), Park Royal, (London League), and Fulham, two seasons.
FRANK LAWRENCE WRIGHTSON
Born Shildon, Durham. Height 5ft llins, weight llst 71b. An inside right who played for Darlington (one season), Manchester City (two and a half seasons), Fulham (one season). Played against Exeter in the final match of last season, when Fulham won promotion.