18th March 1933
Exeter City v Cardiff City
Bath City v Exeter City Reserves
Saturday, March 18th 1933.
EXETER CITY 1 CARDIFF CITY 0.
The team changes invested in Exeter City for today's home match with Cardiff City gave the match much more than ordinary significance. A good performance by the Grecians, as freshly constituted, and more especially as regards the attack, would work wonders in the way of gingering up enthusiasm, and would give the club a very timely and helpful spurt in the promotion race.
Exeter:- Davies; Hughes, Miller; Clarke, Angus, Webb; Scott, Wrightson, Hurst, Houghton, Kennedy.
Cardiff:- Farquharson; Pollard, Russell; Harris, Galbraith, Jenkins; Emmerson, Maidment, Henderson, Jones, Cribb.
Referee:- Mr A.J.Caseley, of Wolverhampton.
The sun beamed on the teams as they entered the field, and the crowd of about 7,000, with latecomers still pouring into the ground, gave Bob Pollard a specially cordial welcome. Cardiff City, facing both wind and sun, were first on the attack and forced a corner through Henderson, but Jenkins shot over from Emmerson's flag-kick. Webb won applause for a quick advance, but was fouled. The free kick was easily cleared. Farquharson came to Cardiff's rescue, saving from Hurst, who had robbed Russell of the ball. The Irish International also saved a hard shot from Webb just inside the upright, and Wrightson hooked the ball behind following a corner by Scott. Exeter nearly scored when Scott plaed the ball almost underneath the crossbar from another corner, and at the Exeter end Davies, saving from Maidment, was charged by Henderson and as the whistle sounded for a foul Maidment headed the ball against the crossbar.
Eight minutes after the interval Scott gathered the ball following a throw-in and centred to Kennedy, who beat Farquharson from five yards with a downward header into the net. Hughes saved the Exeter goal from downfall when he headed clear a shot from Maidment with Davies beaten.
BATH CITY 4
EXETER CITY RESERVES 1.
Present indications point to either Exeter City Reserves or Bath City winning the Southern League championship, and this afternoon's meeting between these clubs at Bath assumed all the importance of a Cup-tie and the match attracted the biggest attendance at the ground this season.
Bath: Prout; Howson, Sambridge; Hall, Hicks, Lloyd; Butt, Cowan, Coombs, Trotman, McCartney.
Exeter:- Ince; Ditchburn, Lock; Keefe, Childs, Barnes; Gumm, Connaboy, Poulter, Higgins, Courtney.
The City were well beaten by a Bath side which has not shown better form all the season, and the victory again puts the Somerset team on top of the table on goal average. Exeter's goal was scored by Higgins after 22 minutes. Hicks (penalty), Coombs, Cowan and Hicks obtained the goals for Bath City.