21st August 1948
ECFC v Northampton Town
Dartford v Exeter City Reserves
Exeter City Football Club
MATCHES OF SEASON 1948-49
FIRST TEAM AND RESERVES Saturday, August 21st 1948.
EXETER CITY 5 (Johnston, Regan 3, Smart)
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1 (Fowler)
Half-time City 3 Northampton 0.
receipts £687. 2s. 6d.
Not for years has an Exeter attack possessed such pace, power, and penetration as Ron Johnston and his henchmen had today. These City forwards pulverised the Cobblers' defence. In a devastating display of attacking football none did better than Regan, who was speedy and resourceful and led the scoring with three goals. Johnston made a 100 percent debut, being the leader of the line in the true sense and the scorer of the opening goal.
EXETER CITY Hoyle Johnstone Rowe Bartholomew Gibson Walker Hutchings Smart Johnston Mackay Regan
NORTHAMPTON TOWN Williams Smalley Aldridge Lowery James Coley Roberts Smith Freiman Hughes Fowler
Apart from a spell in the first half when the Cobblers threatened to make a fight for the points the Exeter defence had a very easy time. The visitors' defence was always outclassed when the Exeter forwards got going.
EXETER CITY RESERVES 2.
City team:- Singleton; Warren, Clark; Evans, Coles, Powell; Fallon, Cutting, Smith, Jeffery, Grant.
Scorers: Smith and Jeffery.