Match 02
25th August 1948
ECFC v Southend United

26th August 1948
Southern League Cup
Coventry v Exeter City Reserves

Wednesday August 25th 1948.

Attendance 11,229,
Receipts  £817. 4s. Od.

The lessons to be learned from this goalless contest are that energy without guile and enthusiasm without marksmanship will not win many matches. The City did enough attacking and had sufficient chances to have made victory certain. Whilst the City encountered much stronger opposition in Southend than on Saturday against Northampton, the strongest challenge to both sides was the strong diagonal wind which caused the ball to come through at deceptive strength. Exeter's players continually lofted the ball with the result that the tall Southend defenders were nearly always masters of the situation.

EXETER CITY: Hoyle Johnstone Rowe Bartholomew Gibson Walker Hutchings Smart Johnston Mackay Regan

Referee:- Mr A.W.Smith, of Aldershot. Linesmen: Messrs L.R.H.Burfield and W.H.Davey.

SOUTHEND UNITED: Nash Beach Walton French Sheard Montgomery Tippett Gray Grant Dudley

The best players on the field were Gibson and Sheard, both of whom were pillars of strength. Another player to shine was Rowe, the City left back, whose good positional play and timely interceptions did the most to break up the Southend attacks.

Thursday, August 26th 1948.
Southern League Cup.
Colchester 3 City Reserves 1,

City: Singleton; Warren, Clark; Evans, Davey, Powell; Fallon, Cutting, Smith, Jeffery, Grant.
Scorer:- Smith.


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