28th August 1948
ECFC v Norwich City
Cheltenham v Exeter City Reserves
Saturday, August 28th 1948.
EXETER CITY 4 (Smart 2, Regan, Mackay)
NORWICH CITY 1 (Ryder)
Half-time City 2 Norwich 1.
Receipts £807. 2s. 6d.
Although the City scored 4 goals to Norwich City's 1 their general standard of performance suffered because it lacked consistency. The Grecians were slow to get into their stride and were outplayed in the opening 20 minutes by the sprightly Norwich forwards. The brightest patch was crammed into three exciting minutes midway through the first half when from a seemingly inferior side Exeter were transformed into a powerful combination. The Exeter forwards advanced in movements of the highest quality and the Norwich defence wilted, conceding two goals, scored by Smart and Regan.
Bartholomew Gibson Walker
Smith Smart Johnston Mackay Regan
Referee:- Mr H.C.Williams, of Fulham.
Church Eyre Hollis Driver Ryder
Armes Low Kinsey
Ryder beat Hoyle from close quarters just before the interval when he snapped up a partial clearance from Walker. Hoyle, who has played few better games, foiled the Norwich attackers several times in the second half. The duel then turned in the City's favour once more, and goals came from Smart and Mackay.
Exeter City Reserves 0.
Team:- Singleton; Warren, Clark; Evans, Davey, Powell; Fallon, Harrower, Dymond, Jeffery, Grant.