11th September 1948
Bristol City v ECFC
Exeter City Reserves v Barry T
September 11th 1948.
BRISTOL CITY 1 (Boxshall)
EXETER CITY 0
Half-time Bristol 1 Exeter 0.
Exeter City had most of the bad luck that was going on the Bristol City ground, Ashton Gate, this afternoon. Bristol were flattered by an only goal win against an Exeter team disorganised by injuries after the first half an hour. Smart was the first and most serious casualty. He went to hospital for X-ray examination after the match. He fell heavily following a tackle, and a doctor who looked at the injury feared a broken bone above an ankle. Other Exeter players to suffer in the hurly-burly in a strenuously contested match were Mackay, Evans, Johnstone, and Walker.
BRISTOL:- Marks; Guy and Bailey;
Edwards, Roberts, and Davies; Boxshall, Townsend, Clark, White, and Jarvis.
EXETER: Hoyle; Johnstone and Rowe; Bartholomew, Walker, and Evans; Dymond, Smart, Smith, Mackay, and Regan.
Smart's mishap was the turning point of the game and occurred when Exeter were making a strong bid for the lead. The goal which decided the issue was scored a few minutes before the interval, when a clever positional switch led to Boxshall heading a centre from Clark into the net. Smith, leading Exeter's attack for the first time, was the best to have been tried in that position this season.
EXETER CITY RES 2 BARRY TOWN 0
City team:- Singleton; Warren, Clark; Powell, Coles, Fallon; Hutchings, McGill (Heavitree), Johnston, Jeffery, Grant.
Scorer: Johnston 2.