22nd September 1948
Bournemouth v ECFC
September 22nd 1948.
BOURNEMOUTH & BOSCOMBE 1 (Hanlon)
EXETER CITY 0
Half-time Boscombe 0 City 0.
Stubborn defence was insufficient to save Exeter City from defeat at Boscombe, where the only goal of a keenly contested but rather scrappy game was scored ten minutes after the restart. An unlucky deflection by Bartholomew proved disastrous for Exeter, because he accidentally diverted a low shot from Hanlon out of the reach of Hoyle, who would otherwise have saved easily.
Woodward Stirling Percival
Rampling Holland Milligan Lunn Hanlon
Referee:- Mr C.P.Jacobs, of Bath.
Regan Grant Smith Mackay Dymond Evans Walker Bartholomew
At the same time, Bournemouth were deserving winners. Their attack had more fire, was faster, and carried greater thrust than did the Exeter vanguard. The City, although neat in possession, were altogether too dainty to stand much chance against the taller and heavier home defenders. The Grecians' attack could not complain on the score of inadequate support, for Walker and his half-back colleagues started many raids which looked promising but invariably ended tamely. Only once did Exeter look like scoring, and that was when a header from Dymond looked bound for the far corner of the net. Bird made a magnificent clearance, however, and that saved Bournemouth.