25th September 1948
Leyton Orient v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Bath City
28th September 1948
Exeter and East Devon League X1 v Exeter City
September 25th 1948.
LEYTON ORIENT 5 (Neary 2, Naylor, Dryden 2)
EXETER CITY 2 (Bartholomew, Mackay)
Half-time Orient 2 City 0.
The two-fold reasons for Exeter City's 5-2 crash at Leyton was the inability to take chances before the interval and a bad defensive collapse in the second half.
ORIENT: Newton Banner Davidson Bacon Sales Deverall Dryden Connelly Neary Naylor McGeachy
CITY:Hoyle Johnstone Rowe Bartholomew Coles Evans Dymond Harrower Smith Mackay Regan
Exeter's forwards, dainty in approach work, were shot-shy near goal and could not outwit the quick tackling Orient defenders. Less expected were the many errors which the City defence committed in the second half. Hoyle did not inspire confidence in goal, while Rowe was frequently floundering. Coles, pressed into service because of injuries to Gibson and Walker, did not fill the bill as a centre half. The only member of the side to keep going consistently was the industrious Evans at left half.
CITY RESERVES 2 (Hutchings, Johnston)
BATH CITY 1.
Team:- Singleton; Warren, Clark; Powell, Davey, Cutting; Hutchings, Fallon, Johnston, Grant, Jeffery. Tuesday,
September 28th 1948.
EXETER AND EAST DEVON 1
EXETER CITY 7.
Played at Exmouth.
City team:- G.Lear (Clyst St George); Johnstone, Clark; Harrower, Davey, Fallon; Dymond, Bartholomew, Smith, Grant, Hutchings.