9th October 1948
ECFC v Walsall
And in the
Chingford v Exeter City Reserves
Saturday, October 9th 1948.
EXETER CITY 2
Half-time City 1 Walsall 0.
Attendance 10,844, receipts £784. 16s.
Though he had slight concussion for three parts of the game, Hoyle made only one mistake against Walsall, and then the visitors scored through Devlin after a 40-yards return from a partly cleared corner had rebounded from the crossbar. Hoyle was hurt when bravely going down to the feet of Chapman. In a gallantly daring save the Exeter goalkeeper was accidentally kicked on the back of the head. Mackay was also reduced to a limping passenger as the result of his being brought down in the Walsall goalmouth soon after the start but no penalty was given.
Hoyle Johnstone Rowe Bartholomew Walker Evans Dymond Harrower Smith Mackay Hutchings
Lewis Jones Methley Walters Foulkes Newman Aldred Devlin Chapman Clark Tinkler
Smith, a lively centre-forward, scored the only goal of the first half. Devlin's equalising effort was followed by a goal by Dymond from Evans's well-placed free-kick.
CHINGFORD 2 CITY RESERVES 2.
Exeter City Reserves netted two quick goals in the second half, thus forcing a draw after Chingford, playing their first game at home, had held a 2-0 lead.
Chingford scored in the first two minutes through Fitzgerald, from a penalty. Kelly scored a second goal after 32 minutes. Exeter's goals were scored within a minute of each other by Johnston and Fallon.
Team:- Singleton; Warren, Clark; Powell, Davey, Coles; Fallon, Cumming, Johnston, Grant, Jeffery.