13th November 1948
Crystal Palace v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Tonbridge
Saturday, November 13th 1948.
CRYSTAL PALACE 1 (Thomas)
EXETER CITY 1 (Regan)
Half-time Palace 1 City 1.
Exeter City, the better of two moderate sides, deserved the point they gained at Selhurst Park, London, this afternoon. Most of the constructive football came from the Grecians, for whom Bartholomew excelled at Right-half.
PALACE: Graham Harding Dawes Mullen Bassett Buckley Broughton Mulheron Thomas Davidson Clough
CITY: Hoyle Warren Clark Bartholomew Davey Walker Dymond Smart Johnston Mackay Regan
The first of the two goals scored in this match was a gift which was presented to the opposition by Hoyle. Exeter's goalkeeper had an unobstructed view of a harmless centre by Clough, but instead of moving to the ball he stood on his goal-line and allowed Thomas to rush in and head into the net. Exeter's reply in the 26th minute was a well-taken goal by Mackay, who shot over the heads of a crowd of defenders who had previously blocked a drive from Bartholomew in the goalmouth.
CITY RESERVES 2 TONBRIDGE 1.
Exeter City Reserves should have defeated Tonbridge by a wide margin at St James's Park instead of winning only by the odd goal of three. They missed a crop of chances in the first half, Hutchings, Grant and Smith each failing to score when well placed. Hutchings, Anderson and Smith scored in that order after the interval.
City team:- Singleton; Johnstone, Rowe; Fallon, Coles, Jeffery; Hutchings, Cumming, Smith, Harrower, Grant. Attendance 3,061.