20th November 1948
ECFC v Ipswich Town
And in the Southern League
Hastings United v Exeter City Reserves
Saturday, November 20th 1948.
EXETER CITY 1 (Smith)
IPSWICH TOWN 3 (Jennings 2, Parker)
Half-time City 1 Ipswich 2.
If Exeter had shown the requisite determination their home defeat by Ipswich would not have been so bad. Too many members of the losing side, however, tamely gave up the struggle in the second half. They neglected to move into the open spaces, declined to tackle resolute ly, and were beaten for possession repeatedly. Walker, Clark and Warren were the only City players to come through this match with credit.
CITY:- Singleton; Warren, Clark; Bartholomew, Davey, Walker; Dymond, Smart, Smith, Mackay, Regan.
IPSWICH:- T.Brown; Rumbold, Parry;
Perrett, Bell, Baird; J.Brown, Dempsey, Jennings, T. Parker, Little.
Attendance 9,167, receipts £646. 18s. 9d.
For a spell of ten minutes just before the interval Exeter's attack showed signs of accomplishing something worthwhile, but that was the only time. Singleton's recall did not solve one of the team's problems. He was at fault when Jennings scored the first goal and when Parker got the last one midway through the second half.
HASTINGS UNITED 1 CITY RESERVES 0.
A sound display by Workman, the home goalkeeper, combined with poor shooting by the United forwards, resulted in only one goal (Skinner) being scored in a thrilling game on the Hastings ground. With five minutes to go Evans was sent off the field after he had in the opinion of the referee attempted to stike Skinner. Evans, who was an outstanding player in this match, had previously been spoken to by the referee.
City: Hoyle; Johnstone, Rowe; Fallon, Coles, Evans; Hutchings, Cumming, Johnston, Powell, Grant.