11th December 1948
FA Cup 2nd Round
ECFC v Hereford United
Saturday, December 11th 1948.
EXETER CITY 2
HEREFORD UNITED 1 (Thompson)
Half-time City 2 Hereford 1.
F. A. Cup 2nd round,
Though Exeter City beat Hereford United, their supporters were not impressed by this narrow and fortuitous victory. Far too many and too frequent mistakes were made by the Grecians, whose forwards were guilty of bad marksmanship, the half-backs lost their grip in the last 30 minutes, and neither full-back inspired.
EXETER CITY: Hoyle Warren Rowe Bartholomew Walker Fallon Dymond Evans Smith Mackay Regan
HEREFORD: Lovett Evans Watson Woods Tranter Irvine Hogben Duggan Thompson Sinclair Lynch
Hoyle alone consistently maintained a first-class standard. Daring when the situation was desperate, he thrice dived at the feet of ad vancing forwards to smother the ball. The City scored twice in the first half, and would have doubled the tally but for bad finishing, which cannot altogether be excused by the churned-up playing pitch. Regan failed twice with only the goalkeeper to beat, and Evans and Dymond added to the long list of pre-interval failures. Between Exeter's two goals Thompson scored for Hereford, whose play in the second half entitled them to a replay.
WORCESTER CITY 4
EXETER CITY RESERVES 1.
City team:- Singleton; Johnstone, Powell; Harrower, Clark, Jeffery; Hutchings, Cumming, Johnston, Grant, O'Hagan.