27th December 1948
Brighton & Hove Albion v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City v Torquay United
MONDAY, DECEMBER 27th 1948.
At the Goldstone Ground, Brighton, the City impressed as a really workmanlike team, the whole side playing fast, intelligent football. It was only Brighton's reliable defenders who prevented Exeter from taking an early lead. Mackay, a clever schemer, and Harrower, almost as good, revealed a true understanding of clever ball control and first-time passing. Smart was a persistent menace to Baldwin and his backs. With a little bit of luck at close quarters Exeter might have shared the points, but their finishing was disappointing at times. Brighton won by two goals to nil, Lewis and Lancelotte scoring two minutes of the resumption of play in the second half, and within one minute of each other.
Result: Brighton 2 Exeter City 0
Brighton:- Baldwin; Small, Willemse; Brennan, Whent, Daniels; Tennant, McNichol, Lewis, Lancelotte, Kavanagh. Exeter:- Hoyle; Johnstone, Clark; Bartholomew, Walker, Fallon; Dymond, Harrower, Smart, Mackay, Regan.
Exeter City Reserves 5
(Evans, Rew 3, Hutchings)
Torquay Reserves 0.
Torquay United Reserves were defeated by five goals to nil before a crowd of 4,400 at St James's Park on Boxing Day.