12th February 1949
Bristol Rovers v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City v Barry
Saturday, February 12th 1949.
Bristol Rovers v Exeter City.
The closing thrill of an entertaining struggle at Eastville occurred when Petherbridge streaked past Clark, converged goal-wards, lost the ball as Hoyle flung himself at the forward's feet, but recovered it to shoot into an empty net. Hoyle rose and went to congratulate his opponent on scoring a copy book goal which, for a reason unknown to the spectators the referee at first refused to allow. Following an uproar from the crowd and protests by the whole of the Rovers' team the referee consulted a linesman and then reversed his decision.
Petherbridge's goal was one of three scored against Exeter, Lambden and Hodges netting the others. Each of the Rovers' goals was well taken, but the best of the match was the City's lone success 30 minutes after the start. Regan, the scorer, fastened on to a pass from Durrant, met the ball first time and made the net bulge with a flashing cross drive which Weare never saw.
Bristol Rovers 3 Exeter City 1.
Rovers:- Weare; Bamford, Fox; Pitt, Warren, McArthur; Petherbridge, Hodges, Lambden, Morgan, Watling.
City: Hoyle; Johnstone, Clark;
Bartholomew, Walker, Fallon; Dymond, Mackay, Durrant, Harrower, Regan.
Barry v Exeter City Reserves.
Exeter City Reserves, who are going great guns in the race for the Southern League championship, beat Barry Town by 4 goals to 2 on the latter's ground. Rew, Johnston 2, and Kelly (own goal) scored Exeter's goals.
Team:- Singleton; Warren, Powell; Evans, Davey, Jeffery; Hutchings, Smart, Rew, Johnston, Smith.