19th March 1949
Reading v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Lovell’s Athletic
23rd March 1949
Exeter City Reserves v Gillingham.
Saturday, March 19th 1949.
Reading v Exeter City.
Apart from the steadiness in defence, Exeter City's display in the match at Elm Park, Reading, had little to commend it, and Hoyle, a reliable goalkeeper, Clark, the best full-back in view, and Walker, a resolute centre-half, were stalwarts who bore the brunt of what was generally an uneven struggle. Victory by two goals to none rightly went to the well-balanced home side, whose young centre-forward, Blackman, should develop into a great player. It was from Blackman's deft headed pass that Fisher nodded home the first goal after fifteen minutes. Maurice Edelston, the former English international forward and the brains of the Reading attack, shot the second soon after the interval. Exeter's attack was but a shadow of the lively forward line, which played with such skill and determination last Saturday. The inside men did not move with the play and Harrower in particular needed too much time and room. Durrant, though lacking a reasonably good service of the ball, failed to impress on the few occasions he received a workable pass. Brought into the side in place of Fallon, who is injured, Ken Powell made a useful first appearance in the City's League side. He was a hardworking half-back, strong in the tackle, but a trifle slow when it came to parting with the ball.
Reading: Marks; Gaunt, Gulliver; Henley, Brice, Green; Fisher, Edelston, Blackman, Glidden, Allison.
Exeter City: Hoyle; Johnstone, Clark; Bartholomew, Walker, Powell; Hutchings, Mackay, Durrant, Harrower, Regan.
Result: Reading 2 Exeter City 0. Attendance: 13,877, receipts £1,162. 19s. 3d.
Exeter City Reserves v
George Thompson, the former City full-back who went to Rochdale this season, was recently signed by Lovells, but he was not included in their team at St James's Park today.
City Reserves:- Singleton; Warren, Rowe; Gibson, Davey, Jeffery; Grant, Smart, Rew, Johnston, Smith.
Lovells:- Williams; C.Holland, Cross; Prangley, Evans, Bye; Hodder, Wood, T.Holland, Shaw, Morgan.
The City Reserves fell away badly, and after being three goals ahead early in the second half were in the end forced to share the points. Exeter's goals were all scored by Dick Smart. The attendance was 3,618, with receipts of £139.
Wednesday, March 23rd 1949.
Exeter City Reserves 2 Gillingham 2,
at St James's Park.