26th March 1949
ECFC v Swansea Town
And in the Southern League
Guildford v Exeter City Reserves
31st March 1949
Lovell’s Athletic v Exeter City Athletic
Saturday, March 26th 1949.
Half-time City 0 Swansea 1.
EXETER CITY (Regan) 1
SWANSEA TOWN (Lucas) 1
Attendance 13,000, receipts £1,158.
Swansea Town, leaders of the Third Division, were probably content with the point they obtained at St James's Park this afternoon. The only occasion on which the Swans have beaten Exeter at the latter's ground was in 1921 when they scored two goals to the City's one. But the few visiting supporters could not have been satisfied with their team's display in a disappointing game, because the finer art was so seldom introduced.
EXETER CITY Hoyle Johnstone Clark Bartholomew Walker Powell Hutchings Mackay Durrant Harrower Regan
SWANSEA TOWN: Canning Paul Keene
Newell Weston Burns Payne McCrory Richards Lucas Scrine
On a hard ground, from which the ball bounced awkwardly, neither of the attacks rose above a moderate standard.
Against the run of the play Swansea took the lead midway through the first half. Lucas gained possession following a corner on the right and shot first-time to score, the ball being deflected by an Exeter player. Two minutes after the restart Exeter drew level, and although Regan was the scorer, most of the credit for the goal must go to Durrant. Canning had leapt to meet and gather a high ball from Bartholomew but dropped the ball when charged by the hefty Durrant. Regan had merely to shoot from ten yards into the empty net.
- Regan has now scored 14 goals this season. The previous highest tally by an Exeter City left-winger was 13 in 1925-26 by Billy Compton.
CITY RESERVES 4 (Rew 2, Rowe, Gibson).City team:- Singleton; Warren, Rowe; Gibson, Davey, Jeffery; Grant, Smart, Rew, Johnston, Smith.
Thursday, March 31st 1949.
LOVELL'S ATHLETIC (Shaw) 1
EXETER CITY RESERVES (Cumming, Harrower) 2
Half-time Lovells 1 City Reserves 2.
By reason of better-balanced play Exeter City Reserves deserved to win against Lovells at Newport on Thursday afternoon. In the early stages particularly their forwards revealed skill and thrust, and after five minutes Cummings easily beat Williams to put them in front following good work by Smith. Seven minutes later Harrower increased Exeter's lead with good a shot. The Athletic battled hard, but Exeter's defence was reliable under pressure. Shaw, who was a live wire in the Lovell's attack at inside right, reduced the deficit with a clever goal after 25 minutes. After the interval Lovell's got more of the play, but all their good approach work was nullified by weak finishing.
City Reserves:- Singleton; Warren, Rowe; Gibson, Davey, Jeffery; Cumming, Smart, Smith, Harrower, Grant.
- LAWTON TO LEAD EXETER CITY. WALKER'S BENEFIT MATCH.
Tommy Lawton, the England and Notts County centre-forward, will lead Exeter City's attack against Southampton in the benefit match for Steve Walker, at St James's Park, next Monday, kick-off 6 p.m. Lawton expressed willingness to play following the match against the County three weeks ago, in which his ball control, perfect passing, and terrific shooting delighted one of the season's largest gates. His inclusion, however, was uncertain until yesterday, when Exeter City's manager, Mr George Roughton, received a confirmatory message from Mr W.Fisher, the Notts County secretary and acting manager.
- Roy Richards, the St Mark's left half-back, has signed for the City as an amateur. He is said to be a most promising young player.