9th April 1949
ECFC v Crystal Palace
And in the Southern League
Bath City v Exeter City Reserves
Saturday, April 9th 1949.
(Mackay, Durrant, Hutchings) 3
Half-time City 2 Palace 0.
Attendance 7,656, receipts £596.14s.4d.
Although Exeter City defeated Crystal Palace at St James's Park, their performance lacked the virtue of consistency. For the first thirty minutes the City were excellent, and it was during their inspired opening spell that they laid the foundations of victory with goals from Mackay and Durrant.
EXETER CITY: Hoyle Johnstone Clark Gibson Walker Powell Hutchings Smart Durrant Mackay Regan
CRYSTAL PALACE: Bumstead George Wyatt Lewis Mulheron Chilvers Broughton McCormick Kurz Beresford Gaillard
Mackay's opening goal was the outcome of a well planned attack in which the ball travelled from Hoyle to Regan, then to Durrant and finally to Mackay, who, racing ahead, drew Bumstead out, and shot low and slantwise into the far corner of the net. The second goal, less spectacular, was skilfully engineered. A low pass into the goalmouth was lofted by Hutchings to Durrant, whose header from close range flashed into the net at express speed. Two minutes after the interval Kurz reduced Exeter's lead, and after a spell of indifferent play the City pulled themselves together, and Hutchings ran in to score from Mackay's down-the-middle pass.
BATH CITY 3 (McCulloch 3)
CITY RESERVES 2 (Johnston, Owen own goal).
City team: Singleton; Warren, Rowe; Coles, Davey, Jeffery; Grant, Johnston, Rew, Harrower,