Match 45
7th May 1949
ECFC v Bristol Rovers

And in the Southern League
Gloucester v Exeter City Reserves

Saturday, May 7th 1949. 

End of the Season:
a Game of Thrills.

Exeter City 2 Bristol Rovers 1.

There was no "end-of-season" atmosphere about the final match of the 1948-49 campaign at St James's Park, where the Grecians beat Bristol Rovers in the West-country "derby" by 2 goals to 1. The game was at all times vigorous and thrilling, and so relentless was the tackling that this might have been a match upon which the championship of the League depended, rather than a last day game with nothing vital at stake.

City: Hoyle; Johnstone, Clark; Gibson, Walker, Powell; Hutchings, Mackay, Durrant, Smith, Regan.
Rovers:- Weare; Bamford, Fox; Sampson, Warren, McArthur; Petherbridge, Roost, Lambden, Morgan, Bush.

The City gained an early lead when Durrant, leaping higher than the Rovers' goalkeeper, beat him with a close-range header from Mackay's high lobbed ball into the penalty area. After a spell of mediocre play Exeter regained command towards the interval and Mackay scored with a fierce shot from Smith's centre. Bristol's goal was obtained 14 minutes from the end with a penalty, given against Johnstone for hands. Warren was the scorer.
Attendance 7,000.

Southern League 
Gloucester v Exeter City Reserves 

Exeter City Reserves wound up their programme in the Southern League with a match at Gloucester against Gloucester City. The result was a draw, one goal each.


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