27th August 1949
Waford v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Dartford
VICTORY AT WATFORD WAS MERITED.
CITY'S LOCAL MEN MAKE GOOD.
Saturday, August 27th 1949.
WATFORD (Woodroffe) 1
EXETER CITY (Mackay, Regan) 2
Half-time Watford 1 City 2.
Referee:- Mr B.M.Griffiths, of Newport.
Watford: Morton; Harper, Oliver; Paton, Hunt, Eggleston; Worthington, Woodroffe, Thomas, Brown, Cumner. City: Hoyle; Johnstone, Rowe; Powell, Davey, Greenwood; Hutchings, Mackay, Rew, McClelland, Regan.
Local men who played leading roles in Exeter City's 2-1 triumph at Watford were Davey, of Crediton, and Rowe, of Exeter. Davey, whose display earned him high praise from Arthur Grimsdell, the former English international and 'Spurs left-half, now a director of Watford, was faultless in the air and deadly in the tackle. From being the inferior side in the first 15 minutes Exeter improved greatly, gained command, and did not surrender the initiative until the final stage when Watford threw everything into a succession of frenzied attacks which were countered by a cool and competent defence. Hoyle was at fault when Woodroffe with a slow ground shot gave the home side an early lead. Morton was equally to blame when Mackay beat him with a swerving high shot from the narrowest of angles with ten minutes remaining for the interval. The City's winning goal, however, was the outcome of a classic passing movement by which Mackay, McClelland and Rew baffled the defence, Rew eventually getting his foot to the ball which rebounded to Regan, who ran it into an empty net.
CITY RESERVES 0 DARTFORD 0.
Teams:- City Reserves, Singleton; Warren, Clark; Fallon, Gibson, Squires; Digby, Roy, Durrant, Harrower, Smith.
Dartford, Corbett; Rattray, Driscoll; Davis, Wright, Gee; Whittington, Conway, Lewis, Farrington, Dix.