10th September 1949
Leyton Orient v ECFC
Exeter City Reserves v Devon County X1
14th September 1949
Exeter City Reserves v Gloucester City
EXETER CITY WERE SHOT-SHY.
MORE PUNCH AND PACE NEEDED IN THE FORWARD LINE.
Saturday, September 10th 1949.
LEYTON ORIENT (Pullen 2, Sutherland, Smith) 4
EXETER CITY (McClelland) 0
Half-time Orient 1 City 0.
Referee: Mr A.W.Smith, of Aldershot.
Orient: Gerula; Banner, Walton; Taylor, Rooney, Trailor; Neary, Pullen, Sutherland, Naylor, Smith.
City: Singleton; Johnstone, Rowe; Squires, Davey, Greenwood; Hutchings, Roy, McClelland, Mackay, Regan.
Exeter City slumped again and were outplayed for most of the game at Leyton. Weakness in nearly every position contributed to a set-back which was unexpected in view of the improvement at Nottingham. The only extenuating circumstance was that a second half injury to Squires upset the balance of the team. The attack was shot-shy and slow, apart from Regan, whose capacity for work and thrusting ways must have impressed the scouts from several First and Second Division clubs who were looking on. Leyton's first goal was obtained by Pullen a few minutes before the interval. Their second, ten minutes after the restart, was the best of the match. Sutherland raced away, rounded Johnstone, and beat Singleton with a beautiful oblique shot into the top of the net. Two minutes. later the Orient went further ahead, Pullen taking full advantage of hesitancy in the City defence. McClelland then scored for Exeter but the game resumed in the Orient's favour once more and Smith shot a fourth goal two minutes from time.
CITY RESERVES v DEVON COUNTY.
In a friendly match at St James's Park Exeter City Reserves beat Devon County by 6 goals (Mitchell 4, Smith 2) to 3 (Heagarty 2, Jones). The City team included Salter of Cullompton in goal, Clarke of Bristol in the half back line and Gray of Sea Mills at inside left.
Wednesday, September 14th 1949.
CITY RESERVES 5
GLOUCESTER CITY 4.
Attendance 3,606. Receipts £98.11s.6d.
City Reserves:- Hoyle; Johnstone, Doyle; Fallon, Walker, Harrower; Mitchell, Smart, Durrant, Roy, Smith. Gloucester:- McAdam; Griffiths, Colenut; Tredgett, Bartlett, Harvey; Starling, Haydon, Hunt, Granville, Buist.
Nine goals were scored at St James's Park in this Southern League match on Wednesday evening. Durrant (three), Smart, and Bartlett (own goal) for Exeter, Haydon (three) and Hunt (penalty) for Gloucester, were the scorers. In the visiting team at inside left was Trevor Granville, who joined Exeter City as an outside right from Newport County in 1946.