22nd October 1949
Norwich County v ECFC
22nd October 1949 Southern League
City Reserves v Torquay United Res.
October 26th 1949. Southern league
Exeter City Reserves v Tonbridge
Saturday, October 22nd 1949.
NORWICH CITY 1 (Driver)
EXETER CITY 2 (Smart, Smith)
Half-time Norwich 1 Exeter 1.
Norwich:- Nethercott; Morgan, Tobin; Pickwick, Low, Dutton; Gavin, Kinsey, Driver, Jones, Eyre.
Referee:- Mr A.W.Smith, of Aldershot.
City: Singleton; Johnstone, Rowe; Doyle, Davey, Greenwood; Mitchell, Smart, Smith, McClelland, Regan.
After the brickbats which have been hurled at Exeter City's team for several weeks it is a pleasure to hand them a bouquet today. Exeter beat Norwich on the latter's ground by 2 goals to 1, earned the two points by virtue of a more dangerous attack and steadier defence and showed more determination than in any previous away match this year. The "new-look" Exeter City began this match as if they meant to win, and Norwich were baffled by the speed and precision of the constant raids which the visiting forwards made in the first ten minutes. The spectators were astonished. They did not expect to see such good football from a lowly-placed Exeter City side. Grandly supported by a magnificent line of half-backs, Smart, Smith, and McClelland were the front-line thrusters who carried the battle into the foe's penalty area. Smart's goal, which gave the City the lead, was the inevitable result of continuous attacking. Then came a midfield stalemate, a dull phase of negative football which Norwich ended by scoring the equaliser. On level terms, Norwich settled down to play a fast and accurate game until the interval. Recapturing their early mastery Exeter dictated the game after half time, and the Canaries' goal escaped more than once before the goal which decided the result was shot by Smith from Mitchell's pass.
CITY RESERVES 1 (Rew)
TORQUAY UNITED RESERVES 0.
Team:- Hoyle; Warren, Clark; Fallon, Walker, Powell; Hutchings, Rew, Durrant, Harrower, Heagarty.
Wednesday, October 26th 1949.
EXETER CITY RESERVES 1 (Smith) TONBRIDGE 0
Half-time City 1 Tonbridge 0. Attendance 1,000.
City Reserves:- Hoyle; Warren, Johnstone; Squires, Walker, Powell; Mitchell, Rew, Smith, Harrower, Hutchings.
Tonbridge:- Purdie; Swinfen, Bell; Lunn, Lievesley, Anderson; Gray, Fitzgerald, Mills, Smirke, Weddell.
Injuries compelled Exeter City Reserves to make several changes for the Southern League match with Tonbridge on Wednesday. Three members of the first team, Johnstone, Mitchell, and Smith were included. Mitchell, who was brilliant Exeter forward, outwitted the Tonbridge defence three times in the first ten minutes. His first two centres might have led to goals being scored but Rew and Smith both failed in turn to connect. When Mitchell received a pass from Harrower, however, he rounded the opposing full-back and crossed the ball perfectly for Smith to head the opening goal. The City Reserves dominated the game in the first half, and played a good display of football. Tonbridge improved after the interval and scored an equalising goal.