Match 16
12th November 1949
ECFC v Brighton & Hove Albion

Southern League
Headington v Exeter City Reserves

Saturday, November 12th 1949.

(Clark, Harrower)


Half-time City 0 Brighton 2.
Attendance 7,000.
City: Hoyle; Johnstone, Rowe; Doyle, Davey, Greenwood; Harrower, Smart, Smith, McClelland, Clark
Brighton:- Baldwin; Wilkins, Vitty; Willard, Whent, Brennan; Tennant, McNichol, Lancelotte, Connelly, Morris. Referee:- Mr V.Rae, of Ealing.

Exeter City are giving away too many goals at St James's Park. Home points are being sacrificed through defensive mistakes by a rearguard which pays insufficient attention to marking, and thereby allows an opposing forward line too much freedom of movement. Brighton's first goal was scored after the City defence had failed to clear a corner kick on the left and their second came through a weak attempt to clear by Davey, who gave the ball to Lancelotte. Exeter dominated the game in the second half, scored two goals, and had enough chances to have won. In the closing stages Brighton broke away for Lancelotte to score and thus give his side a victory which flattered them. The City's improved combination in the forward line was largely due to the experiment of playing Harrower on the right wing. He proved to be the best player they have had in this position since the departure of Wardle nearly three years ago. Harrower is not fast, but his deft ball control more than compensates for his lack of speed. On the other wing Clark was obviously strange to his new position. He is no ready-made winger but did his best in an unfamiliar role. Clark also scored Exeter's first goal with a storming free-kick from outside the penalty area, Baldwin being beaten pointless.

Southern League 

Exeter City Reserves lost their match at Headington in the first half when the home attack was always on the offensive. The United forwards were quick to find loopholes in an uncertain and unsteady defence. After 35 minutes Exeter were awarded a penalty, but Cutting shot too straight and the goalkeeper cleared. Walker, who scored Exeter's goal as well as hitting the crossbar might have got more goals with better support from his inside men.

Team:- Singleton; Warren, Squires; Fallon, S. Carter, R.Howe; Hutchings, Rew, Walker, Cutting, A.Bolt.


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