7th January 1950
ECFC v Nuneaton Borough
And in the Southern League
Barry v Exeter City Reserves
THIRD ROUND OF THE F. A. CUP.
CITY WERE TOO CASUAL IN SECOND HALF
Saturday, January 7th 1950.
The fact that Exeter City had their cup-tie won at the end of half an hour is no excuse for the second half slackness shown against their Birmingham Combination opponents, Nuneaton Borough, At St James's Park. Three goals in front at the interval, Exeter had the chance to pile up a big score. Instead, most of the home players were content to amble through at a leisurely pace in the second phase. Nuneaton Borough were nevertheless not good enough to profit from the City's dilatoriness.
EXETER CITY 3 (Greenwood, Regan, Fallon)
NUNEATON BOROUGH 0
Attendance 14,000, receipts £1,440.
Exeter City: Singleton; Johnstone, Clark; Fallon, Goddard, Powell; Harrower, Smart, Smith, Greenwood, Regan.
Referee:- Mr E.S.Vickery, of Bath.
Nuneaton:- Barber; Hudson, Carter; Kelly, Thompson, Bond; Slack, Hackland, Plant, Gilmour, Campbell.
Nuneaton, looking no better than a Western League side, were soon in trouble. Six minutes had gone when Greenwood gave Exeter the lead. He started the movement by sending Regan clear with an astute pass in midfield. He completed the attack by meeting Smith's header to drive the ball hard and slantwise into the corner of the net. It was easily the best effort in this uneventful cup-tie. Overwhelmed, Nuneaton conceded another goal in the 26th minute, when Regan, who had a generally poor game, made amends by heading a centre from Smith well out of Barber's reach. Two minutes later Barber made his one real blunder by advancing from his goal too far and allow Fallon's 40 yards free kick to pass over his head and drop into the empty net.
BARRY TOWN 0 CITY RESERVES 0.
Exeter City Reserves had to fight hard in the first half to repel the attacks of a well organised Barry forward line, but afterwards it was only the inability of Rew to score from an easy position that stopped them from winning.