14th January 1950
ECFC v Leyton Orient
And in the Southern League
Chelmsford v Exeter City Reserves
GRECIANS' FAILURES AGAINST MODERATE OPPOSITION.
LIFELESS DISPLAY BY CITY FORWARDS.
Saturday, January 14th 1950.
EXETER CITY 1 (Smart)
LEYTON ORIENT 1 ( Clark own goal)
Half-time City 1 Orient 1.
Exeter City: Singleton; Johnstone, Clark; Fallon, Goddard, Powell; Harrower, Smart, Smith, Greenwood, Regan.
Referee:- Mr A.W.Smith, of Aldershot. Orient: Hobbins; Banner, Davidson; Taylor, Rooney, Trailor; Dryden, Blair, Sutherland, Pullen, McGeachie.
Exeter City missed a big opportunity today. They badly needed two points, and ought to have got them against a moderate Leyton Orient side at St James's Park. Instead, they had to be content with a division from one of the poor est matches seen on the ground since the war. The partial failure was a big disappointment to the spectators, and so was the lifeless display given by several members of the Exeter team. Regan and Greenwood fell ready victims to Leyton's quick - tackling backs, while Harrower was guilty of inexcusably bad marksmanship on three occasions when he looked odds-on to score. The mainstay of Exeter's defence was again Goddard, who effectively demonstrated his strength and experience by closing the gap down the middle. He was incisive in the tackle, and possessed the extra touch of class which enabled him to come through with the ball. Goddard is without doubt the best post-war signing the City have made. Orient scored their goal, or rather, Exeter scored it for them early in the game when Clark kicked the ball into his own net. Smart scored the equalising goal from close range after Regan had headed a centre from Harrower into the goalmouth.
CHELMSFORD (Plunkett 2)
CITY RESERVES (McClelland) 1.