15th November 1952
Kidderminster Harriers (a)
ECFC 1-1 Watford
CITY RETAIN UNBEATEN HOME RECORD BUT ONLY JUST.
WATFORD TAKE THE LEAD AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
Saturday, November 15th 1952.
EXETER CITY (McClelland) 1
WATFORD (Collins) 1.
Half-time Exeter City 0 Watford 1.
Exeter City and Watford started and finished level at St James's Park today. They began level when both teams were without their regular centre halves, Ray Goddard and Harold Phipps being the victims of injuries received in last week's matches.
They finished level by each scoring a goal in a match of fluctuating fortunes, with first Watford and then the City taking the initiative. Although the rain eased off and the fog lifted it remained a dismal, grey November day, and instead of the expected fourteen thousand, the attendance, just over ten thousand, was the smallest of the season. Angus Mackay, captaining Exeter City in the absence of Goddard, won the toss and elected to defend the St James's Road end.
City: Kelly; Walton, Rowe; Booth, Davey, Armes; McClelland, Mackay, Dailey, Murphy, Regan.
Watford: Underwood; Croker, Jones; Kelly, Nolan, Mitchell; Cook, Paterson, Thompson, Collins, Paton.
Referee: Mr A.W. Smith of Aldershot.
The Grecians' home record looked to be in jeopardy until less than a quarter of an hour from the finish, when McClelland scored with a low cross shot to equalise the goal obtained by Collins for the visitors before the interval, which was the outcome of a weak pass back from Davey to Kelly, the ball being snapped up by Collins before it could reach the goalkeeper. In the very last few seconds of the game Kelly kept Exeter's record alive by effecting a brilliant save from Thompson on the goal-line.
KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 2 CITY RESERVES 0.
Singleton was constantly in action at Kidderminster, where the local team was unlucky not to win by more than a couple of goals. In a very one-sided contest Passmore in the first half and Mogford in the second obtained the goals by which the City Reserves were defeated, but had it not been for Singleton there would have been several more.
Singleton; Anderson, Clark; Harvey, Doyle, Fallon; Mitchell, Knight, Rose, A.Bolt, Howells.