Southampton 1-1 Exeter City
Exeter Reserves v Royal Garrison Artillery
Southampton 1-1 Exeter
POOR FORWARD PLAY:
MANY CHANCES MISSED
Saturday August 30 at the Dell.
SOUTHAMPTON 1 EXETER CITY 1.
No alteration has been found necessary in Exeter City's choice of players for the opening Southern League match, and the team left Queen Street station at 10.15 a.m. today for Salisbury, and from there proceeded to Southampton in motor cars. Only two of the Southampton players were in the prewar team, namely Wood and Dominy. Dominy shares with Goodwin, of Exeter City, the reputation. of being exceedingly dangerous anywhere near goal. Exeter wound up the 1914-15 season with a visit to Southampton, Dominy scoring two of the goals in a three-nil win for his side. Goodwin was on the injured list at that time, having broken his arm.
Fenwick Campbell Hackett
Barratt Dominy Jones Moore Foxall
Referee: Mr C.W.Gillett, of London. In the fourth Soutar
Dockray Lovett Goodwin Makin Connor
Mitton Popplewell Rigby
Exeter City's first serious match since 1915 was played in a heat-wave, and when Rigby led the team out there were about seven thousand people on the ground, many in shirt-sleeves and summer attire. It was also the first time that Exeter had played a League match in August, the season having been extended to 36 Saturdays. The start of the new season, however, was not marked by any degree of brilliancy, for a line of amateur forwards would probably have made better use of the chances that were presented to Exeter City than did the professional quintette.
Connor alone succeeded in scoring, and his goal was eventually. neutralised by Moore, the old Barnsley outside-left, and in fact a member of their F.A.Cup winning team of 1911-12, and so today's game was left drawn. Southampton have no cause to complain of the result, for much of their work was disjointed and in marked contrast to the clever combination of the Grecians, though the Saints, individually, were the more dashing. But neither side possessed both qualities, which are of course essential to success.
Hard Workers but Ineffective.
For the greater part of the game Campbell and Fenwick worked very hard, as did Parker and Titmuss, but they failed to break up the City combination, in which Rigby, Makin, and Mitton were se en to advantage. As a result the home forwards were not supported, and passes were mostly given over a distance, which made accurate playing very uncertain.
Pym had very little to do in the Exeter goal, but his best effort was a quick tip-over the bar when Dominy drove in a fast half-volley. With a little more determination the City forwards would be a very smart striking force. Lovett and Makin were both perfect in their control of the ball, and Dockray, fleet footed and skilful, was the best forward on the field.
Friendly at St James Park
CITY RESERVES V GARRISON ARTILLERY.
Exeter City Reserves won by five goals to nil against a Royal Garrison Artillery team from Weymouth, in a "friendly" match, at St James's Park. Potter, Lincoln, and Oldacre were the shining lights of the City side. Exeter scored in the fourth minute of the game. Potter sent a free kick to Lincoln, who returned an accurate centre and Oldacre found the net. For the remainder of the half Exeter did most of the attacking without adding to their score.
Early in the second half Lincoln completed a good piece of work with a capital goal.
Later a penalty for a foul in the Royal Garrison zone was ordered, and from the kick Oldacre struck the bar. Infringements by the defenders caused the referee (Mr H.F. Ford) to order the kick to be re-taken, and although the ball entered the net the same thing happened. Oldacre took the penalty a third time, and this time a goal was recorded. Oldacre scored two further goals, bringing his total to four for the match.
City Reserves : Loram (captain); Shreeve, Thompson; Cox, Potter,
Crawshaw; Bastin, Mingo, Oldacre, Baker, and Lincoln.
R.G.A.- Taylor; Bracker, Dyke; Hatter, Chalk, Brand; Payne, Birtchnell, Whittaker, Mc Donald, and Eggleston.