Match 23
19th December 1908
New Brompton (h)

Reserves Friendly
Yeovil (a)

Saturday, December 19th 1908.


On a wet and heavy ground, with rain falling throughout most of the afternoon, good football was difficult, and in fact seldom this encounter. Stamina and strength were the necessary requisites, seen in rather than football skill, and New Brompton were better equipped in this respect than Exeter City. The start was delayed for six minutes, owing to the late arrival of the New Brompton team, but despite the weather there was an attendance of five thousand.

Chadwick was an absentee because of a strained shoulder, and his place was taken by Johnson, with Wake at left half. Bulcock rejoined the defence after missing the game at Northampton. The visitors had Nobbs at right back and Fullarton at right half, Henderson moving from right back to centre half, and Hales being omitted. Court, an amateur, was given a trial at centre forward. Teams :


Craig Bulcock Ambler Johnson Wake
Parnell Watson McGuigan Bell Copestake

Referee: Mr Childs, London.

Pickett Whyman Court Wood Reynolds Arthurs Henderson Fullarton Boyle Nobbs Batcup


The visitors adapted themselves to the conditions much more quickly than Exeter, who made the mistake of attempting their usual scientific football, getting bogged down on a St. James's Park pitch that rapidly became a sea of thick mud.

At half time neither side had scored, although New Brompton had had the best of matters territorially. They had come near to scoring on two occasions, a shot from Pickett being only inches wide, and a fine header from Wood going over the bar, following a corner. half remaining Whyman scored with

With twenty minutes of the second a high shot that gave Robinson no chance, but a minute later Bell raised Exeter's hopes when he equalised, from Parnell's centre. Though the City fought hard New Brompton were always the better side, and Pickett gave them the lead by shooting into an empty goal with Robinson out of position. Just on time Whyman headed in from close range following a scramble in the goalmouth and an attempted clearance by Bulcock.

Exeter City, employing the wrong tactics, were a disappointing team compared to most of their recent displays, and they badly missed Chadwick.

Final score:
New Brompton 3, Exeter City 1.

Yeovil v City Reserves 

The Reserves were engaged in a friendly match at Yeovil, where they were held to a draw, two goals each. Hayward scored for Yeovil, but Drain equalised. Interval: 1-1.

Drain put the Reserves in front, but Yeovil drew level through Harbour. Fletcher saved a penalty, awarded for a foul on Hayward.



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