Match 57
24th April 1909
New Brompton (a)

Saturday, April 24th 1909.

Fine weather prevailed at Gillingham, where Exeter City completed their Southern League engagements for the season. They were defeated by three goals to one, the same result as in the game at Exeter on December 19th.

New Brompton: Batcup; Boyle, Nobbs; Fullarton, Mavin, Arthurs; Reynolds, Eames, Whyman, Reid, and Pickett.

Exeter City: Robinson; Johnson, Crelley; Banks, Tierney, Wake; Parnell, Watson, Drain, Bell, and Copestake.

Referee: Mr E.W. Childs, London.

After defending stoutly for most of the first half, Exeter City eventually capitulated three minutes before the interval, Reynolds accepting an easy opening which had been made for him by Pickett. In fact, this half had been so one-sided that Batcup had only two shots to deal with, both from Drain. Five minutes after the change of ends a shot from Whyman rebounded off Robinson, and Eames had a simple task to steer the ball into the net for the second goal. In a rare breakaway Exeter attacked the New Brompton goal, and Bell beat Batcup all ends up with a splendid low drive. But the Kentish team were soon back on the offensive, and Reid obtained their third goal with a good header. Although beaten quite soundly Exeter were well served by Johnson and Crelley, the backs, and Tierney at centre half.


Exeter City thus finished the season in sixth position in the Southern League, but it is understood from a recent meeting of the Management Committee of the Football League and representatives of the Southern League in Birmingham, that eighteen of the Southern clubs will be invited to join the Football League as associates, to form a Third Division next season.



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