Match 04
Southern League
Southampton v ECFC
13th September 1909

Monday, September 13th.
At the Dell.
SOUTHERN LEAGUE:
SOUTHAMPTON v EXETER CITY.


Southampton have had bad luck in the matter of the weather for their home matches so far. Both the Millwall and Plymouth Argyle games were spoiled by rain, and their match against Exeter City also suffered from the effects of the weather. Rain fell incessantly until the time of the kick-off, reducing the attendance to about 2000. The match was played in the evening. Chadwick was unable to turn out for Exeter against his old club on account of an injured leg, and Tierney took his place. Trueman and McGibbon resumed for the "Saints" after missing the last match.

SOUTHAMPTON:
Burrows; Eastham, and Glover; Johnston, Robertson, and Trueman;
Davies, Jefferis, McGibbon, Jordan, and Carter.
EXETER CITY:
Crossthwaite; Craig, and Crelley; Ambler, Tierney, and Atkinson; Copestake, Watson, McGuigan, Bell, and Garside.

Referee: Mr A.W.McCue.

A strong rally in the second half failed to save Exeter City, who were beaten by three goals to two. The goals were scored as follows:
10 minutes, Jordan, a header from Davies' centre.
35 minutes, Bell, following a corner. Half time score 1-1.
50 minutes, Jefferis, from Davies centre.
52 minutes, McGibbon, an open goal.
75 minutes, Watson, with a shot Burrows should have saved.

Tierney sustained concussion through heading the heavy ball midway through the second half, and had to be assisted off the field. From this point onwards the City, though reduced to ten men, played better than they had with eleven, and McGuigan wasted two good chances of scoring. Tierney was removed to Southampton Hospital on an ambulance, but allowed to return home with the rest of the team.

RESULT:
SOUTHAMPTON 3, EXETER CITY 2.

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