ECFC v Coventry City
23rd October 1909
Friendly-Yeovil v City Reserves
Saturday, October 23rd.
EXETER CITY v COVENTRY CITY.
An entertaining game at St. James's Park resulted in the City defeating Coventry by three goals to nil, their second victory of the season. Football has been affected badly by the weather so far this season, and once again Exeter had to play on a wet pitch. However, the local supporters turned up in force, and the crowd was estimated at a little over five thousand.
Crossthwaite Jones Craig Atkinson Tierney Hartley Copestake Watson Harrison Bell Garside
Referee: Mr A.Sutton, of London.
Buckle Turner Powell Arnold Tickle
Chaplin Boston Hickleton
The margin of the victory exaggerates the City's superiority. The Exonians' success was due to the fact that they adapted themselves better to the conditions underfoot. Coventry City's attacks were only spasmodic, and when they did reach the Exeter goal their forwards were weak at snapping up chances. The strong tackling of Harrison (left back) and Saul, and the capabilities of Evans prevented further Exeter goals. Exeter enjoyed a considerable advantage in the first half with the wind and rain at their backs, but it was 35 minutes before they could score. Saul conceded a corner, which Garside took, and from the melee that followed, a penalty was given, from which Hartley scored. Five minutes later Harrison (Exeter) received the ball at rather a difficult angle, and from 25 yards' out turned and put in a low shot which Evans succeeded in fielding. But the slippery ball eluded his grasp, and rolled into the net.
Half-time: Exeter 2 Coventry 0.
Three minutes after resuming Tierney scored the City's third goal following a free kick and a pass from Copestake.
Friendly at Yeovil
The Reserves took part in a "friendly" match at Yeovil, where they were beaten by three goals to nil.