Southern League 14th September 1910
Exeter City v Crystal Palace
Wednesday, September 14th 1910.
CITY v CRYSTAL PALACE
A Feast of Goalscoring at St. James's
Despite drizzling rain and slippery underfoot conditions, the game opened brightly, with Exeter City very much on the aggressive. Johnson, however, was not called upon to save except upon one occasion when he came out of his goal to kick the ball away to end a pretty passing movement between Watson, Smith, and Garside. Watson and Parnell then tested him with hard but unsuccessful shots. So far Exeter were playing their best football of the season, and in a renewed attack the ball screwed off Collyer's foot straight into the Crystal Palace net. Ironically, this was the first goal against the Palace this season, and that from one of their own players. The visitors came more into the game after this early misfortune, their forwards showing neat combination, and from tricky footwork by Woodger and Payne the latter equalised, giving Whittaker no chance with his final shot. Exeter had another fright when the ball passed right across the face of their goal from Woodger's centre. But Parnell broke away and put across a centre close to the Palace goal; Watson took the pass, and shot straight for the net. Johnson would have saved the shot with ease, but Collyer got his head to the ball and had the mortification of scoring a second goal against his own side. Five minutes before the interval Davies levelled the scores again from Woodger's centre.
Exeter City 2 Crystal Palace 2.
Whittaker was quickly in action on resuming, but in two minutes Bell put Exeter ahead for the third time after Smith and Parnell had beaten the defence. In two more minutes Payne again levelled matters. The Palace had the better of subsequent play, but Garside put through once again for Exeter. However, Mr Jones gave him offside, a decision for which he was hooted at from all quarters. Payne ended the scoring with the Glaziers' fourth goal, and a final hot attack by the City proved of no avail.
Crystal Palace 4 goals, Exeter City 3.
City:- W.Whittaker; Coates, Jones; Bassett, Pratt, Prideaux; Parnell, Watson, Smith, Bell, and Garside.
Palace:- Johnson; Collyer, Bulcock; Spottiswoode, Hughes, Hanger; Garratt, Woodger, Williams, Payne, and Davies.