Southern League 1st October 1910
Grecians v Saints
Plymouth and District League
Millbrook Rangers v City Reserves
Saturday, October 1st 1910. SOUTHERN LEAGUE.
GRECIANS v SAINTS
A Popular Team at St. James's Park
One may say without fear of contradiction that this afternoon's visitors to St. James's Park, Southampton, is the most popular team that comes to Exeter. The games between the two clubs have always been clean and exciting, and what is more, have always provided a tip-top exhibition. For today's match Southampton announced that Burrows' place in goal would be taken by Brown, while Jepp and Prince would be superseded by Trueman and Buckenham. Johnston also made his first appearance of the season in the half back line. Exeter City were in a quandary up to this morning in regard to their forwards, for neither Watson or Hughes were quite fit. After a trial on the ground this morning it was decided to play Watson in preference to Hughes.
Bassett Pratt Prideaux
Parnell Watson James Bell Garside
Referee: Mr F.Curtis, of Bristol.
Blake Dunne Buckenham Jefferis Clarke
Robertson Trueman Johnston
Heavy rain fell between one and two o'clock, but by three the showers had passed away, and at the time of the kick-off a bright sunshine prevailed. About 5,000 were present when the teams came out, and the crowd was still coming in fast.
Eastham won the toss, and James kicked off towards the City end. The Grecians were the first to attack, though Robertson temporarily robbed them, and Prideaux put in a smart grounder which was saved by Brown, on his knees. For the first five minutes it was all Exeter, but Eastham just beat Bell for possession following a good movement between Watson and Parnell. The game continued to be very fast, and there were narrow escapes at each end. Pratt, after a fine dribble, sent the ball inches over the bar, and James miskicked when Watson put him clear of the backs with a timely pass. A corner was gained by Exeter, but Trueman got to the ball first and put Buckenham in possession. The centre-forward, however, was easily bustled off the ball by Jones. Southampton had a close shave when Garside shot clean across an open goal after Brown had ventured too far out. The first half ended with James getting in quite close to goal, but his final shot was saved by Brown. Little had been seen of the Southampton forwards in this half.
There were quite 7,000 present when the game was resumed. Exeter at once attacked, and Brown saved a fine centre by Garside, Parnell eventually putting the ball wide of the posts. Watson just missed with an overhead kick, and a minute later dribbled his way through, only to be crowded off the ball by Eastham and Robertson. Brown was again in action, leaping sideways to punch out a fierce shot from Garside, then saved again at close range from James. Buckenham got away in a rare Southampton raid, but his final shot was a weak one, and Whittaker, who had not had a great deal of work, saved easily. A shot from Trueman was tipped over by Whittaker at the expense of a corner, from which James got the ball, but his pass to Garside went out of play.
Result: City nil, Southampton nil.
NOTES ON THE GAME
Brown was the hero of the "Saints". The backs and halves, except perhaps Trueman, were nothing very special, although they certainly had the knack of packing their goal to advantage when the occasion demanded. The Exeter forwards, as a line, were better than they were at Plymouth, although James was guilty of several bad misses from reasonable scoring positions. Nevertheless, the City should have won by at least two goals, and the brilliance of Brown was the reason for the goalless draw.
MILLBROOK RANGERS 3, CITY RESERVES 3.
After combining cleverly with Gosling, Hopkins beat Wells to put the Rangers one up, but when their goalkeeper fumbled a long shot by Martin, Smith dashed in and scored. After Smith and Martin had given the Reserves a 3-1 lead Gosling scored for the Rangers, and a minute from time Casey equalised.
Rangers 3, City Reserves 3.