Match 17
Wednesday, November 23rd 1910.

Wednesday, November 23rd 1910.

Soccer on the Rugby Ground
Match Ruined by Fog:
Abandoned at 80 minutes 

As was the case last season when Stoke were the visitors, the Cup replay could not take place at St. James's Park owing to difficulties in regard to the size of the pitch, and once again the Exeter Rugby ground at St. Thomas's was used.
Duffy, who had injured his ankle again on Saturday, was unfit, and Bassett therefore came in at right half. There was also some doubt concerning Watson's fitness, and James stood by in case he was needed, but at the last minute it was decided to play the skipper in his usual place in the forward line. Buckenham, the former Southampton forward, replaced Jordan in the Reading team, the only change from Saturday.

Whittaker; Evans and Jones; Bassett, Pratt, and Prideaux; Parnell, Watson, Hughes, Bell, and Garside.
Caldwell; Smith and Bartholomew; Smart, Hancock, and Slatter; Lee, Buckenham, McCulloch, Andrews, and Green.

Heavy rain had spoiled the turf at the County Ground, and there were puddles and deep ruts all over the field, which made it even more unsuitable for football than it was before. The rain also had an effect on the attendance, which was barely three thousand.
However, there was plenty of life in the game. Exeter City made an excellent start, leading off with a goal by Hughes after only two minutes, and held some advantage in their play, although never quite enough to be decisive. The passing of both sides was inclined to be hasty and erratic, while Caldwell nearly let his side down by miskicking in the goal area.

Both goalkeepers were frequently in action but encountered little difficulty until five minutes before half-time, when Green, who was unmarked, equalised from a centre by Lee. Caldwell jumped and tipped a fierce drive by Hughes over the bar at the Reading end, and a minute before half time Buckenham missed the City goal by only inches.
Interval score:
Exeter City 1 goal, Reading 1.

Exeter City held some advantage in the second half, but after the rain had stopped a mist rapidly arose and spread all over the ground. It was impossible to follow the course of the game from the touch lines, though it seemed that Exeter were having more than an equal share of the game, from an attacking point of view. The fog became worse, and eventually it got so dense that play was a farce. The referee, Mr Russell, held on until ten minutes from the end, when he stopped the game. It will have to be played again at Exeter next Monday.

Score after 80 minutes:
Exeter City 1, Reading 1.


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