Match 33
February 11th 1911.
Southern League.


Saturday, February 11th 1911.
Southern League.
Shrimpers Visit to St. James's Park:

Southend United were the visitors at Exeter today, and seeing that the City beat the "Shrimpers" at Prittlewell in October, another two points were confidently looked for on the present occasion.
Perfect weather prevailed, and although the pitch was bare in the centre, it was just right for a fast game. Southend were first out in their jerseys of broad primrose and red, and when Bob Watson led out the Grecians there were about 4,500 present. Someone from the crowd handed Smith a mascot of red and white ribbons.
Teams :
Whittaker; Evans and Jones; Bassett, Pratt, and Prideaux; Parnell, Watson, Smith, Bell, and Garside.
SOUTHEND: Clark; Thomson and Molyneux; Emery, Harwood, and Chalkley; Ward, Frost, Curtis, Sutherland, and Craig.
Referee: Mr W.Davies, of Gloucester. Linesmen: Messrs J.H.Wiltshire and J.Locock.

Watson lost the toss, and the City had to face the sun. Southend were checked, but came again, and Evans, with the glare in his eyes, miskicked. He partially recovered the ball from Craig, however, and Bassett came to the rescue. Watson whipped in a fast ground shot, and Exeter forced a corner but Molyneux cleared. Southend were well on top in the early stages, and Frost shot wide after Chalkley had beaten Watson for possession.
Exeter at last retaliated, and Clark saved from Pratt, the ball bouncing off the upright to Garside, whose shot went behind.

After 20 minutes a pass was lobbed forward to Smith, who ran past Molyneux and netted with a sharp cross drive. He nearly scored again two minutes later, but Emery headed behind for a corner. This was dealt with by Thomson, who headed the ball upfield for Curtis to go through and test Whittaker, but the shot lacked power.
Parnell forced a corner but sent the flag kick behind, and in the next attack Watson sent in a "pile-driver" than just cleared the bar. Craig shot wildly to the opposite wing when he had a good chance on his own, but these rushes by Southend were few and far between, the visitors having faded after a bright start. At the interval the City led by a goal to nil. Bassett shot over the line on the restart, and there was altogether too much long and aimless kicking. Bell's dash all but carried him through, the goalkeeper finally stopping him, and then "Daisy" put a shot behind after Watson had carved out a good opening. Pratt headed the ball over the bar following a corner, and Bell missed again from Parnell's square centre. Two further corners followed, and from the second one both Smith and Bell unsuccessfully tried to bundle Clark into his goal while he hung on to the ball. Bell found the net after the whistle had blown for offside, and in another of many Exeter raids Watson scooped the ball over the bar from close in. Watson's knee gave out in a collision with Clark, and he was helped off the field, but with ten men the City still continued to do all the attacking, and a rather dull game ended with the score:

Last season: City 3 Southend 1.
In 1908-09: City 2 Southend 1.


Torquay soccerites were without a match today, but owing to the enterprise of the Town officials a match was fixed up with the City Reserves at the last minute. Play was even at first, both sides attacking in turn. Crad Evans, who assisted the Grecians once or twice last season, put in a fierce shot which struck the side of the rigging, and Hill centred to the goalmouth but Wells punched clear despite the attentions of one or two Town forwards. The Reserves had arrived a man short, but borrowed Chaffe, a Town player, and from Cooke's centre it was he who opened the scoring. From a penalty kick for hands outside Exeter's goal, P. C. Evans successfully steered the ball into the net.
Half-time: Torquay 1, City Reserves 1.

On the restart Torquay were early aggressive, Shorthouse bringing Wells to his knees with a stinging shot. Midfield play followed, but Torquay were quicker and keener than Exeter, although the Reserves combined better. James retired with an injury, and Exeter, with ten men, and playing against the sun, were hard pressed. Evans scored the winning goal for Torquay with ten minutes remaining.
Torquay Town 2 goals, Exeter City Reserves 1.


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