Match 36
March 4th 1911.

Plymouth & District League.

Saturday, March 4th 1911.

Exeter's First Match at New Cross

Exeter City made their first appearance this afternoon on the new Millwall ground, which is situated at the Old Kent Road end of New Cross. The enclosure has already been honoured with representative matches, and is undoubtedly one of the best in the South, and a vast improvement upon the old ground at the Isle of Dogs. The new ground, moreover, is in the centre of a thickly populated district, and the average gates since Millwall have played there are about £250, which compares very favourably with gates of sometimes less than £100 at the old ground in Greenwich. With Bell, Watson, and Garside all on the injured list the City fielded a strange looking forward line.
Teams :
Kirkwood Jeffrey
Frost Wilson Blythe
Brown Walker Martin Taylor Lipsham

Referee:- Lieut. W. C. Clover, of Leicester.

Cooke James Smith Parnell Whittaker E
Prideaux Pratt Bassett
Coates Evans
Whittaker (W)


The pitch was bare of grass, except for a patch here and there, but the enclosure is a fine one, with high banking all round, and a magnificent grand-stand running the entire length of the reserved side. In the matter of entrances, too, the ground is quite a model one. When Whittaker led the Grecians out there were 6,000 present.
Exeter won the toss and Martin started the game. He and Taylor got right through but Martin tamely shot wide. Blythe then got hold of a pass by E.Whittaker, intended for Smith, and Taylor sent Lipsham off, but the centre was too strong and went beyond the reach of the home forwards. A foul was given against Smith, but Pratt managed to put the City on the attack, and Whittaker sent behind, while a few minutes later Duggan made a good save from Parnell. Coates kicked out to save from Lipsham, who was dribbling through, and Walt Whittaker tipped over the bar from Frost.

A Penalty 

In a scrimmage round the Exeter goal "hands" was given against Smith, and although he hotly disputed the decision a penalty kick was awarded, which Wilson converted with a low, hard drive into the corner of the net. This was at the end of seven minutes. Thus encouraged, Millwall kept the City defence busily engaged, and had it not been for the fine defensive tactics of Prideaux, Pratt, and Bassett, with the able assistance of Whittaker and his backs, Exeter may have fallen further into arrears. As it was, nine minutes after the penalty had been scored Wilson added a second goal, this time from a corner by Brown, who had previously received the ball from Frost. James cut out an opening for Cooke, but the young winger did not make the best use of it and a good chance was missed.

Smith Scores for Exeter
The Millwall goal had a narrow shave when Cooke put across a square pass which Kirkwood missed, but before James could take advantage the ball was kicked clear by Blythe. James beat two men in the penalty area and passed to Parnell, who was crowded out. The play then went to midfield, but Exeter were now playing their best football of the match so far, and James was again prominent with a glorious shot from fully thirty yards which was tipped over the bar by Duggan. After half an hour Smith bustled his way through again and passed to Enos Whittaker, who eluded Kirkwood and Jeffrey in a fast dribble and centred. The ball came back to Smith, who deftly steered it into the net for a nice goal. With half time approaching Exeter were coming more and more into the game, and Smith dribbled twenty yards, and Duggan saved from Cooke with Smith trying to bustle the goalkeeper. Jeffrey resented this, and charged into "Tiger", these two having to be restrained by the other players and the referee.
Half time
Millwall 2-1 Exeter City  
The second half commenced with Parnell and Whittaker leading an attack on the home goal, which Blythe eventually cleared. Play then returned to midfield, and neither goalkeeper had much to do for the next twenty minutes or so. Lipsham then got a clear opening, picking up a long clearance from Jeffrey, and ran on to beat Whittaker with a low shot from an oblique angle into the far corner of the net. Millwall were content to hang on to their lead, and the game ended with the score: Millwall 3 goals, Exeter 1, this being the Grecians' first defeat on foreign soil since the cup tie at Burnley.

Last season: Millwall O City 0.
In 1908-09: Millwall 2 City 2.

CITY RESERVES V TAVISTOCK. Plymouth & District League.

Exeter City Reserves continued their Plymouth League fixtures with a match against Tavistock at St. James's Park. It was raining heavily at the start, and only a small crowd was present.

Reserves:- Wells; Heppell, White; Duffy, Griffiths, Pym; Martin, Bailey, Maxsted, Drew, and Letheren.

Tavistock: Gay; Huggins, J.B.Minhinnick; Peddie, J.R.Minhinnick,
Dixon; Hill, Lamb, James, Small, and Demellwick.

Maxsted kicked off towards the St. James's Road end, and from the half-way line J.R.Minhinnick tried a shot which dropped in front of the goal, and Wells cleared. The ball was returned, but James was offside. Tavistock attacked again and Heppell sent into touch, and from the throw-in Duffy secured possession and passed to Bailey, whose final shot was yards wide. The Reserves continued to press, and Maxsted forced a corner, and after some exciting play the "Lambs" got away. James sent the ball out to Hill, but the winger was robbed by Heppell, who punted down the field for Griffiths to screw a shot just wide of the visiting goal. Exeter then forced a corner on the right, and from Martin's kick Griffiths opened the score by heading into the net. At the other end Peddie cleared the bar with a fine shot, and in the next attack Hill sent the ball past Wells for the equalising goal after Heppell had miskicked in attempting to clear.
Half-time: City Reserves 1, Tavistock 1.
Nothing further was scored until five minutes from time, when a long free-kick by White was headed on by Pym to Maxsted, who beat Gay with a nice header.
Final: Reserves 2-1 Tavistock 


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