Match 39
March 25th 1911.

Plymouth and District League
Green Waves v City Reserves

Saturday, March 25th 1911.

Watson returned to duty at St. James's Park against Luton Town, and Duffy was preferred to Bassett at right half. The Luton party started from home at nine o'clock, and drove up to the ground from Queen Street about 1.30. The weather was bleak and very cold, and half an hour from the kick off time there was scarcely anyone 
on the ground. The eventual attendance was less than 4,000.
City: Whittaker; Evans, Coates; Duffy, Pratt, Prideaux; Parnell, Watson, James, Bell, and Garside.
Luton: Naisby; Wightman, Potts; F.Hawkes, Bushell, Lashbrooke; Brown, Walker, Johnson, Moody, and Stansfield.

Referee: Mr A.E.Vickers, of Reading.

It took both teams a little while to settle down, but once they had done so, the City, with the wind behind them, practically monopolised the first half. Four minutes from the start Exeter took the lead from a penalty kick which was given against one of the Luton backs for handling. Evans came up to take the kick, and though he sent the ball high up and Naisby got one hand to it, the speed of the ball carried it to the back of the rigging. About ten minutes from the interval Exeter scored again. Watson fed Pratt with a judicious pass, and a magnificent drive from about 25 yards sailed into the net at hurricane speed. It was one of the best goals ever seen on the ground, and Pratt was deluged with handshakes and congratulations from his colleagues.
Scarcely had the crowd settled down than Bushell reduced the lead following a free-kick, then Garside headed the ball in as Naisby came running out. Garside was stunned in scoring his goal, but quickly recovered. It was a thrilling end to the first half, with Exeter City leading by three goals to one.
The opening of the second half saw some pretty combined play by the City forwards, though they were now facing the wind. Eventually, from Brown's centre Moody reduced the lead, and Luton, now with conditions in their favour, had a chance to equalise. It had begun to snow, yet facing this latest hazard and the gale Bell met a fast centre from Garside and scored Exeter's fourth goal.

Green Waves v City Reserves 

In the Plymouth and District League the City Reserves were beaten at Plymouth by the Green Waves, 4-2.


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