|The Bristol Rovers History Group.||
Exeter City, who have never been drawn at home in the competition to date, had to make the short journey to Bristol, where they opposed the Rovers at Eastville in a first round tie. The match was played in the evening and attended by crowd of 1,600 spectators.
Bob Watson, the City captain, resumed his place at inside - right after having to miss the Brentford match due to an injury incurred in the final trial match. Teams :
Roney; Harvie and Westwood;Williams, Shaw, and Phillips; Peplow, Corbett, Splevens, McColl, and Dodsley.
W.Whittaker; Evans and Jones; Bassett, Pratt, Prideaux; Parnell, Watson, James, Bell, and Garside.
The weather was fine and warm when James kicked off for the City at 6.30 facing a strong sun, Watson having been the second Exeter captain to lose the advantage of the toss. Bristol Rovers had the better of the opening play but failed to score owing to the stubborn resistance offered by Whittaker and his backs.
PEPLOW INJURED AND EXETER NEARLY SCORE:
Peplow was injured and retired for about ten minutes, during which time the City nearly scored, Roney falling sideways to save. Bristol, however, were playing a faster and more resourceful game, and after a series of several corners the pressure increased and Williams scored for them. This was after 20 minutes' play. Pratt was then hurt, and absent for about ten minutes. Half time Rovers 1 City nil.
On resuming Bristol were more aggressive but several promising movements failed through erratic shooting. Exeter tried hard to get on terms but failed for the same reason, lack of power and direction. when within shooting range.
The Rovers held a greater advantage than the final score of one-nil indicated.