3rd December 1955
Ipswich Town (a)
Bedford T (h)
8th December 1955
Lovell’s Athletic (a)
SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD:
IPSWICH TOWN 2
EXETER CITY 2.
BURKE INJURED BUT CITY HOLD OUT FOR PRAISEWORTHY DRAW.
In contrast to the fog of the last few days the surr was shining on to a perfect pitch, and the crowd was rolling up long before the start. Hunter did well to save from McLuckie in the first minute but straight away John raced down the field, beat three men, and shot hard for goal. The ball hit the back of the net but the goal was disallowed because another City forward was offside..
Ipswich:McMillan; Acres, Malcolm; Myles, Rees, Elsworthy; Reed, Grant, Blackman, Parker, McLuckie.
Exeter City: Hunter; Parr, Mitchell; Davey, Harvey, Dunne; Simpson, John, Burke, Murphy, Rees.
Not one man in the City team let the side down, and with ten men for
most of the game (Burke and John were the casualties) and nine for one period, they battled magnificently. The defence seemed bound to concede goals time after time, but somehow,
miraculously, they held on. When the City's forwards were not helping the defence (and that was not often) they looked dangerous, and did in fact get the ball into the net four times, two goals being disallowed for offside. Had Burke been fit Exeter might easily have had the full points. Exeter scored first through Rees, but goals from Blackman and Grant gave the home side the advantage at half-time. Simpson scored the City's second goal. Attendance 14,703.
TRAINERS BUSY AT THE PARK:
CITY RESERVES v BEDFORD.
Felix Staroscik, ex-Northampton Town, scored for Bedford after half an hour but almost immediately Whiteside volleyed the ball past Pope for a brilliant equaliser.
City Reserves:- Kelly; Foley, Doyle; Walton, Packer, Houghton; Thomas, Worthington, Iggleden, Whiteside, Buckle.
Bedford Town:- Pope; Cooke, Quinn; Farquhar, Craig, Crichton; Steel, Yates, Moore, Staroscik, Partridge.
The trainers of both teams were busy when Iggleden, Whiteside, Buckle (Exeter) and Partridge (Bedford) were all laid out at different times, and at the interval both sides were down to ten men. Thomas and Buckle scored for Exeter in the second half and Staroscik replied for Bedford.
City Reserves 3 Bedford Town 2.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 8TH:
CITY RESERVES FADED OUT.
LOVELLS ATHLETIC (NEWPORT) 3 EXETER CITY RESERVES 1.
Although they established an early lead when Buckle scored in the fifth minute, Exeter City Reserves faded out and were decisively beaten. All Lovells' goals were scored in the second half. McCall equalised and after Paul had put the Newport team ahead McCall added a third goal. Exeter's defenders played well in the first half, but after the change of ends they could not cope with McCall's scheming. He was the man who paved the way for Exeter's downfall, and his two goals crowned an excellent afternoon's performance. Apart from McCall, formerly of Leeds United, the Lovells team included Lowrie, the Welsh International, late of Coventry, Newcastle United and Bristol City, Elwell, formerly of Swansea Town, and Alan Paul, a Welsh amateur international.