21st January 1956
Coventry City (a)
Merthyr Tydfil (h)
EXETER CITY 2 COVENTRY CITY 3
SATURDAY JANUARY 21ST.
At St James's Park;
half-time Exeter 1 Coventry 2.
SATURDAY 21st JANUARY 1956. COVENTRY HAD CITY DEFENCE PANICKING.
EXETER CITY 2. Hunter: Parr, Mitchell; Walton, Harvey, John; GrinneyBurke, Iggledon, Murphy, Rees, COVENTRY 2. Mathews; Austin, Timmins; Jamieson, Kirk, Simpson; Johnson, Uphill, McPherson, Hill, Sambrook. Scorers Exeter City Rees, Murphy. Coventry Uphill 2McPhersonAttendance 7,472. Coventry City's clever direct football and teamwork was good enough to send a panicky, hesitant Exeter defence crumbling and gain full revenge for their surprise F.A.Cup defeat by City, They were a team
swinging the ball about rapidly and accurately on the heavy ground, tackling keenly, marking closely, full
of the will to win, collect City were a shambling collection of individuals saved from a heavy defeat only by the brilliant displays of Harvey and Hunter, Coventry had taken a 2-0 lead both scored by Uphill before Rees who was undoubtedly the City's best forward scored City's first goal with a header from Grinney's free kick. In the second half Grinney's corner kick went to Murphy who scored ten minutes after the interval, The young Crediton vinger showed plenty of promise and the mistakes he made were mostly due to over eagerness and inexperienceAlthough he gave the passes for City's two goals he had no chance to provide another equaliser to Coventry's winner scored by McPherson four minutes from tme. That goal gave Coventry a thoroughly deserved win and City their third successive League defeat,
Changes will have to be made particularly the bringing back of the flu casualties Davey and Doyle.
Exeter City:- Hunter; Parr, Mitchell; Walton, Harvey, John; Grinney, Burke, Iggleden, Murphy, Rees.
Coventry: Matthews; Austin, Timmins; Jamieson, Kirk, Simpson; Johnson, Uphill, McPherson, Hill, Sambrook. Referee:- Mr J.J.Bean of Porth, Glamorgan.
MERTHYR TYDFIL 2
EXETER CITY RESERVES 2.
At Penydarren Park, Merthyr.
Merthyr:- Harry; Thomas, Parton; Johnson, Carpenter, Williamson; Davies, Toft, Williams, Skyme, Humphreys.
City Reserves:- Lobbett; Foley, Roberts; Bowker, Packer, Marsh; Ellaway, Worthington, Sword, Houghton, Whiteside.
Exeter City Worthington 2.
J.Roberts was a player from the A team.