17th March 1956
Exeter City v Crystal Palace
And in the Southern League
Gravesend v Exeter City Reserves
March 21st 1956.
Exeter City Reserves v Kettering
Saturday, March 17th 1956.
EXETER CITY 6
(SWORD 3 IGGLEDEN 2 THOMAS)
CRYSTAL PALACE 1
at St James's Park, half-time 2-1.
EXETER CITY:- Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell; John, Harvey, Porteous; K. Thomas, Iggleden, Sword, Willis, Buckle.
PALACE:- Potter; Edwards, Greenwood; Belcher, Saunders, Long; Berry, Cooper, Deakin, Pierce, Gunning.
This victory, Exeter's biggest of the season, was well deserved, even though Crystal Palace had Saunders a passenger for most of the game. Saunders was injured in the 18th minute and was off the field for the remainder of the first half. The Palace scored first, but once the City had equalised there was only one team in it. They played good football and shot hard and accurately at the slightest opportunity. The match was a personal triumph for Alan Sword, but the rest the of team deserves every praise for this great win.
Gravesend 0 Exeter City Reserves 3: "Hat-tricks" by Exeter players are in fashion just now it seems. All the goals in this match at Gravesend were netted by Ronnie Burke. Something else which is also fashionable, regrettably, is the failure of Exeter players to convert penalties. In this match Murphy in the fifth minute sent a penalty kick wide of the goal.
Wednesday March 21st 1956.
Exeter City Reserves 0 Kettering 1,