30th March 1956
Newport County (a)
Worcester City (h)
Good Friday March 30th 1956
JOHN IS CITY HERO IN NEWPORT VICTORY.
Newport County 1 (HARRIS)
Exeter City 2 (BUCKLE, JOHN).
Half-time Newport 1 Exeter City 0.
At Somerton Park, Newport,
Exeter City gained an unexpected but thoroughly deserved victory over Newport County. Their hero was right half John who was injured in the 30th minute, He had to leave the field to have a stitch inserted in a severe gash over his right eye and when he returned he played in attack, he was however, far from being a passenger, on the contrary John became Exeter's most dangerous forward, worrying the life out of the Newport defence and appropriately he got Exeter's winning goal in the 74th minute,
Exeter had surrendered a goal to Harris in the 15th minute and for the remainder of the first half they did not seem likely to win both points. In the second half it was a different story. Prompted by John, the Exeter forwards overran the Newport defenders and it was no surprise when Buckle outwitted the Newport fullback Lever to go on and equalise. Sword was a live wire centre forward and outstanding in defence vere Davey who blotted out centre forward Beech with Mitchell and Doyle who gave little scope to the Newport wingers.
Newport:- Weare; Lever, Hollyman; Tennant, Wilcox, Docherty; Hudson, Burgess, Beech, Harris, Brown.
Exeter City:- Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell; John, Davey, Porteous; K. Thomas, Iggleden, Sword, Willis, Buckle.
Exeter City Res. v Worcester City
At St James's Park Exeter City Reserves beat Worcester City by 3 goals to nil.
EXETER CITY RESERVES 3.
Lobbett; Walton, Marsh; Packer, Harvey, Murphy; Simpson, Worthington,
Houghton Ellaway, Whiteside.
Murphy, Houghton, Whiteside