2nd April 1956
Newport County (h)
Worcester City (a)
Easter Monday, April 2nd 1956.
EXETER CITY 2
NEWPORT COUNTY 0.
At St James's Park, attendance 7,363. Half-time 2-0.
EASTER MONDAY. DOUBLE OVER NEWPORT.
The return of Burke, plus the all round improvement by most of the team enabled Exeter City to complete an Easter double over Newport County and gave their re-election avoidance hopes a much brighter lookBurke took over from the injured Iggledon and in a dual poaching inside forward and centre forward role he was City's best and most dangerous forward, It was undoubtedly his best game in City's first team and he deserved more than the one goal he headed in the 9th minute from Buckle's centre to put City into the lead. The combination of Buckle and Sword continually ripped open the Newport defence and only some excellent saves by County goalkeeper Weare prevented Exeter from adding to their tally. He was beaten once more, eight minutes from half time when Buckle scored. Territorially Newport probably had more of the play until the ball reached the City danger zone, then rarely did they look like getting through. They had only one real chance and that was when Harris shot hopelessly wide from only eight yards. With Davey and Mitchell improving greatly on their Southampton form, the whole City defence bore a sound, compact look,
Exeter City:- Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell; John, Davey, Porteous; K. Thomas, Burke, Sword, Willis, Buckle.
Newport:- Weare; Lever, Hayward; Lucas, Wilcox, Docherty; Hudson, Burgess, Beech, Harris, Brown.
Referee:- Mr C.G.Porter of Taunton. Linesmen:- Messrs D.J.Markall and D.E.Read.
Worcester City 1 (Dunn)
Exeter City Reserves 2 (Ellaway 2).
EXETER CITY RESERVES
Lobbett: Walton, Marsh; Packer, Harvey, Murphy: Simpson, Worthington, Houghton, Ellaway, Whiteside,
Exeter City Ellaway