7th April 1956
Saturday April 7th 1956,
SHREWSBURY TOWN 2
EXETER CITY 0
At the Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury.
Half-time Shrewsbury 2 Exeter City 0.
SAME OLD STORY IN DRAB ENCOUNTER.
A goalkeeper has one moment of fault and it means all the differnece in the results column. For in this defeat Hunter, the saviour of City on any occasions this season and had his vorst game for Exeter so far- his only bad gane of the season. The tragic mistake cane ten minutes from half time, Shrewsbury vere on top in the opening stages, they were leading 1-0 and City vere showing signs of a revival, then Loughrane crossed a high ball, Hunter his judged its flight and it dropped behind his into the net Consolation to Hunter is, had the City forwards made as few mistakes as he did, the two Shrewsbury goals, the first hit by Veigh would not casionally did something worthwhile, gest city weakness of all was in the forward line. Burke and Rees occasionally did but Thomas, Willis and Sword never did. So once again it was the old story of a defence playing without rest. It was left to John, the 23 year old Welshman now in peak fors to take the honours in the City team. was strong and tenaciousther then, Shrewsbury by the forwards which they did not take Hvantage of. Without much bother then, Shrewsbury the netter by the smallest margin of the two shocking sides won.
Shrewsbury:- Crossley; Bannister, Hobson; Wallace, Maloney, Simpson; Loughnane, O'Donnell, Weigh, Russell, Edgley.
Exeter City:- Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell; John, Davey, Porteous; K. Thomas, Burke, Sword, Willis, Rees.
The referee was Mr Griffiths of Newport.
EXETER CITY RESERVES 2
At St James's Park, attendance 2,483. Half-time 1-0.
City Reserves:- Kelly; Walton, Foley; Packer, Harvey, Houghton; Simpson, Worthington, Ellaway, Murphy, P. Thomas.
Guildford:- Dore; Donaughy, James; Beale, Morton, Grimshaw; Ryan, Cresswell, Browning, Devine, Hope.
Referee:- Mr F.J.Higgins of Winsford.