11th April 1956
April 11th 1956
EXETER CITY 3
(IGGLEDEN BURKE 2)
At St James's Park, Exeter,
CITY CHASED EVERYTHING AND MERITED WIN.
Ten minutes from time Exeter City had won the game, leading 3-0 and they were on top of the world. Then with the minutes ticking by, Southampton struck twice and disaster almost came. Two defensive slips and goals by Brown and Reeves. Two more slips and only Hunter stopped Southampton from taking the points they never looked like gettingMidfield Southampton often played pretty football to watch, but until those last near fatal minutes they rarely looked like getting through the City's defence,
There is no doubt that City were always in the hunt for goals, particularly in two golden spells one in each half, City's forwards were well backed up by a strong, though not brilliant halfback line, and some good chasing brought the desired result. If Mitchell was City's outstanding defender then Burke was City's outstanding forward,
Burke scored twice and culd have had two more. His first came on the stroke of half time. City were then a goal up scored in the tenth minute when Iggledon cracked the ball home after Burke had nodded down 1a Mitchell clearance, Burke touched a shot from Thomas past Kiernan to give City a 2-0 interval lead, Half way through the second half Burke scored his second goal, a thumping right foot drive from 35 yards, which span out of the goalkeeper's hands against the crossbar and into the net. A fine City victory in the first ever floodlit League match at St James's Park,
City:- Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell; John, Harvey, Porteous; K.Thomas, Burke, Iggleden, Willis, Buckle.
Southampton:- Kiernan; Page, Gunter; McGowan, Parker, Elliott; Day, Brown, Reeves, Walker, Traynor.
Referee Mr Kingston, linesmen Messrs Scobie and Paradise.
BUCKLE SAGA OVER.
Mr S.H. Thomas, City chairman said that now that Buckle is back in the City side playing for the first team any questions before the Shrewsbury game no longer apply and that he would be available for the rest of the season,