21st April 1956
Lovell’s Athletic (h)
23rd April 1956
Saturday, April 21st 1956.
(MITCHELL og, HODGKISSON, TAYLOR).
EXETER CITY 1 (SIMPSON)
Half-time Walsall 1 Exeter City 0.
WALSALL OUTPLAYED CITY FOR LONG SPELLS.
Two minutes to half time with the score 0-0 the classier Exeter City were holding the more robust Walsall, then a harmless looking centre from Taylor dropped towards Mitchell, who with no one near him, inexplicably he headed the ball into his own net past a bemused Hunter, Four minutes after half time it was Hunter's turn to make a mistake in an otherwise flawless display, he moved too late to save Hodgkisson's 25 yard shot and City were 2-0 down,
Two ridiculously fluky goals then, before Walsall made certain of the points when Taylor scored, Simpson replied for City but it was too late, City deserved to lose, for allowing themselves to be outplayed for long spells by a team which had little but effort to commend them. The extra skill City possessed came to nothing, because neither Mitchell, Harvey nor Porteous filled their positions more than adequately and because City possessed not one inside forward worthy of a place. Willis, Iggledon and Thomas were never in the game, Their danger to the Walsall defence was non existent.
Walsall:- Chilvers; Haddington, Gutteridge; Dorman, McPherson, Crook; Morris, Hodgkisson, Taylor, Love, Cooper.
Exeter City:- Hunter; Doyle, Mitchell; John, Harvey, Porteous; Simpson, K.Thomas, Iggleden, Willis, Buckle.
Referee:- Mr G.W.Pullin of Staple Hill near Bristol.
EXETER CITY RESERVES 2
LOVELLS 2 (RIDSDALE LOWRIE)
Half-time City 2 Lovells 1.
At St James's Park, attendance 2,364.
City Reserves:- Kelly; Walton, Foley; Packer, Davey, Houghton; P. Thomas, Ellaway, Sword, Murphy, Rees.
Lovells Athletic:- Cross; T.Davies, Wood; I.Robling, Elwell, A.Hales; Ridsdale, Reynolds, Lowrie, A.McCall, R.Hawthourne.
Referee:- Mr L.R.M.Cornish, of Bridgwater.
MONDAY 23rd APRIL 1956.
HOLSWORTHY 0. EXETER CITY 8.
Lobbett: Walton, Foley: Davey Parr Houghton; PThomas, Ellaway, Beer, Sword, Rees.
Scorers Exeter City
Thomas, Ellaway 3, Beer, Rees 3,