25th August 1956
SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 1956.
GOALS FOR COLUMN STILL HAS A BIG 0 AGAINST IT.
EXETER CITY 0
Hunter: Doyle, Mitchell; John, Parr, Porteous, Simpson, Burke, Currie, Divers, Buckle,
Christie; Wilkins, Traynor; McGowan, Parker, Elliot; FloodReeves, Shields, Mulgrew, Walker,
The third game and still no goals. The third season in a row that manager Norman Dodgin has had to start the campaign with the thought that he has not found the immediate solution to the club's goalscoring problem, Bluntly City were weak in every position, unbelievably weak in some places, Southampton a good swift footballing side, they were made to look like World masters after mistakes by a clueless City, although they tried hard, Southampton took a first minute lead, Shields scoring from a lob into the goalmouth by Elliot. Mulgrew increased the lead in the 15th minute, Walker after 67 minutes scored the third in off Part and ten minutes later Shields got his second goal of the match and Southampton's fourth. Except for ten minutes in the second half City were outplayed and but for the desperation City's suspect defence put into their efforts Southampton could well have doubled their tally, The forward line was poor, Burke worked hard, but Buckle and Simpson gave their third lifeless performance, Currie nor Divers looked ready for Third Division football, they are too slow and they were caught offside on occasionsJust one consolation for City after their appalling display, neighbours Argyle did even worse
EXETER CITY RESERVES 1.
Lobbett; Foley, Ferrier; Packer, Harvey, Houghton; Grinney, Willis, Beer, Phoenix, Rees.
Scorer Exeter City Willis