30th April 1949
Newport County v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Res. v Kidderminster Harriers
Saturday, April 30th 1949.
Newport County 0 Exeter City 2.
Great Display by Hoyle, City Win at Newport.
Exeter City improved their League position at the expense of Newport County, who, playing at home, disappointed an 8,000 crowd with such an inept display that once more has put a large question mark beside their League prospect. With two more matches to play Newport need a point to make them safe.
Newport:- Grant; Bradford, Hayward; Roffi, Wilcox, Morrall; Williams, Comley, Parker, Carr, Shergold.
Exeter City: Hoyle; Johnstone, Clark; Bartholomew, Walker, Fallon; Hutchings, Smart, Durrant, Mackay, Regan.
Exeter City, who before today's match were near neighbours of the County in the table, went into the game with an obvious determination to make Newport concede the full points. They played with much greater speed and skill than Newport in attack and their defence was certainly the sounder. Although the City were a better side than Newport, they nevertheless owed much to Hoyle, who defied all the opposition's attempts to pass him and was hurt near half-time. He resumed in the second half with his left leg bandaged and continued to give an impressive display. He was in obvious pain but refused to give in, and the match was a personal triumph for him. Smart, in the 32nd minute, and Regan, second half, scored Exeter's goals.
Exeter City Reserves 1 Kidderminster Harriers 2.
After dominating their last home Southern League match of the season for at least 60 of the 90 minutes the City Reserves were defeated by Kidderminster Harriers. The Reserves were unlucky when two of their shots hit the framework of the goal, but they might still have won if they had not frittered away chances in hesitant and poor shooting.
City:- Singleton; Warren, Rowe; Gibson, Davey, Powell; Dymond, Harrower, Rew, Johnston, Grant. Harriers:- Crowther; Feeney, Emmanuel; Poynder, Lunn, Reece;
E.Jones, Welham, C.Jones, Jowett, Guest.
Welham, through a defensive mistake, and C.Jones, with a solo effort, got the Kidderminster goals, and Johnston scored for Exeter. The worst miss by Exeter came midway through the second half, when a shot by Rew from six yards' range went high over the crossbar.