Match 44
4th May 1949
Newport County (h)

5th May 1949.
Southern League
Bedford Town (a)

Wednesday, May 4th 1949. 

Newport Gain Victory from Two Penalties.

Exeter City 1 Newport County 2.

Two members of an otherwise lifeless Exeter City team beaten on their own ground by Newport on Wednesday evening are entitled to sympathy. Walker, by sterling defence, saved his indifferent colleagues on many occasions, while Singleton performed all he had to do confidently and well.

Exeter City: Singleton; Johnstone, Clark; Bartholomew, Walker, Fallon;
Hutchings, Smart, Durrant, Mackay, Regan.

Newport:- Matthews; Bradford, Hayward; Roffi, Wilcox, Newall; Williams, Comley, Parker, Orphan, Shergold.

Though Smart headed a goal from Regan's corner kick to give the City the lead two minutes after the start, the remainder of the first half was overwhelmingly in favour of Newport. The "Ironsides," needing at least one point to secure their position in the League, played with that degree of resolution which the City lacked. The Exeter goal underwent many narrow escapes and it looked as if Newport would be prevented from gaining the victory to which they were entitled until early in the second half. Then they were awarded two penalties within five minutes of each other and Hayward converted both.
Attendance 6,593 (lowest of the season),
Reciepts  £448. 17s. 3d.

Thursday, May 5th 1949.
Southern League 
Bedford Town v Exeter City Reserves Exeter City Reserves beat Bedford Town in a Southern League match at the "Eyrie," by 4 goals (Harrower 2, Dymond penalty, and Cummings) to nil.
Team:- Singleton; Warren, Rowe; Gibson, Davey, R. Richards; Dymond, Cumming, Johnston, Harrower, Grant.

  • Former Torquay player killed in air crash. It is learned that one of the victims of the air-crash in which many members of the crack Turin (Italy) football team, and other people, were killed, was Leslie Lievesley, the former Torquay United half back and a nephew of Wilfred Lievesley, the City centre-forward and outside-right of the 1920's. Leslie Lievesley was transferred from Crystal Palace to Torquay just before the war, then became a soccer coach in Holland before moving to Turin in 1947. He was 38 years old.


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