From The Football Argus 3rd April 1948:-
"PENALTY GOAL MEANS A NEWPORT WIN"
"By "Dromio" "
"Only a penalty goal separated the teams after a vigorous game between Newport and Gloucester at Newport to-day, and Newport were lucky in that W. E. Jones, the old Neath player and Glamorgan cricketer, hit the cross-bar with a shot which, if successful, would have levelled matters."
"Cloud and sunshine, a blustering wind, and the threat of rain, welcomed Gloucester, who are among Newport's oldest opponents, to the Athletic Ground. After the rain of the night and morning, the ground looked soft on top."
"Newport: Gwili Jenkins; Deryck Jones K. A. N. Spray, J. Evans, A. Roche; Roy Burnett, Haydn Thomas; J. H. Bale, W. G. Jones, E. Coleman. J. A. Gwiiliam, L. E. T. Jones, P. Dando, Peter Davies, A. H. Rowland."
"Gloucester : P. G. Nicholls; B. Williams, S. Dangerfield, S. H. Davies, J. Wilson; W. E. Jones, D. D. Evans; I. Price, C. Thomas, T. Day, R. Morris. J, Watkins, C, Dunn, S. Smart, G. Hudson (captain)."
"Referee : Mr. W. D. Richards, Llanfrechfa."
"Newport boldly started passing from Gloucester's kick-off. When Burnett kicked on, Roche followed up and got the ball, but the subsequent passing broke down at Gloucester's 25. D. Evans twice did smart work for Gloucester, and Newport were sent to their 25, but Peter Davies got away from a line-out, and drove the ball on, and it went to touch in the Gloucester 25."
"It was noted that with the departure of Ken Jones, Deryck Jones had been changed over to the right wing."
"Both sides were showing enterprise, but finish was missing. Newport were penalised at the scrummage, and W. E. Jones kicked to half-way. Another kick by the same player left play in the Newport 25, but they were soon back in the Gloucester half."
"The ball was got out to the right, and with a determined run DERYCK JONES scored in the corner after eight minutes. The kick failed."
"After the restart, Gloucester were very quick on the Newport men, and they were driven back to their 25. Gloucester got the ball back to W. E. Jones, and he dropped for goal, but sent the ball outside."
"Gloucester continued to hold an attacking position, but Burnett,.............................[ed. short text missing]"
"Newport relieved somewhat, but W. E. Jones dropped at goal, and was only just outside with a long shot."
"Newport forwards were playing a dashing game, but they were answered in kind by the visitors. They got to the Gloucester half, and tried passing, but could not get through, though Spray tried desperately. Play was chiefly among the forwards, and Gwilliam and Peter Davies who throughout had been excelent in the line-out, were giving excellent service, but somehow the backs failed to get moving cleanly. Passes were dropped or knocked on, and chances went begging, but the forwards had always a shot in the locker, and they took play close to the 25 line, where again Gloucester were penalised for a scrummage offence. This time Jenkins kicked under the bar, and the ball was kicked out."
"Still play remained 15 yards inside the Gloucester half. The ball was got back to Jenkins, and he joined in a passing attack, which was checked."
"Gloucester got to the Newport half, but a skied ball was fielded by Newport, and there was a possible chance until a forward pass was given."
"Gloucester had their turn of attacking and Evans broke through and passed to Wilson. Stout tackling stopped the movement near the home 25. In the set scrums Newport had more weight, and the heeling of Bale was consistently good."
"Newport several times were in possession, but there was the same old weakness for kicking on when the players should have gone all out with running and passing. The high wind took many of the kicks, and little ground was gained."
"NEWPORT........1* 1 6"
"GLOUCESTER.....0 1 3"
" *penalty goal"
"Scorers; Newport, try by W. Jones, penalty goal by Jenkins."
"Gloucester, try by Wilson"