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Our Football Column. At football on Saturday, in the semi-final round of the English Cup competition, Bury and Derby County defeated Aston Vilh and M ilwall respec- tively, the score in each case being 3-0. In the first Division of tho League Stoke, beat Everton 2-0, Sheffield United gained a victory over Wolverhamp- ton Wanderers 3-0, and Notts Forest lost to Bolton Wanderers 2-1. The Sheffield Wednesday-Sunder- land, Grimsby-Xewcastle, Blackburn Rovers-West Bromwich Albion games all ended 1-0, the first- named club in each case proving successful. The Scotland v. Ireland Association game resulted in a victory for Ireland 2-0. Scotland secured the International Rugby Championship, defeating England by 10 points to 6. <I- Saturday's Combination results were as follows:- Nantwich 8, Rhyl 0. Tranmere Rovers 2, Witton Albion 2. Winsford United 2, Newton-le-Willows 0. Middlewich 2, Oswestry 0. Chester 1, Burslem Reserves 0. In the semi-finals of the Welsh Amateur Cup competition Bangor Reserves gained an undeserved victory over Flint U.A.C., whom they defeated at Rhyl by 2 goals to 1, while the Druids' Reserves put the extinguisher on Llanidloes by 4 goals to nil. At Anfield on Monday Liverpool beat Derby County in a League football match by three goals to one. The international trial match at Glasgow, Home Scots v. Anglo-Scot-, ended in favour of the home side by four goals to one. Notes by Observer. Last Saturday Rhyl enthusiasts had an oppor- tunity for once of posing as impartial witnesses of a football match, the Grange Road ground being that day the scene of one of the semi-final encounters for the Welsh Amateur Cup. The rival teams were Flint U.A.C. and Bangor Reserves, each of which had a strong following of supporters. The match was of the typical junior cup tie order, and full of uncertainty until the very last kick, as will be seen from the result. Bangor won the toss, and, with a strong breeze in their favour, scored within five minutes of the commencement of operations. Flint made good progress against the wind, but their shooting was very inaccurate, the consequence being t,hat they soon found themselves defending again. One of the Flint backs was very lucky in clearing a fast shot, and a little later (after the referee, Mr Nunnerley, of Oswestry, had had occasion to caution some of the players) a Bangor forward brought the Flint custodian down full length with a lightning shot, which the prostrate custodian just succeeded in clearing, to the admiration of all. After another save by the same player Flint againt invaded the Bangor half, but a fine run was again spoilt by poor shooting, and half-time arrive 1 with the score Bangor 1, Flint U.A.C. 0. -if The wind, though not so strong as in the first half, was now in favour of Flint, who as soon as the game was restarted made a determined rush for the Bangor goal. Amidst the excitement one of the defending players-not the goalkeeper- fisted the ball out of goal, but from the ensuing penalty kick th ball completely missed the net. Directly after the Bangor goal experienced another very narrow escape, a free kick bringing the Flintshire men dangerously close to the upright., Flint obtained a couple of corners, following which the ball only just missed grazing the cross- bar. Bangor broke away, hut directly the Flint custodian had cleared t,he ball was back again at thp other end. Flint were now playiug very hard, and corner after corner, interspersed with goal kicks and throws-in, was their lot until ten minutes from time, when they were rewarded by an equalising goa'. Still pressing, Flint experienced the hardest of "hard lines." Their chances of gaining the had from a corner in the last minute were spoilt through the eagerness of a player in punohing the ball into the net. This rish act was really responsible for their defeat, for Bangor, who had only t'tnoe or twice during this half of the game crossed the midway line, broke away from the free kick and landed the lnll in the net, greatly to the relief and delight of the supporters of the Carnarvonshire club. Immedi- ately the ball had been returned to the centre of the field the referee announced that the game was at an end, the final being: Bangor Reserves 2, Flint U.A.C. 1. Rhyl v Nantwich. The result of the above match at Nantwich last Saturday must have greatly astonished the least sanguine of Rhyl's supporters. Well might it be said that Nantwich are just at present scoring goals galore, seeing that in two weeks they have obtained 17 goals. Saturday's victory over Rhyl by 8 goals to nil enabled them to move up to second plaae in the Combination table, as a glance at the following will show THE COMBINATION. Results up to Saturday, March 21 st. Goals. P. W. L. D. F. A. P. Wrexham ..22 ..17 2 3 71 18 ..37 Nantwich ..23 .14 7 2 60 38 ..30 Birkenhead ..22 ,,13 6 3 40 29 ..29 Witton Albion 11 4 7 42 33 ..29 Oswestry United..24 ..13 8 3 52 34 ..29 Burslem P.V. Evrs.22 ..12 6 4 60 32 ..28 Middlewich A.R.25 9 8 8 39 56 ..26 Che-ter ..20 8 6 6 42 35 ..22 White Star W.19 9 9 1 30 34 ..19 Rhyl ..21 7 ..12 2 45 57 ..16 *Bangor ..20 5 8 7 41 60 ..15 Newton-le-Willows.24 6 ..14 3 44 72 ..15 â¢Winsford United 22 5 ..13 4 38 53 ..12 Tranmere Rovers..24 3 ..16 5 26 59 ..11 Chirk.22 4 .16 2 31 57 ..10 *Two points deducted for playing an ineligible man Abergele Royal Welsh Fusiliers v. Prestatyn. Played at Abergele on Saturday last in wet weather, Prestatyn were without Haworth and played a substitute. Winning the toss, the visitors kicked down the slope with the wind in their favour. Abergele offered a stubborn defence, and it was not till the game had been in progress half an hour that Galliers scored with a fast drive." Thanks to a well placed corner, the ball was again safely put through, and before the interval J Parry scored No 3. Half-time: Prestatyn 3 goals, Royal Welsh nil. The home forwards were soon pressing on the restart, but J Williams and Galliers cleared their lines in effective style, being ably assisted by their halves, of whom E Roberts was the pick. J Linnell cleared good shots from W Jones and M Jones in succession. The visiting forwards now made pro- gress on the right but without avail, and the homesters who were soon again on the warpath, opened their scoring after some nice forward play. Shortly after this Abergele added a second, which was quickly followed by an equalizer from the head of E Mostyn, about five minutes from time. The Prestatynites now woke up, and a desperate eifort ) ended in A Parry banging the ball through, the greasy sphere slipping out of the grasp of the goal- keeper. Thus Prestatyn won a very even game by 4 goals to 3. To the muddy state of the ground must be attributed many of the inaccuracies of which the players were guilty,

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