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WELSH ASSOCIATION CHALLENGE CUP WREXHAM v. WHITE STARS. Cup TiE. These teams met on Saturday, on the Rhosddu Recreation Ground, to decide the second round of ties in the Welsh Ciiallenge Cup competitions. The ground was very hard, owing to the severe frost, and the weati.er bitter cold. The on-lookers who put in an appearance on the ground being in the most part warmâor r tther coldâadmirers of the game. The Stars were tavorites, and their late defeat of a crack club (Wednesliury Old Athletic) gave them consider- able prestige in the opinion of many who had not hitherto been them play. The Wrexham eleven were supposed to be in fair form, but tiie constitution of the team was too uneven to enable their well-wiwhers to have strong confidence in their performance. The Stars won tiie toss, and chose to defend the town goal. After a few rulltl it was evident that the ground was too slippery to allow much skilful manipulation, and sureness of kick on the run would be at a premium during most of the game. The Stars wings speedily put in some effective work, and showed o uch speed and skill, and worked well all along the hout Hue, passing unselfishly and sometimes very effectively, ibe WrexhMn bad several runs early in the play, and had the ri?ht win?s been better able to withstand the assaults of their more agile and experienced opponents a aicore would probably have been made early iu the gaiue. For the first half-hour no result was attained, but a splendid screw kick from the right wing, fully tweitty-tive yards from the goal, took effect, and by the slight aid of the wind went under the bar, and Woosiiam seemed much surprised at the success of his iucky shot. It was expected that the home team would gird up their loins after this unexpected rebuff, and they did attempt, but their opponents' back play was too sure, and the ball was quickly transferred to the charge of the Stars forwards, who quickly invested the Wrexhan fortress, but their more decisi ve attempts Wire unavailing, and wlieii lialf-tiiiia was called the game was, Stars one to none. The change of sides gave the home team the aid of the slight wind, and they speedily made several inroads into the enemy's country, and a case of very hard lines was received by their pariizans with evident chagrin. The Stars kept steadily at work and spied every advantage to facilitate the progress of the ball towards the home goal, but Edwards and Roberts, who were on the alert, baulked several attempts to encompass the downfall of their goal. Again the Wrexham men made a combined assault, but fortune frowned, and the Stars getting possession of the ball ran it well into their opponents' ground, and after several attempts by the Wrexham backs to frustrate the attempt, the ball was sent between the posts by ¡ Jones, a. quarter of all hour to the call of time. The home players now put in some good play, and made several rattles at the Stars' goal, from one of which the ball struck the bar and rebounded back into play, and the Stars' backs cleared tbdr position. Again an attempt was made, and from a?ood run by Edisburv, who about this tune put in some excellent work, the ball was placed in front of goal, and rushed through by the forwards, amid much excitement, as time was up in five minutes. The home men did their utmost to equalise matters, and the Newtown backs are deserving of much praise for the cool way in which they nullified the assaults in the latter part of the game. When the whistle sounded the game stoodâ Stars two to one. The gallle on the whole was well-contested, and there is not the slightest doubt that the best team won. The Stars played with da-sii and determination, and kept pegging away from statt to finish, and it was noticeable that they have learned to keep their places on the field much better than they used to. Also, they passed the ball to positions, expecting the men to be there, and as a rule they were. Gittins, who did a lot of work, had a persistent fancy for being offside, in which position he illegally took part in the play, at least halt a score of times, with impunity, and the only inference to be drawn from such laxity, I is that at least two of the judges were not adepts in the working of the "offside" rule. The Wrexham team as betore stated, was an uneven one, containing as it did, weak and strong points. Some of the forwards were too young to play in such hard games as cup ties usually are, and a better disposition of the players Wit-) po-sibie. Some of the young players displayed good ionll, Kdisbury showing remarkable speed. Priee its centre, made must of his cha-MCes, but he was indifferently supported by his backer up. iioden worked well, aud Ingham will make a good man in time. The backs played with piuck and energy, and showed good form in stemming the oil- s).tu hts of such determined piayeia as the SLars. The team as a whole, however, is wanting in the dash re- quired to play a good offensive game. Next year, it 'I is probable, the W rexham club will be able to put a good all round team in the tie?d. Sides as follows WREXHAM.âGoal, J. Davies backs, C. Roberts and H Kdw?rds half b 'eks, T Boden and J. Ingham; right wing, A. Davies and H. Davies left wing, T Kdisbury and W. Hoberts; c ntres, U. Edwards (captain) and J. frice umpire, H. Loxhain. WHITE starâGoal, H. Hibbotf: backs, T. Jones and D. Owen; ki.,If hacks, J. Andrew aud T. Pryce; right wing. U. Woosnam and D. Williams lett wing, E. Gittins (c.iptain) and W. Andrew centres, D. Rees aud D. Jones umpire, T. Ev*us. ,\ir H. Crump, of the Shrewsbury Engineers, filled most satisf ctorily the post of referee.

RUTHIN v. DllUiDS.

FOOTBALL -FIX RURES.

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