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FOOTBALL NOTES. L By THE DRUID.] Barry District played a rattling good game on the Witchill Ground on Saturday. The full back was rather a frost, and the captain was disap- pointing. But, taken altogether, they showed themselves a sterling good team, and promised well for future matches. Richards at three- quarters played a good round game, and was un- doubtedly the pick of the home three-quarters, though "Taff Prothero did some excellent work. The halves, and especially Morgan, showed up well, while among the forwards the brothers Akers and Davies worked like Trojans. For Can- ton the three Joneses played a brilliant game at three-quarters, the runs of Ernest and Dick Jones in the latter half being eye-openers. They bid fair to equal their brother, Fred Jones, who is, by the bye, a bit off colour this season. During the first half the visitors pressed the homesters, but the defence was too good, and at half time only a minor each had been scored. After breathing time, it seemed as if the District would have it all their own way, but several good chances were lost through bad play, bad judgment, and bad luck. Washbourne lost one obvious chance of scoring when he kicked behind the goal line instead of running in, when there was nobody in front of him. The two brilliant runs of the brothers Jones relived the pressure, and during the last ten minutes it seemed likely that Canton would score. Only the stubborn defence of the homesters, the sound backing, and the good run of Waters succeeded in averting a defeat. The game was left drawn, each side having scored two minors, but had the District possessed a good scoring three-quarter the result would have been different. Bridgend journeyed to Maesteg with a weak team, and had hard work in snatching a victory of 1 goal to 1 try. The play was of a scrambling nature, passing being well nigh at a discount. The home forwards, one and all, played a hard game, and were too strong for the visiting pack but the Bridgend backs were a long chalk ahead, and to them must the victory be considered due. Emery, Brown, Gregory, and Fell were fre- quently called upon to save, and they generally proved themselves equal to the occasion. Emery's try was the result of good play he executed a fine dribble then picking up, ran clean round his opponents, and landed the ball behind the posts. The second half of the game was rather rough, and much annoyance was caused by the continual blowing of the referee's whistle, followed by any amount of chatter, chatter from the players. It should be borne in mind that under the new rules the referee has sole charge of the game, and no one is supposed to appeal—much less to question a decision. While the premiers were at Maesteg, the Bridg- end juniors were engaged in fierce conflict with Bryncethin, whom they defeated by 2 tries to nil. Penarth'* performance at Exeter was highly creditable to the Sea-siders,"—for to defeat such a team as Exeter on their own ground by 3 goals to a try is no mean achievement. Briefly stated, the game was as follows. Exeter, who have a very heavy and strong pack, commenced to press, but tbe visiting backs saved grandly. Five minutes from the start Cosslett was badly hurt, and was forced to retire, and a weak pack was further weakened by the with- drawal of Millward to three-quarter. A few minutes before half-time one of the Exeter men kicked over the Penarth line, and Millward, who had plenty of time to kick the ball, foolishly either thought of returning it or running with it; the result was that he lost it, and an Exeter man touched it down, securing a try. The second half produced a far better display Cosslett returned, although not able to run, and did a little in the saving line. The Seasiders very prettily wheeled the scrums, and the halves fed the three-quarters with commendable speed. Garrett, Morgan, and Kirby put in heaps of work, passing, running, and kicking in their best style. Shepperd never was seen to better advantage, and his play was distinguished by a finish worthy of any back in the country. Matthews, Brown, and Edgington were the pick of the forwards. Penarth meet Pontypridd to-morrow, and after the gallant fight the latter made at Penygraig last Saturday, the" Seasiders must not expect a soft thing. I quite expect the lads from Pontypridd will make an excellent fight. Cogan did remarkably well against the 'Quins' A team, defeating them by 2 goals (1 dropped) and 1 try to 1 try. The match was played at Cogan, and the ground w^,s very heavy, etill the homesters brought off some excellent passing. The halves, Wright ana Hoult, are the main- spring of the Cogan team, and the manner in which they fed their backs reminded one of such men as Rowles and Hutchins, and even the Jameses. Price was the pick of the three-quarters, the others being a trifle to selfish and slow. Both packs were fairly good, and evenly matched. The Cogan men should cultivate the dribbling art, and not aim at picking up a dribbling ball, unless thoy have plenty of time and room. Newport sent back London Quins' with a defeat of 1 goal and six tries to 1 try. The passing of the Black and Ambers was grand, and the way it was brought off showed that the men entered the field with a clear understanding" of each other. A. J. Gould was back in his place—which simply meant that he insisted on clock work passing. He would run with the ball to the touch-line, and when he had enticed nearly the whole of the 'Quins to foliow, he would send the ball out to the man next him then it would pass to the next; and finally to the wing man (Heard), who was, through Monk's tactics, unwatched and one may guess how successfully the dodge worked by the fact that Heard secured 5 tries out of the 7. I quite expected that Cardiff would meet more than a match for them in the Huddersfield team. The Welshmen drew forth many, many plaudits for their excellent running and passing, but the Cardiff forwards were simply out of it. Huddersfield paid a compliment to the four three-quarter system by dropping out a fourth man after the Cardiff backs gave them a taste of their passing and, in fact, most of the North- country papers almost rave over the passing" systen. Neath did remarkably well by defeating the Cardiff 'Quins, and that at Cardiff, too. The vic- tory is all the more gratifying to the supporters of the Neath Club as their team was minus several usual players. The 'Quins' backs were a little superior, their passing being better than that of the visitors but the Neath pack was a shade too good for the 'Quins' scrimmagers. The unevenness of the ground was the means of both sides losing good chances to ecore and, lor the sake of the 'Quins, it is to be hoped they will sooner enter into possession of their long-talked-of ground. Swansea's defeat of St. Thomas's Hospital by 2 i c-als nrd 3 tries to nil is pimply a repetition of th.. old tale—tho passing of the homesters was too f"Od for the visitors. The brothers James at half quite bewildered the Londoners, while the Swansea }*v:k was never been seen to better advantage. Lbnelly found tough opponents in the Ulvers- ton team, and it was only after a very hard fight th-it the Tin-platers secured a victory of a try nil. This is the first time the visitors have met with defeat this season, and they are certainly above the average of touring teams. Penygraig, as I was bold enough to predict, j ist succeeded in defeating Pontypridd. I must congratulate the Pontypridd lads upon their ex- f llent fight, and had the game resulted in a draw it would have perhaps been a fairer index of the play. The Penygraig pack was just a trifle ahead, their loose rushes being well executed and very strong; but the backs were very well matched— Dilke and Tiley for Pontypridd, and Rees and Stoddard for Penygraig, were the pick. Lloyd and Morgan, the two full-backs, playsd exceedingly well, and made no mistake right through the match. The game was characterised by too much roughness, as is only too often the case when such deadly rivals meet. Maritime are still on the" up line," for on Saturday they defeated Tondu by 5 tries to nil, at To-ndu. MurrayJ Sullivan, and Dickenson wt:re in splendid form. So far Maritime have not lost a a mutch, and I heartily congratulate them on their success. On Monday the Ulverston team paid a visit. to Penygraig, and played a drawn game, nothing being- scored. Cn the same day Maritime de- feated Ystrad by 1 goal and 6 tries to nil. Will the secretary of the Maritime kindly forward to me, at this office. a list of matches played this season, together with scores? I fancy it would just about be a record in second rate. Welsh teams. SEASON 1891—92. Results up to and including October 31st, 1891, of the inter-club matches between first-class Welsh teams :— co Ii. I o ct co o ct £ 9 • £ NAME <*F CLUB o m £ 'A ?io < J HJ « O O Ph G I"* ? Ph a I"* I 1 Newport 3 2 0 1 5 83 2 f Swansea.) „ {Penarth.] 4 3 1 0 6 75 3 Cardiff 4 2 1 1 5 62 4 Llanelly 4 2 2 0 4 50 5 Neath 5 1 4 0 2 20 6f'Quins 1 2 0 9 n Penygraig Results of Saturdays matches, played on the ground of the first-named clubs :— I SCORE. I TEAMS. WINNER. FOK. AGAINST. HEMAliKS. I G. T. G. | tT Swansea v. St. Thomas' Hospital. Swansea 2 3 — J Brothers James played splendidly Newoort T. London 'Quins Newport 1 6 | 1 Newport's passing was excellent 'Quiiis Y. Neath Neatli 1 2 i 2 Neath weakly representec1 Itudcler-kfield Y. Cardiff Huddersfield 2 2 1 1 Cardiff forwards weak, but backs shone well Swansea A r. Llandovery Swansea "A" 1 1 1 Losers displayed best form Llanclly v. Ulverstone Llanelly — 1 — — First defeat of Ulverstone this season Cardiff Stars r. Cathays Draw 1 1 — Star backs played well Aberavon r. Morriston Morriston 1 I 3 1 Well contested game Exeter v. Penarth Prnarth 3 — 1 Penartli backs won the match Llandaff v. Maindee Llandaff 1 7 — — Very one-sided contest Penygraig v. Pontypridd Penygraig 1 — I —' Home forwards played grandly Pcnygraig T. Ulnrstone(MondaYJ Draw. — — Home team pressed hard Ystrad r. Treorky Trcorky. 1 — Treorky had a weak team Llwynypia v. St. David's St. David's — 1 Very well conteetecllllatch Tondu v. Maritime. Maritime 5 — j — Maritime ba.cks showed good form Barry District v. Canton Draw — | Home team lack scoring back Pontypridd "A" v. Penygraig "A" Penygraig 1 S — j — Easy victory for Penygraig Splott Rovers v. Barry (Rovers 2 j | Barry showed indifferent form Cogan v. 'Quins A {Cogan 2 | 1 J — | 1 j First time Cogan line has been crossed CADOXTON 2ND XV. v. DINAS POWIS. These teams played a friendly game at Dinas Powis Green on Saturday afternoon last. Both fifteens were well represented, and a very good game was the outcome. The visitors, losing the toss, had to play against the stiff wind that was blowing, and the backs of the homesters wisely resorted to a deal of kicking, when they had the opportunity. The game was a stubbornly- contested one, but the visiting forwards having the pull in weight and combined tactics, well held their own, and frequent incursions were made into Dinas Powis territory. The Dinas Powis men, however, not strangers to their opponents' ground, and by some sterling good play, were enabled now and again to make the visitors play all they knew to defend their citadel. Up to half-time nothing had been scored, but with the change of ends and the advantage of the heavy wind, the Cadoxtonians, playing well together, bore down to the homesters' line. A mull by Alexander, the home back, who had, however, previously played a sterling good game nearly let the visitors through, but a brilliant run by the elder Isaacs up the ground well neutralised matters. Williams ('- Swansea ") the Cadoxton half whose play throughout had been of the most praiseworthy character, was now seen to great advantage kicking the oval well down the ground, and following up with a dribble, he obtained possession and in no time had skipped through his opponents, bewildering Alexander, and laying the ball across the line. Morse's place kick was a failure. Nothing daunted. Dinas played up well after the kick out, but the visitors returned to the fray, and Hopkins by a really clinking good sprint got around and eluding Alexander planted the second try. Herbert Jones made a good shot at goal, and just missed adding the major point. The homesters played up well, young Isaacs in the forwards and Dyer and his partner in the centre three-quarter putting in some tricky work. The next noticeable piece of work was a sprint by Herbert Jones, who experienced decided hard lines in not scoring. Play of a give- and-take character ensued, a well contested and pleasant game resulting in a win for Cadoxton by two tries and a couple of minors to nil. 1

YSTRAD POLICE COURT.

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