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FOOTBALL ITEMS. ENGLAND v. WALES. The England v. Wales match in Rugby football was played on Saturday at Swansea before 25,000 spectators. The Welshmen proved much the better team, and won by 26 points to three. A correspondent writes The Welsh Rugby team made an excellent start for the present season in the match against England at Swansea, which they won by four goals and two tries to one try (26 points to 3). This is altogether their best performance, and the result is the more noteworthy because it is said to fairly represent the general character of the game. With so good a beginning the Welsh team ought now to make a strong fight for the championship. The Association internat- ional games come on somewhat later, and it will be interesting to see whether there is any corresponding improvement on the part of Wales in that branch of the game. Last year Wales was beaten success- ively by Ireland at Llandudno, by Scotland at Motherwell, and by England at Wrexham, and, while the Association game is practically confined to the small clubs of North Wales, its representat- ives cannot expect to do very much against the large resources of England and Scotland, though they may well hope to make a better fight against Ireland than they did last season. Mr. Walter Rees, the secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union, reports that the receipts on Satur- day amountad to between £ 1,100 and £1.500, which represents an attendance of about 27,000 people. ASSOCIATION. The following matches were played on Saturday:- RHOS EAGLE WANDERERS V. ROSSETT.-This friendly match was played on the ground of the former and resulted in an easy victory for the Wanderers bv five goals to one. LLANGOLLEN ROVERS A7. CORWEN.-These teams met on the Tower Field, Llangollen. The home team won the toss, and Clarke started for the Rovers, when play was carried towards the visitors goal, and Chapman forced out. A sharp and tricky run on the visitors left was smartly baffled by^the home backs. A foul against the visitors was taisen and gave Clarke the opportunity of notching the first point for the Rovers. The visitors transferred play to the other end. and caused the home defence a lot of trouble, but they suceeedeClln keeplllg iaem out. The Rovers then had a turn of attacking, and the'visiting custodian had to save some good shots up to the interval. Half-time: Rovers, 1 Corwen, 0. On resuming, the visitors left wing were first to become dangerous, but nothing resulted. Play now became very fast, both sides showing good play. The outside left made a fine run for the visitors, and sent in a good shot, and equalised. The Rovers went down, and Edwards had hard lines in not scoring. They pressed for a short time and a good shot from Clarke was listed out, but C. Roberts meeting the ball banged the second goal for them. but to their disappointment the point was disallowed. Play was very even, and both teams made splendid efforts to score. Final Rovers, 1 Corwen, 1. WELSH JUNIOR CUP. Third Round. LLANDUDNO SWIFTS RESERVES V. BANGOR RESERVES.—At Llandudno, in grand weather. The Swifts won a hard-fought game by three goals to none. Fourth Round. SHREWSBURY SINGLETON AND COLES V. LLAS- FYLLIX.—Played on the latter's ground. A one- sided game resulted :—Singleton and Cole-s six goals Llanfyllin, one. DRUIDS RESERVE V. OSWESTRY RESERVE.— Played in Wynnstay Park, Ruabon. In the first half the Druids had much the best of the exchanges but were very erratic in front of goal. The visitors broke away and scored, and a minute latter added a second goal from a penalty kick. Final score :— Oswestry, three goals Druids, one. COMBINATION. SOUTH LIVERPOOL v. DRUIDS.—At Shorefields Result -.—South Liverpool, one goal; Druids, none. I CHIRK V. WHITE STAR WANDERERS.—These teams met at Chirk, and a splendid game resulted. White Star obtained a corner, which was converted into a goal by the ball bouncing off one of the home eleven. "Chirk equalised before half time by a splendid shot. Tracey played in goal, and saved on two or three occasions in a marvellous manner. After the interval, Chirk added another goal, and the game was evenly contested to the finish, when Chirk won by two to one. WREXHAM v. RHYL.—On Wrexham Racecourse. Result :—Rhyl, four goals Wrexham, two. CHESTER v. OSWESTRY.-At Chester. Result:— Chester, one goal; Oswestry, none. DENBIGHSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. Results up to Saturday last, Jan. 7th, 1899. Goals. Pld. Won Lost Drn. For Agst. Pts. Chirk Reserve 11 8 1 2 45 14 18 Adwy LTnited 11 8 2 1 43 16 17 Wrexham Reserve 13 7 4 2 51 29 16 Oswestry Reserve 9 5 1 3 31 17 13 Druids Reserve 10 4 2 4 31 17 12 Cerney Swifts 11 4 H 1 20 29 9 Weston Rhyn 11 4 7 0 14 34 8 Llangollen 8 3 5 0 21 27 6 Stansty Villa 8 3 5 0 19 32 6 Brymbo United 6 1 4 1 13 14 3 St. Martin's 19 0 10 0 2 61 0 WESTON RHYN V. STANSTY VILLA.-This match was played at Weston Rhyn on Saturday, and after a well contested game resulted in a win for the homesters by two goals to one. ST. MARTIN'S V. OERNEY SWIFTS,-These teams met on Saturday at Summerhill. The Swifts, who were in grand form, accounted for themselves in a somewhat easy manner, and won by five goals to one.

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