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FOOTBALL NOTES. [By En Avant]. I NORTH WALES COAST LEAGUE TABLE rrt rj QO 09 £ fl St .5 43 & § s £ & -I £ A p < fri Flint 5 4 j 1 0 22 10 8 Llandudno 3 3 0 0 12 6 6 Rhyl 3 1' 2 0 10 13 2 Holywell 2 0 I 1 1 4 6 l Carnarvon 3 0 2 1 3,10 11 Holywell 2 0 I 1 1 4 6 1 Carnarvon. 3 0 2 1 3,10 1 Bangor I 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 As far as I know, there was only one League match last week, viz., that between Carnarvon and, Flint at Carnarvon. my opinion, Carnarvon ought to have won that match, and, to do them justice, they did try. In the result, they failed, and as a consequence. Flint is once again at the top of the League ladder with a reoord of eight points out of a possible teu. This is very good work, and it will take a good deal of bad play on the part of the Flint men in the future to undo the past. Of course, no one supposes that they wish to undo it, but what they have done so far will stand them in good stead in the time to ceme. In the game at the Oval on Saturday, it may be said at once that in every point that goes to make the superior team. Flint was far ahead of the'NopF. They were, taking them as a whole, well balanced. Individually, they were also superior to the 'Nops, for the forwards were quite as fast as the fastest of the home quintette, while there was not amoag them a single funk. In the half and back divis- ion, they were a long way ahead of the Carnarvon men. In the matter of the custos rotulorum, both teams wete on a level. But v» hile thus superior on the whole to the 'Nops individually, the Flint men were miles ahead of their opponents in the vital matter of combination, and it was this quality which, after the first half hour, began to make visible the superiority all round of the visitors. In the matter of individual dash, and trickiness, the home forwards did now and then show the Flint men a thing or two, but the 'Nops must not suppose that this was anything new to their op- ponents. The fact is,Flint men knew all the little fancy tricks which their opponents now and again drew the applause of the crowd, long ago, and dis- carded them,for the simple reason that they did not pay. It is all very well to twist and aodge about with the ball ever at one's toes, and make an opposing half back look foolish, but it does not pay. Butthe fancy men of the home team never seemed to tumble to this fact, and the result was that they gave the half back's mate time to come up and then the ball was taken off them, and they looked soft. The greatest sinners in this matter were the home forwards, with the exception of Li. The fault of the halfs was a dilatoriness in tackl- ing, though in this respect Menzies must be acquitted of the charge. Davies did a lot of good work, but was not quite so effective as usual. Evans, too, did a lot of good work, but a con- siderable amount of poor stuff too. The home backs were not worth a cent at times, and at the best were not worth much. Alec was by far the best of the bunch,and but for his really meritorious work in goal, Flint would have piled on a bigger score. Yet, I must say that the 'Nops players, for the most part, are a likely lot. The right wingers are fast, tricky, and plucky, So is the centre, and as for the left wing, they are too well known to re- quire any praise from me. Roberts would do well to get rid, if he can, of his penchant for diddling the opposing half back. It pleases the crowd, but it pleases the other side too, for as sure as a player indulges in that game, so sure is he bound to lose the ball. What the 'Nops want is combination. They also want to get out of the habit of giving the ball to the opposing backs, and then standing still till it is cleared away. If they will go in for the long passing game, why do they not play it in its entirety, and when they shoot the ball 'ahead, dash after it as one man, and tumble it and the opposing backs into the net together ? I am sorry to find that Llandudno failed to come successfully out of the ordeal of the English Cup Competition. They must have played a good game though, as they ware only beaten by their powerful opponents by two goals to nil. This is not so bad when we consider that the match was played away from home. The two goals which knocked them out of the competition were obtained in the first half, before they got used to their opponent's style of play. In the second half Liverpool South End failed to again break through the Swift's defence. I What shall be said about Bangor ? Fancy starting from Bangor at 6 o'clock in the morning, and enuring a six hours' journey, and then, with a disarranged team, scoring two goals against Newtown on the Newtown ground, in the first half and finishing up with a drawngame of two goals each! £ It was a {splendid performance, and shows what a plucky lot the Bangor fellows are. Of course, it means something more than a pluck. Ii means good play as well. No other team has scored two goals against Newtown in one match this season. Do my readers remember that some three weeks ago, I said in this column that Bangor would do with Newtown what they did with them last year, viz., draw with them in the first match, and then give them beans when the tie was replayed ? Whether they remember or not, I did it, and that shows what a superb'prophet I am, doesn't it ? Well, I will prophesy again and this time to the effect that Bangor will beat the Newtown men again on their second meeting. The Bolton Football Field,' I see, speaking of Roberts' play in his first match with the Bolton Wanderers last Saturday, saya c, Roberts, the new baek, kicked brilliantly, and repeatedly robbed the Rovers' forwards of the ball." The Rovers referred to were the Blackburn Rovers Reserves. The Rovers won cevertheless, but clearly that was not Robinrs fault. I am told that the Newtown people repeatedly asked foi Edwin and I" on Saturday. Is En Avant with you ?" they asked the Bangor players over and over again. They were sorry I was not there, and so am I, for I should have dearly liked to have seen that match. However, I like the Newtown men because they seem to like me, and if I can persuade Edwin to get off some day, I will run down to Newtown and gire them a good rousing report cf one of their matches.









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