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North Viales Footbialle I




WELSH AMATEUR CUP. LLANDUDNO AMATEURS v. CONWAY. PLUCKY DISPLAY OF THE BLUElS. (BY "RAMBLER.") Saturday was the day fixed for the Amateur Cup (first round). In former years there has beenwitne,ssed keen struggles in both Cup and League encounters; between) these near neighbours. But lit is very .sad to, notice the present condition of things at Conway. This was itheir first entrance for the Amateur Cup, and they have been thrown out of both cupis, and that at the first time of ask- ing. The Amateurs were at. their strongest. whilst the visitors were mostly composed of the team named Conway Castle, and credit must be given them for their plucky display. Word came at the last minute that Joe Hiifgh-cis, their custodian, would not be able to turn out, and WiiLson at once came forward. The referee was a Chester man, Mr. Miller. The climatic con- ditions were most unfavourable, the wind, which blew across the ground, being bitterly cold, and accounted for the poor galte. The Ifolllowing players composed the elevens: Llandudno: Goal, H. Lunt; backs, J. H. Williams .and Sam Williams; hiailveis, Jacob Williams. George Diavies..and Pearson; for- wards, W. A. Williams, Cheetham, J. E. Wil- liams (captain), Brookes- Evans, and Will Stone. Conway: Goal, Wilson; hacks, Tom Jones (captain) and O. Ellis; halves Jones, Ted Evans, and Sam Hughes; forwards, Tom Craven, Hugh Parry, Atherton., Smith, and Sam Parry. After ,tossing for ends, which went in favour of the homesters, Atherton started towards the town goal. The Blues at once got dangerous on the left, Sam Parry cantering gaily, and after having the best of Jacob, centred accurately, only to see Joines, the home back, punt into midfield. Theome skipper got possession., and went -through, on his,own,, and after getting close to Wilson made a serious .mistake by push- ing the ball to Brookes-Evans, who was lying offside. From the free kick, Craven went off on the, win,u i fo,r,ci,ng a corner off ones, which was cleared by Williams. » A run by Williams was an interesting item, but Tom Jones pushed up, clearing the danger by touching the ball over the line, and from the throw in George Davies put wildly over. A solo run by Johnnie Williams was the means of opening the account for the Amateurs. This was a clever bit of work by the home skipper, coming, at it did, after ten minutes, play. From •the centre the Blues, went down towards Lunt, per Sam Parry, but Jacob brought him down, and the free kick was returned by Harold Pear- son, and Johnnie Williams, getting the ball, almost added a second point, his effort going wide only by an inch or two. Another visit to Lunt was paid, Williams giving a corner, but this was badly placed. Stone was now given an. opening, but he could do nothing better than kick yards wide of the mark. The Amateurs now woke up in earnest, Brookes-Evans and Cheetham combining well, and so hot was the pressure that Tom Jones was obliged to give a corner. Williams placed the kick well in, Tom again heading over his goal, and from the second corner Johnny added another goal. After this second reverse the Blues infused more da,sh into their play, Ted Evans feeding his forwards judiciously, and Atherton took advantage of one of these, and got through the vhiome defence,bult being tackled by Jones, wisely backheeled the ball, and Craven rushing up. drove hard for goal, and Lunt was defeated. After this some gallery play by Williams was seen, which was of no interest from, a specta- tor"sl point of view. But soon after he again brought himself info' prominence by a clever run, and performing the hat trick. Though two goals in arrears the visitors were. not in the least disheartened, and very soon Craven was up, a timely centre of hisl heing allowed to run over the line. A foul against Jacob was of no benefit to the Blues, as Jones cleared with ease. Sam Parry, though being tossed about by Jones, gillianitly istoodi his. ground. But it must the said that John Henry was in fine form, being kept busy by Sam Parry and Smith. Craven again came down, but failed 'to screw the ball, which went wide. Williams, for the homesters. next came away, showing Hughes a clean pair of heels, and from his accurate centre Johnny brought Wilson, to his knees wih a terrific drive a very clever save by the novice .'goal- keeper. Some midfield play was now seen, both halves playing a stubborn game, especially the home centre-half, George Davies. Nothing much was seen up to the interval, which arrived wi t,h,the Amateurs leading by three goals to one. It was felit that the Amateurs would have all ,their own way aiti the resumption, having the advantage of the wind, which had somewhat turned, and was at their backs. But the Blues early on were hovering round the Amateurs' goal, Craven shooting wide when, nicely iplaced. Stone now had .a look in:, but, foirtunately for the Blues, the ex-Conwayite finished wide of the oilllark. Lucky for Wilson A breakaway on the visiting left, and a capital centre by Sam Parry, where Atherton failed to steady himself in front of Lunt: a grand opening lost. But they soon returrled to the attack, Lunt receiving a warm handful from Atherton, and in attempting to clear he fell, and a cluster of players was on him. However, he lost the ball, but luck was with the Amateurs, for Jones managed to clear his goal. The Blues deserved to score on this occasion, after this hard work and persistent attack. But the homesters, after this, went away in a body, and Brookes'-Evans added a fourth goal, Wilson failing to get at the ball, owing to a pool of water in the goal mouth. From now to the end the game was of a scrambling nature, but Wilson was kept busy between the sticks, one save of hiisi right under the bar deserving credit.. No further goals were forthcoming, and a fairly interesting game ended in a victory for the Amateurs by 4 goals to 1. COMMENTS. The Blues, or rather, the Castles, are to be congratulated on the plucky stand they made against the Amateurs. No doubt the gate somewhat suffered througih the un- favourable weather, but taken on the whole it was an interesting game. There was really no comparison between the two teams, and all must say that the best team won. Con- way have twice this ISleason been defeated by the Amateurs, but they meet once aigain in the return League, and let us hope that on that occasion the old town will be represented by an eleven worthy- of the Blues. The Amateurs have plenty of hard work on hand juist now. They are in the running for two cups; and the Lea- ,,ue, whilst Conway have no cups to fight for. and their position in the League is gloomy. The homesters were a strong combination, and should make a creditable shbw this season. Lunt is la clever custodilani, but one would prefer to see Jim between the stioks; whilst they have a sounid pair of backs. The halves are as good as any, on the Coast: George Davies, if anything, taking honours over the others. It was a day out for skipper Williams, but I am afraid that tit's a case of "When I like, I will do my best." Brookes-Evans, and he seem to understand each other to perfection. Stone was not up to pitch on Saturday, but he had a stubborn, opponent in little Tones. They have- a sprinter as1 onitside right in Williams, but Chieetham: was rather selfish in his movements. On the whioile, the Amateurs form a .strong com- bination this season. I Now for the losers. It grieves one's heart to hear a person ask: "Where is this- player and where is the other, this season?" The full team of Conway is there still, but owing to some friction or other, they refuse to, play for the team. So much for that question. Wilson gave a fair display between the sticks, and with some practice will make a capable custodian. Both backs were, as usual, good, whilst they had a fair half-back division. The forwards played weill together, but what can one expect when a tlClam is being chopped up every week? Keep the present forwards: together for the rest of the season, and soon they will develop into as good as ;any on the 'Coast. Craven is as clever an outside right as one could wish, whilst Sam Parry, in the extreme left, is always true with hiis centres. Tommy Atherton makes ,a splendid pivot, but Hugh Parry i,s too sel- fish altogether with the ball. Try and remem- ber, Hugh, that you have another player with you on the wing. If retained, Smith will make a useful 'partner to Sam Parry on the left wing. COLWYN BAY v. RHYL RESERVES. A MISERABLE GAME AND A WIN FOR THE GULLS. It is some time since I visited the Penrhos ,ground. When I did iso on Saturday I was disgusted with the vryapproach from the Pemihos College end. The builder's impres- sions are very much in evidence. The enclos- ure is fast becoming on the sea side encircled with new houses which are not yelt complete, and they afford a "grand stand'' purpose for itho,se individuals, thalt always crow for a match, but 'refuse to pay for the privilege. Then the ordinary footpath was well-nigh impassable and one had to make a circuitous round and jump over a slimy mound -of clay. Hail rain fell, and everything encompassing was cheerless in the extreme. And it w.as a cup-tie, too. Ugh what a condition the ground was in. I was astoniisheid to see no sawdust or ashes, or even sand olaced round the goals. When I asked about that, a load of cinders: had been ordered, but had not arrivied. Sawdust, I am told, is at a high premium! in Colwyn Bay, even for the spitting portions of the local temples of alcoholic beverages. I am loth to belli eve that even in Colwyn B,ay there are not some means; of minimising; the horrible state of the ground, such as it was on Saturday., totally unfit for a friendly match, leltaJlolllea cup-tie. My readers who were not present on Saturday were happy in not being there, for it was a flat, tame, and unattractive thing. It is not often one wishes time to fly quicker than it does, but I am sure everyone must have felt fratifie,d when the misemlble exposition: of Saturday was at an, end. Re?fer,cie Richard He!rsee, of LI?andiid,n,, was .0 of the doll-owin,g pl,ave-?iis. 1 Colwyn Bay Hall wood, O. E. Wil- liams and j[. Owen, backs; Ned Griffiths, Tommy Wellings, and R. Rowlands, halves; Hughes, Rowland's-, T. 'McCann, Stanley Hughes, 'and J. LI. Owen, forwards. Rhyl: Birch, .goal.; A. Roberts and R. E. Roberts, (captain), backs; Collis, Colton, and W. Williams, halves; Bennett, E. Hughes, Gregory, L Parry, and R. E. Hughes. ? The Bayites won the toss and played down the hill with a cold breeze behind them. These advantages were soon utilised bv the Gulls, who were floundering in the slush around the Rhyl custodian. It was very difficult for the performers to got a footho1 and many -attempts to run Were of the a la sliding style. One thing that struck me was that Tommy McCann' was in one of his best playing moods, and had the ground been anything like I think we should have seen the genial Tommy in his tiip-top form:. Then there was, a new player to me on ■the outside-right position, Hughes, of Llysfaen. who is tall and has some excellent methods that promise well, when they have been pruned with experience. In tacit, the forward rank of the Gulls was a capital one, and one onlv wished that the day had been such as to give them every facility for showing us their heist. It was not long ere the Gulls, per the nimble Tommy, had opened the score, and in less than a couple of minutes, so hard was the pressure put on the Rhyl players close in, that one of the latter handled within the dreaded area, and the pen- alty kick was taken, by 'McCann, who shot hard and low, the Rhyl sustodian making-a splendid lajttempt at saving, and fell in so. doing. When he arose he had a "lovely" impression of motehr earth upon his once beautiful white pants. The Guns being two up so soon seemed to dis- hearten the Rhyl boys, who, were under their great disadvantages plbdding hard, but any in- cursions made into, the Colwyn Bav territory were ishort-lived, and what little the nimble Hall wood had to do was done well. The Gulls were infinitely superior, and in a bustling game, in which some exciting moments were seen for Rhyl, Stanley Hughes, who has wonderfully de- veloped as a bright and pretty player, shot swift and low, and the Rhyl custodian managed to clear, but Tommy McCann met and put on number three. Nat long afite ra fourth was added, and MidCann excelled even the hat trick. I wonder, Tommy, if you will have the same shooting boots on next Saturday? Half time arrived with the score: Colwyn Bay, 4; Rhyl, o. In. the second half .matters were more even, Hallwood having a fair share of the work, which he did well. The Blues. were showing much better form, but could not find the net. There was no excitement, and as -for a cup-tie— well, the least 'said the better. Colwyn Bay managed to score twice more, and the Second Reserve Eleven of Rhyl were drubbed.' Final: Colwyn Bay, 6; Rhyl, o.