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Football. I Owing to the English Cup ties, the Combina- tion programme last Saturday embraced only three matches, in which Wrexham were victorious over Rhyl by 2 goals to 0, Wigan beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1, and Birkenhead beat Bangor 2-0. The meeting of Rhyl and Wrexham on the Belle Vue Athletic Grounds last Saturday resulted in a disappointing game from at Rhyl standpoint. Wrexham played a capital game and thoroughly deserved their 2-0 win, whereas Rhyl's performance was of a ragged nature. Freeman opened the score for the visitors in the first few minutes, this success following imme- diately upon a smart clearance by Coventry, who had not time to recover himself before the fatal shot. More alertness cn the part of the backs would certainly have prevented this goal. For a few rtiinutes afterwards the ball hovered about the Wrexham goal, but try as they would neither Rowland-Thomas nor Davies could get a success- ful pop. A questionable otrside ruling by the referee spoilt an excellent chance for Rhyl, and another attack on the Rhyl goal followed, Coventry having to fist out in the midst of a dangerous rush. Thanks to a lift by the left back, Rhyl again had a look in, and the Wrexham custodian was called upon to handle. The attack was not, however, of long duration, and for the remainder of the first half Wrexham had the best of matters, but had to be content with a 1-0 lead till the change of ends. Rhyl opened the second half in a more promising manner, and Rowland-Thomas was not long in trying his luck, while Tom Roberts also made a deserving attempt. The visiting defence was, however, all that could be desired, and thanks largely to the eflorts of the centre-half, who played a line game throughout, operations were transferred to the opposi'e end, when the visitors again scored a rather easy goal. The visitors kept up the pressure for a little white afterwards, but their efforts were neutralised bv some excel- lent work on the part of the Rhyl defence. Matthews initiated another attack on the Wrexham goal, and Tom Roberis worked hard for au opening, while his partner experienced hard lines with a flying shot. Again the visiting front rank asserted I themselves in a threatening manner, and Coventry had to clear two dangerous shots, besides which his charge had a lucky escape owing to the undue haste of a Wrexham left-winger, ^t length the Rhyl halves broke up the attack and another series of shots was made upon the Wjrexham goal, but nothing more encouraging than a corner ensued. Ac the other end again Coventry wa.s in evidence, and the visiting centre-forward missed a fine opening. The final attack was made by Rhyl, but nothing came of it, and the visitors won as already stated, thanks to a display, especially by the forwards, which Rhyl might profitably study, We should point out that Wrexham brought a very strong team, several of Jthe players having figured agiinst Rhyl in the English CUD tie at Wrexham, when, it wdi he remembered, Rhyl were vanquished by seven g mis to nil. Rhy), owing to injured plavers, had several changes in the ttain. The teams hoed up a follows, in charge of Referfe Rtifs-11, of C!iester-Wrexliam Fowler J Hughes and Dawsm; Lloyd, Evans and Hesketh Challinor, Fanning, Freeman, Gordon, and Shaw. Rhyl K Coventry, T A Davies. ani W (Sonnv) Kvarts, W willialli" R Roberts, and W Matthews, E E Davies, D Hughes, Rowlind Thomas, R Edwards and T Roberts. The following is the result of the draw for Division II in connection with the preliminary round of the Welsh Amateur Cup competition, which has attracted 44 entries F'int United v Sandyeroft Artillery. Referee, Mr F Beech, Rhyl. Rhuddlan Conservative v Rhyl Church Guild. Referee, Mr R Hersee. Llandudno. Rhyl Victoria v Mold Town. Referee, Mr T Jones, Holywell. Conaah's Quay Twenty a bye. Amongst last Saturday's English Cup ties, the following were the results of local interest :— Wrexham 2, Tranmere Rovers 1. Whitchurch 3. Chirk 0. Nantwich 4, Druids 1. Oswestry 1, Welshpool 0. To-morrow the Vies' A team will play their first League match at Llandudno, v Llandudno Amateurs, and will be represented as follows Goal: R J Jones; backs: A Roberts and W Evans; halves, L Williams, William Williams, J Jones; forwards, T Roberts, J Hughes, J McNamara, E Roberts, J Hughes. Linesman, T Robinson. ,;<- Next Saturday, October 20th, Rhyl Vies will meet Greenfield, in the 1st round for the Flintshire ChalIengl3 Cup, at Rhyl. Rhyl County School and Abergele County School teams met on the County School Ground, Rhyl, last Saturday. Rhyl were handicapped by the absence of three of their regular players. The homesters roae to the occasion, however, and easily vanquished the visiting team by the decisive score of 6—1. All the home players dis- played promising form, especially the captain, who accounted for three of the six goals scored. Con- cerning the visitors, a fairly good performance by the defence was the only redeeming feature in a palpably weak exhibition. They have yet to inflict a defeat upon the Rhyl School, and their long-promised supper on the occasion of their initial victory over their sturdy victors seems, on Saturday's form, as far distant as ever. -X- Rhuddlan Conservatives on Saturday lass paid a visit to Afonwen, where they encountered Afonwen in a "friendly match. The Conservatives proved victorious, scoring four goals to their opponents' two. This is very gratifying to a new club. To- morrow they entertain the Rhyl Harlequins in a friendly at Rhuddlan. The much-talked-of North Wales Wednesday League appears to have become an established fact. Mr H E Thomas, Abergele, has been appointed hon secretary. It is somewhat regret- table that the local half-holidays do not fall on Wednesdays, otherwise, I am sure, several local olubs would join this league. The Rhyl Combination team visit Tranmere Rovera on Saturday, the selected players being as follows :—Goal Coventry backs Vernon Jones, and J Whitelock; halves: W Williams, W Roberts, and W Matthews forwards, E E Davies, T A Davies, Shipton, Rowland-Thomas, and Tom Roberts. Linesman Mr J P Jones. NORTH WALES COAST FOOTBALL LEAGUE. League Table (Division II), up to and including last Saturday. ^Goals-> Played. Won. Losi. Dr'n. For, Ag't, P'ts, Rhyl Church G'ld 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 Ruthin 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 Rhyl Victoria. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Denbigh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Rhuddlan C'tive. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Llandudno Res. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ( F. J. H. Beech, Rhyl, Hon, Seel NOTES BY ALL BLACK." It is quite apparent that the Rhyl club are going through some very trying times just now, their inability to put their full strength in the field losing them two home matches in succession, not to mention their away engagements. I hope that a change for the better will soon be theirs. On Saturday last the club were decidedly unfortunate in being deprived of the services of their goalkeeper, in addition to both their fall backs. Both Blackburn and Vernon Jone3 were on the injured list, the results of the previous week's match, while White. lock had left the town and had not returned in time for the match. AXain, in addition to these, Shipton, the new centre forward, was unable to turn oat for business reasons. So that the team had once again to ba re- arranged. When I mention that the Rhyl club, in an honest endeavour to make things pay, are running the club on amateur lines, it will be readily understood how difficult it is to secure the services of substitutes, when- ever any difficultyjof this sort arises. I am certain, however, that if the club persevere, they will eventually overcome these difficulties, and success will then, no doubt, attend their efforts to provide the town of Rhyl with a good amateur club. Ernest Coventry, a brother of Chester's hte custodian, appeared between the sticks, while Sunny Evans, of the Guild, played at left full, T A Davies coming from half-back to right foil. W Williams, who a week ago made his debut in the Combination team, again appeared as right-half, while D Hughes reappeared as intide right, Rowland Thomas acting as pivot. Considering all these unfortunate, but necessary, changes in the team, I was not surprised to see them defeated at the hands, or rather feet, of Wrexham, who, throughout, were the vastly superior team. It may not be geneially known, but it is nevertheless the fact," that Wrexham have some thirty or so higbly-paid players to draw from for their two teams. So they have no difficulty in filling any vacancy that occurs through accidents. Furthermore, I was informed by a Wrexham club official on Saturday that their men turn out three times a-weck for good sound training. That is the secret of their success, the men being so well trained that they outlast untrained men in a hard and fast game Cannot I prevail on the Rhyl men to put in some train," ing, so that they can play until the final whistle goes ? To return to the game, Coventry was not over safe in goal, some cf his clearances being decidedly lucky, although he did bring oil some very decent saves. The first goal was the outcome of some bungling on his port while I certainly think he ought to have g it at tho ball when the second goal was scored. The backs, on the whole, played well, Sunny Kvans and Davies beiug by no means responsible for the defeat. The halves played well, Matthews and Roberts working like trojans I all through, while Williams again justified his inclosion I in the team. With a little more judgment he will make J a half-back hard to beat. The Rhyl right vring were starve! dnrinj the opening portion of the game, but, when given an opportunity, E E Dairies, on the extreme right, did some very useful work. D Hughes disappointed me very much. He is not the player that he was during the opening match of the season. He was decidedly lazy on Saturday, and misled taking advantage of several fine openings made by his colleague. I! he wants t) retain his position in the Rhyl Comb nation team I should ndvise him to improve on Saturday's exhibition. Rowland Thomas tried had to find the net and gave a fairly gjod account of himself. Kdwar Is and Roberts, on tlie left, played well throughout The forward line, as a whole, did not give any exhibition of combination indeed, compared with the Wrexham quintette their combination was of a very negligible quantity. Of the victors J Hughes was undoubtedly, the best p ayer, his cooloes3 aud sound play contributing greatly to his club's success. The Vies, wr-re unfortunate in having to divide the gpoili with Hawardcn Bridge on Saturday, especially after having the best of the ginie. The visitors scored in tho opening half, but the Vies., althoagh p-essing severely, clulll not get toe bail into the net uniil some five minutes from time. To lose points at home will no! win the championship of the Flintshire League, so I hone the Vies will have better luck rext time. The Guild visited Uuthinjin their initial Coast League encounter, and they did o well as to return home unbeaten, having divided the point-i with a drlw of one goal each. This is a good start, and I hope the Guild will do as well in their future engagements. On Saturday next they have their first home matih, when they will entertain Chester College in a friendly on the Belle Vue Ground. The Collngiates are no strangers to Rhyl, and ss they always give a good game I hope the Gmld will have a good gate. Mr Storey has undertaken t) give the first kick.

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