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FOOTBALL NOTES AND JOTTINGS.

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blood with a shot which no goalkeeper could have saved ten minntes from the start. -0- Aberdare could make very little headway against the wind, and from the kick-off were soon driven back to their own quarters. They had a reliable and sound defence who responded capitally to the persistent demands made upon them. Cooke was a marvel in goal, and stopped shots from right and left. A pretty piece of passing in which Hall, Will Jones, and Sam Parry, were conspicuous, ended in Hall getting a clear opening within four yards of goal. Realising his opportunity Hall; made no mistake, "and sent in a stinging shot which Cooke scarcely attempted to stop. -0- Rhyl made desperate efforts to increase their score, and as time went on, and they were unable to do so, the spirits of the spectators became visibly depressed, for with the high wind that prevailed a margin of two goals was considered only a fie* bite. But they were ijot even destined to have that margin, for towards the close ai half-time the visitors made plucky efforts and succeeded in driving Rhyl to their own end. Once they caught Harry Jones and Vernon Jones napping,and Bubb had the goal at his mercy. While Ike Williams was shrieking ofl-side instead of trying to stop the ball, Buff placed the ball through, and the referet pointed to the centre. Half-time was called with Khyl leading by the narrow margin of two goals to one. -0- Something akin to consternation was experienced when Aberdare obtained their goal, and there were not half a dozen in the field who were sanguine enough to believe that Rhyl with the strong wind against them would be able to maintain their lead. But it was the unexpected that happened, for Rhyl played a grand game, and completely penned their opponents. They repeatedly experienced the hardest of lnck in not scoring. Once Hall had particularly hard hnes, the ball jast touching the inside of the goal post, and Sam Parry tested Cooke with shots which a less experienced goalkeeper would scarcely have attempted to save. On the other hand the Rhyl backs were never once beaten, nd Ike Williams had not to handle on a single occasion. It was simply a case of downright superiority asserting itself, and when the whistle sounded for the cessation of hostilities, Aberdare were lucky to escape with only a 2 goals to 1 defeat. —o— On the game the best team won, and should have won with ordinary luck by half a dozen clear Koals. Aberdare were clearly outclassed. But they played plackilv, and to that i* to be attributed the good phow they made which was all the more praiseworthy whem it is borne in mind the long journey they had undertaken. Were it not that local patriotism forbids it I would almost have wished that Aberdure might have been rewarded for their p uck bv a victory. But it was a case of the survival of the fittest. Rhyl weje the better team, and deserved to win, and did win. It was a well-fuutfbt and pleasantly contested game, and the Rhyl players will I feel sure entertain pleasing recollections of their genial opponents. ;If they meet again at Aberdare I should like to be there to see the match, for I feel certain it will be a capital game, full of the best spirit of sportsman. ship. —o— I am not going to criticise the Rhyl players on th-ir display on Saturday. It is Christmas, and I am not going to spoil their season of festivity by my carping criticism. The! players say-at least some of them—that I have got a ating. Well I am not going to u*e it this week. I will speak of the team collectively, and say that their play on Saturday gave me much satisfaction. I was going to use a "but" but-I won't. I am going to adhere to my determination not to oritioise. 1 am tempted I am being teirpted, my pen is being directed by home evil spirit which urges me to say nasty things. But I won't, I won't. Behind my back Satan No criticism. This is the season of good will and good cheer. I have conquered. No criticism this week boys. Iostead I give yon my j hearty sincere wishes for a Downright joily I Christmas," and fof a series of trinmphs in your Christmas Matchcs. I.Rbyl have been drawn to play Oswestrr at Os- j westry in the fourth round of the Welsh Cup, and I they are going to WIN.