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COMBINATION. BANGOR v. DRUIDS. A GAME OF MUDLARKS (By" GWILYM.") Rain, hail, and a veritable quagmire greeted the above teams when they met, in a Combina- tion tourney, at Bangor on Saturday. There was only a very small sprinkling of home sup- porters who braved the elements at the com- mencement of hostilities, but at a later stage the sky cleared, and the spectators appeared in fairly good numlbers, and several times during the afternoon there was scuttling for shelter wheu a heavy showier of b&il. descended. Included in the ranks of the East Denbighshire men were two Bangor College men, Matthews, of the 'Varsity and Walter Evans, of the Normals, forming the right wing. Mr A. C. Slater had charge of the teams, who had decided to play forty mi-i-ates each way, instead of the usual forty-five. The teams lined up as follows:- Bangor IV, Jones, goal; Hwfa Williams and Jack Jones, backs; Arridge, Aifi Thomas, and Jim Jones, halves; Dick Humphreys, Dargie, Richie Jones, Hughie Dalies, and Oliver. Druids: Tudor, goal; G. Jones and J. Edwards, backs, C. Jones, T. Davies, and R. Groves, halves; Walter Evans, Matthews, Tom- kinson, E. Williams, and Joe Williams, for- wards. An onslaught by the home left wing was the first incident of note in the game, but the move- ment was nullified by Jones and Edwards, who repelled the attackers. It could be seen from the commencement, that football was out of the question owing to the heavy state of the ground, and the crowd vas considerably amused to see the players indulging in MUDLARKING. Mistakes were galore throughout the game, but they were excusable to-day. The ball travelled at a terrific rate off the ground, and Jack Jones, misjudging it, deliberately punched it back, much to the amusement of the crowd, as weil as the referee. The 'Varsity man was showing up well, and he adroitly got past the half-backs and parted to Evans, but this man was care- fully watched. A narrow shave came as a result of a fine centre by Humphreys. It was met by Hughie Davies, who cleverly directed it with his head into Tudor's hands. A free kick near their ob- ject. was awarded the City men, but Dargie's shot crashed against one of the Anltedeluvians, and rebounded into play, Humphreys finishing up with a weak attempt. The. play was of a give and take character up to this point, both ends being visited in turn. Matthews was most prominent in his dashes for goal, and his smart footwork, at times completely doing Jimmy and Alfi, for which he was applauded by the spectators. The home backs were very erratic, and learning of their play at Chirk, the previous week, they were greeted with snouts of No re- petition of last week.' Jim Jones was respon- sibLe for fouling the Bangor College men in suc- cession, but the resulting free kicks were of little advantage. By now, the players had become used to the mud, and they fairly revelled in sliding along. They were covered with mua, a.rd presented PITIABLE SPECTACLES, especially Dargie and Matthews, who appeared unable to hold their feet. A bad miss by Dargie brought forth loud" Oh's from his supporters. The venue was changed, and Will Jones brought off a fine save from the Normal College man, punching the ball to Alfi Thomas, who sent it forward, and a race was made by Dargie and Tudor for the sphere. They both got to it at the same time,, and there was a struggle, but Dargie adroitly tipped it to Hughie Davies, who had come up by this, and with lightning speed he fired the ball into A KEEPERLESS GOAL, thus registering the first point of the match. From now up to the blow of the whistle for coffee, the game was very evently contested. A curious thing happened. The ball was bobbing up in midfield, and six of the twenty-two players who tried to reach it, slipped, and found themselves lying in inches of mud, much to the amusement of the crowd. In the last minute, Oliver was responsible for a smart movement. Following the ball, which was travelling at a fast pace, he hooked it when everyone thought it had gone out of play, and put in the most accurate centre of the .match, which went a-beg- ging. Half-time arrived with the homesters leading by one goal to nil. SECOND HALF. The second half of the game was entirely de. void of the football you could expect from a Combination eleven, but this must be put down to the state of the ground, and the large hail- stones, which, I am sure, caused no little an- noyarce to the players' and the referee's bare heads. Fault was found with the Bangor for- wards, who had opportunities in front of goal, but 1 should like to see those critics attempt to stand still in the vicinity of the goal, let alone run about and shoot accurately. Jack Jones provided SOME FUN when he attempted to bajk-heel the ball, when hard pressed, and it refused to move out of the mud. Hughie Davies had a solo run, and be parted to Humphreys, who tested Tudor. The latter savedi, and threw the ball away, but he wa's subjected to ANOTHER VOLLEY, and the spectators shouted "Goal" when he saved a hot shot from Dargie but the referee took no notice of the appeal of the home sup- porters. The Druids were by no means a beaten team, and each attack of the forwards provided Will Jones with a rare handful to cope with. Matthews was the most persistent of the quin- tette, and he struggled valiantly to equalise. In a melee in the penalty area, the ball struck Alfi Thomas, and the players all appealed for a PENALTY KICK; but their appeal was in vain, and away went the homesters, headed by Dargie, who attempted to get through on his own on several occasions, but he was repulsed each time by the visiting defence. There was a loud shout of Play up, Bangor," when it was noticed that their play slackened considerably just before time, and some very dangerous rushes by the visitors caused any amount of anxiety amongst the home supporters. Will Jones was SEVERELY TESTED, and on one occasion, he ran out about twenty yards, and luckily took the ball away from Matthews' toe. In a heavy downpour of hail, time was called with Bangor having added an- other two, points to their League score, the final being Bangor, i Druids, o. NOTES. Comments are unnecessary, and it would be moat unfair to attempt to criticise the players. It was a game of mudlarking, and the men, in- cluding the referee, presented a pitiable spec- tacle as they arrived in the dressing room. The spectators were highly amused at the acrobatic feats of some of the players. Some of them had brought out spotlessly clean, garments, and what a change at the end of eighty minutes. What will the washerwoman have to say, I wonder?