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FOOTBALL. L'LANDUDNO AMATEURS; BEAT THE LEAGUE; OHAJYlPIONH. The League Champions (the North Wales Coast League) came down from Bangor on Saturday to the Oounc.il Field deter- mined to carry away two valuable, league points and leave the Amateurs to mourii their loss. The Bangorians had come and conquered so many times within the past few years that, some of the older players imagined they had only to set, foot on the field of play, and the match was as good as won. To make assurance doubly sure players from the College had been drafted into the team, including Will Arnold, a son of Mr Win. Arnold. No matter how well the Amateurs played against their old opponents they never seemed able to rise to the occasion when the pinch came-, but at the same time they were on several occasions extremely unlucky in being beaten. With such a good record it would ha.ve been surprising if the Bangorians had not been confident of winning, especially as the day was one which quite suited their style of play. < Many matches have the Bangorians won at Llandudno—not always against the Amateurs—when half a, gale of wind was blowing across the field. There is no denying the fact, that their defence is a strong one, and not too scrupulous. They have no qualms of conscience when hard press at kicking the ball deliberately out of play, and they had done that, so often at Llandudno, that they really thought they had nothing more to learn. When confronted with conditions like those of Saturday it has invariably been theitr rule once in possession of the lead to play for the touch line, and with their powerful defence invariably succeeded in keeping their lead to the end. As already stated the visitors thought they had little to learn in the art of de- fending against an oblique wind, but. they had, and the last lesson was administered to them on Saturday by the Amateurs. The game was by no means a, brilliant one, and would have been rather monotonous in the second half had not the spectators being anxious to see the Bangorians paid back in their own coin. The Amateurs had the advantage of the strong cross wind in the first half, but were only able to score once, Jacob Williams heading through from a beautifully placed corner kick, after about half-an-hour's play. They should have scored a few minutes' earlier from another well-placed corner,, but the hall was handled by one of the visitors and a penalty kick was granted the Amateurs. J. E. Williams took the kick, but sent, the hall against the cross bar, and it was cleared. He. nearly made amends for this a few minutes later, when from a difficult range he sent a rasper against the cross-bar, which was by far the best shot of the day. Although they failed to score the Amateurs' forward line went about, their work in a business-like manner, and made much greater use of their left wing than the visitors did when ends were changed. Consequently the attacks all spelt danger to the Bangor catadel, and it, was real hard luck only to turn round with the lead of a single goal. Credit, must, how- ever, be given to Will Owen, the Bangor custodian, for some smart saves. Towards the end of the half the visitors made one or two dangerous sallies in which the right wing and centre-forward were conspicuous, but they were beaten back, without Lunt being very seriously tested. After coffee had been handed round to the players the game was resumed. The wind was gradually gettring more boisterous, and it was acknowledged that the Amateurs' chances of winning were very small. The visitors opened in pro- mising style, and the ball was kept in dangerous proximity to the home citadel. Several shots were sent, in from the left wing which were not quite straight enough, but it was evident, the Bangorians were getteing the range and things looked ominous for the Amateurs. J. H. Jones, Lunt and company then tumbled to the situation, and the danger of allowing the j ball too often to the. left wing, and from that point play was kept on the right, the backs finding touch time after time. Certainly Ith81 game was rather monotonous, but it was interesting to watch the Amateurs' backs foil all attempts of the j visitors to, bring the left into play. They succeedied, and the dangerous wing was to all intents and purposes put out of action. It was seldom that the homesters crossed the half-way line, and then only when Jimmy Williams made- a spurt, generally the half-way line, and then only when Jimmy Williams made- a spurt, generally I nipped in the, bud by Hwfa, Williams. Goals, however, were not needed as long as the visitors were kept from scoring, j and to secure this the backs and half-backs worked hard and worked well. Minute after minute slipped by, and, still Bangor were being beaten at their own game, and had to retire defeated and out-generalled, lit It may be said that the Amateurs were lucky to win, but that would not be the .correct view to take. They were unlucky in not having1 more goals to their credit at the end of the, first portion of the game. On thei other hand, not, one of the saves made by Porter in the Amateurs' goal could, be set down as a fluke, for he had a clear sight of every shot which, came his way, and was never flurried or bustled. For this of course praise is due to, the other divisions of the defence, and seldom if ever has the Bangor attack been so ? completely broken up as on this occasion. "J. H. Lunt., "Jay," G: Davies, and Pearson, in their own particular styles, were here, there and! everywhere, and effectively frustrated the well-meant efforts of their opponents. It wa,s not a day on which the forwards might be ex- pected to shine, for the wind was too much in evidence. During the first half the quintette, however, gave glimpses of their ability and worked1 the attack much more scientificially than did their opponents in the second. The pick of the bunch werei J. EI. Williams, Jimmy Wil- liams and Brown. The team was:—A. Porter (goal), J. Lunt and J. H. Jones (backs), J. Wil- liams,, G. Davies, and H. Pearson (half- backs), Jimmy Williams, Jack Brown, J. E. Williams, Brookes Elvans, and W. D. Williams, forwards. Referee, Mr Tom Jones, Holywell. This afternoon the team will pay a, visit to Denbigh on the, League tournament, and the following Saturday the same club will meet, on the Council Field in the ,u Welsh Amateur Cup Conipethion. The Amateurs Reserve team played a friendly wih Talybont on the latter's ground on Saturday last. With the ad- vantage of the w)inid in the first. half the Amateurs scored five goals, but were, un- able. to prevent the opponents from scor- ing a like number after change of ends, the game consequently ending in a draw. &

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