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FOOTBALL. PONTYMOIL v. PILLGWENLLY. Played on the Pill Ground in very rainy ■weather. The Pontymoil team did not arrive until four o'clock, and a start was not made until 4 20, when rain was falling heavily. Teams Pillgwenlly Back, A. Newman three-quarter back, R. Waters, Billingham, E. Ruggett, D. Edmunds; half-backs, J. Woodcock and 0. Jenks; forwards, C. Anstice (captain), H. Osment, E. Lewis, Billingbam, W. Evans, Williams, T. Traynor, and H. Worthy. Ponty- moil Back, T. James three-quarter backs, J. Hill, J. Groves (captain), W. Davies, and B. Jones: half-backs, C. Wells and W. Wells: forwards, W. Jenkins. D. Davies, W. Ball, D. Evans, J. Cronin, A. Moxley, R. Davies, and E. Waters. Referee, Mr. T. Dowue. Pontymoil won the toss and defended the town end. Anstice kicked off, but the ball was re-called through a Pill man being in front. For off-side play, Pill got a free, the result being that the ball was left at mid-field. Pill rushed the first scrum, and a kick by one of the forwards took play close to the line. Pontymoil forwards quickly relieved, and then the Pill backs tried a bout of passing, which was nullified by a forward throw. Ponty- moil get a free in their 25, and as a result took play to half-way. W. Davies picked up trickily, but was grassed. The Pontymoil backs now had a turn at passing, the final pass going to Hill, who kicked into touch. The visitors' forwards came away with a splendid rush, D. Davies leading, and play hovered dangerously near the home line. Groves secured the ball from a scrum, and kicked over the line, compelling Newman to touch down. After the drop-out Pill worked into the Pontymoil half. Passing on the line lost the visitors some ground, and Groves was temporarily injured through being heavily tackled by a Pill man. Operations being resumed, the visitors rushed the game to naif- way, and then some tricky play by Jiiuinunds relieved, only to find the ball as quickly taken back. Right on the Pill line there was a scrum, from which the ball was passed to Hill, who made a drop at goal, and compelled Newman to again touch down. Fast play followed the drop- out, and R. Davies, one of the visiting forwards, received a kick, causing his retirement for a couple of minutes. In a short time another Pontymoil man was temporarily injured. After- wards, the visitors rushed right to the line, Newman saving splendidly. Again Pontymoil attacked strongly, and W. Wells scored in the corner. W. Davies took the kick, and made a good but unsuccessful shot. On the resumption, the game waxed warm in the home 25, and half- time arrived with the ball just inside their half. Half-time score:— G. T. M. Pontymoil 0 1 2 Pillgwenlly 0 0 0 The game, by agreement, was maae up oi two twenty-five minutes. After lemons, Moxley kicked off for the visitors, Edmunds returning. Pill rushed into the visitors' quarters, but B. Jones picked up and relieved with a dodgy run. Pontymoil attacked strongly, and one of their number kicked over. Newman, however, refused to touch down, and dropped the leather into touch. Then Pill had a look in, their forwards going away with a rush, James saving. A couple of Pontymoil forwards, headed by Moxley, went off with a dribble, but the ball was kicked too hard, and rebounded off Newman. In a melee, Edmunds (Champion), who had been playing splendidly, was injured, and had to retire. He, however, returned in a couple of minutes. For off-side play, W. Davies had a free, and dropped at goal unsuccessfully. E. Waters dribbled on splendidly, and nearly scored. Scrambling play followed on the Pill line, and W. Davies again dropped at goal, enacting a minor. After the drop-out, an interchange of kicks left play in the home 25, until Edmunds relieved with a good kick. Pontymoil retaliated with a forward rush, and Ball scored in the corner. W. Davies failed to convert. In a few minutes time was called, and the game finished in a downpour of rain as follows:— G. T. M Pontymoil 0 2 3 Pillgwenlly 0 0 0 NOTES ON THE GAME. On Saturday last Pontymoile played their third match of the season, when they met and defeated Pillgwenlly by 2 tries to nil. The match was played on heavy ground amidst a downpour of rain, which prevented any accurate passing, the game consequently being chiefly confined to the forwards. Playing a forward game, Pontymoil were far superior to the homesters, carrying and wheeling the scrums in fine style, giving the Pill backs plenty to do to keep them out. James (full-back) had little work to do, but was there when wanted. Newman played a gocd game, and put in some useful kicks. Pontymoile quartette were before the Pill lot, who were unable to do much with the greasy ball, either kicking or handling. Pontymoil on the other hand, although unable to pass with much judgment, were quite at home in kicking, and frequently put in some long punts into touch. Davies and Hill were the pick of the quar- tette. Groves, who is playing in a new position, ran and kicked well, but his passing was rather wild. Jones, who played in place of Vaughan, was rather shaky in the initial half, but improved in the second half, and on one occasion nearly scored. Huggett seemed to be the pick of the home quartette. The brothers Wells played a fair game, but were handicapped by the offside tactics of the home pair, who were anywhere but fei their right places. W. WelJs was the better of the pair. Charlie, who tackled well, is not so smart in feeding the third line, and there doesn't seem to be the undemanding between sthem as last season's pair, Jones and Wells. The forwards I have spoken of previously,and will only say that they have improved vastly since last season, and with Groves back in the pack, and the same pack playing together a few times, we shall see a better lot than have ever represented Pontymoile. Saturday was my first opportunity of seeing Waters, tne new forward, play, and my opinion is that he should not be put out on any account. He is a strong flayer, fast, and.what is required also, a hard worker. The match with Pontardavrfcbas fallen through owing to the latter having no ground. However, it is hoped that before Saturday another team will be got to fill the vacant date. The following have been selected to represent Pontymoil on Saturday:-Back, Tom James three-quarters, G. Vaughan, W. Davies, A. N. Other, J. Hill half-backs, W. Jones, W. Wells; forwards, John Groves, A. Moxley, D, Evans, G. Moxley, W. Ball, E. Waters, D. Davies, R. Davies.

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