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THE WELSH SENIOR CUP. FOURTH ROUND. ABERYSTWYTH v. NEWTOWN. A Machynlleth correspondent writes: — The "great fite" to which I alluded last week came off on Saturday. It is a well-known fact that there is no love lost between the football teams of Newtown and Aberystwyth. The words How pleasant a thing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity have no force in the teams above mentioned, and do not apply to the football enthusiasts of these towns. The energy of brotherly love is being preserved for legs and loins, and there was plenty of it exhibited on the Vicarage Field on Saturday. A large number of would-be internationals left Machynlleth with me on Saturday, and the train was well packed, and if the Cambrian officials at Oswestry or Welshpool had had au ounce of common sense and" gnmtion" about them they would have put on two or three extra coaches, instead of making the train much smaller than usual, and so compelling gentlemen-like myself for instance-to be cooped up in a corner with a lot of infirm old ladies with big egg baskets and over-loquacious working men with ribbed trousers and ten sized boots, who would insist upon express- ing to you their views of the war, and take jealous care to smoke and fumigate you with delightful shag, and the windows all shut for fear of giving the old lady a "could." It was an experience I don't wish to have again. I arrived at Aberyst- wyth at last, and having given myself a right good long stretch, after having been cooped up like a. hen in a basket, and made tracks at once for the Vicarage Field, being one of many scores of pilgrims wending their way to the land of promise. The guards at the entrance eyed me with a wee bit of suspicion, I thought, but I soon set their minds at rest, and I was politely and kindly directed to the "reporters' gallery," but in that the sanitary surroundings of that shanty" are not over sweet in odour, I declined the generous offer and preferred to stand on the "bob" side of the ground, and take my notes accordingly. The game started very punctually, and the town end of the ground was not altogether a model bit of turf for classy football. To begin with, the homesters were playing up-hill, although by no means were they playing an up-hill game. Of foot- ball, strictly speaking, there was next to none— usually the case in Cup ties-the main point at these contests being chiefly to get a goal by hook or by crook, by rush or by push, anything to win the match. Now this is not as it ought to be and I was delighted to see that the referee was as smart as a needle, although several little shady movements escaped his observation. The game started in a lively fashion, and the Newtown citadel was often in danger, but Edwards was on the alert and not to be caught napping. The Newtown forwards were, if anything, smarter on the ball and were not so easily robbed as the home quintette. Then the home goal would have a shave and Roose fisted out two very nasty shots from the Newtown right-wing, Miller being very dangerous, a heavy man and very speedy when once on the trot. Some loose play on behalf of the home forwards and halves very nearly brought their downfall. Fouls were much too frequent and the home forwards were playing a very poor, ragged, and disjointed game. I never saw Green playing so poorly, but his place is out- side and not inside-right, and I was glad to find him in his old place in the second half. If it were not for the gallant defence of Parry, Evans, and Edwards things would have looked black for Aber- ystwyth. By and by a spurt was made by the home string. Whelan, the outside-right got posses- sion and ran up well and after a lot of loose fiddling with the ball drove across the visitors' goal- mouth. Oswald James had only to touch the leather and first. blood was drawn for Aberystwyth. The game re-started and Newtown all but scored— a marvellous escape for Aberystwyth. Newtown were playing now very pluckily and deserved to score, but the home defence was sound as a rock. Half-time came as a mighty relief to both sides, for the pace had been hot although the play was poor in the extreme. During the interval the players were given a big long-necked glass bottle to suck and it evidently contained something nice. The second half commenced, and Marshall, the home centre-forward, had a splendid opening, but made a mess of it. Oswald Jones had two open- ings, but he likewise made a mess of it. I suppose it was the mud. For charity's sake we will allow it was so, although it would require a jolly big cloak of charity to cover the rottenness of the play of the Aberystwyth forwards last Saturday afternoon. Marshall had another opening, with not a soul near him, but wide went the ball, to the disgust of many on the ground. Newtown made one ugly sweep later on, and all but scored. Fouls were frequent and limping became the graceful order of the day. The game-a very tame one-ended in a win for Aberystwyth by one goal to nil. Aberystwyth probably desired to win, although the credit must be given "in toto to the halves and backs, and not to the forwards. And now a word or two before I wind up, on the players of both sides. The two best men on the field were Charlie Parry, the home right full-back, and Swettenham, the Newtown right-half—a beautiful player. Nexbto these two would come the Aberystwyth skipper, J H Edwards, and the Aberystwyth left full-back, George Evans, as plucky and safe a little player as ever donned a jersey. When the home goal would be in danger, frail puny and fragile Charlie Parry would utter his peculiar war-whoop, and swooping down on the ball he would clear amid cheers. On the other hand it should be rememberd that his partner-little Evans-had more to do than Parry, because the attack was much stronger from the Newtown right than the left. Evans had to tackle Miner and Swettenbam-and these two are not exactly children—and right pluckily did Evans tackle and relieve time after time. As for John Henry, the home skipper, he did the work of any two men on the field, although he is not quite so speedy as he used to be. His heading was fine, and his partners on the wings gave valuable help. As for the forwards, I have no praise for them, they don't deserve it. Whelan is much too fat, and is not speedy nor tricky. Barson sadly lacks resource and stamina. Marshall disappointed me very mnch; he used to play a nice, cool, and determined game. A Green on the right-wing did much better in the second half, but he played a very weak game all through, and his partner was no better. Oswald James is a nice little player, but is not strong enough. Roose did all that was required of him. Now for Newtown, a strong plucky team, but rough. The best man in the team is the right-half, who plays without show, and is equal to any two of the forwards. I thought the left-back sounder than his burly partner, who was not very popular with the "mob." As a team they were much more tricky and speedy than Aberystwyth, and as I said before, the credit of the day is due to the back divisions on both sides. The defence was superb, Edwards did very well in goal, and compared favourably with Roose, there was nothing to choose between them. The Aberystwyth forwards will have to improve, if they hope to figure in the final. WALES v. SCOTLAND. The Council of the Welsh Football Association has selected the following team to represent the Principality against Scotland at Aberdeen, on Feb- ruary 3rd :—Goal, F Griffiths, Blackpool; backs, D Jones, Manchester City, and Smart Arridge, New Brighton Tower; half-backs, S Meredith, Chirk, J L Jones, Tottenham Hotspur, and Sydney Darvell, Oxford University and Corinthians; right-wing, D H Pugh, Lincoln City, and W Meredith, Manchester City; left-wing, A G Morris, Notts Forest, and A E Watkins, Aston Villa; centre, Trevor Owen, Wol- verhampton Wanderers. THE LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Sheffield United 22 14 fj 8 45 16 36 Aston Villa 23 14 5 4 51 24 32 WolverhamptonW 21 10 4 7 30 21 27 Sunderland 21 11 8 2 32 23 24 Notts Forest. 21 9 6 6 36 29 24 Bury. 21 10 7 4 33 28 24 Stoke. 22 9 9 4 26 30 22 Everton. 22 8 9 5 26 33 21 Derby County 20 7 7 6 25 24 20 Newcastle United.. 19 7 7 5 34 24 19 Manchester City. 21 7 9 5 33 28 19 Burnley. 21 7 10 4 23 35 18 West Bromwich A. 21 6 10 5 23 33 17 Notts County 21 6 10 5 13 43 17 Preston North End 21 6 11 4 21 30 16 Liverpool 22 5 12 5 27 34 15 Blackburn Rovers. 18 7 10 1 28 37 15 Glossop 19 3 12 4 18 48 10 DENBIGHSHIRE & DISTRICT LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Wrexham Reserve. 9 6 1 2 21 13 14 Oswestry Reserve.. 8 5 1 2 36 11 12 Adwy United. 8 5 1 2 17 10 10 Chirk Reserve 7 3 1 3 22 7 9 Druids Reserve. 10 3 5 2 23 24 8 Ruabon Albions. 8 2 4 2 17 23 6 St Martins. 7 2 4 1 10 25 5 Ellesmere Rangers 7 1 5 1 9 24 3 Vron St Albans. 7 1 5 1 8 26 3 THE COMBINATION. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. PTS Chirk 15 10 2 3 35 14 23 Wrexham 12 9 1 2 46 19 20 Druids 14 7 4 3 27 20 17 Bangor 9 4 4 1 15 18 9 Newtown 10 4 5 1 24 30 9 Aberystwyth 9 3 4 2 17 22 8 Oswestry United. 10 2 6 2 19 23 6 Birkenhead 7 2 4 1 12 16 5 Rhyl & 1 4 3 13 23 5 Llandudno Swifts.. 10 0 8 2 14 37 2 SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Goals P. w. L. D. F. A. PTS Iron-Bridge 6 5 0 1 14 5 11 Singleton & Cole's. 8 5 2 1 32 12 11 Bridgnorth 8 3 3 2 22 23 8 Newport 8 3 4 1 14 16 7 Wem 9 2 4 3 10 23 7 St. George's United 6 2 2 2 12 16 6 Stafford C. C .5 2 3 0 16 12 4 Welshpool United.. 6 1 5 0 9 22 2 „