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FOOTBALL NOTES. THE NORTH WALES COAST LEAGUE. RESULTS UP-TO-DATE. ✓—Goals—\ Club PI'd Won Lost Dr'n For Apt Pts Bangor 8 6 2 0 33 9 12 Rhyl United. 10 6 4 0 33 19 12 Llaurwst. 11 6 5 0 26 30 12 Holywell 5 6 0 0 14 6 10 Llandndno.. 9 4 4 1 30 16 9 Carnarvon 8 3 4 1 17 29 7 Colwyn Bay. 11 3 7 1 19 21 7 Denbigh. 10 2 6 2 17 36 6 Holyhead 8 2 5 1 12 36 6 Fix TUBES FOB SATUBDAY NEXT Holywell v. Wrexham Viotoria; kiok-off, 3 p.m. Flint v. Buokley Viotoria (at Rhyl) semi-final of the North Wales Coast Uup. < It is a recognised fact that Holywell can give more than one of the Coast League teams points in the manipulation of the leathery sphere, bnt it can, with just as muoh truth be said, that they take points also-but points of a different kind. On Saturday ¡last, for the third time this season, they earned a couple of points away from home. The scene of operations was the Colwyn Bay football ground and the attendant circumstances, a fine day (disturbed only by a slight breeze), and a greasy field of play, which was further disadvan- tageous to good football on acoount of its inclination. The team playing down the incline faced the wind, and moreover, had to resort to aorobatio exercises in order to maintain their equilibrium. Under these conditions Holywell contested the first moiety, and, of course the Bayites had them to oootcad with in the second half. The matoh aroused plenty of enthusiasm, for the homeisters had resolved to get those two points. But they didn't get them, for the simple reason that the Helywell players had also been making a few resolutions, savouring very moeh of the "do or die" element. The Bayites played two reserves, and the visitors were short of Gallagher, whose place was filled by the veteran J. E. Matthews. The game was hotly contested throughout, and in the last few minutes, especially, the home right wing were conspicuous in their attempts at equalising. • The match was not characterised by any pretty exhibitions of dribbling or tricky play: the man who attempted such tactics would only be bringing about his own couf uoion it was hard work and superior management that won the two points. It was early seen that the visitors meant business, for after a minute's play Bennett and Edwards over- oame every obstocle, the latter scoring with a ripping shot. Shortly afterwards the Bayites retaliated, and Rafferty cleverly fisted out, the referee mistook his man and whistled for a foul. Seeing his mistake he decided on a throw up," in attempting to clear which, the Holywell full-back banged the ball into the opposing forwards, and it rebounded into the net, giving Rafferty no chance. 0 0 In the second half, one goal was disallowed for off-side, bat a well-directed shot from the Vioe- Oaptain was converted into a goal by Bennett, and so gave Holywell the lead. For the homesters, the right wing and the left full-back did some useful work. The visitors' forwards had hard lines on several occasions, a few inches being the margin dividing the attempt from the realization of its objeot; Rafferty, in goal, gave quite an exhibition, thoroughly surprising the natives; whilst R. Jones was the pivot and shield of an excellent back division. The fixture for Saturday next- Holywell v. Wrexham Viotoria-is a cup-tie: to be more precise, it is the fourth round of Soames' Charity Cup, and the outcome should be an interesting matoh. The Vies, are well in the running as members of the first division of the Chester and District League, and enjoy quite a reputation as cup fighters. Last week they placed two teams on the field, one to oppose Chester Looos, which went under to the tune of five goals to nil, in a shield competition; and the other to reokon with Wrexham Old Boys In the 4th round Welsh Junior Cup, which qualified for the next round with a score of fotur goals to nil. Such a team should prove no mean adversaries. Rhyl Combination were at home to Oswestry in a league engagement. The reoent cup-tie episode between the two teams, made the interest in the matoh very great, and a good orowd lined the ropes. Both teams worked hard, and at the interval the visitors led by one goal to nil, but in the second half the homesters scored twice, and so notohed the points.—Rhyl Reserve were at Llanrwst, to decide the fourth round of the Welsh Junior Cup, where they were defeated by seven goals to nil. The Rwstera are going strong for the junior oups of the distriot, on the 17th inst., they meet Flint Reserve in the semi-final of the North Wales Coast Cup. In the semi-final of the NorthJWalea Coast Senior Cup, Llandudno and Bangor met to try oonolusions, at Carnarvon. As Llandudno had beaten Bangor the previouis week in a Combination matoh, more than usual interest was oentred on the result. The Bangor team was not the best possible, and they started with only ten men. The game was fast and exoiting, but the shooting, and play generally, was wild and erratio. At half-time, the score was one goal to nil, and the soore remained unchanged when the whistle sounded time. A