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FIRST LEAGUE TEAMS TO VISIT MERTHYR. One of the chief attractions for the Easter holi- days in the local Soccer world is the visit of the famous Notts Forest team to Penydarren Park on Easter Monday. On Tuesday Middlesbrough will pay a visit to Merthyr to fulfil the terms arrang- ed for the transfer of Sammy Wightman from Merthyr to the Northern team. Both the teams have undertaken to play their full League strength, and it will be interesting to see what difference there is between these teams of talent and our first-class home eleven. Aberdare and District Notes. rBy "Wanderer. The Aberaman Thursdays added two more Leaeue points to their credit by winning the match against Treharris, at Michael's Field. on Thursday last. In the opening stages Treharris experienced hard lines with a shot which just grazed the bar. Willie Harris then made a rush for Aberaman on the left wing, and scored. Tight piay followed, in which the visitors did the most pressing, but their weakness at centre forward deprived them of many chances. C. Silverthorn then scored after a round of pass- ing by the home forwards. After the change of ends. neither side showed such keenness, and the game deteriorated from a spectacular point of view. It should be explained that Treharris brought only nine men with them, and the substi- tutes were doing none too well. Silverthorn, there- fore, had no difficulty in scoring the third goal after steadying himself in admirable style. Indeed the homesters continued to press until the end, Jaynes having nothing to do in goal. A fourth goal was scored for Aberaman by J. Isaac. After an absence of nearly two months. the Aber- aman Windsors re-entered the field on Saturday last. The occasion was a Glamorgan League match against Llanhradach, played at Michael's Field, Aberaman. Llanbradach soon asserted themselves, and tried hard to score. From a mis-kick by Evan Jones, their inside left got through a goal after twenty minutes' play. In the second moiety the Windsors found their footing in excellent style. The large crowd gave them encouraging cheers for smart play on several occasions. McCarthy opened the scoring for them after receiving a timely pass from Alf. Clarke. With both sides equal, the struggle became very intense. From a corner kick awarded to the Windsors, one of the Llanbradach backs deliberately handled. The resultant penalty kick was taken by Alf Clarke, who scored the win- ning goal. At the Ynys Ground, Cwmhach, on Saturday af- ternoon. a match was played in the knock-out com- petition for the Aberdare cup. The contestants were the Cwmbach Thistles and Robertstown. The visi- tors won the toss, and started against the wind. Cwmbach were the first to press in close quarters, and from one of several rushes D. Davies scored. Cwmbach continued to press, and experienced hard lines in failing to score further. At the interval. Cwmbach led by one g-oal to nil. After lemons, the visitors woke up, and attempted to force matters in front of goal. A corner was conceded to them, but. the homesters just managed to clear. From a later rush. Robertstown got through a goal, which was disallowed by the referee on account of off-side play. They suffered further hard lines a little later through missing a penalty. Cwmbach then pressed until the end. and won the game by one goal to nil. The Senior team of the Cwmbach Crescents jour- neyed to Troedrhiwfuwch, to play the latter under the auspices of the Glamorgan League (Division III.). In the previous engagement Cwmhach were successful. A great struggle was witnessed between the sides, which culminated after half-an-hour's play in E. Snow scoring for Cwmbach. The home- sters tried hard to retaliate, but their efforts lacked the necessary finish. After the interval, the spec- tators were again treated to a rare tussle between the sides. Troedrhiwfuwch were brilliant, in defence, but their attacking power was weak. Cwmbach. on the other hand, were more evenly balanced in every department, and this counted for success. From a corner kick J. Matthews scored just before the close of play, and Cwmbach won by two goals to nil. By defeating Treorky by the narrow margin of two points—5 points to 3. Mountain Ash checked the former's long series of League successes, and robbed them of their ground record into the bar- gain. The "Old Firm" had only suffered one re- verse while the ex-cupholders had up to Saturday an unbeaten League record. Both sides played for all they were worth from start to finish, the game be- ing reminiscent of the great struggles between these old rivals a decade ago. Both scores wcr. put on in the initial portion of the game, and the try by Flook for Mountain Ash was the prettiest seen on the Treorky enclosure for many a month. Daly James, for the homesters, put on a goal from a place-kick. Trcorky's weakness lay in their secpnd line, for with a better understanding they should have placed a victory to their credit in the closing stages of the encounter. The forwards were all oyer the Monntain Ash front line, and got posses- sion repeatedly. Daly James was the outstanding player for the Treorkyites, his lengthy touch-finding kicks evoking repeated applause. Flooks and Love- lace, for the visitors, were the better wings, whilst Wyndham Jones, as usual, proved a capable out- side half. The leading teams in the Third Division of the Glamorgan League at present all belong to the Aberdare side. The Aberaman Wanderers, of course, head the table, while the Cwmbach Crescents make close seconds. Following the latter also are the Aberaman Windsors, who bettered their position by winning against Llanbradach last Saturday. The latter, however, have withdrawn from the Aber- dare and District League, as also have the Jubilee Rovers. It is feared that the latter team has become defunct through the want of a suitable field in which to play. On Saturday a match was played at Abernant between Ilirwain and Abernant. In the first half Connick and Cameron scored for the visitors, and Morgan and Stanley put throogh for Abernant. There was no score in the second half. The following are the results of matches played on Saturday under the auspices of the Aberdare Schoolboys' LeagueNational, four; Cwmbach Council, one: scorers for National, Thomas (3) and Price; for Cwmbach, Palmer. Cwmbach National one; Ynyslwyd, nil; J. Rees. Aman. five; Blaen- gwawr, one; scorers for Aman. Hodges (2), Wil- liams (2), and Mills: for Blaengwawr, Jones. Aber- aman, one; Capcoch, nil; A. Williams. 4!' On Tuesday afternoon, a cup match, under the knock-out competition promoted by the Aberdare, League, was played at Michael's Field. Aberaman. The contesting teams were the Aberaman Wander- ers and the Aberman C. L. Brigade. The game end- ed in a win for the Wanderers by two goals to one. On Monday afternoon the Ynys meadow, Cwmbach, was the scene of a stiff en- counter between the Cwmbach Crescents and Pentrebach. under the auspices of the Third Division of the Glamorgan League The visitors took the field against the wind, but never- theless made thejr opponents go all the way. They were unfortunate in missing from a penalty, but made amends later by opening the score with a splendid shot. L. Davies equalised shortly after- wards for Cwmbach. Before half-time Pentrebach had again forged ahead. After the change of ends no fewer than five goals were scored, four by Cwm- bach and the remaining one by the visitors. Joe Evans started the round of scoring for his side. and was followed by L. Davies. During a lull the visitors added their third goal. Pentrebach missed a second penalty kick, and this probably cost them the game, for J. Evans and Morgan Lloyd were not long in adding goals for the homesters, who won by four goals to three. Glamorganshire Association League Notes [By "the New Boy."] Despite the fact that Dame Wales suffered de- feat by a very narrow margin at Kilmarnock, and seeing that they included Evan Jones and Tagg Williams, two wdl-koown South Walians, they must be said to have done excellently against a combination which but a week earlier overcame the pick of the English League by three goals to two. In local circles nearly aU attention was centred in the visit of Treharris to Bristol, as a victory for the Rovers would strengthen immensely the chances of the City Reserves at the head of the table. As matters turned out, Treharris, who could not field their full strength, lost their nnbeaten certificate by two clear goals. As witness the intense interest at Bristol, a record crowd for a Western League encounter foregathered. Although Perry, for the homesters, scored the only goal during the first half, the All Whites allowed several promising openings to go astray. The second half saw Treharris striv- ing hard for an equaliser, but the citizens soon changed the venue, and in the closing stages, Perry ensured victory for his side by putting on an- other point. In the Second Division of the Glamorgan League several engagements which will have an important bearing upon the final placing of the clubs, were dulv fought out. Troedyrbiw visited Treliafod, the homesters fielding several players who figure regularly in the Senior Division, which brought forth a protest from the visitors. A contest cbock full of exciting incidents was witnessed. The final score, however, favoured the Rhondda Brigade by two goals to one, Troedyrhiw thus meeting with their second League reverse this season. PontloUyn with a feeling of reciprocity, visited Treharris to meet the smart Reserve combination, among whom figured several first team artistes. The early play proved very even. but gradually the visitors seemed to feel their way, and following a run up by their front rank, Jim Carey scored a magnificent goal. Naturally, this reverse to the home team enlivened play considerably, and only with difficulty did the visitors koep their citadel intact. Ding-dong play marked the opening of the second half, and later' Owen Williams, in stopping a droppilllli, brought forth upon himself the wrath of the referee. Randall Owen, the visiting goalie, saved the penalty kick splendidly and the end saw Pontlottyn victorious by the only goal scored. For Ponty, Owen. if only for stopping the penalty, must be said to have done well. Gale and Owen Williams, at back, kicked with precision throughout, white forward, every man worked well to secure victory, New Tredegar, nothing daonted by their two to one reverse at Nelson, appeared in the presence of their own supporters, Merthyr Reserves, who only fielded nine good men and true, providing the op- position. Naturally, the home team enjoyed a very easy time, and despite a continuity of off-side, as the visitors had adopted the one-lack gamo, New Tredegar led at the interval by ree clear goals. The second half again witnessed a one- sided exhibition, although the visitors played pluckily. They, however, did not prcven# the home sharp-shooters from increasing their scoft to 6even goals, and the only incident worth recording dur- ing this period was a single handed r«n by Griff Lloyd who defeating man after man, gsve Russell no chance with the final shot. For the winners. Webster, who scored on four occasions, fignred prominently, and with a, little coaching should have a brilliant future. Britbdir visited Aberdare to meet the home Re- serves. During the first half Fred Lewis and Pollett put on goals for the 'Darians, the visitors 1 responding Oil but one occasion. After the resump- tion, "Sweet 'Berdar" were again generally the < better, side) MMM- wtstbst point to Wteit sredtt,) < I11 the Third Division some surprising results 1- were witnessed. GiIfach Reserves visited Pentre- bach. one short of their full complement, but Tom Edwards, the hard working hon. secretary, gallant- ly filled the breach, and might be said to have been one of the most prominent men playing. The vis:- tors pressed early on, and Ewart Phillips scored, while later Davy, one of the homesters, turned the ball into his own net. Prior to the interval, Pen- trcbach were awarded a penalty kick, and Cross scored. In the second half the visitors again proved much the superior side. Dai Davies scoring on two occasions. For the winners. D Harris, at back, and Edwards and Browning, halves, defended va- liantly, while forward Galo, Davies, and Phillips were very conspicuous. For Pentrebach, Watts; again played usual good game. while Moore and Walters. I: -i s, and Williams and Idwell Jones, forward, were Inst in their respective positions. ■5V TT Aberfan visited Nelson with a strong team. The game throughout was very evenly contested, and Parker scored the only goal for the Reserves with a splendid shot, thus enabling them to win by a narrow margin. Merthyr Vale added another good victory to their credit by defeating Heolgerrig by four clear goals. The contest for the chief places in the Fourth Division, owing to the race between Pontlottyn Lads' Brigade and Rhymney Crescents, is fast be- coming a very keen one, and as both clubs gained substantial victories last. Saturday, much may yet happen. Pontlottyn Brigade entertained the Ath- letics from Eargoed, and the best exhibition of the season was witnessed. T. J. Smith, J. C. Davies, and Fred Thomas scored goals for the winners, while J. Jones, the home back, gave the visitors their only goal. For Ponty, Fred Thomas played well at centre half, whilst Foster and their cus- todian were most in evidence for the visitors. Troedrhiwfuwch Old Boys visited Brithdir. and returned defeated by three goals to one.—Rhymney Crescents overcame Aberbargoed at home by four goals to one. TretJefrac District Motet. f Hy "Old Judge."1 After a lon spell of wet weather, Tredegar Wfre favoured with favourable climatic conditions for their match with Penygraig on Saturday. Al- though the visitors came short of several players they were provided with capable substitutes. The game was a very good one. play being open and attractive throughout. Several exceedingly pretty. and sometimes brilliant movements, were brought off, particularly by the home backs. •X" Of Arthur opened the scoring- for Tredegar by a neat dropped goal, after the visitors had beeo press- Arthur opened the scoring- for Tredegar by a neat dropped goal, after the visitors had beeo press- ed for some time. Vigorous efforts were made to increase the lead, but the defence of Peuygraig was very sturdy and sound, and the sides crossed over with Tredegar on top by four points. In the second half Penygraig did most of the pressing, and Griffiths scored a good try as a result of some mulling by the homesters. Still they pressed, and it looked any odds on their scoring again and winning the game, but the unexpected happened. •* Onions got possession, ran and threw out lo Dan Morgan, who took the pass beautifully. He sprinted for a short distance, and then punted a few yards for W. Wiliiams lo secure possession, lie gave up to Bryn Arthur, who tried to bore his way through the opposing side, but failing to do so he put in a short punt across to the right wing. Onions raced up. fielded cleverly, and had a clear run in. It was one of the orettiest- movements seen on the ground for a long time. and fully merited the hearty applause accorded it. 7:. Tredegar forwards heeled very well. better, in fact, than the visitors, and Bevan got the ball out smartly as a rule. Jones, of the Hibernian Reserves, who deputised Burrows at outside hah", supported Bevan very well generally, but he was not quite accustomed to Bevan's tactics, and the game suffered in consequence. Still. Jones played very creditably. Lodwick, the visiting outside half, was the main support of his side, and gave an excellent individual exhibition. The home hacks were in capital form, Onions, in particular, playing an exceptionally useful and stylish game. His defence was frequently of a high standard. Bryn Arthur also maintained his reputation, both in aggressive and defensive work. D. Morgan gave a cood disnlay and McVicars cre- ated a good impression. The whole line played sound and attractive football. Both quartettes handled excellently, while their kicking was characterised by sound judgment. Baker, the home custodian, and the visiting full- back, gave creditable displays. Brynmawr were defeated in a League match on Saturday by Ahertillery. There was no mistake about the victory either, Brynmawr going under to the tune of three goals (one dropped) and a try to nil. Many chances were lost by the homesters, wild passing being the cause in most cases. The scor- ing was opened by Blakemore. who received a pass from Chick Jame.s. and galloped over the line in a good position for Cook to add the extras. Jnst after- wards Joe Richardson passed to Coates, who made a fine dash and got the ball down wide. This was followed by a score by Cook who burst. over after receiving from Chick James. Cook converted his own try. 'Tillery should have scored a few times during the second moietv. but failed to cross the line. The 'Tillery outside half Marsh, however, dropped a goal, which concluded the scoring. -7T Both full backs did finely, but Norris was the better of the two. although Parry did excellently for the visitors. Chick James was the oiitstandinsr figure in the home three-quarter line. His defence was splendid, and that James is one of the finest defensive, players in Wales to-dav is without doubt. The other 'Tillery threes did well. Jack Roberts was the best of the visiting ouarteUe. Marsh and Richardson combined well at half for 'Tillery. and were slightly superior to the visiting pair, al- though the Brynmawr inside man did finely. Jim Webb. Harry Bird. Will Lewis. and .Toe Howel's were the pick of the home pack. whilst Foley, B. Evans, and Green were the most .prominent of the Brynmawr pack. Rhymney Valley Rugby League Notes. [By "the Old Wag."] Another Cardiff fifteen, the Vest End to wit, vis- ited Rhymney last Saturday. Throughout the first. half, Rhymney were nearly always in the ascend- ant, and secured a substantial lead. The resump- tion saw the home front rankers cintralliug mat- ters both in the loose and the scrum, and a. rather uninteresting game enabled the homesters to add another victory to their credit. For Rhymney. Lewis Davies and Parry were outstanding figures among the backs, the latter notching three good tries. At half, T. S. Williams did all that was re- quired of him, while forward it would be invidious to single out any one for special mention when all did so well. Blackwood and Newbridge, who are always keen opponents, again met the former place last Sat- urday. During- the opening stages, pretty com- bination between Coleman and Birch nearly en- abled the latter to cross. The visiting front rank came away with a grand rush, and only a good save by Bingo Davies prevented a score. Nothing, how. ever, was scored up to the interval. After re- suming, the home backs got away, and a fine open- ing by Coleman went astray. The remaining play was of a very interesting character, but as no score resulted, the match ended in a pointless draw. Cwm Stars visited LLanhilleth, and enabled the home fifteen to secure a splendid victory by 14 points to 3. Talywaun accomplished a good performance in easily over-running Crumlin at home by one drop goal and three tries to niL -1:- On Monday, 'Tredegar Hibernians, who are mak- ing strenuous efforts to capture the Second Di- vision, visited Rhymney to meet the United. Even play marked the opening stages, but gradually the United commenced to assert themselves, and fol- lowing some pretty play, Owen Beddoo dropped a goal. This mfused more spirit into the visitors' play, and on several occasions they were nearly over. The second half witnessed some very exciting exchanges. Parry on one occasion crossed with what appeared to be a lovely try, but it was not al- lowed to count. The visitors fought hard to the finish, but failed to pierce the strong home de- fence, of which Parry and Owen Beddoe were very prominent. Forward, Hawkes and W. F. Morgan were best. ■3C- New Tredegar journeyed to Beaufort to play the return League fixture. The visitors were shõrt of Richards, Newman, and Davies, in the back divi- sion, and W. James, Goward, and Worthington of the forwards. The state of the ground was against football, and very little passing was seen, and what was indulged in was very faulty. The game was a kick-and-rush style, and although the visitors were weak in the front rank they made matters very warm for the homesters. D. Bowen and J. Bowen were for ever in the thick, and were well backed up by Bishop and Kift Jones. J. Bowen made some clever bnrBts for the line, but was unable to pene- trate the defence. Johnny Davis, the visiting full- back, was very often called upon to save, and each time he did so with credit. The game ended in a pointless draw, but the visitors had the best of the play. J. Bowen was undoubtedly the best forward ■ on the field, and can be classed as one of the best in the League, while Bishop, Jones, Childs and Pritchard were for ever in the thick of the fray. Behind, W. Stephens was tip-top, and John Davies was Al. The tackling of Stonelake and Tom Wil. liams was often applauded by the onlookers. Monmouthshire Association Notes. [By "the New Boy."] Several important engagements were down for decision last Saturday, and possibly the. visit of Ynysddu to Newport to meet the High Cross Stars in the Woodcock Cup semi-final was looked upon as the chief game in the district. Unfortunatelv, Ynysddn fohnd it necessary to draw largely upon their Reserve team, while High Cross fielded a representative side. The first half saw the Stars continually in the ascendant, but the defence of Pentecost worried them considerably. Eventually, after some even play, Artiss gave the Stars the lead. with a splendid shot. while later Thomas add- ed another point. The second half proved far more even. Indeed, Ynysddu experienced a series of hard lines. No further scoring, however, was re- corded. By their victory of two clear goals, the Stars qualified to meet the "Ba-Bas" in the final, and no one can say that their victory was not thor- j oughly deserved. In the Leagne four Erst division encounters were brought to a definite conclusion. Abertillery, who of late, have been carrying everything before them, visited Blama with a weak side. With the ele- ments in their favour, Blaina attacked strongly from the outset. Collier and Stone being very promin- ent. Shortly afterwards, Williams gave Blaina the lead. The next incident was an unfortunate in- jury to Belbin, but later on he returned to the 1 field to play. Near the interval, 'Tillery wete pen- alised in the sacred area, and Blunsden converted the resultant penalty. Early in the second half 'Tillery showed to better advantage, but Cornick (the home custodian) barred the way. Later, 'Til- lery was awarded a penalty, and Jeffreys scored Blaina, however, followed with two more goals through Collier. The performance was quite the best accomplishment by Blaina for many moons. Stone, Grey and Griffiths were best in defence while Collier, Belbin, and Williams shone forward. # By their four to one victory over Tredegar, Ebbw Valo have succeeded in taking tho full quota of points, both home and away. The visitors attached i first, and Lloyd nearly let the Valians down. Ebbw' 1 vale were next awarded a penalty, and WTiitcombe found the net. The visitors, however, retaliated and equalised. Knapp again soon gave the Valians I the lead. After resuming. Ebbw Vale set up a hot 1 attack, but for some time the defence prevailed < Knapp again scored with a splendid shot, while 1 near time Whitcombe initiated a grand solo run and finished up with a great goal. < t Caerleon visited Llanilleth. and on account of 1 the narrow defeat experienced by the homesters at Caerleon. much interest was taken in the meet- ing. Directly after starting Alby Thomas and 1 Whistler Jones all but scored. The visitors rallied I splendidly, and at the interval the score sheet was blank. The opening of the second half saw J 'he visitors setting up a warm attack, but the de- r fence of Trace and Woodland kept them out. Whi"- s Jones next set the home forwards going which ;l.WJ..u.it4 ia Jwua defeating Besley. The t.

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