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FOOTBALL. BY VETERAN. | Oswestry were unlucky in their League contest scoring mood wLiile on more than one occasion they j were decidedly unfortunate i:i their attempts to score.. The result of 4 to 1 does no: at sail repre- sent the play. When playing up the hill the visi- tors had quite as much of the play as the home team had when they had to face the slope and sun but they could not adapt themselves to the vagaries of the ground. Time afrer time they peppered away at goal in the second half, but nearly all their shots went firing over the cross bar. The bottom goal on this ground stands in quite a dip and it is the easiest thing in the world to shoot over instead of through. The home team on the other hand seemed thoroughly to understand how the trick tJllOnltl he done. They d:,1 nor indulge in long shots which would go over the bar, but sent drop- pers right in front and with a rush found the mark, Tile Oswestry men ought to have taken a lesson from the play of the home team in the iirst half and fought them M their own game, but they did not even attempt it. The forward play of Oswestry was far in advance of that of \Vhitchurch in style nd prettiness a .d to 1" certain exteut in effectiveness too, but m-u- goal their failures were painful. For the winners Car:wriirht, Stynch- combe and Pickard were very prominent in the forward rank. They seemed to thoroughly under- staud each other. phy and dirl it well tuo, Cart- wright was particularly speedy and clever and had much to do with the victory his side gained, Wycherly, at half back was very fine. There aie Tery few better half backs in Shropshire than this man and he plays proper football. The old "veteran Freeman and his partner Farrinirton were very safe and the .goal-keeping (J Poole was about the best ever seen at Whiteh:i:eh. The home team played two new men from Xantwich and one from Crewe and all acquitted themselves well. The losers played a beautiful scientific game, which however did not pay. It is hard to say which of the forwards did best. In the first half perhaps Parry on the extreme right took the palm, but he seemed to fall oil a lot in the last part of the game. M. Jones in the second half was very fine. He did a little too much poaching but not quite so much in my opinion as the referee put down to his credit. Benbow and England played with great dash, but Jack Evans, who was unwell and was also saving himself for the International, did not play up to his usual good form. Edward occasionally left hie place too much, but otherwise, was very good. Grainger was as steady and safe as a rock, and Dick Jones could not be blamed for Be of the goals scored against him. In the semi-finil for the Welsh Junior Cup, at Oswestry, a good and tough game ended in a draw of three goals each, to Brymbo Institute Reserve and Wrockwardine Wood. Wrockwardine Wood had rather the better of the play, but the boys from Brymbo played up with rare dash against their more experience and formidable foes. The real juniors deserved to win at the next attempt, and if it will do them any good they have my best wishes for their success. Shrewsbury played up to their form on Satur- day, and though playing at Market Drayton. beat the Staffordshire Junior Cup holders, by 3 to 2, after a ding dong-gaine. The winners now have a, capital look in for the medals and on form ought either to gain them or play a good second fiddle, Their chance is preferable at present to that of St. Georges. The latter went down before the improved Iron- bridge men, who, like Shrewsbury, gained a three to two victory. The battle was a real royal one all through, and losers and winners played for all they were worth. Wellington are creeping up quietly, but poor Newport with only two more matches to play stand a very good chance of obtaining the medals (leather ones.) I regret to have to censure my Caersws friends for most unsportsmanlike conduct. On Saturday last they were to have played their return match, with the Royal Welsh Warehouse club on the latcer's ground. Placards had been posted during the week advertising the match for 3-15, and at this hour the Warehousemen were on the ground ready for the fray, but to their great disappoint- ment the expected visitors did not put in an appear- ance. After waiting for some time a telegram was received saying that they were coming by the next train. The homesters, although somewhat annoyed, remained on the ground anxiously waiting but instead of arriving by next train, as promised, another wire was sent saying that the taam would not come, and I am informed that instead of fulfilling an honourable engagement, they went away in another direction on the" off chance of having a game with a neighbouring club. Such conduct is most unsportsmanlike, and Caersws being a young club, can ill afford to subject clubs of longer stand- ing to iuch treatment, that is if they hope to get fixtures for another season. 1 can liardiv think that their energetic secretary who has hitherto worked BO assiduously for the welfare of the club, is to blame, but he should certainly give some explana- tion as to the cause of such misbehaviour, and I should say endeavour to see that the Warehouse- men are not at the loss of the expense they were put to in visiting Caersws and advertising last Saturday's match, besides being furnished with an ample apology for what I must t-erm such rank bad form." I should not write at such length only that on two previous occasions this season thev have subjected other teams to somewhat similar treatment. The International match, Wales v. England, was a. most disappointing one from a Welsh point of view. The Welsh men were quite outclassed at all points of the game, but this was more especially noticeable in the front rank, where the Welsh team utterly failed. If all the Chirk forwards had been playing instead of this picked team a much better match would have been witnessed. The failure in the front and half-back line must not be put down entirely to the men themselves, but to those who were responsible for the choice and disposition of the team. Why in the name of all that is good and reasonable did not this Selection Committee stick to the good and true men who did so bravely at Swansea? Or if they must have a change, why did they not put men in the places they had been ac- customed to play in all the season ? For instance, we had two good and clever out-side lefts playing. This was hard on both. They were quite at sea in regard to each other's play, and consequently neither man did himself justice. Rea. and James took the left wing to perfection at Swansea, and most certainly ought to have had it again. Instead of this they put an outside left with Rea, and transferred James to the other wing. Then again we had the spectacle of a capital outside right wing put to right half-back, and a good full back put up to half-back. What but failure could be expected. ? D. Jones and C. Parry, of course, were the best men for backs, and the committee were right enough here. Now as to the play. For a time the Welsh- men showed fair form especially Rea and Bowdler on the left and B. Lewis on the right though the latter was rather sellishly inclined. The first goal Bowdler got was a gem and some of the credit of it was due to Rea who passed cleverly to him when tackled by Lodge. The Englishmen after this reverse got into their stride and their forward play was as near perfec- tion as possible. The halves followed them up instead of hanging back and hampering the backs as the Welshmen did and thus they were continu- all assailing Trainor's fortress. All the goals obained by England were the result of lovely pass- ing. The centre and left wing were irresistible and Topham and Gosling were nearly ItS smart on the left wing. Better forward play has never been seen on Wrexham Racecourse and the spectators gave vent to their delight with frequent cheers, although their sympathy lay quite the other way. The half backs fed grandly and the backs and goal- keepers were as safe as houses. For a reserve man Lodge was a caution at right b3ck. The Welsh backs were in fine form, Parry especially, while Trainor in goal saved marvellously at times, though two of the goals should have been saved. Chapman was first class and the only half back on the Welsh side up to the mark. His play was the one re- deeming feature in this line. The Newtown men must make the most of him this season, for they will certainly lose him shortly. He is good enough for any team in England or Wales. The other half backs were only moderate, Jack Evans got a chill at Swansea and was not him- self at all, and as for A. Hughes he was quite out of his place, though he did well at times in the first half. Rea was very fast on the left and did some very good work at times, but as I said before ne and Bowdler did not seem to understand each others play. Bowdler was as tricky as ever, but he seemed to be so much afraid of getting into his old place on the outside that he went to the other extreme and was too much in the centre. Con- sequently many passes from himself to Rea and vice verm were intercepted by the English half- backs and spoilt. The other three forwards were bright at times, but sadly lacked cohesion. All the passing on the Welsh side was done to the front, and not once was the ball sent back even to a man in a good position. This was not the case with the Englishmen and their passing taught the Welshmen a good lesson in this respect. A draw of two goals each between Oswestry United and Xewtown, quite represents the play. It was a hard game from ftrst. to last. Perhaps on the whole Oswestry had just a shade the better of the play. In the first half Oswestry with the slope and wind and sun in their favour, ought to have scored, and would have done so, but for the really tinegoal keeping of Humphreys, and the grand defence of Tavlor and Townsend, aided by Chapman and Worthen. W. E. Pryce-Jones, his brother A. W., and Parry and Morgan, made several fine runs, but the tinish was poor in each case. Jack Evans, L. Benbow and the other for- wards of Oswestry showed good individual play, but did not combine as I have seen them. In the second half with everything in their favour New- town were rather disappointing. They were sadly lacking in dash. Right from the kick-off the United forced the play, and it was not long before X. Jones after a bit of grand play in which the whole of the forwards took part scored the first goal for his side. This reused the Welshmen a little, and W. E. Pryce-Jones after receiving a nice pass from his brother equalised the score. The United nothing daunted, went to work and some magnifi- cent play by Jack Evans'and Benbow ended with the latter shooting a first rate goal. This seemed to upset the Newtown men, and for a time their play lacked sting, but towards the end they played with great dash, and a splendid run between Morgan and Parry ended with the latter scoring the best goal of the day. FIRST CLASS LEAGUE TEAMS. Up to and including Saturday last. Played Won Lost Drawn Points Aston Villa 26 16 5 5 37 Sunderland 25 14 7 4 32 Burnley 25 14 3 3 31 Blackburn Rovers .24 14 8 2 30 Wolverhampton Wan.27 14 11 2 30 Sheffield United 28 12 11 5 29 West Brom. Albion .27 12 11 4 28 Derby County 24 11 10 3 25 Notts Forest 23 11 9 3 25 Stoke 25 11 11 3 25 Everton 26 11 12 3 25 Sheffield Wednesday 28 8 12 8 24 Bolton Wanderers .24 9 13 2 20 Darwen 26 7 14 5 19 Preston North End .26 7 16 3 17 Newtonlleath 22 4 17 1 SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. Goals Played Won Lost Dr'n F'r Agst Pts Xewtown 13.10. 3. 0..55.20.20 St. George's 13. 8. 3. Shrewsbury 12. 8. 3. 1. 40.29 17 Whitchurch 14. 6. 5. Wellington 12. 6. 4. Ironbridge 15. 5. 8. ewport 16. 4. 9. Hereford .13.. 5. 8. Oswestry United 14. 4. 9. 1.26.52. 9 Market Drayton 12.4. 8. 0.22.38. 8












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