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FOOTBALL NOTES. [By VETERAN."] The great local Cap finals are over, and very exciting games were witnessed at all. Let us take them iu order. The Welsh Junior Cup Final took place at Welshpool, and, thanks to Mr A P Davies and the energetic Welshpool committee, passed off without the slightest hitch. The arrangements as to ground &c., were excellent, and gave great satis- faction to the Welsh Association Commmittee. The game began quite half-an-hour behind time owing to the late arrival of the Shrewsbury men. Oswestry won the toss and had wind, ground, and sun in their favour. At first the" tobacco men" showed up fairly well, and exhibited some nice passing, but Kenyon and the other defenders of the United easily kept them in check. The Oswestry forwards did not indulge in smart passing, but thev went for goal most determinedly with many dangerous rushes. Early in the game they had rather hard lines in not scoring, but their time came before the game was fifteen minutes old. A very good run and centre was made by the left wing and Davies gave the goalkeeper no chance with his shot. Just previous to this one of Singleton's backs in clearing nearly gave a goal against his side. The Singleton team put a little more life into their plav after this reverse but they could maVe no headway, and if Kenyon did not bottle up the forwards one of the backs did, Humphreys being very good in this respect. Burgin once saved in rare style from a dangerous run on the right wing. Matthews with a good long shot once fetched the goalkeeper on his knees to save, and several of the others sent in warm shots so that the goalkeeper had his hands full. Oil changing ends it was thought that the Shrewsbury men would pull through all right, and certain y for about a quarter of an hour they had the better of the play, but then they hhd shot their bolt. With the greatest ease the little Reserves not only kept back their disorganised attacks but they also made several attempts to add to their score. Once Mack after passing the backs had the goal at his mercy but for some reason Matthews chipped in and the two cooks spoilt the broth. No further goals were scored and Oswestry ran out deservedly winners of the Welsh Junior Cup, much to the delight of the supporters of the club. No one was more pleased to hear the final whistle than Mr Allen. The second half seemed to him quite double the length of the first, and he began to think the Referee had lost his watch. I was glad, as much for Pa Allen's sake as that of his club, that his team won. The United played with much more dash than the losers, and seemed in better condition. Indeed all worked so hard that they did not recover themselves for their stiff fight against Bridgnorth in the Shropshire Junior final. Mr Joe Davies, Cefn, was a capable and impartial referee and kept the players well in hand. After the match, Mr Davies, Secretary to the Welsh Association, presented the Cup to the win- ners. Mr Davies said while congratulating Oswes- try on their well earned victory, he must must sympathise with the losers, who had fought a hard battle. They had played well, but the winners had done a little better. He trusted the Cup finals would all be as fairly and pleasantly contested as this had been (cheers). The Captain of the Oswes- try team replied in a modest speech, and thanked Mr Davies for presenting the Cup and for his remarks. It was the first time an Oswestry Reserve team had won the Cup and he hoped it would not be the last. The news of the success of the Reserve was warmly received at Oswestrv, and the special train in the evening contaiaing the victorious team was welcomed by hundreds of the supporters of the club, who cheered enthusiastically as the train steamed into the station. Cheer after cheer went up when Mr Allen, the hon secretary, held up the trophy, and as the victors stepped out of the train, Mr Allen and his men were escorted through the streets by "n immense crowd. The Cup was heid aloft and ringing cheers wore given till the Cup was placed in Mr Seth Powell's shop window. Mr Allen was called upon for a speech. He said the Cup had been won bv their little Reserves, and it bad been won on their merits alone. The impartial spectators and many of the Shrewsbury suppoi i.ers said the same, so it must be right. He hoped on Monday the Cup would have the company of another. Mr Allen's hopes were not realised, for on Monday the Reserves were decidedly beaten by a better team. The efforts of Saturday's stiff encounter had not worn off, and many of the men seemed stiff and limping, bat I think if they had beeu as fresh as paint thev vvonid not have won. A tremendous crowd lined the ropes and both teams were well received. Oswestrv won the toss and had wind and sur. in their favour. In the first miDuter so they did well and got dangerous, but once the Bridgnorth men got going they made the pace too hot for the Reserves. They were a very speedy lot and quick on the ball, but they did not depeUll alone upon this. At times their combination was good and effective. The first goal to them was rushed through in a scrimmage. Before the interval they were granted a peualty, but this came to nothing. With the wind against them it was any odds against, Oswestry, but they played up pluckily and certainly had at least a couple of chances of scoring. On the other hand the Bridge- north men did most of the pressing, and certainly had hard lines in not scoring more. The goal they got in this half was an unsatisfactory one, as it was from a penalty. Foulkes, Humphreys, Kenyon, and Matthews were the best men for Oswestry, and these fonr worked tremendously hard. Burgin, too, was little inferior to his partner, but he seemed to suffer from the previous game. After this match came the game of the day- Oswestry v St George's. I should have stated earlier that there were no less than three matches on the Shrewsbury ground on Monday. The first was between Stourbridge and Shrewsburv. The play in this was very pretty and good, and Shrews- bury were very lucky indeed to make a draw of it. Their play was not of such a high character and especially was this noticeable in the forward line. Good as this game was, it was not a Cup tie. although there was plenty of excitement. That was reserved to the last on the programme. The Dragons stepped on the field brimming over with confidence, and felt the Cup was once more going to St George's. When it was found Oswestry had won the toss, the friends of the Dragons took it as a good omen. "Ah!" said one of them to me, "the Reserves won the toss and lost the game, and I'll bet vou a trifle the old 'uns are served the same." My friend, I said, Keep your mon j, you will want it later on to help to drown your sorrow." Drink the health of the Dragons von mean," said he. Well, the game may be tersely described as a typical Cup tie final. Hard work and splendid determination all through, with Oswestry having slightly the best of the game. With the wind in their favour the United pressed severely and the forwards had several good openings, but erratic shooting and very smart defence and goal keeping kept them at bay. The forwards did excellent work in the open and np to goal, but then the shooting was not up to he usual Oswestry mark. With splendid and grim determination did the Dragons face the wind and their powerful opponents, and several times caused the Oswestry defence much uneasiness. Once indeed an easy goal should have been scored but Davies, Lloyd and Watkin between them, in an almost miraculous mantier, got the ball away. The whole of the first half was doggedly contested, Oswestry nearly always dangerous. With change of end3 the friends of the Dragons thought the Cup is good as won. For a short time they certainly did a little pressing jbut ere long they were driven back and the goalkeeper and the whole of the defence were taxed to their utmost. Verv seldom in the first half-hour of this part did the Dragons become actually dangerous. At laat the Oswestry left wing got away and a fine centre by Goodrich ended in the ball being rushed into the net, Tabor, I think, putting on the last touch. This point was loudly cheered by the supporters of Oswestry while my old friend from St George's looked desperately glum. The Dragons were not done with and in the last five minutes worked harder and better than they had done before. They forced about five corners and once all but did the trick, Davies saving marvellously, but the stout United men held on and won a grand Cup final bv one goal to none. The better team won but as the score shows there was not much in it. Both teams deserve praise for their fine display. Just before the game began, Leonard Benbow sent a telegram to his old mates wishing them success in both finals. The winners played well to a man. If I were to single any one player out for special praise it would be Barratt,who worked tremendously bard from beginning to end. He played the game —attending to the ball and not to the men. Of course he did not give way to any one, but the ball he went for and as a rule got it. The defence was sound and dashing, even Watkin, after getting hurt, played well. Lloyd was quite at his best, while Benbow and Foulkes did good work. The forwards were wrestled about a bit and did not at fir,t quite play up to their best form. Wellings was the best in the first half and his centres were very correct In the second half they all played finely and Good- rich brought off one of his good things. Davies in goal was very smart. The Dragons were a very even lot—not brilliant or dashing—but terribly in earnest. They and their supporters were greatly disappointed in losing. The gate was a very good one and the amount taken was upwards of £200. The final tie between Weston Rhyn and Pant at Oswestry on Saturday for the Village Cup proved a very interesting game. Pant forced the pace at the beginning and the game was a fast and vigour- ously contested one. Both sides scored once before crossing over. Although very exciting the pace in the second half slowed down, especially towards the end. The Pant men exhibited greater signs of fatigue. Weston scored twice and ran out winners by 3 to 1, thus winning the Cup two years in succession. An achievement not accomplished previously by any other team. A tremendous crowd gathered round the ropes at Chirk for the Welsh Cup Final between the Druids (holders), aud Wrexham. Wrexham succeeded better than their opponents in the first half, but in the play there was little to choose, and the Wrexhamites have to thank their brilliant goal- keeper (Jardine), for their lead of 2 to 1 at half-time. He saved many times in a truly masterly manner. In the second half the Druids went for them in no half hearted fashion. The Wrexham players defended most stubbornly for some time but the attacks were so persistent and determined that the equaliser came eventually. Hammer and tongs went the game and Wrexham were indeed very lucky to hold out without any further loss. I can fanes the smiles on the face of Mr Davies, Secretary, when the final whistle blew. and the game had to be replayed, and when the equaliser came even the stoical face of Mr Kendrick lent itself to a beaming smile. When the teams meet again on the same ground on the fifteenth another fine game should be seen, The semi-final for the St. Martin's and District Cup between Adwy United and Whittington was well contested in the first half. When however the Adwy men had the wind and sun in their favour there was no stopping them and they ran out deservedly winners bv 4 to 1. Beginning on Good Friday Aberystwyth wns the scene of several good football contests, in each of which the home team came out with flying colours. On Good Friday Liverpool Leek paid them a yisit. This team was not only a strong eleven but thev kuew their work well and gave the homestsrs a hard nut to crack. Bat the homesters cracked that nut all the same to the tune of 3 to 2. The play of the home team was excellent throughout and the young forwards, light though they may be, played a reallv plucky game. A Green as usual coming out first. The match on Saturday with Newport (rdop) attracted a large crowd. The team played a very poor gme the forwards showing up very rigged. They managed to get a goal though before half-time arrived, and in the second half played a better game, eventually beatiug Newport by four goals to one. The match on Easter Tuesday between Aber- ystwyth and Springfield (Birmingham) was dis- appointing. The visitors showed but a poor know- ledge of football and the spectators felt that a better entertainment ought to have been provided. Springfield failed to score and the homesters ran out winneis by five goals to none. Thus in three matches Aberystwyth came off winners and put on 12 goals as against three ef their opponents. Chirk during Eastertide have considerably im- proved, having succeeded in notching five points out of six. On Friday they beat. South Liverpool by 2 goals to 1, and by the F1; ,TIe score vanquished Rhyl United, both matches being played away, the latter on Saturday last. On Tuesday Tranmere Rovers visited Chirk. The teams were very evenly matched in the first half, but the interval arrived with a clean sheet. In the second moiety Chirk displayed commendable tactics, but failed to pene- trate the defence of their opponents, and a good game terminated in a draw of no goals each. Garston Copperworks played their return match wiih the Druids on Saturday, when neither team was fully represented. The feature of the game was the goalkeeping by Ashworth for the Copper- works, who was deservedly applauded. Thomas and Jones (Ruabon) who have played for Melrose proved sterling defenders for the homesters, and the forwards were all in beautiful working order, Jim Davies being especially active together with Pugh and Ralph Jones. In the First League games the two bottom places seem destined for Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers, nnd it is a great pity thas"two sueh old clubs should be relegated to the Second League. A CAERSWS COMPLAINT. Sat,—I have often read in your football notes paragraphs relating to the Machynlleth team and I always thought them to be a set of sportsmen who would forego anything sooner than a match, but I must say I have changed my opinion respect- ing them after what occurred here on Saturday. The team arrived here by the 2.30 p.m. traiu to play the Caersws team. The home team could not possibly be got together until 4.30, and this infor- mation was wired to tho Machynlleth secretary that morning. On the arrival of the team the captain informed the Caprsws captain that they must return by the 4.30 train as they could not possibly stay later, he was informed tha' they could not get the men together until after that time as the team is for the most part com- posed of railway men who could not leave their duty even for a football match; after considerable argument the Machynlleth men marched back to the railway station and took train for home with- out playing the match. Now this is not what the Caersws team did, they even went to Machynlleth on a previous Saturday with only nine men rather than disappoint them of a match. I hope you will find room for this in your notes, thanking you in anticipation.-Yours &c. A CAERSWS COMMITTEE MAN. THE LEAGUE.-FIRST DIVISION. Coals. P W L D F A PTS Astou Villa 29 16 8 5 57 37 37 Liverpool 30 16 9 5 42 28 37 Burnley 30 14 9 7 43 42 35 Blackburn Rovers 31 14 10 7 58 47 35 Everton 30 14 10 6 44 36 34 Notts County 31 11 7 13 44 43 35 Sunderland 31 13 12 G 39 40 32 Wolverhampton W. 31 12 12 7 48 46 31 NottsForesc. 31 10 10 11 38 38 31 Derby County 31 10 10 11 5953 31 Bury 30 12 12 6 42 46 30 West Bromwich A 31 12 13 6 41 43 30 Stoke 30 12 13 5 43 47 29 Sheffield United 32 9 12 11 45 49 29 Newcastle United 31 9 14 8 45 46 26 Preston North End 30 9 14 7 37 43 25 Sheffield Wednesday 32 8 17 7 30 59 23 Bolton Wanderers" 29 7 16 6 33 46 20 SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. Goals. P W L D F A PTS. Iron-Bridge 12 8 1 3 37 8 19 Walsall Reserve 12 8 3 1 37 11 17 St. George's 12 7 3 2 28 20 16 Newtown 11 6 3 2 33 12 14 Wem 14 5 7 2 14 24 12 Wrockwardine Wood 9 2 6 1 14 36 5 Welshpool United 11 2 8 1 13 44 5 Newport 11 1 8 2 5 26 4 THE COMBINATION. Goals. P W L D F A PTS Liverpool Reserve 22 19 1 2 81 15 40 Everton Reserve 22 19 1 2 92 17 40 Druids 23 14 8 1 55 24 29 Wrexham 24 13 9 2 49 43 28 Chester 23 11 8 4 49 46 26 Tranmere Rovers 18 10 6 2 35 26 22 Bangor 21 8 8 5 47 63 21 *White Star Wand. 23 8 9 6 51 41 20 South Liverpool 22 8 10 3 31 40 19 Oswestry United 20 8 10 2 44 48 18 Chirk 19 7 10 2 25 33 16 Llanrlurlno Swifts" 22 6 13 3 31 54 15 Buxton 21 7 14 0 33 70 14 Garston Copper W'ks 22 4 17 1 23 61 9 Rhyl 22 4 18 0 28 77 8 White Star Wanderers have had two points deducted for playing an ineligible man. DENBIGHSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. Goals. P W L D F A PTS Chirk Reserve 15 12 1 2 63 19 26 Wrexham Reserve. 17 9 5 3 66 37 21 Adwy United 14 9 3 2 50 23 20 Oswestry Reserve. 13 6 3 4 39 27 16 Druids Reserve 13 4 4 5 35 26 13 Llangollen Wand. 15 5 7 3 37 44 13 Stansty Villa 14 5 8 1 32 46 11 Brymbo United 12 4 6 2 30 32 10 Minera St. Mary's. 15 5 9 1 25 47 10 Weston Rhyn 12 4 7 1 15 35 9 St. Martin's 16 3 13 0 17 73 6
FRIENDLY MATCHES. ABERYSTWYTH V. SPRINGFIKLD. This match which was played on Tuesday, attracted but few spectators There was a change in the town team from that played on Saturday. Teams—Aber- ystwth Goal, T Evans; backs, W R Jones and G Evans half-backs, G Green, A Miles, and W Jones; forward", J Morgan, J Evans, A Green, 0 James, and Barson. Springfield Goal, Withers; backs, Oakley and Simcox; half-backs, Millichip, Bache, and Bache; forwards, Millichip, Millward, Hoilier, Bache, and Gilpin. Referee, Mr Ruston linesmen, Messrs Kenrick and Barson. The Springfield eleven was disappointing, and the spectators were rarely more amused than upon this occasion. At the end of the first half, the home team led by 4 goals to none, A Green (1), J Evans (2), and 0 James (1), being the scorers. In the second half the piay was worse than the first, and the game ended in a win for the homesters by 5 to 0. WELSHPOOL UNITED V. LIVERPOOL LEEK.—Played at Weislipool on Monday, before a fair number of spectators. The visitors brought a strong team, while the homesters were poorly represented. The following were the teams Welsbpoot Goal, C H White; baeks, R Heath and H Hamer; half-backs, W Claffey, T Jones, and Walter Davies; forwards, W Jarman, Hutchins, F Davies, J Jones, and T Austin. Liverpool: Goal, C H Jowett; backs, J Idris Jones and E Griffiths half-backs, A E Evans, E J Williams, and E LI Edwards; forwards, James Carmichael, John Carmichael, F A Fry, James Brown, and W F O'Brien. Referee, Mr H Smith. The first half was capitally contested, both goals being visited iu quick succession. Liverpool came near scoring early on, Walter Davies heading the leather from under the bar when the home custodian appeared to be beaten. Welshpool pressed for a time, b it there was very little method in their attack and the Liverpool backs easily cleared. White was cheered for some fine saves, but even- tually 0 was beaten by the visitors' centre forward, who run clean through the home defence and Clashed the ball in the net-a splendid goal. The game was of an even description up to the interval, when the score stood: Liverpool, 1 goal; Welsh- pool, 0. Oil resuming the homesters re-arranged their team, Heath going forward, T Jones back, aud Hutchins half-back. This seemed to work well and the game continued to be fought out in a determined manner. After some even plav the Liverpool forwards got into close proximity to the home citadel. White saved, but unfortunatelv in clearing kicked the ball against an opponent and it rolled into the net. Nothing daunted Welshpool played up pluckily nd caused the Liverpool defence many anxious moments. Walter Davies and Hamer were in rare form, and repeatedly broke up the combination of the visitors. Heath got in some splendid centres, which should have been turned to good account. Frank Davies, who worked hard all through, experienced bard lines on several occasions, ileath sent in a good shot, and the home players claimed a penalty, as one of the Liverpool defenders listed the ball out, but the referee did not notice the incident and the claim was not allowel—very hard lines for the homesters, as they would in all probability have scored had the leather not been listed out. The visitors next had a turn at pressing, but found a stumbling block in Walter Davies. Towards the end the home forwards tried des- perately hard to score, and an exciting scrimmage took place in the Liverpool goal. The ball certainly appeared to be over the line, but the referee gave the defending side the benefit of the doubt. Time was shortly afterwards called, and a pleasant and enjoyable game ended :-Liverpool Leek, 2 goals: Weishpool, 0. ABERYSTWYTH V. NEWPORT.—This match was played off on Saturday on the Vicarage field. The teams were as follows: -Aberystwyth: Goal, T Evans; backs, D Edwards and Geo Evans; half- backs, G Green, J H Edwards, and W Jones; for- wards, J Morgan, J Evans, A Green, Barson, and Bennett; linesman, Mr J Thomas. Newport Goal, J Macklin backs, W Taylor and W Lewis; half-backs, J Duckers, J Ward and T Plimmer; forwards, S Price, E Simmill, W Wright, W Good- win, and J Horsenail; linesman, Mr H J Evans. Referee, Mr T H Edwards. Newport was the team which knocked Aberystwyth out of the Welsh Cup Competition by one goal to none at Newport, con. sequently more than the usual interest was taken in the match. The opening exchanges were all in favour of Newport, who were smart on the ball and constantly took it off their opponents' toes. T Evans was early called upon to fist out, and at the other end of the ground Macklin exerted himself to save. The home forwards failed to show that dash which was a feature of their play against the Liverpool team on the previous day. They went about their work in a lazy fashion, whilst Newport put in all they knew and were the first to score. The play of the home team was very poor and the spectators were disappointed. Any attempt at a run was promptly nipped in the bud by the Newport backs, who time after time captured the ball when it was intended to have reached an Aberystwyth man. The return kicks of the Newport backs were well directed, whilst on the other hand the home backs were shakv. So far Newport had proved themselves the better team, and with only two men different to the eleven that defeated Aberystwyth for the Cup, a pretty fair estimate of the relative strength of the teams was gained. There were occasions when the home team were really dangerous, and Macklin was called upon to clear, but, whatever chance tell in their way, either by the fumbling of the forwards, or the splendid defence of the Newport backs, a score was not effected. At half-time the score stood Newport one, Aberystwyth none. The home team set about their work in the second half in better fashion, and the brothers Green were the means of putting their side level, A Green helping into the net a shot from his brother at the half line. A Green also scored the second goal for his side, after a bit of pretty play by Morgan, J Evans and himself. Following this np Aberystwyth played a better game, and the shots for the goal dropped thick and fast, J Evans scoring the third goal for his side with a really fine shot. Three goals to one and two disputed put the crowd in better humour, and they were inclined to pardon «' the hitherto lazy behaviour of their fighting eleven. The fourth goal followed fast on the third, A Green or Barson putting the ball through out of a scrim- mage, and the game ended in favour of Aberystwyth by four goals to one. LLANFYLLIN V. OSWESTRY BLACK WATCH.— Played at Bodfach Park, Llanfyllin, on Friday week in fine weather and before a good crowd of spectators.—Llanfyllin: Gnal, J Lloyd; backs, Davies and T Lloycl halves, Lee. D Griffiths and E Jones; forwards, Owen, J JoneR, M Jones. D Jones and Watkins. — Black Watch Goal, Prite hard backs, Glover and Attwood; halves, Williams, Butcher and Cjtton; forwards, Lewis, Thomas, E Williams, Taylor and Roberts. The homesters won the toss and elected to play with a strong wind behind them. The home forwards were soon in the vicinity of the visitors' goal, but were met by the strong defence of Glover and Attwood. A foul brought relief to the visitors whose forwards tried to get away, but were soon driven back. Owen got possession and beating three opponents in quick succession shot over the bar. Llanfvl1:n were having all the play, the visitors scarcely crossing the half way line. The home forwards had pIHI!t> of chances, but were wild and shot badly. From a scrimmage in the goal Attwood kicked the ball through his own goal thus scoring first for the home team This led to a determined attack on the visitors' goal, Pritchard being app*auded for a fine save. Soon afterwards the homesters scored another goal and half lime arrived with the -corp in their favour by two goals to nothing. Immedi- ately on the restart the visiters, aided by the wind, were attackii g the home goal, Lloyd clearing with a good kick. Afterwards the play was of a very even character, each side attacking in turn. D Jones scored again for Llanfylliu. From the kick- off the visitors made a combined rush for the home goal and scored with a good shot. Fiom a thmw, in J Jones got hold and rushed for goal but was deliberately tripped when in a good position. From the ensuing peualty kick M Jones failed to score. Nothing further was scored and a spirired gamH ended in a well deserved victory f >r Llanfyllin bv three goals to one. The homesters were the better- team and quite deserved to win. Davies and Lloyd showed good defence. The halves played a good game and kept their forwards well emploved. The forwards showed pretty combination at times, but. were wild in front of goal. Owen was undoubtedly the pick of the forwards. Watkins and Jones com- bined pretti y on the left wing, and Jones and Owen made a capital right wing, i.l Jones in the centre played a good game. For the visitors the backs played well. The halves were weak and did not feed the forwards. The forwards were lacking in finish and cohesion, and showed poor combination. Roberts and Taylor did pretty well on the left. Williams was too well watched in the centre to get dangerous. Thomas and Lewis did not seem to get on together. NEWTOWN v. OLD XAVERIANS.—At Newtown on Saturday. The visitors are amateurs and played a good gentlemanly game. The teams were as follows-Newtown: Goal, A Edward-t; backs, M Pilot and C Parry; halves, H Tucker, W Parry and C Jones; forwards, A Swettenham, E Morgan, W Tudor, Withers and R Morris. Xaverians Goal, Beunett; backs, McAdam and Mawdsley; halves, Crewdson, Weisker and McDonald forwards, Park, Morey, Hodson, Keating and Burns. Referee, Mr Evan Rees. Newtown won the toss and played down the incline with the sun at their backs. Immediately from the kick-off McAdam had to save a header from Morgan, but from a scrimmage soon after Tudor scored after Bennett had partially cleared. After this the visitors had a good share of the play for a time, but Bennett was soon called upon and he saved twice splendidly. McDonald was heartily cheered for a grand bit of play by which he frustrated an effort on the part of the home right. Bennett again proved himself an excellent custodian. Pilot was penalised for tripping Burns, but the free-kick was cleared. Bennett was continually troubled, but saved grandly. Hodson, Barns and Crewdson at the the other end had a good try at Edwards' charge. The home forwards again got down the field on the left by a splendid run. A dangerously lookingscrimmage resulted in the visitors' goal in which Bennett was again con- spicuous, and received hearty cheers for his fine performance. From the restart Swettenham was pulled up for offside, but he was again in dangerous proximity. His centre was secured by Morris who banged the ball into a lot of players in the goal mouth, and Tudor ran up and scored. Newtowo had the better of matters for some time, but Swet- tenham was again pulled up for offside. The visitors afterwards made two or three good attempts but their final efforts went wide. Hodson next sent in a shot which Edwards partially cleared, and Keating rushed down and scored After a spell of pressing by the homesters Crewdson got down, bis firnl effort going just outside. At the other end Bennett ran out to meet a rush, and Morris should have scored but failed. Give and take play followed to the end and the game ended Newtown 2 goals, Xaverians 1. MACHYNLLETH V. ASTON TEMPLARS.—Great was the excitement and expectation in connection with this match, and there was a crowd of curiosity seekeis" at the railway station waiting the arrival of the Brummagem goods." The following con- stituted the home team:—Goal, Williams; backs, o Morris and Willie Evans; halves, George Weaver, R Humphreys, and J 0 Holt; forwards, T Williams, Dick Holt, Rpoert Humphreys (capt), Johnny Edwards, and R Hughes. Mr Cuie had charge of the whistle. The home Captain, Humphreys, won the toss, and decided to avail himself of the strong wind blowing from the sea. The game started and it was evident to all that there was going to be some fast and sensational play. The homesters, rigged in blue shirts and blue knicks, commenced to sprint. The visitors' left full back was playing a superb defence, his kicks being clean and full of judgment. Time after time the visitors centre- half broke up the onslaught of the home forward string, but the young 'uns were not to be out- done, they were playing what oue would call really class football, the Captaiu feeding his men judi- ciously, and at the same time playing a cool game. The visiting outside left, was decidedly weak and spoilt many a splendid opening. A change came ere long, the outside left, Williams, crossed neatly, the leather travelling to the opposite side. Johnny Edwards, the home outside right, got at it and off he went on his own hook, racing away as if ho were making tracks for the North Pole, with a pack of hunters- jogging after him he passed the backs, having run quite half the length of the field with the leather at his toes, shot beautifully for goal, and the ball was met instantly by the alert captain who banged it in without any doubt. It was a magnificent run on the part of young Edwards, and to him must be awarded the honours of that first goal. Just after the restart the visitors ran up, the inside right shot at goal, Williams the home cus- todian met the ball with his knees, the slippery ball bounciug on to the upright and slipped in—a most provoking goal. Just before half-time a long shot just under the bar beat Williams, and the teams crossed over with the score—Aston Templars 2, Machynlleth 1. The pace having been so terrific, and the scoring having been by no means prolific in the first half, it was no surprise to find that the pace slackened a bit. But although playing against the wind the home forward brigade would make an ugly rush now and then, and as a sequel to oee of these, Hughes, the inside right, shot and struck the bar, Holt, the inside left, rushed in and placed it safe by what appeared to be a foul. At this stage of the game we were treated to a nice comedy, which all but turned into a tragedy (I mean that by tragedy, that the verdict of Mr Referee Cule might possibly have disallowed that goal). The spec- tators broke in over the barriers, and they shouted like Wild Indians. The visitors disputed tho goal on the ground that Holt's arm had touched the ball on its rebound from the ground. The homesters said the ball was through, on the inner side of the bar, before Holt touched it, and that it would in any case have gone in the net. My humble opinion on the matter is this The ball would probably have gone in in any case, for the goalkeeper was down on the ground—hut the fact that Holt touched it with his arm would probably turn the verdict for defendants. How- ever, a. referee is a referee, and when the oracle hab spoken Luere should be no dispute. 1Ilr Cule acted fairly, I've no doubt. The teams were now quits. The homesters were having the better of matters, and experiencing hard luck. They were exhibiting fine muscular strength and staying powers. The winning goal came to the visitors just before the end, and it was about the cruellest bit of bad luck a goalkeeper ever had. Williams ran out, caught the ball almost on his knees, and the ball being slippery he lost it, aud it was pounced upon, and before he could recover himself it was through. A splendid game in every sense of the word ended in a win for the Aston Templars by three goals to two. With the least bit of luck Machynlleth should have won for they had fully three-fifths, if not three-fourths of the game. The homesters are to be heartily congratulated upon the masterly exhibition of football they gave in their last match of the season with strangers. It was far and away the best game of the season, and every player played football worthy of the highest traditions of football. If all's alive and well for next season Machynlleth will be a force to be reckoned with, and some rare tussles can be looked forward to. The curtain drops, so farewell Captain Humphreys and all thy gallant crew, until next seaSOD.
WELSH CUP. FrNAL, DRUIDS v WREXHAM. These teams were fully reprefolented at Chirk on Monday in the final for the Welsh Suuiul' Cup. Fully 7,000 persons witnessed a match full of iucideui, and several special trails were run. Beautiful weather prevailed and when the teams entered the areua they were applauded bv their respective supporters. The following were the teams DRUIDS Goal, Sam Jones; backs, A Hughes and C Thomas; half-backs, T Davies, J -'rice, and G Richards; forwards, RJones, J Davies, J Pugh W Butler, and J Vaughan WREXHAM. I Goal, Jardine; baek. Povah and Blew; half- backs, Rogers, Robinson, and Harrison forwards, Kelly, Williams, Grainger, Lewis, and Challoner. Referee, Mr Roberts, Crewe. Druids won the toss and played wiih a slightly viiid. Robinson raced away and from some excellent work Wrexham almost opened the scoring and the Ancients for he nex- few minutes were hemmed in, Sam Jones with considerable difficuitv fisting uut a trying charge but the leather wa" quiekly returned and Tommy Davies rushed in goal alld fisted out. He was penalised and from the ikick which resulted Robinson shot iu. Sun Jones in a supreme effort, and Wrexham obtained their first goal amidst great enthusiasm after 17 miuuies'^play. The Druids were evidently aroused and kept' up a fusilade on their opponents' goal but althougn thej made several creditable attempts to equalise the Wrexham defence was impregnable. Wrexhaut then transferred play aud Grainger missed a fine opportunity by -shooting wide. Three mIrluteiî later Sam Jones was called upon touegoti- ate a treacherous shot but to the extreme surprise of the crowd the cuarge glanced off his hand and the s-'Coud goal was r egistered. From the mid field kick Vaughan fouled. Jim Davies obtained but Kelly robbed aud got splendidly away but vrthur Hutrhes intervening, relieved Druids were checked in neutral territory for fouling but nothing tangible accrued until eventually Jtlalph Jones and Pugh b,oke away aud forced a fruitless corner off Blew. Kelly initiated a fast ran and evaded Tommy Davies but he failed to find the net. After this the 'Ancieuts" showed up to remarkable advantage, and outwitted the opposiug quintette wirh a dis- play of admittedly pretty play, Pugh and Vaughan u-ing their craniums with great judgment. Vxex- tiam again found their stride, but. Alf Williams shot el-i-atically when in close proximity. Ralph Jones and Pogh gave Jardiue au anxious time, but finally relief came with a corner. The Wrexham defence partially cleared from the corner kick, but their opponents soon paid them another visit when B ew c',are(i with a random kick. From a throw-in in midfield, Lewis raced off, but Jack Price beat him i,r-i,kily, and passed across to Ralph Jones who at'I,>r some slight hesitation when he was seriously hampered, ceutred with a brilliant shot, which Pugh immediately in front of goal headed into the net, completely baffling Jardine, amidst loud applause. This occurred after half an hour's play. From the midfield kick, the Druids' styini, immediately got away, aud made a det er mined rush ou the Wrexham quarters, but when near the twelve yards' line Pugh was badly tripped aud Wrexham were penalised for fouling. From the resultant kick Ralph Jones almost equalised, but Wrexham's defence tempora- rily transferred play until Pugh obtaiued but shot out of reach at;d Jardine ran out and cleared. The Wrexham representatives strained every effort to penetrate the Druids' defence, but to no purpose, Richards exhibiting wonder ul defensive tactics. Wrexham kept up the pressure, but Thomas, Hughes, and Richards stubbornly repulsed the de- termined onslaughts, Richards being particularly admired. The "tovnnien," however, transferred operations uatil the "Ancients" ran up and headed the leather out of play. Challoner and Pugh fouled in a miuor manner, but subsequently Povah obtained possession and gave to Kelly who took poor advantage of a splendid opportunity, and Sam Jones with remark- able ease made an effectual clearance. Vaughau and Butler returned to Wrexham quarters hut over- ran the ball, and Graiuger and Lewis just after. wards beat their opponents, but concluded with a decidedly erratic shot. Play from this to the interval wa8 of au even though fast nature. Just before the interval Druids were alleged to have fouled in mid-field and Blew shot in, but Sam Jones who exerted every effort just managed to clear. Kelly was penalised for an iufringertent of the off- side rule, and the iuterval arrived with the score of two goals to one in favour of Wrexham. Resuming hostilities Pugh set the ball in motion passing to R Jones who ran away splendidly, but Butler (nullified a fine opening by shooting wide. Lewis initiated a p'-etty run but lost possession. Povah headed and Thomas shot up, but the opposing defence wassafe. Druids, who were having by far the better of the play, raced away again and Vaughan concluded a dashing run with a brilliant shot which beat Jardine^ five minutes from the restart. Now that the "Ancients" had arrived on equal terms fresh life seemed to be instilled into the game. T Davies beat his opponents but Pugh handled. Ralph Jones put in some marvellous play bull eventually Povah relieved with a corner kick, which proved abortive. Druids again got, dangerous and Jardine conceded another corner but cleared. Vaughan experienced hard lines with a swift low grounder and Jardine gave another futile corner. Wrexham now had a look in and at last got within shooting range of sam Jones, forcing an abortive corner. Eventually Richards shot over from a long shot. After four successive throws-in in the Wrexha a territory, Jim Davies put in a brilliant shot which Jardine negotiated commend- ably. Povah conceded a corner and Jardine was impeded. Play was again transferred and Wrexham nearly put on the winning goal, but Sam Jones with coolnesssverted danger by giving a corner. Ralph Jones subsequently broke away and missed only by inches. Druids fouled in their own quarters and by dint, of hard work their custodian repelled a hot charge. After Harrison had submitted to Jim Davies, Ralph Jones put in an excellent run, but Biew again cleared. The closing stages were of the most exciting description and Richards compelled his opponents to retire on two or three occasions. When the whistle sounded Jim Davies was in the act of shooting, and a most exciting game ended in a draw of 2 goals each.
DENBIGH-HIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. ST MARTIN'S V DRCIDS' RESERVE.—Played at St Martin's on Saturday. Before the interval the Saints had notched two points, while the old Britons succeeded in scoring ooe. After the usual refresher the homesters added three more goals, through T Jones, and ran out easy winners, the final result being St Martin's 5, Druids' Reserve 1. LLANGOLLEN WANDERERS V DRUIDS' RESERVE. —These teams met at Llangollen on Friday week, when an evenly-con tested game ended in a draw cf 2 goals each, Mr T Dodd (Brymbo) being the referee. WREXHAM RESERVE V BRYMBO UNITED.—The Reserve by their draw of 3 goals each on Good Friday at home obtained another point, giving them second position in the tournament. Brymbo dis- played commendable dash and showed up splendidly against their more formidable opponents. MINBRA ST MARY'S V LLANGOLLEN WANDERERS. Llangollen Wanderers paid their first visit to Minera on Saturday, and a quarter of an hour before the close of the match led by one goal to nil. The Saints however were successful in registering two goals aud thus won by two goals to one.
THE COMBINATION. CHESTER V RHYL.—OU Good Friday, Chester winning by 5 goals to nil. BANGOR V WHITS STAR WANDERERS.—At Bangor oil Good Friday the homesters winning by 4 goals to 3. LIVERPOOL RESERVE V LLANDUDNO SWIFTS.— Llandudno, 2 goals Liverpool Reserve 1. Played at Llandudno oil Good Friday. TRANMERE ROVERS V OSWSTRY.- At Prenton Park on Good Friday, the visitors being defeated by 4 goals to nil. RHYL v OSWESTRY.-At Rhyl on Saturday, the homesters proving victors by one goal to nil. TRANMERE ROVRRS V CHIRIC.-On Tuesday at Chirk. No goals were scored by either side. WREXHAM V. DRUIDS.—At Wvonstay Park on Good Friday when Wrexham won by two goals to one. DRUIDS v. GARSTON. This return Combination fixture was decided on Wynnstay Park, on Saturday, before about 2,000 spectators. The Ancients played five reserve men and the visitors had the services of only nine men. During the first part of the game the visiting defence kept out their opponents. Ralph Jones proved several times dangerous but Ashworth, the Garston custodian, cleared in a marvellous manner. Pugh found the net but was declared offside. From a foul Druids shot in and Vaughan experienced hard lines. Druids continued to bf-) aggresive and Pugh with a swift shot struck the upright amidst cheers. At the interval no goals had been registered. Six minutes from the restart Pugh opened the scoriug and Davies almost repeated the performance immediately afterwards. The Druids were evidently in scoriug humour and Ralph Jones succeeded with a brilliant shot. R Jones initiated a fine run and centred to Pugh who found the net but was penalised for being offside. A-hworih had an anxious time and sustained 111"1 reputation bv clearing several hot shots. Pugh was responsible for the third goal for the homesters. Jim Davies forced a fruitl.o corner and soon after- wards registered the fourth point with a merciless shot. Jones, the home custodian, was visited after 28 minutes' plav but, cleared easilv. The visitors continued to defend stubbornly but Jim Davies again found the net but wasoff iide A few minutes .before time Ralph Jones notched the fifth goal, and the Druids won easily by five goals to nil.
SHROPSHIRE JUNIOR CUP. FINAL. BRIDGNORTH v. OSWESTRY RESERVE. The final match for this cup took place at. Shrews- bury, on Monday, before a very large attendance. Nice weather prevailed. Mr Mcllwraith, Shrews- bury, was the referee, and the teams turned out as foilows — OSWESTRY RESERVE. Goal. Foulkes; backs, Humphreys and Burgin; haif-backs, Griffiths, Kenyou and W Jones; for- wards, Morris, Davies, Matthews, Roberts and Mack. BRIDGNORTH. Goal, Baker backs, Richards and Foulkes; half- backs, Wright, Newsome and Gough forwards Fellow-, W Richards, Haslewood, S Richards and J Gough. Plaviug against the wind anrf sun, Haslewood commenced hostilities for Bridgnorth. A foul fell to Oswestry, and after some good work by Robot ts and Mack, Baker saved well from the Oswestrv right, with two men on him. Kenyon placed the bail nicely forward and Oswestrv got down, hut a pass from the right, went over the goal line. Bridg- north went to the other end and Burgin relieving with a long kick, good play followed on the Oswestry left, Mack being conspicuous A corner was forced, but this was nicely cleared and Hum. phreys stopped au incursion by Bridgnorth, whose goal then had a narrow escape, the ball ultimately being sent. wide. Morris was a bit slow and Foulkes easily robbed him. J Gough made a nice run and forced a corner, but this was cleared, and Oswestry got down and forced acoruer, Davies sending wide. Mack, who received from Morris, doing ditto a minute later A long shot by Burgin was well saved by Baker, and after Home mid-field play, Haslewood and S Richards got well in, and passed Humphreys, but Burgin rushed across and cleared. Bridgnorth, however, came again, and the Oswestrv defence cleared, and at the other end Richards from Mack, Oswestry just then having hard lines. Bridgnorth made a nice run, and Fellows sent against. Burgin, a. corner being secured. This was cleared, but Kenyon handled close in, and from the kick, J G iu<h scored after about 20 minutes' play. Oswestry then went to the other erd and forced a corner, after a good return bv Humphreys, and they experienced hard lines. Foulkes fisted out from the left, and after a. foul to each side, Oswestry pressed, but the Bridgnorth defence was excellent. Matthews was next conspicuous for in- dividaal work, and Davies, who was the best of the forwards, sent in a warm ground shot which Baker kicked out. Matthews was again in evidence, but he was too long in passing ana Richards cleared. Kenyon at half-back was playing a magnificent game, tackling and feeding well, but the forwards did not seem to settle dowu. After a combined run by Oswestry and a centre by Morris Oswestry lost a certain chance, the ball being placed high over the bar. The Oswestry goal was pressed and Ultimately J Gough sent wide. After a free-kick t.o Bridgnorth, Matthews got down and missed by iuches only. A corner fell to Oswestrv but this was cleared, and at the interval Bridgnorth led by oue goal to nil. On restarting Bridgnorth got away and Foulkes was called upon, Humphreys sending up the field. After a foul to Bridgnorth, their left wing was prominent, but Humphreys and Burgiti were sound. After quarter of an hour's play Bridgnorth secured their second goal from a penalty kick. Oswestry made a nice run ana Matthews received in front of goal, but was dispossessed. After a fruitless corner to Oswestry, Bridgnorth netted the ball again, but the point was disallowed. Bridgnorth forced several corners, but they proved abortive. Humphreys stopped a dan- gerous rush and Oswestry got up. Morris appeared to have an opening but Richards dispossessed him. Final Bridgnoth, 2 goaJs; Oswestry Reserve, nil.
SHROPSHIRE CUP. FINAL. OSWESTRY UNITED v. WELLINGTON ST GEORGE'S. After the Junior Jup tie the ahove teams plaved the final tie of the senior competition. The Cam- brian Railways Comoany ran a special train from Oswestry and considerately placed two saloons at the disposa1 of the Oswestry teams. Most of their supporters went by this train, which, consisting of twelve or thirteen coaches, wa-t packed. The at- tendance had considerably increased by now. Mr Sera"g, Crewe, had charge of the teams, which lined np as follows:- OSWESTRY. Goal, Davies; backs, Lloyd and Watkins; half-backs, Barratt, Benbow, and Foulkes; for- wards, Wellings, M Watkins, Tabor, T Parry and Goodrich. WELLINGTON ST GEORGE'S. Goal. Evans, backs, Adams and Titley; half- backs, Watkin, Bennett, and Jones; forwards, Gwilliam, Rigby, Preston, Davies, and Asprey. Oswestry were fortunate in winning the toss and had the wind and sun behind them in the first half. The United at once got down and Evans saved a splendid shot from Wellings, the same player in the next minute sending a shot across tho the goal mouth, which was not met. After a free kick and a corner to the United, Barratt sent wide. Ben- nett smartly robbed M Watkins and the Dragons made a swoop in the Oswestrv goal, Davies finally sending over the bar. Tom Parry and Tabor got away and the latter gave to Wellings who was ruled offside. After a cessation of hostilities owing to an injury to B Watkins, Watkins pulled up Goodrich, but the ball went out. A free kick close to the Dragons' goal was awarded Oswestry and this was dealt with and Barratt returned wide. The game was fast and exciting, the partisans of both sides urging on their pots. Evans shot out from M Watkins and the Dragons tried to get away, but the United half-backs tackled well. After another abortive corner to Oswestry,Wellings received from Tom Parry and sent in a wide shot. The Dragons' left wing ran up together but Bar- ratt relieved and gave to Wellings who was robbed by Jones. A free kick was given the United and Foulkes sent in a nice shot which Adams headed away. Barratt was conspicuous for some smart work. A foul was awarded the Dragons, after which one fell to Oswestry. Lloyd planted the ball nicely iu front of goal and a scrimmage ensued. Amid great excitement the ball bounced over the bar. From a free-kick Evans was called npon, and immediately after Benbow sent in a fast shot, and Evans gave a corner in clearing. The Dragons defended their goal well and kept it intact. Anne bit of play was seen on the St George's left wing, and Lloyd miskicking the Dragons looked dangerous, but the pressure was relieved by B Watkins who was compelled to kick into touch. A free-kick to the Dragons was negotiated by Foulkes. Titley however and Foulkes again secured and was fouled. Adams received the kick and sent well up, and Davies and Asprey raced away, but the latter over ran the ball. The Dragons were now having the better of the argument, and after a run on the right and a scrimmage in front of goal an anxious time followed for Oswestry. Davies at lasted fisted out and Benbow sent down the field, the ball being returned over the line. A long shot by B Watkins caused some anxiety. It bounded in front of goal and looked as if it would go under the cross-bar, but it landed on the net. The Dragons then broke away and Preston gave to Gwillinm who was closely attended by Foulkes, and the ball went over the line. After a couple of runs by Goodrich, who was well watched, hands fell to the United and Evans was called upon. The interval arrived with no score. On resuming it was thought the Dragons would manage to win with the wind in their favour. St. George's at once made themselves felt and a rush on the Oswestry goal terminated by Preston sending over the bar. Wellings and "Vatkins essayed a run but Jones baulked the attempt and play went along the Dragons' left, the ball eventu- ally going out. The Dragons again pressed and Lloyd relieved. Wellings and Wa.tkins got awav, but a foui was awarded Oswestry which was cleared. A foul against. Oswestry was got away by Barratt and the United forwards went up, Tabor baing ruled offside. Adams intercepted a pass to Good- rich and sent into touch. Gwilliam and Rigby o-ot away in style but Lloyd relieved. The ball however was returned and Benbow dealt with a couple of nasty shots close to goal. Tetley pulled up the Oswestry forwards and play went to the other end, but Tom Parry and Goodrich made a fine run the latter finishing with a shot which grazed the cross- bar. The Dragons tried hard to penetrate the Oa- westry defence, but the halves and backs were im- pregnable. Preston looked dangerous, but being hustled by Lloyd he sent the ball out. Tom Parry, Tabor, and Wellings, initiated a smart run, Wellings centred and Evans fisted out. Menn- while one of the backs was keeping Tabor away and a free kick was awarded Oswestry close in the Dragons' goal which had a narrow escape. Os- westry were now pressing, Benbow and Barratt being conspicuous for good work. After a foul against Oswestry, Asprey got away and passed Lloyd. Disaster seemed imminent, hut B Watkins came to t; e reDcue aud Oi-vestry went up, Adams clearing; and at the other end VV vtkins stopped the right wing. Oswestry h-.d hard lines in not scoring from a free-kick. Tom Parry and Goodrich had been well covered, bur ai last Goodrich got away and put in a fine ppirn- tYom which Wellings scored,about quarter of ;ti time. Loud cheers from the Oswestry supporters followed this performance. Wellings sent in a nice shot and Goodrich put in an overhead 8110t which Evaas fisted out. Asprey looked da>ige.ous but Barratt nabbed him in time and gave a fruitless corner. The Dragons defence w.is s,-vm, e|y tested aud Good- The Dragons defence w.is s,-vm, e|y tested aud Good- rich in a couple of occasion.s had his opposing half and full baek on a string' Oswestrv forced a corner, but this went behind Weliingsand Watkins got away, and Goodrich and Barra't had yiie-s at goal, but the Dragons defence phued well From a scrimmage the United forced a corner, which Goodrich sent wide The Mragons then got away and tried hard to equalise. Asprey sent m a hot shot, and Davies gave a c e-ner, "w ,ich came to nothing. Amidsi the great. the Dragons w-re again aroun-I the Oswestrv goal, but the United defenders kept them at bay. After a free kick to the United, tie Dragons broke away at a fast rate and forced a corner, which Parry cleared. The ball was returned and Parry again I sent up the field. The Dragons made a despe/ate effort to get level, and forced a corner fiorn Davies, but this was cleared.and time arrived with Oswestry winners of the Cup by one, ^oai to nil. After the mate Mr Snarman. chairman cf the Shropshire Association, presented the Cup at the Unicorn to the Captain 01 the United team (Benbow). The arrival of the "special" at Oswestry was met by a great crowd of f Kin.all enthusiasts, who cheered vociferously when the CUCI was tield up. The cheers were continued up the srreet, the team having a most enthusiastic receptiou.
THE VILLAGE CUP. FINAL. WESTON RdYN v PANT. On neutral grouud at Oi»ventry, Oil Saturday, these teamii met to decide -vhicti should hold the Village Cup for the ensuing year. I'here was a good gate, and uice weather prevailed. Mr B Gough was referee, aud the teams were as follows:— WESTON RHYN. Goal, J Morris; backs, J Rogers and R Rogers half-backs, T Morris, F Sugar, and W Millershrp; forwards, R Davies, J Alidership, F Lytti, J Mere- dith, and U Midership. PANT. Goal, J Thomas; backn, 0 Jones and E Lloyd; half-back-, D Ellis, W Harries, aud r Jones; for- wards, J Humphreys, t £ Evans, W bvans, C Davies, and W Lloyd. Weston winning the toss had the wind, sun and slope iu Lneir favour in the firat half. Amid great excitement, both euds were repeatedly visited, and J Humpureys nearly broughi about tue downfall of the WesLon goal, Wescou Hii) u mail- a pretty run and a scrimmage followed in front of the Paut goal, but ultimately the ball went behind. R Uavies forced a corner but Paut defence dealt with this. A penally kick was awarded VVestou, from which they failed to score, Thomas kickiug the ball out, but the corner kick went behind. The play was of a fast and vigorous kind and some good foot- ball was sho-n. The halves and backs on both sides played splendidly. Lyth worked well in the centre for Weston aud E Davies was the best of the Paut forwards though he wandered about the field too much. After about 16 minutes' play E Davies it, u i u a nice shot and oue of tire lull backs miskickiug Lloyd scored a beauty for Paut. Soon after the 'Veston custodian had to save from Lloyd after good work by the centre. Then Weston had a try and forced a fruitless corner aiter which R Davies had hard lines with a shot which missed by inches only. Weston pressed hard and the Pant goalkeeper and backs cleared 1U a splendid manner. About ten minutes from half-time C Miliership equalised with a nice shot after a scrimmage in front of goal. On crossing over the teams were level. An exciting scrimmage in front of Pant goal ended by Sagar sending over the bar. Both sides indulged in long passing and quick rushes, and excitement amongst the supporters ran high. Lyth after seven minutes play put Weston ahead. Pant forced a corner but could not get through. Weston indulged in rather questionable tactics and fouls against them were frequent. The Weston g ,at had a narrow escape after a wild rush, but the defence cleared and the Pant goal keeper was called npon to clear, whicn he did. He was several times tested, but he gave a splendid exhibi- tion between the sticks. Lyth aDd the Millerships played splendidly, the left wing pair being especi- ally good. Pant made a rush and after and exciting time the ball landed on the net, a minute later the Weston custodian clearing from Humphreys. After thirty-seven minutes play C Miliership added numoer three. After 37 minutes play C Miliership added a third from good work on the left wing. Final, Weston Rhyn 3 goals, Pant I.-The captain of the successful team was presented with the cup a. the pavilion by Mr R T Gough, who pointed out that Weston Rhyn had won it two years in succession, an achievement not previously known in the history of the cup (loud cheers). He also spoke of the improvement in village football.-Mr Price, chait man of the Oswestry District Football Association, proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Gough which was unanimously carried. OSWESTRY COTTAGE HOSPITAL CUP WHITTINGTON V PANT.-Played at Whittington on Good Friday, and resulted in a victory for the home term by nine goals to nil. Referee, Mr Fleet; linesmen, Messrs H Humphreys, Whittington, and Griffiths, Pant.
FOOTBALL FIXTURES. Played on the ground of the first-named club. APRTT, 8 St George's v Newtown 8 Welshpool United v Newport 15 St George's v Welshpool United 15 Walsall Reserve v Newport
.a_ HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. UNITED PACK WILL MEET Saturday, April 8th Jlorderley Gate Wednesday, April 12ch Forden Saturday, April 15th.Clunton At 11. S. V. THOMAS.
ry AN AT SIDE HUNT AND DISTRICT HORSE SHOW SOCIETY. The annual meeting was held at the Lion Hotel, Llanymynech,on Saturday, when there weie present Messrs J Richards, Llynclys (voted to the chair) G VV Edwards, Woolston C Frank, I'entreperva J W Lloyd, Carreghofa; and Mr E D Nicholson, secretary.—The Chairman proposed that Mr G J Dumville Lees be re-elected president of the show. No one took greater interest in it than he.—Mr Edwards seconded the proposition, and it was agreed to.—On the proposition of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Frank, Mr Edward Green, The Moors, was elected vice-president.—Mr J Richards was appointed managing director, and Mr Nichol son was appointed secretary.-Mr Nicholson said he would endeavour to do his best for the society and he asked thum to extend to him the same assistance as they gave to the former secretary and he would do his utmost (hear, hear).— Messrs T Green, the Bank; W Richards, Plascoed; E Fox Davies, Llanymynech and R Wainwright, Sweeney, were placed on the committee instead of four who retired by rotation.—The Chairman sub- mitted the balance sheet and said at the beginning of last year they had a balance in hand of £ 38 16s 8d. Notwithstanding that they had increased the plant considerably and purchased a £ 50 challenge bowl, they now had a balance in hand of £65 5s, which was most satisfactory. He hoped the balance would never diminish and the society would be sure to flourish. He proposed the adoption of the balance sheet.—Mr Edwards seconded and it was agreed to.—It was felt that no change was needed in the prize list, but it was agreed that the com- mittee should make any alteration they thought absolutely necessary.—It was resolved that the next show be held on September 23rd.
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