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FOOTBALL NOTES. [BY THE TYKE. "] On Saturday last there were only two games played in the Worcester and District League, and in these Stourport Swifts defeated Stoke United 5-1, and Badsey Rangers got the best of Evesham United by the only goal scored. Led bury Town were at home to Norton Barracks in the third round of the Worcestershire Junior Cup, and the visi tors won by 3 goals to 1, which is about the usual margin they generally win by at Ledbury. There was a fair number of spectators. The referee was Mr A Tunstall, of Worcester, and the teams lined up as follows:—Norton Barracks—Slater Poulton, Broadbent; Cooper, Cooper, Wood; Owens, Vale, Corcoran,Airey and Rabun. Ledbury Town—Vicarage Smith, Partridge W Powell, R Powell, Griffiths Pudge, Hoult, Bennett, J Taylor, Watts. Norton Barracks won the toss, and elected to play down-hill. They were not long before they were a goal up, as from a goal-kick Corcoran got possession, and with Vicarage unsighted, the Sergeant scored with a fine shot which found the corner of the net. < Early in the game Bennett, the new, centre-forward of the homesters, showed a taste of his quality by bursting through, but his final shot failed. The game was mostly in mid-field, and neither goal-keeper had much work to do. Pudge was given some nice chances by Hoult, but it was an off day for the outside right, and he centred badly. The Barracks had the best of the game, the combination between the halves and the forwards being delightful to witness, but they failed to get through again before the interval, and the teams crossed over with the Barracks leading by a goal to nil. In the second half the Barracks again scored early, Airey getting through after a nice run in combination with Corcoran. Ledbury then woke up, and playing more robust football, penned the soldiers in their own quarters for some time, Griffiths and R Powell sending in good drives which were just wide and W Powell ran up and centred for Watts to miss with a «ood opening. The soldiers did not stand on ceremony and their backs and halves were not slow to use their weight. Then Airey broke away from inside his own half with a beautiful run and going clean through scored with a shot which left Vicarage helpless. # ♦ Ledbury, however, were by no means done with, and Bennett's worrying tactics resulted in him getting close in and suc- cessfully tackling Slater, and as the ball was going over the line Watts made the goal doubly certain. From now to the end the homesters fairly out-played Norton, who kicked out at every opportunity. Hoult several times tried to get through, but was badly tripped, without any free kick being given. The final whistle went with the game in the visitors' half, and with the score 3-1 in their favour. < • Vicarage had little or no chance with any ,of the goals, although he really had an easy afternoon's work. The backs cleared well, though they were hardly up to their usual good form, and the wing hal ves probably did the best work, Rodney Powell failing to look after Corcoran as this player has to be looked after. Pudge had quite an off-day on the right, but the inside men passed well and Bennett vyill no doubt show to better advantage in his next game. Watts and Joe Taylor on the left were always making progress, although neither did much in the shooting line. To-morrrow (Saturday) Ledbury are at home to Hereford City in the return league match. Goodwin returns to the team, having recovered from his injury, and he will appear at outside left, Watts crossing over to his old position on the right, in place of Pudge, who will be rested. Other- wise the team will be the same as last week, and supporters are hopeful of this eleven giving the Citizens a good game. Mr E Rowlands will be referee. The Town are drawn to visit Golwall in the semi-final of the Herefordshire Chal- lenge Cup, and it is hoped to bring, the game off on February 7, if possible. ♦ ♦ I understand that one or two members of the club have objected to paying for admission to the Boxing Day match with West Malvern, and the cup tie with Norton Barracks. In the case of the league match with West Malvern may I point out that it was a guarantee match, in which the club bad to guarantee a certain sum to West Malvern for visiting Ledbury on Boxing day and were bound to charge all persons who visited the match in order recoup tbe finances, and in the case of the cup-tie last Saturday it is always the rule that everybody has to pay in cup-tie matches, and is one of the rules governing thn competitions. The return league engagement between the Ledbury Brotherhood- and Wye Valley United was played on neutral ground at Edgar-street, Hereford, on Saturday last. The Brotherhood, remembering their defeat in the early part of the season at the hands of Wye Valley, took over the strongest team they could get together, as follows:—F Shinn; E Harris, S Ellsmore E Chadd, G Hankins, F Habbits W Smith, J Smith, C Smart, J Walker, R Evans. f The visiting team won the toss and elected to play down-hill, and they also had the advantage of a slight breeze. For the first ten minutes the play was in the Brotherhood's quarter, and numerous shots were rained upon the goalkeeper, till at last the net was found. A few minutes after some pretty passing was witnessed, and the ball going to Walker, the veteran forward equalised for the visitors. The Valleyites again took up the running and bombarded Shinn. Harris, in endeavouring to save, got in the way of Shinn, who was trying to fist away, and received a smack in the face. The ball bounced on to the outside right's head and went into the net. Just before half-time, after some midfield play, an attack was made by the visitors and Jim Smith scored the second goal. The interval came with the scores two all. On the resumption the Brotherhood showed better form and kept the homesters penned in their own area nearly all the second half, from which they only broke away two or three times. The home goal had many narrow escapes, and from a centre by Evans, W Smith scored the winning goal. Wye Valley had their strongest team out, but they were unable to defeat the Brother- hood in their return match. This was no doubt owing to the splendid play of the backs and goalie. The forwards combined well, especially in the second half. Hankins at centre-half outshone all his previous playing for the Brotherhood. The old Town player, Jim Walker, showed a bit of his old form, and was one of the contributors to the scoring. To-morrow (Saturday) the Brotherhood were billed to meet Burley Gate, the previous match, being annulled, owing to playing short time without the consent of the Brotherhood's captain. Burley Gate have appealed against this and a meeting is to be held to-night (Friday) to decide whether the match shall be played or not. Ledbury Brotherhood are drawn to meet Whitchurch at Ledbury in the semi-final of the Junior Cup, and the game will be played on February 7. Colwall meet Badsey Rangers at Colwall to-morrow (Saturday) when the kick-off is fixed for 3.15 p.m.

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