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FOOTBALL NOTES. I

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FOOTBALL NOTES. I [BY TIIE TYKE."] Oil Saturday there was a fair attendance of ispectaiith ou the Town grotitid on the occasion of the visit of Badsey Rangers, one of the leading teams in the league. For the first time in the history of the Town club they succeeded in defeating their visitors, as Badsey have won all the previous matches between the two clubs, with the exception of one which ended in a draw. It has been remarkable how well the Town have played against the leading teams in the league when the latter have visited Ledbury. Hereford City, the leaders, were lucky winners by 2—1; Stourport Swifts could only draw, and now Badsey were defeated. The Town turned out the same team as in the past two matches, with the exception that Hoult played for Cale as centre-forward. Partridge won the toss and played uphill with the sun and wind at his back. When the teams had settled down Ledbury were the first to become really dangerous, and Hardiman safely held a surprise shot from Boult close in. Badsey were not long before they were in the vicinity of Vicarage, and the spectators had a thrill when the goalkeeper almost fell in reaching for the ball at the foot of the post, but he smartly recovered himself and threw over the line for a corner. Apart from this incident, the Badsey forwards did not give him any undue work, and what shots he had to deal with were of the kind that had no difficulty to him. At the other end Ledbury were distinctly dangerous; Hardiman finely fielded a lofty drive by Pudge, and generally the Ledbury forwards made a more convincing display than they have been doing, Hoult in the centre holding the line well together, and there were some bits of combination between him and the inside men which were very pretty to witness. From a corner Taylor got across a beautiful centre, and there was a sharp scrimmage in front of the Badsey goal, which ended in Hoult and the goal- keeper being laid out. W Smith drove the ball hard in, which caught Hoult on the body, with the result that be was tem- porarily haocked out. This was a very narrow escape for Badsey. Fortunately both Hoult and Hardiman were able to resume, and shortly afterwards the interval arrived with no score. The second-half had not long been in progress when Watts sped away on the left, getting across a low centre. There was a mix-up in front of the Badsey goal and the ball was safely lodged in the net, Taylor being the last player to touch it. After this Badsey put in all they knew for an equaliser, but met a splendid defence. H Smith headed out two stinging shots which looked all over scorers, and on the second occasion was laid out, but happily was able to resume. He also received an inj ury to his right leg which affected his kicking, but he pluckily stuck to his task and in the end Ledbury were able to keep a clean score sheet. The final whistle blew with Ledbury winners by the only goal scored. ♦ Vicarage gave the crowd a thrill early in the game, but after this incident he played with confidence and was very safe. Smith and Partridge were again a fine pair of backs and the saves of the former did a good deal towards winning the game Partridge again tackled and kicked well. The halves were a fine trio of workers, going at full stretch through the whole of the game. Rodney Powell in the centre was perhaps the best, but the wing halves were not far behind. Forward, the inclusion of Hoult worked wonderfully well. It was the first time this player had turned out on a dry ground for the Town and the value of his play was easily seen. He was well backed up by the two inside men who were both, dashing and clever, and the wing men, as usual, made a lot of ground and generally centred well. Badsey were a fine, well-balanced team. They are a sturdy, well-built lot of players, though slower than the Ledbury team. Their combination was very good, but the forwards fouml themselves up against a great defence. On Saturday the Town go to Evesham to meet the Wanderers in the return league match, and on Easter Monday morning go to Hereford to meet the city team in the final for the Herefordshire Challenge Cup. They can be depended upon to give the citizens a good game and the strongest team available will be turned out in the hope of pulling off the premier cup in the county. i ( On Saturday the Brotherhood meet the R.A.M.C. in a league game on the Town ground, when there should be a good crowd to witness the match. This is undoubtedly from the Brotherhood's point of view, the match of the season at home. At the Hurst Meadow, on Saturday last, Colwall entertained Evesham United in a league match which, ended in a draw. Colwall were at full strength and the veteran player, P Nicholls, showed some of old form. The following are the teams fielded :— Colwall Spillsbury Nicbolls, Barnett; Chrome, Andrews, Evans; Willis, Rogers, H Goodwin, Taylor, Green. Evesham— Heritage; Court, Altridge; Jordan, Gardiner, Martin Everard, Cole, Tallis. Kilgallon, Pitman. Eveebam won the toss and elected to kick against the wind, which was blowing strongly from one goal to the other. With the wind in their favour, Colwall took up the attack, but Rogers was decidedly off colour and the ball was soon cleared. The United quintette were soon on the run, but the final shot from the inside right's foot went over the bar. A good opportunity was missed by Green, who within three or four yards from goal kicked by the post. End to end play followed, and both goalies were called upon to defend, though the homesters' shots were lacking in force or the drive < from Rogers would easily have beaten the < goalkeeper, who just managed to grasp it. At half-time the score was at par. 1 1 At the commencement of the second-half j the game opened more briskly and the quality < of the United's backs stopped Colwall from ] doing any damage. End to end play was the order, and Spillsbuny bad to contend with some hot shots. At the other end Heritage just tapped a high shot from Taylor over the bar. Near the end Spills- bury had to rush out to save, but while he had the ball he was brought down under half-a-dozen players and only the referee saved him. Nothing happened of importance and the game closed with no score on either side. Spillsbury in goal was a source of safety to the home side and and the shots that he saved would have baffled more experienced players than be. Barnett and Nicholls at back both helped considerably in the defence. Of the halves Chrome and Andrews, distinguished themselves, especially the latter, who was always ready to help on the forwards while Evans was great in tackling. The quintette were not so good as they usually are, for Rogers was not up to his usual form, which naturally affected his collegues. ♦ Of the Evesham team, the goalie was not called upon to show his best quality, for the right back was always in the thick of the pressing and generally managed to clear. The halves were good. the centre tackling well. The forwards played a clean game all threugb, and had plenty of go in them, and 3ome of their shots gave the home goalie a putting up.

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