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ANDERSON S SUCCESS I I. RIGHT MAN FOR i "PIVOT" PLACE. Caerphilly Down. I (By "AJAX. ") 1- PREVIOUS RESULTS. Southern League I Sept. 6 la-?,, wan"& 2; CMtphIUy 0, 1 I & '.S-! I W a1. Cup :— Jan. 22 (home).—Swans 3; C??rphill 1. I' I y .? xne most critical penoa ot the Swans I1.?,a s7n is the present. The thrilling and ex- cellent football that was witnessed in the English Cup tim has given the Swansea folk all appetite for the very best class exhibi- tions. and therefore the ordinary fixtures form but a very ordinary attraction in com- parison with the cup games which imme- diately preceded them. Undex ordinary circumstances Treharris and ÛIS- philly would have been fairly good drawing cards, but as a result of the reaction poor "gates" were expected. The interest can only be revived and main- tained by the Swans giving of their very best., and it was hoped that to-day there would be no slacking and no slovenly methods employed. Nothing is absolutely certain in football, and it was recognised that unless the homesters were "all out" Caer- philly might give them an un,pleasant sur- prise, and the loss of two points at home would be fatal not only to their promotion prospects but also to their "gates." Dur- ing the next few weeks the Swains have an excellent opportunity* of collecting enough points to place them well in the running for promotion, and with new players expected the team should make a bold bid for the First Division. Unfortunately, Bowen, of Troedyrhiw, was unable to turn out this af- ternoon in consequence of an injury sus- tained in the amateur International match with England. He had the misfortune to fracture a rib, and Fisher therefore took his I place. The teams were:- SWANSEA TOWN.—Goal, Fisher; full- backs, Allman and Morris; half-backs I Williams, Bassett, and Cubberley forwards. | Meesar, Coleman, Anderson, Ball, and Greer. CAERPHILLY.—Goal, Batoman^ full- backs, Markland and Mitchell; half-backs, Denman, lean, and Jones; forwards Davies, Bounds, Dowler, Loirimoare. and Rees. Referee, Mr. Viveash, London., I I he weather was all agwrat a large crowd congregating at the Vetch Field thia after- noon and hardly more than a thousand braved the inclement elements at three o'clock. Naturally, the week of heavy rain played havoc with the playing arena and although there was no surface water there wero many soft ,ngto and sawdust had to be sprinkled in front of each goal. Oub- berley captained the Swans in the absence of Duffy and lost the toss. Right from the kick-off the Swans attacked and in a pretty movement, in which Anderson, Messer, Cole- man and Williams played a prominent part they had hard tones in not soaring, the treacherous nature of the turf alone pre- venting a succe sfu^fchot being taken. Llew. Morris was responsible for a neat clearance just after, and Anderson returning to the attack dribbled through brilliantly, but was fouled when in full ftride. Bamett, how- ever, ballooned the baR over the poet from the ensuing free kick. Williams, the Swar3 right half-back, earned a for a mag- r gp l a,use for a niag- nificent shot from ten yards range, and then Spencer Bassett, with a superb dribble, drove back the Cheesemongers when they began to get dangerous- Plav was very pretty considering the many handicaps, and Anderaon was fitting in well as centre-for- ward. A score was ,bound to come when splendidP passing gave Anderson an open goal. He made no mistake about it, for I steadying himself he placed the leather very CLEVERLY BEYOND BATEMAN"I I REACH in tne far corner of the net. Llew. Morris I chiefly distinguished himself for his judic- ious placing in the opening stages, but once he miskicked and Allman had to come across and cover him. Anderson was a real success in the centre, and once after a grand paw by Coleman he got away neatly and had hard lines in striking the crossbar with his ehot. The ground cut up very badly, par- ticularly in front of the stand, but despite this there was scientific football in abun- dance. The home forwards were bringing off aetounding evolutions and the cleverest performers up to date had been Coleman, Messer and Jack Williams. The latter is improving week by week and is spoken of already as a coming man. The conditions made the position of the defenders no sinecure, and Allman and Llew. Morris were kept constantly employed. Morris placed beautifuly to Greer, time after time, and once from the latter's centre Anderson netted but wae ruled offside. The Swans obtained several corners but the greaey ball could not be headed with ac- curacy and thus the Caerphilly goal es- caped. Still the rain fell and the ground got worse and worse. The homesters did their best to prevent matters degenerating into a speciea of mudlarking, and as they attacked it became more and more apparent that thp conditions were all against yr>r Booring. Caerphilly frequently profited from the mis kicks, which were inevitable under the ciTcumetancee, and once Dowler bad a glorious chance to equalise, but he hesitated. Bateman, the visiting custodian, saved several times when a score seemed cer- tain, and Ball misfced opportunities through hanging on too long. The OFFSIDE RULE WAS OPERATED I successfully by the Caerphilly baCks to the disadvantage of Anderson and Coleman, but once the latter successfully ran between Markland and Mitchell, but his shot was a few inches wide. Rees and Davies, the Caerphilly wingers, were very feeble, and Meeker and Coleman showed them how the game should be played. The Swansea pair interpagsed in dazzling fashion, and Messer, who was showing excellent form finished up with a shot, which Bateman however fielded. Anderson continually came into prominenoe with fine work in the cetre, but the heavy state of the ball spoilt his shots. Davies, the visiting wing broke away finely once but unfortunatel y nullified his work by shoot- ing high. Up to now play had been very one-sided and under more favourable condi- I tions there would have been many goals. A couple of comers to the Swans saw Bate- man clear from the last one in great style fisting away from the heads of the home forwards. Pot shots were frequent as half- time approached, but the Swans had a nar- row squeak when Hew. Morns gave away a corner. The ball dropped at the feet of Dowler, and he struck the post with & glancing shot. The interval -c a mo- g',an,6,n ofter BM?ett had miæed with a free kick taken just outside the penalty area. HALF TIME SCORE I SWANSEA TOWN—1 goal. CAMPHILLY-Nil. The game was restarted under the most miserable conditions imaginable. The home- sters were put on the aggressive immedi- ately by Ball, and Coleman's shot grazed the posts. Anderson had an open goal but was palpably fouled. The referee, however, did not notice the infringement, irmcn to the chagrin of the crowd. Greer was fouied when sailing away with a gass from Morris, but no goaJ lesviieu from the free kick, al- though it was taken in a good position. Mor- ris was defending splendidly and hia tack- ling was deadly. He was loudly applauded once for a great tackle of Bounds when the latter had a dear couive. After a lot of ineffective play in front of the visiting goal Meeaer received a high paes from Greer. The right winger headed to Coleman's foot and the latter WITH A SUPERB DRIVE j eoored the seoond goal. It WM e KRMW I Ieffort and fully merited the applause which I followed. The third goal was not long in I coming, as a few minutes later I MESSER NETTED wiwi & ugnMung dhot to the corner of the ,nwelt after Greer had judiciously placed the leather in front of the goalmouth. Jack Williams, Coleman and Morris were the star artistes, particularly Coleman, whoae drib- bling and placing was wonderful considering I the circumstances. GTeer had distinctly hard Lines with a couple of shots, and then Anderson, breaking through srandlv. I BEAT BATEMAN w, with a well-placed sihot and thus headed the fourth goal amidst the plaudits of the 5,000 spectators who were now present. The Swans were playing really clagsy football at this stage and Anderson was leading the forwards with rare vim, and once again after a thrilling break away he had hard luck in missing with his shot. The wings could not complain of lack of attention to- day, for the inside men wee placing the ball beautiful' y for them. Messer placed a free kick so well that the ball rolled danger- ously acroeg the goalmouth, but three for- wards in succession missed trapping it and a glorious chance went astray. The most brilliant goal of the afternoon came from Anderson. It wat; a I SINGLE-HANDED EFFORT during the execution of which he ran through the whole team and easily beat Bateman, thus performing the "hat trick." It was now Give it to Anderson," with a vengeance. Bailie, however, was deter- j mined to oome into the limelight and he had hard luck once when the ball rebounded out of the net after striking the bottom of the oroashar. There was now only one side in the picture, and when Ball placed a flag kick well Bateman only juet managed to punch clear. Oubberlev was particularly elusive in the mud and Jack Williams wae a brilliant star. The latter had two hot drives charged down in succession and then Baeeett just failed with a long drive. Bateman had so much work to do in keep- ing his charge that he was obviously weaken- ing and his clearances were frequently faulty. Another great effort by the home centre led to the sixth goal, and his fourth. Barman ran out but the new pivot man I BEAT HIM CHEAPLY. The two men, however, collided and both needed the trainer's attention. Fisher had to handle for the first time when Dowler and Lean shot, but the attempts were easily dealt with. As time approached Ander- son had the hardest of luck when he shot into a vacant goal, but the leather stack j in the mud a few inches outside. FINAL SCORE: SWANSEA TOWN—6 goals. CAERPRILLY -Nil. I





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