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FOOTBALL NOTES. It was announced duiing last week that Chester were to meet Bangor in a football match at Whip- cord-lane. What actually took place can hardly be described by that name, indeed, we should have doubted that it was football were we not authorita- tively informed that it was. At times the game bore as much resemblance to water polo as to the great winter pastime, and "mud-larks" would perhaps be the most accurate description of it, and that word should really appear at the top of this column. Instead of the ordinary football ground, imagine a marsh or bog, half of it aiikle deep in water, and the other half ankle deep in mud. and you will have some idea of the state in which the heavy rains left the Chester ground. It was at first thought that it would be unfit for play, and it would have been better for players and spectators alike if the referee had seen his way to postpone the match. While on the subject of mud, we should like to draw the attention of the com- mittee to the great improvement that would result from the laying of cinders on both the reserve and the other side. Chester commenced with ten men, but soon splashed their way into the Bangor quarters, and the goalkeeper had to concede a corner in clearing a grand shot from Smith. From the corner kick Smith opened the city's account by heading the ball cleverly into the net. Just afterwards Coventry experienced an anxious time, several excellent shots needing his attention. Bangor maintained a vigorous attack for a few minutes. The Cestrians drove them back with difficulty, and Smith, obtaining possession from a throw in, scored the second goal. The visitors again pressed with great determination for about a quarter of an hour, when the Chester right wing broke away. A free kick was accurately placed in the goal-mouth by Breen, and T. Lipsliam headed into the net. Coventry was immediately called upon, having to clear a smart shot from the visitors' left. Bangor had all the play until the interval, but failed to open their account, and the home side crossed over with a lead of three goals to nil. The second half was commenced without rest. After repelling a rush by the visitors, the Chester left wing forced a corner. J Lipsham placed the ball well, and Smith headed past the custodian. The home team kept up severe pressure, and a penalty kick was awarded them. This was con- verted into a goal by Matthews. A few miniftes later, Owen, the Bangor goalkeeper, was surprised by a long shot. Before he could get it away Smith put the ball safely into the net. Thus the sixth goal was scored for the city in about an hour after the commencement of the game. About twenty minutes' even play ensued, the only result being that the appearance and comfort of the players was not improved. About ten minutes from time Bell beat the goalkeeper again from a free kick by Breen. The final score was-Chester seven goals, Bangor nil. Chester thus fully justified the expectations A their supporters by winning easily. In midfield Bangor did better than the Cestrians, ploughing their way through the mud and water with greater success. Coventry was in fine form. and but for his splendid exhibition Bangor would not have gone away without a goal to their credit. Bathor was also very useful, and his neat clearances we.e very effective. None of the halves were seen at their best. In the front line Smith played a splendid game. The two Lipshams and Belt did as well as could be expected of them on the heavy ground, while Matthews could scarcely get along at all. The most noticeable thing about Delanoy was th? number of free kicks awarded against him, and his tactics frequently caused the home defence much anxiety. Shotton Swifts journeyed to Hawarden on Saturday to encounter the County School The home side attacked, and Harris was penalised for a foul just inside the penalty area, Hewitt took the kick for the School, but Edwards saved at the expense of a corner, which was cleared. The Swifts pressed, and Hill scored. Griffiths was fouled, and Hewitt equalised. Fen wick centred splendidly, and Hill beat th ? home custodian for the second time, the same player shcrtlv after- wards repeating the performance. The County played up pluckily, and were eventually rewarr.ed bv "Griffiths putting on number two. The re- mainder of the game was evenly contested, and after an exciting scrimmage near the home goal Hill again scored. The game ended in favour of the Swifts by four goals to two. Saltnev Carriage Works journeyed to Little Sutton, accompanied by 20°.. 11 their -uppoiters. to play the ) To team in the second round of the Chester Junior Cup. A drizzling rain fell, and made the ground very slippery. Play soon became fast and exciting, and after about fifteen minutes a penalty was awarded to Saltnev, from which Evans placed in the net. From the kick-off Sutton tried hard to equalise, but could not get through the Saltney defence. A penalty was now given to Little Sutton, but Smith brought off a grand save. Half- time arrived with the score—Saltney one goal, Lifetle Sutton nil. The second half was evenly contested, both sides playing- a good game, but when the whistle sounded for time the score was still Saltnev one. Little Sutton nil. This makes Saitney s eighth' victory this season. To-day they meet Helsbv in a Chester and District League match at Saltney, and a capital game is expected. On Saturday Connah's Quay Reserve had Chester St. Mary's as their opponents in the first round of the Chester Junior Cup. The Quay at once made headway and forred several abortive corners. Chester got going on the left,, and scored after fifteen minutes' play. A foul against Chester relieved the pressure, and Cameron placing nicely, Jones equalised for the Quay. The home team again pressed, and Roberts put on the second goal for the Quay, who led at the interval by two goals to one. On resuming, the home team a.t once became dangerous, and pressed the visitors' defence sorely. Jones shot over when a goal seemed imminent. A dancrerous run by Chester forwards was chocked by Pugh. but they came agaiji in rare stylo and scored a fine goal. End-to-end play fol- lowed, in which both teams exhibited fine foot- ball, and goals were scored by Lumberg and Roberts for the Quay in quick succession. The visitors exerted themselves and kept 0 home defence very busy, and before the finish put on a couple more goals. An interesting game ended in a draw of four goals each. On Saturday afternoon Hawarden Bridge had Mold Alyn Wanderers as their opponents in the first round of the Welsh Amateur Cup. The- ground was in a wretched state. The home eleven started, and the visitors at. once took up the at- tack Green caused the visitors' defence, much trouble by his deadly shots. The game had been in progress some fifteen minutes before Tod Riley boat the visitors' cu^tochan. Straight from the kick-off the visitors went for the home goal, and their inside left scored with R shot which Atherton might, have kept out. This bit of good luck seemed to put fresh life into the visitors, but their attack was of short duration, for the home team pressed repeatedly, and it was marvellous how the visitors kept their goai intact. Relief eventuallv came by the ball being forced over the line. Al- though both teams tried hard for a leading point, half-time arrived with the score one each. On resuming, good fcotball was witnessed, despite the heavy state of the ground. The home team, who were ably backed up by Hewitt Snowy, I Green and Thomas, worked the ball nicely down the field, and when within the penalty area. one of the home forwards was badly fouled by the visitors' left full-back. Daw.on took the kil. and scored number two for the Bridge. The visi- tors agaAn scored, and the game znded in a draw of two goals each. The Helsby seniors, who journeyed on Saturday to meet Kirkdale under the auspices of the. I. Zingari League, made amends for the rather poor display of the previous wesk by beating the Liver- pool team by four goals to nil. The re-appearance, after an absence of several weeks, of Bibby strengthened- the front rank, while an alteration in the back division proved most effective. In fact, the team on the whole gave an excellent dis- play, Cook being particularly conspicuous with fine work at full-back. Th? goals were scored by R. I Jones (two) and J. Bibby and M. Boyle. —— I Tho He!sby Reserves appeared at home, having the Chester Bea-rer Company as visitors in the second round of the Chester and District Junior Cup competition. After Jones, in the home goal, had cleared a couple of shots. Dixon opened the scoring for Helsby from a centre bv Griffiths. Soon afterwards Harding scored a second goal for the home side. The plav remained of an even char- acter. At half-time Helsby led by 2-0. The visi- tors got through and scored early. Directly after- wards Harding again scored for the home team, who were now having the best of matters- The same player put the ball into the net affain in the next few minutes. Griffiths registered the fifth ?o&t from a penalty kick. Even plav followed. j The visitors' ?o?Jkecper. in saving !at?'Dutthe ball through his own goal, thus scorm? ?etsby. sixth -o?al, and soon afterwards GarDer put in h Tl I.. t fI.ld "coree a seventh. The visitors then got away. ^aTVo^i.v a second, and time was cabled w? easy w nnera bv seven to two.—He s t 'un!o_rs. easy winner3 by seven to hv?-Helsl.. J umor! w?o met Eilesmere Port Juniors at nlfsby, a¡o won easily by eight goals to on?, 1 I Flint U.A.C. were again disappointed on Sat- J urday. Connah's Quay being the offenders. The U.A.C. were at home to Connah's Quay in the first round of the Welsh Amateur Cnp. but five minutes before the advertised time for the kick- off the chemical men received a wire from the Quay secretary stating he was unable to raise a team. This is the second time the V.A.C. havo been treated in this way this season ilL.CUp com- petitions. Considering the following the local cupho!ders have, it is most discouraging to spec- b.tors and players alike to be subject to su?h treatment especially at the last moment, to say nothing of the financial loss to the club. Flint Town just managed to beat Mynyddissa in the same competition by two goals t- one- at Mvnyddissa. The losers were decidedly unfor- I tunate in not at least making a draw- I

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