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I FOOTBALL NOTES. I The holiday matches of the Chester club will stand out as one of their best performances during the present season. To meet two clubs of the strength of Wrexham and Broughton United, and beat both decisively is an achievement on which they deserve hearty congratulations. About 1,000 enthusiastic supporters of the club accom- panied the team to Wrexham on Christmas morn- ing. Pountney appeared vice Bell, and Breen vice Hall. Chester at once attacked and forced an abor- tive corner on the left. After Bather had stopped a rush, neat play on the left culminated in Delaney opening the scoring. Wrexham aroused themselves, and Lloyd relieved the pressure at a critical moment. The horne team maintained a severe onslaught, and added to their failures to score the opportunity afforded by a penalty-kick, which Coventry saved grandly. After seme time J. Lipsham got away, and centred accurately, Matthews missing narrowly. Wrexham returned to the City end, only to be repulsed again. The visitors made a good attempt from a free-kick close in, and Wrexham gave trouble. Two corners in rapid succession developed into a hard struggle. A third corner was conceded and hap- pily proved fruitless. Chester broke away and Matthews missed the goal. Coventry saved a good shot, and immediately afterwards waa be-aten at short range. Two corner kicks were awarded to the Cestrians, and from the last one T. Lp- sha.m put the ball into the not. The score at half-time was Chester two goals, Wrexham one. For the first haif^hcur of the seoond portion of the game, Wrexham had matters entirely their own way. They hemmed in their opponents, and frequently had hard lines, their want' of success being mainiy due to Coventry's fine work. The visitors made three or four breakaways without result. A fine effort by J. Lipsham met a better fate. He drove the ball across toward the centre, and a. final touch by T. Lipsham completed the downfall of the Welshmen's citadel. The final result was Chester three goals, Wrexham one. The fact that Wrexham gave Birkenhead a sound beating only the previous Saturday n!ake' Chester's victory the more creditable. They did not, however, with the exception of J. Lip;am and Coventry, come up to their best form. The Wrexham forwards undoubtedly gave a magnifi- cent exhibition, and d d all that skill could do to deserve success. Coventry's powers were taxed to the utmost, but he was equal to the ocoasion, and one's sympathies are with Wrexham in having one solitary goal. On Bank-holiday the accommodation at Whip- cord-lane was severely taxed by i.,L onornioui crowd, who assembled to witness the struggle be- tween Broughton Un ted and Chester. A keen game was anticipated, and the hopes of the spectators were not disappointed in this respect. Broughton commenced hostilities, and pressed vigorously. Lloyd failed to stop their centre for- ward, but, fortunately, Coventry came out of gial and cleared. The ball travelled to tho opposite end, but the vis tors' right wing soon returned, and after some oiever work the ball was sent over. The Welshmen pressed skilfully for some tin e. until J. Lipsham broke away, and the United's custodian saved from him, and Delaney and Breen. The visitors suddenly dashed back again, and the bail landed in the net, but the whistle. had gone for off-side. The Cestrians resumed the offensive, without result, Matthews sending the ball wide of the goil. After s opping another dangerous attempt, the home side niade an organised effort. Re- ceiving from Bell, Matthews shot in strongly. The ball rose unexpectedly and crossed the line ooween the posts. A short time afterwards, Broughton overcame their opponents' defence, and equalised. The, score at the interval ivai one goal each. The pace grew fastier in the second half, and the energy of the home s:de frightened the visitors into the trick of wasting time by kicking the ball into th" surrounding fields. For the first half- hour, Chester were absolutely .masters of the situation, and rained in innumerable shots, the I stubborn deferminaton of the Broughton cus- todian and backs alone preventing them from scoring. Several corners were gained without definite result, but at last, after a prolonged scrim- mage in the goal mouth, the ball was sent into the net. Afterwards Broughton crossed the line about t^ eree times, and Coventry had SDme difficult shots to dispose of. The Cestr.ans, however, again asserted themselves, and after severe pres- sure they were awarded the penalty kick for a foul against J. Lipsham. Matthews tock the ball, and shot aga nst the goalkeeper, and after- wards against the post. The visitors made a plucky endeavour to save their goal, but after a long scrimmage they were beaten. The game thus ended by Chester winning by three goals to one. The draw of one goal each at Broughton a few weeks ago gave a promise of what the Welsh team would do at Whipcord-lane. This is their first season in the Combination, and their success has been phenomenal. Though beaten, they played I on Saturday with admirable pluck and spirit, and gave Chester a lively time. During the first half the istsue was entirely uncertain, and the supre- macy of the eld city was not assured until the seOünd half was in progress. j d half wa.7, in progre-zs. The Chester team played a splendid game, and were quite at their best. Little fault could be found with the forwards, who worked bard from beginning to end, and with good combination. The half-bpeks did splendidly, and Delanoy, who was the middle man of the three, taught his op- ponents to entertain respect for him. Lloyd, Bather and Coventry were in capital form, and j wera a i ways reliable- On Christmas afternoon an exciting game was j j witnessed between All Saints' and Nowtown Rangers. In the first ten minutes the Rangers 1 j pressed hard, but could not score. Then Harris broke away and notched the first goal for tho Saints. Ton minutes later the same player scored again. The Rangers did some more pressing, but could not pass the defence. Play then changed, and just before half-time Stitz scored from a scrimmage. The second half was all end-to-end play, and neither side scoring, the game ended in a win for All Saints' by three goals to nil. Chester Seedsmen met the Y.M.CA. on the Roodeje on Boxing Day morning. The play in the first half was of a rather even nature, half- time arriving without any goals having been scored. On changing ends, however, the Y.M.C.A. pressed very hard. their forwards play- ing well together, and time arrived with three goals to their credit. This is not a discouraging result for the Seedsmen, as their team was only a scratch eleven, who had never practised or played together before. The tCÆtmS were: — Seedsmen: Gamer (goal), W. Wahnsley. Williams. H. Wallace. Haydon, Tick ner, R. W. Armstrong, Sprang, Leach Hawkins and Dutton. Y.M.C A. Coventry (goal). Davies. Jones. Dodd. R Wahns- ley. Morris, Thomas, Xewall, Griffiths, Cameron and Livesey. Under the auspices of the Cuadington and Dis- trict League, W'oaverham entertained the Gym- nasium at home. A well-contested game, in which the home team had most of the play with very littb luck, ended in a draw of one coal each. Weaverham failed to turn to advantage two pcnalbs given in their favour. Cudd.n?toM journeyed to Kmgsley to play their return match with the vilhin-ers and returned with a valuable two points. The game, after standing no goals at the interval assumed a different aspect, tho visit- ing forwa:ds waltzing round the hop;) defence, who seemed poweriess to hold them, and piled on tho agony to the tune of six goals to nil. The Helsby seniors journeyed to Winsford on Boxing Day, when they met the United in a friendly game before a fair crowd of spectators. A well-contested game, in which Helsby showed to rather better advantage than their opponents resulted in a win for the visitors by three goals to one. Flint Town and Flint U.A.C. met on Boxing Day in the third round of the Welsh Amateur Cup on the Holyweli-roael ground, and a pleasant game was witnessed by a large crowd. From the com- mencement the Town Club held the upper hand, and forced matters considerably. The U A.C., playing ten men were at a disadvantage. Shortly before half-time the Town Club scored, J. Hayes being responsible for a magnificent, got!. On re- suming play, the U.A.C. failed to make much headway, and the Town Club quickly registered number two. Fiom this point play was of a more even description and Jackson, by a superb indi vidual effort was within an ace of scoring for the U.A.C. Commins was badly fouled by Jones when a goal was imminent, the free kick proving abortive. Tho Town Club registered three more goals before the call of time, and retired winners by fivo gotls to ml—a well-deserved victory. It by nvo ?o? s to n' — a- we.U de'-erved victory. It. is only fair to state that four of the re?u?ar players of the U.A.C. were unable to take part in the match, and naturally this considerably weakened their ranks. The local "Derby in Mold football was played at the New-street recreation ground oil the morn- ing of Satin day. when the Mc!d Amateurs and the Alold Aiyn Wanderers played their customaiy Yuletide fixture. The degree of interest <entrcd ill the meeting between these prominent local teams could be gauged from the dimensions of the gate. The attendance wM a, record one. both the rival teams having an immense following. The contest opened uneventfully, and it was quite ■twenty minutes before the Waneierers opened their account, a second goal being added in an incredibly short space of t'me. These reverses J evoked a. speedy response from the Amateurs, | Eaton and Lloyd enabling their side to cry "quits." Immediately on the restart the WTanderers com- menced to assert themselves, and. admirably fed by their halves, the forwards pressed, but shot widely. The Amateurs retaliated, but for some time their efforts were unavailing. About twenty minutes from the restart a concerted movement on the part of the Amateurs resulted in a decided change of venue, and amid wild excitement Parry I' "av(? the invaders the lead. The remainder of <n<? game was evenly contested, but the score re- m-iin- d unaltered, the Amateurs winning a highly- interesting encounter by three goals to two.

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