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out of play. Among the old playera, Bloomer, H. Roberts and Lumburg ac- quitted themselves creditably, while Haswell, Baird-Jones and Roberts played a good game. For once in a way Green did not figure as promi- nently as usual. The Kaleyards were best served forward by Riley and the inside right, the latter playing a particularly fine game. Dodd waa rather loose in goaJ, but Lloyd was to be relied on at back. The Conn ah'a Quay Vice. also played a trial match on Saturday. The "probables" shewed good form, special praise being due to Austin, J. C. Roberts and Morns. The latter scored a capital goal during the course of the game. Before they play their first League match the team will no doubt have yet another trial game, as on Saturday the heat was too severe for accurate judgment of the players' capabilitics. The season was opened at Helsbv on Satur- day with a visit for the first time from Hale- bank Athletic, who have this year been promoted from tho second to the first division of the I. Zingari League. The conditions under which the game wa.s played were anything but favour- able for football, the heat being intense, but on the whole the home team, which included several of last season's reserves, performed vory creditably, winning in ea.sy fashion by five goals to one. The home sido started against the sun and slight breeze. Haiebank were the first to be- come aggressive, gaining a fruitless corner, and being afterwards penalised for offside. Another corner was gained, but Bell relieved. Helsby got going, a comer resulting. From a pass by Griffiths, Hughes put in a nice run, but his final effort was wide. Directly afterwards Wright, the visitors' custodian, cleared smartly from Hughes. Considering the heat, the game was vigorously contested, the visitors, although lack- ing in combination, displaying much determina- tion. Lloyd and Bell. the home backs, were very safe, and Warbuitou. who played in goal vioe Jones, had little to do. Shaw put Antrobus in possession with a nice pass, and from the ensuing centre Griffiths caused Wright to rush out and clear. Helsby were now having much the better of the play, and after scoring a couple of offside goals, from a scrimmage in the goalmouth Lockett rushed the ball through. Soon after L!oyd, one of the I 'home baeks, was hurt and left the field. The I visitors afteTwarcfe attacked strongly, and War- burton effected several excellent clearances. Helsby then resumed the attack, and had hard lines in not increasing their score. At half- time, whioh was soon afterwards called, the score remained 1—0 in the home team's favour. Directly after the restart Lockett, by a fine effort, scored Helsby's second goal, and this was followed by a third, obtained by Shaw with a capital shot. Play quietened1 down, the heat evidently having its effect on the players. A corner to the home t-ide was cleared, and then the v sitors had a turn. From an attack. Hand- ley beat Warburtot) with a good shot. Helsby again passed and gained several corners, which were, however, fruitless. Eventually Griffiths scored the home team's fourth goal with a fine shot. Play slowed down considerably, most of the players shewing signs of distress, but Hclsby who continued to have the best of matters, scored again through Shaw. On Wednesday a large crowd witnessed an interesting game between the Connah's Quay Wednesday and Flint Wednesday on the former's ground. The weather was fine, but windy. Hughes won the toss for the locals, who kicked with the wind. They immediately pressed, and Flint responded gamely. The locals soon asserted their superiority, and gave Owen plenty to do in goal. After many struggles Evans eventually found the net. Five minutes later two additional goals were regis- tered by Hughes. Flint afterwards had a spell of the attack, but the strong wind frustrated their efforts. The interval arrived with the Whites leading by three clear goal. Even play followed upon the resumption. Barber and Thompson played well for the visitors. Blane saved several shote in capital style, and was well covered by Hughes and Griffiths. Fenwick stopped a rush by the visitors, and Hughes, taking possession, dashed through at a great pace, but was tripped. A penalty was awarded, but he kicked yards wide. He made amends by scoring a splendid goal after outwitting several opponents. Tho game I began to deteriorate in its interest until Thomp- son notched a simple goal for the "Black and WTiites." This enlivened matters, and Flint began to IShew good form, but Hughes was in I I his best mood. and repelled their attacks. The final arrived shortly afterwards, and the locals won an interesting game by four goals to one. Saltney Carriage Works opened the season on Saturday by playing Wallasey in a West Cheshire League fixture. There was a very fair gate when the president (the Rev. T. P. Dimond Hogg kicked oft. Dobson opened the score for Saltney after fifteen minutes' play. No more goale were added, and when half-time arrived Saltney led by one goal. The second half was very evenly contested, but no goals were soored, and Saltney won by the only goal of the match. Connah's Quay and distriot football clubs will this season have an opportunity of competing for another challenge cup. In the past the number of local trophies have been few, and the proprietors of the "Ob- server" have stepped forward and! kindly offered a cup to be named "The 'Observer' Challenge Cup, which is to be competed for in the medal competition by all the local clubs. The conditions governing the compe- tition are as follows:—"Open to clubs within a radius of two miles of Connah's Quay; that not more than three league players be in- cluded in each club; that a player can only pay for one club; all ties being played on the Connah's Quay Twenties' ground, they shall take all gate receipts" MedaJs will be given by the Twenties F.C. Football en- thusasm in this district reaches a high pit-eh during the season, and the large number of supporters of the local clubs bears ample testimony to this fact. The now cup should infuse a keener spirit into the competi- tion and help to foster the interest which is every week aroused in tho district over tb- popular winter pastime. An anonymous correspondent has drawn our attention to a statement published in our columns on the 25th August to the effoot that the Oonnah's Quay Victoria F.C. was not in a very flourishing financial condition. This, he asserts, is untrue, end goes on to sav that the cub s finances are sound, and that they have aheady paid their initial expenses. Our repre- sentative, who was responsible for the state- ment, writes: "The club, I know for a fact, were not in possession of a single penny when they made application to become members a' the league. My statement did not suggest that for a moment., but now I take the liberty of saying so. If they were a few pounds in hand, even then they would not be in a very lfourish- ing condition. An official's personal remarks were, We can easily subscribe weekly towards the referee's fees.' When it comes to that, the club is certainly 'not in a very flourishing finan- cial condition FIXTURES. The following matches will be played to-day (Saturday) on the ground of the first-named club FRIENDLY. Chester v. Whdtchurch. CHESTER AND DISTRICT LEAGUE.. < First Division. Kaleyards v. HooLe Queen s Ferry v. Rossett Helsby v. Connah's Quay Twenty Ellesmere Port v. Ruthin-road, Wrexham Second Division. Sandycroft v. Seal and Albion Buckley v. Depot Chester St. Oswald's v. Saltney Kelsall v. Chester Albion Chester Rovers v. St. Werburgh'e Shotton Swifts v. Mold Junction COVENTRY TESTIMONIAL. Uwing to tne action ot the J? ootbaii Association, which prevented a really organised scheme, the shilling testimonial fund to Chester's old goal- keeper realised only 38s. We have forwarded this sum to Mr. W. Coventry, Hungerford-road, Crewe, and he has replied acknowledging it. He also writes:—"I also wish to tender my sincere thanks to you for the kind action you have taken in the matter, and to those who have so kindly contributed."

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