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ATHLETIC NEWS. FOOTBALL NOTES. Last Saturday was the day which is most looked forward to by all football lovers. On that occasion they flocked in their thousands to see Sheffield United and Southampton struggle for the English Cup. The fact that Lipsham was playing on the extreme left for Sheffield made the match all the more interesting to Cestri^ns. During the first half he made a grand attempt to score. Hedley passed to him,-and C. B. Fry being beaten, Lipsham, by a long low drive, hit only a foot outside, the ball curling considerably in its flight. Unfortunately he got hurt, but he played a capital game, and swung in several hard shots in the second half. The result was one goal each. Perhaps the most interesting local match of the season was witnessed on Saturday on the Whip- cord-lano ground, between Chester and an eleven selected from the teams forming the Chester and District League. The match was in aid of the Chester Football Club, and a fairiy large crowd hned the enclosure. The weather kept fine, though at the commencement the sky was over- cast. Both teams were strongly represented. The Chester eleven were: Campell, goal; Morris and Wakefield, full-backs; Lloyd, Farrell and Barker, half-backs; Spencer, Delaney, Grifhtiis, Cooke and Miller, torwards. The Chester Football Association played the following eleven:—Hough (HcJsby), goal; Lloyd (Helsby) and Tomalin (Elles- mere Port), full-backs; Cook (Helsby, captain), Harrison (Newton Rangers) and Dawson (Newton Rangers), half-backs; Hughes (Helsby), Henshaw (Newton Rangers), Bibby (Helsby), Powell (Hoolo Rovers) and Riley (Newton Rangers), forwards. Tho League kicked off, and immediately pressed, Campbell clearing with difficulty on two occa- sions. Chester broke away, but goo** work by Harrison returned the ball into the. >me goal. A scrimmage followed, and the ball b unded off Morris's chest into the net. The League maintained a severe attack upon the Chester citadel. The home team broke away, but Dawson returned the ball, and the League looked like having their own way. Chester again got away after a while, and Miller and Delaney were conspicuous for good work. A corner followed, and Miller had hard lines. The home forwards were again driven back, and Riley shot badly. After another attack Miller shot poorly. The pressure was continued, and Cooke, though some- what hampered, scored a beautiful goal, which took Hough quite by surprise. Immediately afterwards Hough had to clear a difficult shot from the same player, and just before the inter- val Morris cleared from Hughes. At half-time the teams were on equal terms, the score being one goal each. On the re-commencement of operations, the League pressed, but Griffiths and Delaney broke away and indulged in a fine run, which ended by Delaney's being badly fouled by Harrison, when close to the goal. The penalty-kick which fol- lowed was taken by Wakefield, who gave his side the lead, Hough having gp chance. Chester con- tinued te press, but Spencer passed to Griffiths instead of shooting. After some pretty headwork among the home front rank, Hough saved smartly. Shortly afterwards Spencer headed the ball into the net, whilo greatly hindered. 11lG League then visited Campbell, who had to clear a nicely-placed shot from Hughes. How- ever, Chester soon returned, and aftar a scrim- mage obtained a corner, from which Delaney put the ball over the hoarding. A little later the same player had hard lines. After the home de- fence had been tested, Griffiths darted away by himself, but Tomalin tackled him splendidly. However, the forward managed to get near the goal, and thanks to Tomalin's efforts, the ball I went over. Cooke and Miller then put in shots, which Hough had difficulty in saving. The former man sent in another shot, which, had it been stronger, would very likely have found the net. A scrimmage in the League goal followed, and Miller hit the post. From a corner kick Delaney also hit the upright. After an exciting scrimmage in tho visitors' goalmouth, Miller tested Hough with a beautiful shot. The game ended in a victory for the senior city team by three goals to one. During the first half Chester were very dis- appointing. They allowed their opponents to have it all their own way, and did not seem to care who won; but in the second half they shewed grand form, and quickly made amends for their exhi- bition in the first half, and the visitors were ex- tremely luoky in not suffering a much heavier defeat. Perhaps the hero of the side was Cooke, who really played a first-rate game, giving a much better account of himself than he has done for sometime past. His goal was the grandest effort of the afternoon. Miller also played well, as usual. There was little to be se-en of Griffiths in the first half, though in the second half he made two capital attempts to score. Delaney was scarcely at his best. The backs worked very hard, especially Farrell and Wakefield. For the visitors Tomalin played a magnificent game. and was in rare form. Had it not been for him Chester would have more than doubled their score. Lloyd also. proved himself a good fuH-back. Harrison played a fine game, and was very valuable to his side. The League team were very tricky with the ball, and at times completely nonplussed their opponents' defence; but they had not the force of the Chester team. Hough was an excellent goalkeeper, and almost rivals Campbell. The final tie for the Yerburgh Challenge Charity Cup was played on the Whipcord-lane ground on Wednesday evening, the combatants being Helsby and Wrexham Victoria. Both teams were strongly represented and an interest- ing game followed. There was a good attend- ance of spectators, the proceeds being in aid of the Chester Infirmary. Helsby kicked off and pressed. Wrexham gradually worked themselves down, but Cart- wright oleared. Helsby obtained a corner, but the ball was cleared, and the Wrexham for- wards getting into their stride, raced away, and Williams receiving a pass from Jones, sent in a shot, which Hough saved well, though in doing so he measured his length on the ground. The Cheshire men quickly returned into their opponents' half, and a scrimmage followed, during which the Welsh citadel had a miraculous escape. Wrexham made another attack, and it was only by hard work that the Helsby defence kept them at bay for a time; but Lloyd being beaten, Williams, who had a good chance, shot over. Play fluctuated from end to end, and Jones (Helsby) put in a shot which was saved by Hayes as splendidly as it was put in. The Cheshire men had the upper hand. Boyle shot over, while Woods hit the. upright near the crossbar and Hughes put in a beautiful shot, the ball finding the net on neither occasion. Neither side had scored at half-time. In the second half the game was continued as fast as during the first portion of the game, and each side became dangerous in turn. Wrexhanj scored, but an infringement of the offside rule nullified the point. The Welshmen assumed the offensive, and although Helsby did break away a few times, they were soon beaten back, and Hough had his work cut out to clear his charge. After the game had been in progress for some time E. Jones beat the Cheshire custodian with a beautiful shot, and soon afterwards W. Davies had hard lines. This success gave great en- couragement to the WTrexham men, and they attacked with more severity than ever, but as no further scoring took place, they ran out winners of a hard-fought game by one goal to nil. The Mayor of Chester, in presenting the cup, congratulated the Wrexham men on their splendid victory that evening. He hoped that the Helsby men would come and play as fine a game on another occasion. They had heard a good deal about muddied oafs" and "flannelled fools," but it was his opinion that it was the encouragement of manly sports that had made England the great nation she was. (Hear, hear.) He had great pleasure in presenting the cup.- Mr. Beckett-Lloyd (captain), in receiving the cup, said he thought it was a great honour for his team to win that cup. It had been a hard fought game.-A vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Frost and three cheers were given for the vanquished men. Though Wrexham were the victors, it is diffi- cult to say which team was the best. There was not much science shewn on either side. Each team played a gentlemanly game, and it is difficult to single out any player as superior to the rest. It is strange that Chester, though the centre of looal football, is not able to produce a team which can win a cup? How is it that a village like Helsby can turn out a better team than a. town lik,- Chester can? It. certainly does not; speak well for junior football in the city. Wrexham Victoria have won at least three cups, and are likely to be champions of the first division of the Chester and District League. Sealand Road had Wrexham St. Giles's as visitors on Monday evening, and a good game resulted—Wrexham two, Sealand Road one. Sealand Road met Saltney in a Lr;ague match on Wednesday evening. At half-time Saltney were leading by one goal to nil. Th e final result was one each. The Combination game at Wrexh am between Chester and Wrexham on Wednesday evening was disastrous to the visitors. The was in aid of the fund for the relief of the wives and families of local soldiers serving in South Africa. Poultney scored a grand goal for Wr exham shortly after the start, and Ll. Davies adde d a second a quarter of an hour from the finis h. Harrison notched a goal five minutes before the whistle blE?w, thus registering Wrexham's eightieth goal i n th I ?:.biana ti.?'. The result "? Wrexham ?th? roe, Chester nil. Old St. Mary g met St. Paul's o n the Roodee on Saturday. Both teams were wel I represented. Eay on S' Mary's assumed the a ggressive, but were driven back. St. Paul's tried to get away, but Roberts defeated them, and St Mary's kept the ball in the St. Paul's territo ry. After a time S. Poole made a goal kick a ad placed the ball out of the reach of Speed, th tus registering the first goal. St. Mary's still press ed, and before long Pickering had added a secor td goal. St. Paul's now played up, and Wilbra ham got pos- session and passed to Sproston, who beat Davies from short range. Half-time arrived with St. Mary's leading by two goals to one. Soon after the resumption St. Paul's pressed, and were re- warded by a second goal. From now St. Paul's pressed, but could not get through the defence of Roberts and Davies. Time arrived with the score two goals each. Saltney Reserve met Chester United on the Roodee on Saturday in a Junior League match. There was a strong wind blowing from goal to goal, and Saltney took advantage of this to put on two goals. In the second half Chester United, instead of drawing level, fell completely away, and the Saltney youths, playing up grandly against the wind, added two more goals, Saltney winning by four goals to nil. On Monday even- ing Saltney were at home to the Helsby second string. A very pleasant game ended-Saltnoy two, Helsby nil. Frodsham Parish Church premier eleven brought off their last match of the season on Saturday on the athletic ground, Beasey All Saints (W arring- ton) being the visitors, in a league fixture. Nothing was scored up to half-time, and on re- starting the Parish had the better of the argu- ment, their forwards being smarter on the leather and their passing better timed. After a severe tussle in their opponents' goal, Linaker scored with a beautiful shot. Still keeping up the pressure, the homo team again scored, Baines doing the trick with a good shot, which completely baffled the goalkeeper. This was the sum total of the scoring, the Parish thus winning their last game by two goals to nil. They have had a fairly suc- cessful season, having gained 21 pouits in the War- rington and District League, with ten wins and one draw. Linaker and Baines have scored the largest amount of goals with a dozen each. The club is a few pounds in debt, but it is expected that this adverse balance will bo cleared off by' their annual concert. Chester St. John's were the visitors to Helsby on Saturday, meeting the locaJ reserves in a Chester and District (junior division) League match. The Cestrians, who had in the event of a win an excellent ohance of securing the championship of the league, were unfortunate in having to turn out minus two of their players, who had missed the train, and it was oniy after the game had been in progress some time in tho second half that tho two members arrived, in or- dinary attire, to assist their colleagues. At the commencement St. John's had tho benefit of a strong wind. Cartwright, on the home left, shot over from a good position, and Lipsham put out for the visitors, who directly afterwards gained a corner, which Sutton cleared. The visitors, with tho aid of the wind, had the best of the exchanges, but shot badly. After Sutton had cleared from Delaney, Nield gained a corner for the home team, but Evans shot over. A free kick to Helsby was saved by Buckley, then Lipsham put outside when well placed, Cartwright doing like- wise for the local team. Clare scored for the Ces- trians, as the result of a good run, after which Buckley saved from a further free kick to the Reserves. A couple of corners to the visitors were well cleared by Sutton. After further pressure by the Cestrians, the locals got away and Harding scored the equaliser. Give-and-take play followed, during which Helsby were several times penalised for offside, the visitors playing on 1y one back. A corner to the Cestrians was headed outside, and then Buckley cleared from a free kick to the locals. Both goalkeepers saved in turn, the home team scoring through Nield, from a corner, directly afterwards. From a free kick to the visitors T. Lipsham equalised, half-time being then called, with the score two each. Nield got away from the restart, and after a capital run scored the home team's third goal. A free kick to the visitors was followed by a corner, which, however, proved fruitless. St. John's were then joined by the two tardy members. After pressure, the home team scored a further goal, but the offs ido rulo nullified the point. The visitors got away, and Lipsham put the teams on level terms. Not long after Yates scored the homo team's fourth goal, after a good run. A. Fletcher, of the locals, was then hurt, and had to retire, but in spite of this Helsby continued to have the best of the matters, but the wind spoilt their efforts. Buckley saved from Yates. At the call of time Helsby were attacking, but had not increased their score, thus winning by four goals to tiiree. COMBINATION. RESULTS UP TO DATE. r-Goals-v P. W. L. D. ForAgst. Pts. Wrexham 25.16. 2. 7.74.2I.j9 ♦Busslem Port Vale .25.14. 5. 6.5f) 41 :32 Oswestry United .26.12. 8. (>55.33.30 Nantwich 23.12. 7. 4.58.40.28 Wellington .22.11. 6. 5.38.26.27 Witton Albion .2ti.11.12. 3.47.52.25 Bangor 24.10.10. 4.46.76.24 Tranmere Rovers .24. 8. 9. 7.44.38.23 Birkenhead .2-1. 8. 9. 7.38.40.23 Newton-le-Willows 23 7.11. 5.34.69.19 Rhyl .24. 6.11. 7.42.49.19 White Star Wanderers.24. 8.14. 2.46.60.18 Chirk ;25. 7.1.7 1.45.69.15 ^Chester 25. 13 7.44.69.15 *Two points deducted for playing ineligible men. CHESTER & DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1. RESULTS UP TO DATS. fCoaJa) Pld.Wou.L'st.. n .iKt.Pri Wrexham Vi08 .13.10. 1 2.44. 11.. 22 Winsford United 13 11 2. 0 41 15,.22 Helaby .14. 8. 3. 3 5 i ,,21.19 Conu&h's Quay .14. 7 7. 0.„28 ^7.14 "Newton }{aollerB 13. 6 5 2 29.29.12 Shotton Rangers .14. 5. 8 I. 28. 31 11 Holywell 14 3 9. 2 18 56. 8 .Saltney .14. 1 9 4 31.40. 4 *Baokley Vica. 11. 1. 8 3 ..11.32. 3 *Two points deducted for playing ineligible men. Buckley Vios. take the matches and points of Loeoa. Ro. W. F. and Ellesmere Port resigned and matches expunged. CHESTER & DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION II. RESULTS UP TO DATE. f-Goals—^ Pld.Won.Tj'st.Drn.For Asrt.Pfs. Wrexham St. Giles. 15.11. 2 2 .75 26.24 Hoole Rovers 16. 10 4 2.. 56.24.22 St. John's 15. 9. 3. 3 63..18..21 E. PortChurch 17. 8. 7. 2 44 40 18 Saltney Reserve 5. 8. 5.. 2 29.. 29.18 Sealand Road 13. 6 4. 3.48.25 15 Helsby Reserve.14. 5. 6. 3 39 29.13 Whitby 17 4.11 2 -.34 63 10 Chester United .17. 4 il.. 2.31..71.10 Little Sutton .17. 2.14. 1. 20..106.. 5

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