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NORTH W ALEfoi V. SHEFFIELD. A match between these teams was played on the Wrexham Racecourse on Saturday, and resulted in the disastrous defeat of the home team. For the first half-hour the Sheftielders did their utmost to score, but the good play of their opposing backs baffled their efforts, and had Powell not been placed hurx tie com- hat, the Sheffield victory would undoubtedly have been less significant. But the loss of such a splendid back told a tale at once, for in a very few minutes the Welsh goal fell twice. From this point the game was virtually at an end, and the hopes of the Welsh partizans fell to zero at seeing their compatriots so ut- terly demolished. The speed, dash, and pre- cision of their opponents were irresistible, and the recent victory of the London team of six goals to none against them seems unaccount- able on last Saturday's form. It is only fair to state that the Welsh team was by no means a strong one, and the Wrexham Club could have put a team in the field that would have made a better stand, than the one that played for the North Wales Committee on Saturdav I The result of the match will put a consider- able damper on the clubs of the neighbourhood, for it was thought that they were in rare form. Fortunately the weather proved favourable, and there was a very fair attendance nearly .300, including many ladies, being present, and tlio ground was in good condition. The following were the respective taams :— NORTH WALES.—Goal, J. Phennah; backs, J. Powell, G. Murless (captain); lialf-backs, K. A. Cross, W. Williams; forwards, C. Edwards, C. Ketley, H. Loxliam, E. Kvans, Dr. Grey, G. F. Thomson; umpire Mr LI. Powys Jones. SIIEFFIELD.(itoal, W. II. Carr; hacks, J. House- ley, R. Gregory: half-haelcs, W. E. C'legg. J. Hunter; forwards, J. (. Clegg (captain), W. Mosforth, T. H. Snli/y, G. B. Marples, A. Woodcock, P. Paterson; um- pire. MrW. Peace Dix: referee, Mr L. LI. Kenrick. The North Wales men won the toss, and chose to defend the goal nearest the station, with the advantage of the wind. J. C. Clegg kicked off for Sheffield, and the ball was at once conveyed to the Wrexham goal. It was, however, returned by Williams, and the coin- bineilpky of the Welsh forwards took the ball d.)wil to the vicinity of the Sheffield goal Sorby getting possession, made a good run, but was eventually firiied by Williams..Some good play by Mosforth followed, and then J. C. Clsgg threw in from touch right into the goal mouth, and a comer kick to Sheffield resulted. This was unproductive, but some sound crossing by J. C, Clegg, Sorby, Mosforth, and Gregory, again endangered the Welsh citadel, and J. C. Clegg had another corner kick which went outside. A fine kick by W. E. Clegg followed, and Mosforth had a clever shy at goal, but the ball was well returned by Williams. Dr. Grey next got hold of the leather, but it was taken from him by E. Clegg, and the same player immediately after- wards cleverly stopped a combined rush of the Welsh forwards. Williams and Powell next exhibitedj-somelgood back play, Sorby, Mosforth, and Marples, keeping them fully employed, Wi'liams and Mosforth again had a set to, in which the Shenk'lder was this timc worsted, and ltd wants put in some good play tor the home team. After another fine run by Sorby, some good crossing by Dr. Grey, Thomson and Evans enabled Wales temporarily to break away, but the last named player eventually put the hall behind the goal line. A dangerous looking shot by Sorby was well headed out by Loxham. Marples, who in the meantime had not been idle, next had a try, which went out- side, and in conjunction with Paterson and Woodcock, exhibited good crossing tactics. Another good run was made by Sorby, and he with Mosforth and Woodcock kept up the attack on the Wales citadel, but the backs worked hard, William! and Powell being most conspicuous. A good kick by Thomson was followed by a shot at goal by Woodcock, whicli caused the custodian to use his hands. J. C. Clegg next made a tine run, and a good throw- ill by him from touch caused a scrimmage in front of the Welsh goal; but the ball was got away and taken iii Kvans, who, when he found his path barred, crossed to Dr. Grey. Houseley coming up made a good return, and this was responded to by a similar one by Williams. Sorby again distinguished himself, by a good run, and Woodcock did soms useful play. Gregory followed with a judicious kick. Loxliam and Grey for Wales now made an attempt to break through the besiegers' line, but they were frustrated by W. E. Clegg awl Hunter. Marples next showed good passing to Mosforth, and some fine play by Sorby and J. C. Clegg resulted in another corner kick for Sheffield. This was taken by J. C. Clegg, but went behind. Williams again elicteil applause by his good play, and the backs were kept fully employed by Marples and Woodcock, the latter player causing Phennah, the goalkeeper, again to bring his hands into requisition, and another shot by the same player again went over the bar. Mosforth had another try with- out success, and Marples having passed the leather to J. C. Clegg, the last-named shot it outside the post. About this time Powell, who up to now had played very well, over- reached and sprained himself, and consequently had to retire. The Sheffield captain agreed to allow the Welsh team to take on another player in his place, and Edwards, of the Civil Service, supplied the vacancy, and a remark- ably efficient substitute he proved. Marples next made a good run, and finding his path barred, judiciously crossed to Mosforth, who passed the ball back and Marples secured the -? ar p les secui-( l the first goal for Sheffield at 3.30. Gregory having kicked off, the ball was returned by Cross, and the Welsh forwards getting hold momentarily threatened the Sheffield goal, but the danger was averted by J. C. Clegg, who passed the ball to Sorby, who made a brilliant run nearly the whole length of the ground, passing all his opponents, and semiring a second goal for Sheffield at 3.3.-). Without wishing to detract from the merits of this performance, which was undoubtedly a fine one, we think a player should not attempt singlehaniled to take the ball up, as in ordinary cases the chances are very greatly against its succeeding. Half-time was now called, and as soon as the ball was again in motion, it was taken down to the visitors' end, and the goal-keeper (Carr) rushing out—(the only time during the match when he touched the ball)—it cannoned off ihomson over the bar. Good play by Mosforth and Sorby for the visitors, and by Williams for the home team ensued, and a splendid shot by Mosforth caused the goal-keeper to use his hands. A scrimmage in front of the goal then took place, and another corner-kick fell to Sheffield, but was unproductive. A fine kick by W. E. Clegg was noticeable. Marples then got hold, and passed the ball to J. C. Clegg, who forwarded it to Paterson, and he in turn to Mosforth, who, with a very fine screw, suc- ceeded in securing a third goal for his side. On resuming, Hunter put in a fine kick, and J. C. Clegg did some nice play. Edwards then got possession, and some pretty crossing by him, Ketley, and Loxliam, brought the ball into Sheffield territory, but it was returned by Houseley. The attack on the home team's fortress was renewed, but the ball was well headed out of danger by Murless. Thomson then got into collision with Sorby, and both came to grief. Gregory immediately after- wards had another corner kick, but it went behind the goal. Mosforth followed with some good play, in which he bested three of his opponents, and finished up with one of his famous left screws, the ball going over the bar. A threatening shot by Gregory was headed away by Williams, and a second attack by the same player was nulifieil by Edwards, the substitute. A lunging kick by Houseley met with a similar response by Edwards, and W. E. Clegg had a good shot into goal. Peterson then passed the ball to Marples, who cleverly steered it between the posts, but the referee upon being appealed to decided that he was off-side, and the goal was disallowed. On resuming a foul took place near the Welsh goal, from which a corner kick fell to Sheffield. This was accurately judged by Marples but was again sent behind by the defending backs. Marples" second attempt was equally well- judged, and after some good play by Ios- forth, and a clever backward kick by Gregory, Marples shot the ball past the goal-keeper at four o'clock, thus obtaining the fourth goal for Sheffield. The ball being once more set rolling, Sorby executed a neat run, from which Sheffield had another corner kick, but no score was obtained from it. An excellent screw by Marples was headed out by Cross. Patterson then got hold and landed the ball well into goal. The goal-keeper stopped it, but did not get it away, and Marples coming up with an opportune rush, sent both together through the posts, scoring a fifth goal for his side at 4.10. Not content with these suc- cesses, the Sheftielders kept up an incessant bombardment of the enemy's goal, Sorby and Woodcock each in turn threatening it, and a corner kick by Gregory was accurately judged, but the danger was averted. The ball was then passed by Mosforth to Paterson, who had an easy opening, which, however, he failed to utilize, but immediately afterwards a clever backward kick by Gregory again gave him an opportunity, which this time lie did not allow to pass, and time being called, the game en(led-qllefifel(I six goals to none. THE DINNER. In the evening the members dined together at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel. Mr Evan Morris, vice-president of the Welsh Associa- tion, occupied the chair, the vice-chair being tion, filled by Mr J. C. Clegg, captain of the Sheffield team. After dinner, the usual loyal toasts were duly honoured, the Chairman observing that they would all be glad to hear there was no formal toast list to go through, as speech- making in the presence of so much youthful vigour could not be anything but an infliction; but he would add in connection with the first toast that the football players of Great Britain would prove themselves the most active of Her Majesty's subjects if called upon at any time to defend her. (Hear, hear.) Refemng to the second toast lie might ob- serve that it must be pleasure to all lovers of football to know that the Prince of Wales and "the rest of the Royal Family" gave their countenance and support to the game, which was one of the very healthiest pastimes, and one calculated to promote habits of sobriety, and to cultivate and foster every good quality. (Applause.) The Chainnan said he next came to a toast which he knew all, especially North Wales, would very much appreciate. It was the health of their opponents in the field that day -ig The Members of the Sheffield Team." (Cheers.) He was sure all who practically understood the game of football could not help admiring their very excellent play, and although the Welshmen had been defeated, they must all admit that the best team had won. (Hear, hear.) The Sheffield team, whom they were pleased to see upon a former occasion, they were very glad to see again and t, otter them a hearty Welsh welcome. The North Wales had felt, when challenging the Sheffield, that they were challenging one of the best, if not the best team in Eng- land, but they thought and he believed rightly, that to a young club there was nothing better calculated to create a. feeling of emulation than to play with those who knew the game. (Applause). They should endeavour to profit some- thing by what they had seen that dav, and they hoped the day not far distant when Sheffield might find North Wales, if not victorious, very near it. (Hear, hear). When they challenged Sheffield, he had remarked that he was very doubtful as to the issue, for he knew what those Sheffield blades were, and he thought the oftener they came to see them the "deeper they cut." (Applause). They regretted the absence from the field that day of tht'r energetic and repeeted captain, Mr Kenrick, who was, lie miirht say, the very soul of football in North Wales. (Cheers). With a club like Sheffield it was not merely a question of winning or losing, he was sure they liked a good game, and he begged to pro- pose Success t > the Sheffield team," who were, collectively and in lividually, the team that North Wales liked to meat. (Hear, hear). He hoped to see them very often, for although they had to-day played the part of the Russians as against the Turks (for the Welsh had to defend everything) still they sat down together, like the wolf and the lamb, and settled ail their differences at the table. He could only hopethat the rival countries now at war might be able to settle their differences in nn equally amicable manner. (Cheers). He begged to couple with the toast the name of Mr J. C. Clegg, (captain of the Sheffield Team.) Musical honours. The Vice Chairman, in responding, said he fully endorsed all that had been said by the Chainnan in reference to the beneficial effects of football, and the fact that teams could be got together to go such long distances to play matches was in itself sufficient evidence of the popularity of our national winter pastime. (Hear, hear).) Personally, he must confess that he liked to play a pretty good stiff match and he also confessed—and they would probably believe him — that lie liked to win in the end, and he gave each gentleman present credit for holding I sindal' sentiments. (Applause and laughter). Not long ago the Shemeid team received just I Sudl another drubbing as they had given their Welsh friends that day, but they had sufficient common sen=:e—and he was sure the North Wales team had the same—not to be dis- heartened, but to persevere and practice more and more. (Hear, hear.) It was not to be expected that a young association like the North Wales would succeed in the lirst or second year, he hoped the matches be- tween the Sheffield and Welsh teams would continue as long as football was in existence. He now begged to propose to them health and prosperity to the North Wiiles team, coupled with the name of Mr C. Murless, the captain of the day. (Drunk with all the honours.) Mr C. Murless appropriately responded, re- marking that the North Wales team was com- posed, he might say, of a lot of young fellows who hardly knew what it was to be beaten, except when the Scotch and Sheffield teams paid them a visit. (Hear, hear.) With the Birmingham men they could hold their own, but such a lesson as they had received that day at the hands of their Sheffield friends did them all the good in the world. (Applause) He was exceedingly sorry their recognised captain, Mr Kenrick, was unable to be present on the field, although he was proud of the honour of representing him, still Mr Kenrick would no doubt have discharged his duties to the North Wales team very much better than he (the speaker) had done. (Cheers.) Mr T. B. Burnett next proposed the health of the Sheffield Association and district, coupled with the name of the respected secre- tary, Mr Pierce Dicks. (Applause.) Mr Pierce Dicks briefly acknowledged the compliment, observing that he thought the institution of associations such as those of North Wales and Sheffield was one of the very best means that could possibly be devised for promoting the spread of football, not that he by any means advocated the unlimited institu- tion of such associations. (Hear, hear.) They were happy to receive the challenge from North Wales, and having a great many challenge-i from other associations, they had arranged to piay an annual match at Wrex- ham, as intermediate contests would interfere with club and home fixtures, They were very glad to visit Wrexham that day, and he hoped the friendly relations between the two associa- tions might long continue. He would now ask them to honour the toast of the Welsh Association, with which he would couple the name of the captain, Mr Kenrick. (Musical honours). Mr Kenrick suitably responded, and said he could endorse all that had been said by Mr Pierce Dicks with regard to the establishment of football associations. The North Wales Association had been instrumental in doing a great deal of good for the game of footbalfin the Principality. The Welsh Association had been formed two years ago, and although it was rather tabooed in some quarters, he was glad to say their hopes of its success and popularity had been realized. (Hear, hear.) This year, he was glad to say, they had insti- tuted a challenge cup—(applause)—which was not to be in any way exclusive, and 19 clubs had already entered for it, and he expected by next year they would have double that number. In fact, he thought the Association was in a very fair way of success. Although they had been beaten that day, they had been beaten by good men, and he could assure them it was not their intention by any means always to be beaten. (Hear, hear, and a voice Not likely ") He was sorry he had been unable to be personally present, but he was sure Mr Murless had ably taken his place. (Applause). Dr. Grey said he thought it ought to go forth that it was Mr Kenrick and their worthy secretary, Mr Cooper, who had first proposed the formation of an Association, and had given their- assistance to cany out the pro- posal; and the same remarks would also apply to the Challenge Cup, referred to by Mr Ken- rick. (Hear, hear). The Chairman finally proposed tlie health of the President of the Association, Sir Watkin W. Wynn, Bart., who took a lively interest in promoting every worthy and beneficial ob- ject, and to whose liberality they were so greatly indebted for the splendid piece of ground on which the match had taken place, and which all football players could not fail to highly appreciate. (Loud applause, with "three cheers for Lady Williams Wynn and the Misses Wynn.") The Vice-Chairman proposed in eulogistic terms the health of the Mee-president of the Association, Mr Evan Morris, who suitably acknowledged the compliment, and the toast of The Press," coupled with the names of the representatives of the Wrc^hdm Advertiser and the 8,1u:fjîAd D(lil,11 Teh i/raph, brought a very pleasant evening to a close.




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