FOOTBALL CHAT. [BY "LINESMAN."] The game last Saturday between the Rovers and IMachynlleth proved to be very interesting, although rmarred to a certain extent by the wet weather. It '■was generally expected that the visitors would run -the homesters a very close game, and their defeat iwas somewhat of a surprise. They showed very pretty combination but their attack lacked sting, the defence not being very severely pressed, except on one or two occasions. iOf the forwards Billy Vaughan easily led and tplayed a fine game from start to finish. The remainder of the forwards wpre a very level quartet .-and the same may be said of the half-backs who were hard working and useful. The two backs got through a lot of work, but Evans was inclined to be rough, a feature which at once condemns a player. The goalkeeper was a steady and reliable player, and for the goals scored he cannot be blamed. On the home side, the forwards played a very steady and unselfish game, with perhaps just a little more swing in Gladstone Davies and Joe Edwards than the others. The halves worked splendidly, B Jones and Henry Cotton being in splendid trim; while Roberts, who was out of regular practice, did very well. The backs were safe and reliable, but Jones in goal surpassed himself, clearing some very stiff attempts in grand ^The referee got through his work nicely, but as is usual, when a home man takes the whistle, his decisions are always questioned, whether they are above reproach or not. Readiness to seize hold of any pretext, however trifling, to disparage opponents, is to say the least, unsportsmanlike. The Towyn Wednesday paid a visit to Barmouth ,and after a well-contested game, returned home victorious by one goal to nil. They deserved to win on the day's play, and a goal which was dis- allowed for off-side was suspicious. Jones in goal was me pica: or tue calves, whne the for- wards were best represented by Roberts and Edmunds. The goal scored by Williams was a very fine effort and deserves mention. The return match will be paid shortly at the Corbett Arms ground.
THE LEAGUE. Goals. P. W. L. D. F. A. P. Sunderland. 21 13 4 4 35 23 30 Everton 20 11 5 4 40 24 26 Aston Villa. 22 11 7 4 30 23 26 Blackburn Rovers 21 10 6 5 32 23 25 Sheffield United 21 9 8 4 39 28 22 Sheffield Wednesday 18 8 5 5 31 30 21 Stoke 21 8 8 5 31 36 21 WolverhamptonW. 21 8 8 5 28 34 21 Bury 20 7 7 6 27 24 20 Derby County 19 7 6 6 22 20 20 Bolton Wanderers. 20 7 7 6 31 29 20 Notts Forest 22 7 9 6 26 30 20 Newcastle United 19 6 6 7 28 16 19 Liverpool .19 6 7 6 28 24 18 Notts County 22 7 13 2 31 45 16 Small Heath 19 6 10 3 24 31 15 Grimsby Town 20 6 11 3 19 38 15 Manchester City 19 3 13 3 16 40 9
THE COMBINATION. Goals. P. W. L. D. F. A. P. Wellington Town 15 9 3 3 26 14 21 Wrexham 12 8 0 4 36 10 20 Nantwich 16 9 5 2 39 27 20 Witton Albion 18 9 7 2 31 28 20 Oswestry United 15 7 5 3 33 20 17 *Burslem Port Vale 12 6 2 4 27 17 14 Tranmere Rovers 14 5 5 4 29 24 14 Liverpool White Star 12 6 6 0 29 26 12 Rhyl 11 3 4 4 23 23 10 Chirk 16 5 11 0 26 43 10 Bangor 11 3 5 3 19 26 9 ^Chester 15 3 8 4 31 40 8 .Newton-le-Willows. 14 2 9 3 17 53 7 ^Birkenhead. 11 2 7 2 14 29 6 Two points deducted for playing an ineligible man.
WELLINGTON AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. P. W. L. D. F. A. P. Trench 5 5 0 0 26 4 10 Singleton & Cole's. 6 3 1 2 22 7 8 Bridgnorth 5 2 2 1 11 15 5 Hadley 6 2 3 1 9 13 5 j Shrewsbury R. O. 4 2 2 0 12 11 4 Broselev 2 0 2 0 4 8 0 i Welshpool 4 0 4 0 6 32 0 +
THE WELSH CUP. FOURTH ROUND. R.W.W. T. WREXHAM. Satuiday last was an eventful day at Newtown, when Wrexham were to pay a visit there to decide who was to enter the semi final for the Welsh Senior Cup. Long before 2-30 (the advertised time for kick-off ") the ropes were lined with a very large number of spectators. The weather was rather on the cloudy side, and the rain during the week made the ground in a very slippery state. Mr R T Gough of Oswestry, was in charge of the teams, and when he sounded his whistle, the teams (who were received with cheers), lined up as follows:— R.W.W. Goal, A Edwards; backs, Evan Rees and J Harper; halves, A Rathbone, M Pilot and Teddy Davies; forwards, J Miller, W Nock. R Morris, W Tudor and W Parry. Referee, Mr Townsend. WREXHAM. Goal, T Gordon; backs, D Davies and H Blew; halves, J Jones, E Robinson and Ll Davies; for- wnids, R Hughes, Griffiths, W Pouatney, J Brookes and J Owen. Linesman, Mr J P Jones. R.W.W. won the toss and elected to play down- hill. Dicky Morris who opened was very soon robbed of the ball which was taken towards the home goal very swiftly by Hughes. Harper cleared nicely and gave to Miller who made a dash for the visitors' goal, but was stopped by Blew. Miller soon again got hold but sent outside. The visiting right next made a pretty run and a foul was given against Pilot near goal which looked 1 dangerous, but luckily for the Warehousemen the ball was sent over. From the goal kick Parry got possession and went away nicely, centreing prettily i near goal, but Robinson cleared. Wrexham again tried the Newtown men, but Rathbone proved tco good for them and cleared splendidly, giving to Parry who gave to Pilot when near goal, the latter send- ing in a simple shot which in some unaccountable way beat the visiting goal-keeper and scored for Warehousemen in less than ten minutes from the start. Play now became very fast and exciting, Wrexham looking dangerous, and Harper, who was playing a grand game, relieved. Wrexham again pressed but Griffiths was ruled off-side. The visitors again soon got possession and when just outside the 12 yards line, were awarded a free-kick, from which Pountney equalised. The visitors again made a dash for goal but Rathbone cleared nicely. Harper got hold and sent just across the goal mouth, but the home forwards were a little too slow at this point. Newtown again had another "go" and forced a corner, which was placed nicely by Harper, and Parry secured, but missed his point by inches only. Wrexham again made for home quarters but failed to pass Rathbone who was playing a grand game. Just before half-time Brooks got hurt, and ex- changed places with Gordon. Several hard tries were made by both teams, Miller especially having very hard lines in not scoring, his shot striking the upright but no further points were added, and the whistle sounded for half-time with the score RWW 1 goal Wrexham 1. The restart opened more rapidly and Hughes made a grand effort to find the net but Rees headed away. Play being kept in home quarters, Rathbone was called upon to relieve,but was forced to gire a corner which Edwards fisted out. The homesters next made a break- away, and Dicky Morris sent in a hot shot which the custodian saved cleverly. Wrexham again re- turned and Rees and Harper had a very warm time, clearing finely each time. Bill Parry again got hold, and took play to the other end, and sent over to Miller, which player after a desperate attempt failed to obtain. Parry again got hold, and when in a grand position kept doddhng too we nooiester's scoi-d. bl(;iiy IV made a fine display, but when near in gc a] pipped, and the ball was allowed to run outside. fhe Warehouse men again pressed, and Nock got hold and gave to Dicky Morris, and after some very exciting play the homesters were awarded a corner which proved fruitless, Nock secured from the goal kick, and sent in a hard shot which the visiting goal keeper saved, and holding in his hands, Miller rushed on and sent the custodian far into the goal, but failed to score. Hughes next got away finely, and succeeding in passing both backs had the goal in his own hands, but finally sent wide. The homesters again broke away, and kept the Wrexham men on the defensive for the last twenty minutes, during which encoun- ter, Tudor and the visiiting goal keeper had a little unpleasantness. After both men had been cautioned by the referee, the greatest excitement prevailed around the visitors' goal, shot after shot being, sent in, but failed to score, Davies playing a grand game at back for Wrexham. The whistle sounded for time, and an interesting game ended in a draw, R.W.W. one goal, Wrexham one goal. ABERAMAN Y WELSHPOOL. In anticipation of a stiff match the North Walians profiting by the experience of Bangor a few weeks ago, arrived at Aberaman on Friday night. On the whole the team was about the strongest they have put in the field this season, including M Morgan- Owen and his two brothers. The homesters turned out their usual eleven, and were determined to make a bold bid for victory, in spite of the amount of chaff" opposed to them. The ground was in fairly good condition, and a large crowd witnessed the game, this being the first time that the fourth round of the Welsh Cup has been played in South Wales. The interest taken was of more than ordin- ary measure. Quite up to time the teams lined out as fol!ows :— WELSHPOOL. Goal, R Hamer; backs, L Morris and H Hamer; half-backs, Walter Davies, M Morgan-Owen, and H Tucker; forwards, Withers, D Davies, H Morgan- Owen, Argyle, and G Morgan-Owen. ABERAMAN. Goal, Mosford backs, Hugh Jones and Hulin half-backs, Tenby, Britton, and NichoDs forwards, Smith, Finny, Allen, Johnstone, and Stuart. Referee, Mr G Mercer. H Morgan-Owen started for the North Walians, and after a short pass to G Morgan-Owen a transfer was made to the visitor's centre half. A smart tackle by Johnson enabled the visitors to obtain the ball, while cleverness by Smart and Johnson carried play into their opponents' quarters. For some time matters looked serious. Smart sent in a few strong shots which were, however, cleared by Morris, An effort was now made by the North men to get away by good combination, and they changed the venue to the other half of the field. A foul stopped their progress, and the advantage gained was neutralised by a splendid shot by Hugh Jones. Smith fielded, and going well on the left he beat Morris, and another shot sent in by Finney was turned aside by Hamer. The younger Owen tried to get away, and after gaining a few yards sent across to his brother, who im- proved matters with a tricky and effective dribble to halfway. Passing to Argyle, the inside right came well away, but he tried to shoot when too far away, Mosford wisely allowing the ball to roll over the line. The attack was renewed by Morgan-Owen, who came near the home line, but Mosford saved well. A foul gave the visitors a free-kick, and the ball went untouched into the net. Magnificent play bv the home right was now noticed, and they attacked strongly. First Nicholls put in a strong shot that was only with difficulty turned aside by Hamer, and then Smart centred well, and amid much applause Finney netted. This nettled the visitors, and getting away with a rush Withers received the ball and sent in a stinging low shot. Mosford tried well to save, but the ball found the allotted space, and the scores were equal. Play was fairly equal from now to half-time. Half- time score: Welshpool, 1 goal; Aberaman, 1 goal Finney restarted for the home men, and although for a few minutes play seemed very qn:et, Nichols obtained and worked nicely into close proximity to the visitors' line. Sending across to Smart a centre was made, and headed with judgment by Johnson to Finney, who put well into the net. The referee ruled off-side, however, and a goal-kick resulted Argyle improved upon Hamer's kick, and after transferring to H Morgan-Owen, the visitor's centre made a clinking run down three-parts of the field, and a score seemed imminent. Hugh Jones, with his characteristic dash saved well, but a long kick by international Owen sent back, Hulin having to concede a corner. Again in clearing a corner was obtained. Three corners were in like manner obtained before the home backs got safely away. Nichols put in a fine burst and gave up to Smart. In spite of repeated hard attempts to break through the defence, luck favoured the visitors, and the ball hit the goal post. Still pressing, a corner was forced, and with great difficulty cleared. With a determined effort G Morgan-Owen got nicely off, and when half-way a strong kick was put in by Hugh Jones, who canuoned against Button and caused the latter to retire. Resuming by a throw- out by the referee, II Morgan-Owen fielded the ball well, and Mosford expected it to over the bar, but fortunately for tLe visitors the ball dropped under the bar, and a lead of one goal was obtained. Britton returning added renewed vigour to the homesters' play. Try as they would, however they were unable to score, and with the exception of a few short bursts which enabled the visitors to get cler- for a short period, the homesters were the aggressors, and play was only sent to halfway by a kick bv Morris just before time was called. Final score":—Welshpool, two goals; Aberaman, one goal. REMARKS. The game was the best and most evenly con- tested of all Cup matches played at Aberaman. The visitors were fortunate in being able to bring down their strongest possible eleven, while the homesters was forced to play Smith at forward, who has been for some weeks invalided with a sprained ankle. Although in the first half this did not seem to ham- per him much, it was obvious a few minutes after half-time that he was practically useless. The visitors played a splendid game, and de- served to win, but for the major portion of the game the home team attacked and were^ or> j k6Pt from = occasions. lwice in iuo b HamPr lost, bv ano^saves py nauiei. The most prominent players on the visitors' side were unquestionably the brothers Morgan-Owen. The international, was in fine form, and saved his side by clever tackling repeatedly. Hugh at centre was very smart, but was well matched by Britton, who at times was more than a match for two. Hamer was the better of the full-backs. For the homesters Nicholls and Britton were the pick, and constantly prominent by some clever work Smart and Jackson were the pick of the forwards. Both full-backs played well, and while Hulin had tackled well, Hugh Jones was always at hand with his fine kicking. Mosford played with his usual good judgement, and stopped several difficult shots. FRIENDLY MATCHES. TOWYN WEDNESDAY v BARMOUTH WEDNESAY. An interesting match was played at Barmouth on Wednesday afternoon between the above teams. Towyn were represented by the following Goal, J Jones; backs, Joe Evans and T Davies; halves, H Jones, E Morris and D Jones; forwards, W Williams, R A Roberts, T Williams, D Edmunds, and A Lewis. The visitors won the toss and elected to play with the wind at their backs and opened in good style at once making for the home goal, W Williams compelling the goalkeeper to handle. From the goal kick Barmouth got down and looked dangerous. Jones in running out to clear, miskicked, and nearly let Barmouth in, but Evans cleared and averted disaster. Mid-field play ensued for a while, but Towyn got the upper hand, and tried hard to score from three corners which fell to them. After some twenty minutes had elapsed, R A Roberts got hold of- the sphere, and after L neat run passed to W Williams, who managed to draw first blood for Towyn, with a good shot from a stiff angle, the goalkeeper having no chance to saTe. The homesters made desperate attempts to get away, but the visitors' defence was equal to the call, and half-time arrived with the score: Towyn one goal, Barmouth nil. Barmouth opened the second half, and pressed severely for some time, gaining several corners, whiah, however, proved fruitless. Towyn then took up the running, and after some sound passing tactics, Edmunds was enabled to shoot, which he did right into the goalkeeper's hands. In attempt- ing to clear the latter drove the ball to the vicinity of W Williams, who scored a fine goal, but the referee disallowed on the question of Edmunds being offside, and the whistle blew with the score Towyn WedneEday one goal, Barmouth nil. TOWYN ROVERS v MACHYNLLETH. The above teams met in a friendly on Saturday at the Corbett Arms ground before a fair attend- ance. The showery weather, however, militated against a scientific display, but a good game resulted. Towyn were represented by-Goal, Lewis Jones backs, E L Jones and Di Jones half- backs, E JoDes, H Cotton, and J Roberts forwards, W E Gladstone Davies, Geo Davies, Joe Edward?, Archie Evans, and R 0 Jones. Machynlleth started against the wind, the forwards showing nice com- bination, but they were quickly turned to the right about by E L Jones. The home forwards gained possession and racing down swarmed into the visitors' citadel, Bob Jones very nearly getting ] through with a well placed header. One of the visitors handling in the goal mouth, a penalty was awarded. This .was entrusted to Gladstone who tipped the ball into the net in a twinkling. The visitors strove hard to get away and after some interesting work Bob Jones fouled. From the free- kick the visiting forwards made keen attempts to get through and E L Jones had to concede a corner, which was well placed, and for a moment things looked dangerous but Jones cleared in miraculous fashion. The next item of importance was a smart run by Billy Vaughan, who tested Jones with a stiff shot, but as before he cleared finely. Two free-kicks were awarded the visitors in quick sue- cession which were well placed by Morns, but nothing came of them. The homesters then got down, and after some close work in front of goal were awarded two corners, which however proved abortive. A good opening was secured by Gladstone Davies,-who as usual made the best use of it and scored a brilliant goal. Bill Evans was responsible fC)r a bad foul for the visitors, which was taken by 11 Cotton, but nothing resulted and half-t me arrived with the score, Towyn 2 goals, Machynlleth nit. The game re-opened quietly, but the visitors, who had the wind at their backs, appeared to be anxious to alter matters. After some fire minutes play they managed to secure their first, and as it afterwards proved, their only point, the shot which did the trick being a slow one. This had the effect of rousing the homesters who went for the goal in ding-dong style. Machynlleth defended gamely and kept them out for some time, but a brilliant run on the left wing culminated in a goal from the foot of Joe Edwards which went through in his best style. They kept down again and two corners which fell to them were taken by Glad- stone Davies, which, however, ended in smoke. Shortly after Bob Jones had his wind knocked out by Bill Evans, who was a trifle vigorous in his methods, but in this case it was a pure accident, Piay cooled down considerably after this, neither side exerting themselves very much, and at time the score was, Towyn 3, Machynlleth 1. -+-
Y GOLOFN GYMREIG. PEN Y DAITH. "TKIMLAD Y PERERI N." Daw diwedd ar y daith, I grwydro anial maith, Dan boen a chlwy; Cawn lanio'r ochr draw, Yn Nghanan yn ddifraw, A phalmwydd yn ein llaw, Byth bythoedd mwy. Yn ngwlad y palmwydd gwyrdd, A chwmBi'r seintiau fyrdd, Ac engyl glan; Cawn floeddio iddo Ef, Ag un soniarus lef, Nes synu nef y nef, A'n swynol gan. 'Nol unwaith daro'r tant, Hyfrydaf un y plant, Sef marwol glwy; Oawn ganu oil yu nghyd, Am werth yr aberth drud, Sef Ieau Brynwr byd, Heb dewi mwy. Mae hiraeth arna'i nawr, Am ado daiar lawr, A'i stormydd blin uno gyda'r Ilu, Yn y Gaersalem fry, I foli'r lesu cu, Am brynu dyn. Arfor Terrace, Towyn. LEWIS JONES.
«. BETI'R FALAIS DDRWG. Fe glywsom son am Mari'r glep, A Nancy gwyneb bir, A Peggy mam pob celwydd bron F'ai ffynu yn y tir; Ac amlhau mae'r teulu hwn, Er gwaethaf byd a'i wg, Can's heddyw clywir ami son Am Beti'r falais ddrwg. Nid yw mor hawdd adnabod hon A'i hen chiorydd mad, Dan wisg cy feillach cuddia hi, Ei dichell rhag y wtad Os bydd y byd yn curo'n drwm Ar ambell ffermwr tlawd, Pwy welir gyntaf yno'n mynd, Ond Beti ar ei rhawd. Mae'n teimlo dros ofidiau'r gwr, Nes tori i wylo bron, Ac yna sugno'r hanes oil Wna'r hen fileines hon; Ond bore draDoeth gyda'r wawr, Mae Beti'n prysur ddweyd, Fod hwn a hwn bron tori'n wir, Os nad yw wedi gwneyd. Ni chafwyd ungwr yn y wlad, I offrwm serch i hon, A thyngodd hithau yn ei Did, Rho'i archoll yn mhob bi-on Fe glywodd unwaith yn y dref, Fod Harry Hafod Ion, Yn caru'n hoffus gyda Jane, Teg eulan Nant y Fron. Ymwthiodd Beti gyda brys, I'w mv/yn gyfeillach hwy, Ar Sul a Gwyl bu'n brysur nes Eu rhoddi tan eu clwy Fel byn mae hon yn teitijio'r byd, A dagr yn ei llaw, Ond cofied, eilfyd sydd a Duw, A dial yn ei law. LLAERON. — +
A libel action brought by Colonel St Quiitin against the Earl of Lonsdale was withdrawn on Monday upon the defendant, through his counsel, offering a public apology and agreeing to pay the costs as between solicitor and client. The proceed- ings arose out of accusations made by the Earl in letters to Colonel St Quintin while the latter was Director of Remounts in South Africa.
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