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CURRENT SPORT. From the Rugby matches played between Somerset and Cornwall and Devon and Cornwall the South Western Divisonal Championship was made to look a pretty good thing for Gloucestershire, and such an opinion was strengthened on Saturday when at Bristol Gloucestershire gained an overwhelming victory over Somerset by 4 goals and 3 tries to 1 goal and 1 try. All the unevenness came in the second half, during which Gloucestershire scored 3 goals and a try, while Somerset failed to add to their points of the first period. The Gloucestershire men were the better at every point of the game. Lancashire and Cumberland played their Rugby match in the Northern Division Competition at Whalley Range, Manchester. Lancashire showed excellent form and won by a goal and a try to nothing; all the scoring occurred in the second half. The Rugby club match of the London season was played on the Richmond Athletic Ground last Satur- day, and in a splendidly-fought game Blackheath were the winners by four tries to two tries. There was not much between the two sides, but Richmond had the worst of the luck. Heddon, one of their three-quarters, was lamed quite early in the game, and in the second half, Fraser, one of their scrum- magers, sprained his ankle and had to leave the field. But even amid these disasters Richmond acquitted themselves well. Fortune, however, was against them, and after having as much of the game as their opponents until the last quarter of an hour they were ousted by fout tries to two tries. Forward, Rich- mond played a tremendously hard game at times, and the rushes headed by Reynolds, Luxmore, Barry, and Stout were among the best things of the game The company numbered about 6000. Cambridge University v. London Scottish.—In this match, at Cambridge, neither side had its full strength. It was a hard forward game. There was nothing scored, and the result was a draw. Rosslyn Park v. Croydon.—This game, at Rich- mond Old Deer Park, ended in a win for Croydon by one goal and two tries to two tries. Marlborough Nomads v. Lennox.—At Stamford- bridge, the Lennox were beaten by one goal and two tries to two tries. Kensington v. Bedford.—In this match, at Shep- herd's-bush, there was no score, and the game was drawn. Guy's Hospital v. Old Merchant Taylors.—At Honor Oak the Merchant Taylors won this game by one goal to one try. Harlequins v. London Welsh.At HFinchley, the London Welsh won by two goals to nil. Newport beat Cardiff by three goals to two tries, at Newport. Swansea beat Devonport Albion by one goal and one try to one try, at Devonport. Neath beat Aberavon by one try to nil, at Neath. Gloucester beat Bath by two goals to nil, at Gloucester. As the Oxford and Cambridge Association match is not played until February the doings of the ni- versity Association football elevens do not attract much attention before Christmas. Usually the teams are not settled upon, and the leading players are often assisting other clubs. R. N. R. Blaker, however, has been fortunate in getting together a team that should not require any alteration. They have done several good performances, notably in beating West Bromwich Albion; and it was to be regretted that the captain should have been kept out of the last match this term. On Saturday Cambridge played Clapton at Upton, and in the absence of their centre-forward lost by three goals to one. The smartness of the Clapton attack and the excellent de- fence of Earle in goal went a long way towards deter- mining the result, for the game all through was fast and even. Oxford, who have some more fixtures before the vacation, beat the Old Carthusians at Oxford by three goals to two, but the Old Boys were not at full strength, and the result must not be taken as any criterion of the University's strength. With G. E. Wilkinson in goal and four other Blues among the halves and backs they are sound in defence, but W. Blackburn has not yet found a reliable set of forwards, and at present Oxford are certainly weak in attack. In the Association League Championship Notts Forest still hold a commanding position. They are a splendid side, and their football has been a feature of the season. Saturday's results were: Notts Forest beat Notts County (5—0), Bury beat Preston North End (2—1), Derby County beat Stoke (1—0), Blackburn Rovers beat Bolton Wanderers (2-0), West Bromwich Albion beat Sunderland (1—0), Manchester City beat Wolverhampton Wanderers (3—2); Sheffield United v. Aston Villa, Everton v. Sheffield Wednesday, and Newcastle United v. Liver- pool were drawn. Among other Association football results on Saturday Millwall, Queen's Park Rangers, South< ampton, and Reading won matches in the Southern League, the last-mentioned club beating Tottenham Hotspur by three goals to one. The London Cale- donians beat Leytonstone by one goal to none in the Charity Cup competition, and the Casuals beat the Coldstream Guards by six goals to none at Tufnell- park. In the United States inter-University football match on Saturday Yale beat Harvard by 28 points to nil. Twenty-two thousand spectators witnessed the game. Teddington supplied Bromley with their second successive defeat at hockey on Saturday on the Bromley ground, and the former now possess the splendid record of: Played nine, won 7, and drawn two; goals for 24, and against three. East Sheen gained a brilliant two to nil victory over Molesey, and must be placed on the list with: Played six, won four, diawn one, and lost one goals for 15, against eight. Form of the last month or so was upheaved by the three to two victory of Hampstead over the Hawks. Cambridge University did much better than expected in scoring six to nil against Southgate, who, a week previously, were the first club to defeat Bromley since the season of 1897-8. Wimbledon's easy victory over Finchley, and Croydon's defeat of Tulse Hill were very creditable performances. A good lacrosse game was that between Woodford and Catford, the former winning by three goals to nil, and showing thereby that they are the best team now playing; while West London beat Surbiton by six to two after a scrambling game in which neither side showed particularly good form as teams, although there was some good individual play. Black- heath scored a substantial win over Barnet by ten to four, and the latter do not yet seem much strengthened by their transfer to a new district. These three games were all in the First Division, and there were two well-contested matches in the second, Highgate only besting Clapham by four to two, while Catford II. scored a very creditable win over Croydon I. by four to ml; the last-named have a good defence, but the attack is poor, a common weakness this season. The visit of Hampstead to Cambridge resulted in a capi- tal game with the University, who won by the odd goal in a match in which nineteen goals were obtained. The light everywhere was very unfavour- able for good lacrosse. a Saturday was a red-letter day for 'Varsity runners, ■for they won all the cross-country matches in which f they were engaged. The Oxford University Hare and Hounds beat the South London Harriers' first team by five points (25 to 30), though in A. Shrubb the losers supplied the first man home. He beat E. A. Dawson, the Oxford team's president, by 28sec. in 43min. 55sec.— only 29sec. worse than H. G. Lloyd's best on record for the seven and a half miles course, despite the fact that the going was heavy on Saturday, and that Shrubb went out of his way. R. R. Sharp (Christ Church) was third, J. H. Bessell (South London) fourth, G. R. Fothergill (University) fifth, and H. P. Jones (South London) sixth. Cambridge University Hare and Hounds put two teams into the field at Cambridge against London clubs with distinct success. The Light Blues' first contingent beat the Blackburn Harriers by 23 points (16 to 39), and also supplied in W. B. Grandage (Clare) andC, E. Pumphrey (Christ's) the first twr men home. The Cantabs' Reserves easily defeated the South London Harriers' Reserves. I Staffordshire Cup.—The re-played Association tie between Aston Villa and Stoke ended at Stoke in a win for the home club by two goals to none. It was a hard game, and the match was really turned by the superb defence of the Stoke eleven, who have been invariably a hard side to beat on their own ground. Lancashire Cup.—In the semi-final replayed tie at Bury the Burnley eleven won a hard game against Manchester City by two goals to one. Cambridge University v. Mr. A. T. B. Dunn's Eleven.—Mr. Dunn got together a very fine scratch side to play the Light Blues at Ludgrove, near Barnet. Though disappointed at the last minute by C. B. Fry, Mr. Dunn's Eleven rendered such a good account of themselves that they beat Cambridge by five goals to two. The Western League.—An interesting game at Tottenham on Monday was won by the Hotspur against Bristol City by four goals to one. Oxford University v. Bristol.—Oxford gave rather a disappointing show at the Rugby game on Mon- day at Oxford, when they were beaten by Bristol by a goal from a try to nothing. The 'Varsity forwards Lame out well, but their backs never got going. Bristol secured their goal late in the game. The result of this match is quite against book form, seeing that only last Wednesday Oxford beat Cardiff, while they have been playing particularly well all through the season. Cambridge University v. West of Scotland.—Cam- bridge surprised everyone by the excellence of their football at Cambridge on Monday, when they beat the West of Scotland by five tries to one try. Their forwards were very good. West of Scotland had a pretty strong side. Sagar was certain at full back, but his place-kicking lacked its customary precision. Daniel], the International, turned out for Cambridge, only to be injured again. He received a bad kick OR the head. Plymouth v. Swansea.-In this Rugby match at Plymouth the Swansea team were successful by two goals and a try to nil. Oxford Inter-Collegiate Cup: Magdalen played Christchnrch on the Christchurch ground under Association rules on Tuesday, and a quarter of an hour from the finish Comber scored a goal for Magdalen, but Pawson equalised shortly before time, and the result was a draw of a goal each. On the Worcester ground, the home team defeated St. Catherine's by seven goals to one, Worcester's points being scored by Roberts (three), Cadman, Macmeilmn (two), and Crawley, whilst Jones was credited with the losers' goal. An interesting match resulted from the opposition of Merton and Oriel on the Merton ground, the final score being Oriel three goals (all scored by H. Jameson), and Merton one. Under Rugby rules Trinity beat University by 18 points to seven; and Pembroke proved successful over Jesus by three goals (15 points) to a goal (five points), Fox, Goudge, and Smart scoring the tries for the winners. Cambridge Association Leazue.-Division I.: Queen's beat Emmanuel by six goals to four and Trinity Rest beat Jesus by two goals to one; and Division III., Trinity Rest II. beat Sidney by two goals to one. Rugby: Clare beat Emmanuel by one goal to one try Selwyn beat Emmanuel II. by two goals and one try to nil; Cains II. beat King's II. by two goals and two tries to one placed goal and one penalty goal.



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