LESSON OF | ￼ t DEFEAT. I I Watsomans* Feat. SWANSEA TEAM RE- ARRANGED. (By II PENDRAGON.") Watsonians, 11 points; Swansea, nil. Swansea, 10 points; Neath 3 points. Football history was made at Swansea on, Christmas Day, but it was not at all palatable. The Watsonians have been] coming here every December for some- thing like 20 years, and they are probably the most popular of all the touring side-so The fact that up to this week they had j never beaten the AU Whites did not. pre- j vent them from building up a reputation for fast, open football. As a rule the, brought with them half a dozen or more Scottish Internationals. This time most of them were strangers to us, a notable exception being, of cour.->\ that great' centre, A. W. Angus. It was a wet after-! noon. but they garo Swansea a lesson in j the art of handling. Their barks slung tha ball about with astonishing skill, and nothing finer than the Second try bad ￼ bn e&en on the St. Helens ground f?r t years. T'ueir play all round was vastly j better than that of the All Whites, whose threequatters got out of position and I mulled in a way which must have made men like W. J. Trew and 'G,iin y I Gordon, who looked on, feel utterly disgusted. The ) Scotsmen were full value for their eleven I points' win. Indeed, they deserved more! The All Whites rested several of their forwards, as well as Joe Roes and Ben I Beynon, who appeared to Lv -Iijite cut of I' his element, played first at rfund-oa half and afterwards in the centre. LESSON BEARS FRUIT. I It was-a disagreeable lesson, and some of the things said by the spectators after II it was all over were the reverse of com- plimentary. It was not so much the defeat which stung-it was the realisa- 1, tion that Swansea had not made prtrper use of the material at I their disposal. The Wateonians beat us lore and aft, but in combination they made the All Whites look quito foolish. As was only to be expected, there were wholesale changes for the Boxing Day game with Neath. Three of the three- quarters who played against the Wat- sonians were; given the go-by, and room wis foitid fof "Lenahan, L. Buck land, and Oswald Jenkins. Grey went to the wing, I iwHch, I fancy, is his proper place. It "was a much improved team, all round, end in spite of the disagreeable conditions some splendid passing was done, There I wns one particularly good bout in the 'Brat .quarter of an hour,,Mo? Bees, Bey- Pon, OswaM Jenkins. Buckland and Lena has all handling. The last-named made a valiattt burst, and it was not his fault that Dr. Gwyn Thomas was able to brinrj him down. Kothing had been scored' when the interval came. THE TRY-GETTERS. The tries obtained were not spectacular, I but thoy were at any rate well deserved. i Ben Beynon. always a dangerous man I close to the line, literally hurled himself over for the first score, five minutes after the second half started. Grey's try was very similar, and both come before Mi!- lett reaped the reward of quick ;following- up and crossed for Neath. With the weather so bad it was not at all surpris- ing to find Neath beat upon making it- a forward game. They did not belie their reputation for determination :i tpe rushes, but as it happened the, Syansea eight played above their 'form. N-eatb. had a couple of first-rate leader? in Will Perry and W. Hopkins, and J. Jones was anotheT hard, rcso?to worker. T?? An Blacks vo?Id have beaten the 1 eMo S?!ded by Swansea the pr?viotM day, w'hih is another way of sa-i.n that the f changes made were as effective as they I were meow,%rv. were neoeewaiy. A FINE FULL-BACK. I Nobody who follows WelslnRugby needs tti be told that Dr. Gwyn Thomas, of Neath, is in the first flight as a full-bc. ck. Not 60 good. perhaps, in all-round work asJoe Rees, he nevertheless kicked a won- derful length, and those hefty punts to touch, of his paved his forwards a lot of "fII'o'Í''k, The Neath halves, Thomas and SMin. vr" in the thick of it all the whHc, but they were not gir?n Dmen'l ChAnee Of opening out thD play, beM?sc of th,e policy of thiT forwards of k??p- ing the ball close." Swansea were thp ibetter heelers. Among those who most often came into prominence were A. E. j Jenkins, R. Htixtable (our most improved forward), and Tom Morgan. There was never nrcch wrong with the Neath de- fence. Millet about the he-t of their three-quarters, but. as I; have shown, Neath did not attempt much in com- j bination. THE RE.ARRANGEMENT. Swansea1* best three-quarter was Evan (; Oswald Jenkins, sare for his dis-I position to fly-kick, did everything vrhich went his way well. He was especially Useful with hia goal-kicking. Buckland and Lenahan should be retained. The, I latter played to well as to malce one vel at his exclusion from previous games. Joe Rees fielded the slippery ball well, and used the touch-line with discretion. The new inside half, Mog Eees, of Amman United, gave Beynon the ball more cleanly than he had previously received it this season. He is quick and enterprising. Beyn?n was in one of his best humours. By the way, I have been wondering whether he does not stand too far awav from the scrum worker. It would not! doubt give his partner greater cpnfideuce if Ben kept in closer touch with him. THE TEAMS. Swansea.—Joe Roos; Evan Grey, O. Jen-I kins, L. Buckland, and D. Lenahan; Mog Eees and Ben Beynon; Tom Williams, A. E. Jenkins, E. Huxtable, Tom Morgan, Alf. J<&n, Marsden Jones, Syd Parker, and A. Evans. -Ne-ath.-Dr. Gwyn Thomas; Millett, Vernon Hill, £ Evans, W. Richards; E. Thomas and M?in: W. Hopkin, W. J. Terry, J. Jones, A. Hopkins, J. Jo?n, J. Thomas, G. Davies, G. Williams. I Referee.-Capt. Burge. Pennrth.
MUMBLES MATCHES. I The Oystennout? Rugby Foot?a!! Club had a very full programme during the Chrisrmas holiday?. They pla.ed,'two I matches at home, and despite th' in- demency of tha weather, big crowds wit- nessed fhe matqhes. On Christmas Day their the Inland Re venae who came down to Oystermouth to play a charity match. A splendid game Je- sulted in the homesters winning by 14 points to nil. I On Boxing Day a very impottanti League match was played between Oyster- mouth and Grovesezid. A very strenuous game was fought, but the visitors were I unable to 5cor" and were peTforce to re- turn home after being defeated by two goals one try to nil. J
LONDON WELSH. j Scarlets get Home by a 1 Try. Llanelly 1 try. London Welsh nil. Heavy rain in the morning made the prospect of a fine exhibition between' Llanelly and London Welsh at Stradey anything but bright, and when it was found that the ground had already been churned up through the Llancllv II. v. i New Dock game in the morning, all hope vanished. Players on both sides found, it a matter of impossibility to handle j the greasy ball, while they could not get i J a sound footing, many of them looking pitiable objects -through floundering in the mud. The conditions notwithstanding, over 6,000 people watched the game, and due allowance was made for the shortoom- ings. Llanelly were without their two I centres, Albert Jenkins and Bryn Evans, the former being deputised by D. Price, i who is a clever exponent of the noble art and is to meet Jerry Shea, of Newport, very shortly, whilo Graham Davies, the clever ex-Llanelly player, filled the lat- iter's position, but owing to an injured knee he played at iull-back after the j interval. The game, which was. chiefly confined to the forwards, does Act call for many comments. It was fought out | in splendid spirit by both sides, and at the interval honours were easy, llealis-1 ing the futility of passing, several players attempted to register goals, but failed, Congden, the Llanelly insido- half, coming nearest to doing the trick when the ball after striking one of the uprights rebounded into the field of J play. In the second half Frank Evans, Llanelly's right wing, scored an uncon- verted try in the extreme corner, and this enabled the Scarlets to win by three points to nil-a, victory which they vii.-ly deserved, as they threatened danger far oiiencr than their opponents. BOXING DAY. I LLANELLY—2 con. goals 3 tries. LONDON IRISH—Nil.
ABANDONED. I Referee Stops Llanelly Game The return match between Llanelly and Pontypridd, in the Southern League com- petition at Halfway Park, on Boxing Day, was abandoned, tha referee (Mr. Hudson of Barry) stopping the game on account of the wretched conditions, aiter play had been in progress ior halt an hour. Llan- eliy were then leading by a goal, to nil, Poyntz scoring in the first minute. There were ioud protests from the spec- tators. who demanded the return of theii money. Messrs. W T. Morris and Thomas, chairmen of the directors of both clubs, after a consultation with the referee, explained the position to the crowd. Thsy pointed out that it was not: in the power of the referee to postpone the match until the ground was tested. A large section continued to show their disapproval, and eventually it was de- cided to issue free tickets for the re-play match.
ABERAVON GAMES. I Good Crowds Despite I Downpour. t., Aberaton, 2flpts.; Britonferry, nil. Aberavon's at hoilie matches on Christ- mas Day and Boxing Day ara the most popular fixtures of the season, and despite the downpour they were again this year wall attended. The Red and Blacks main- tained their recent record. Britonferry are by no means a side to ho taken lightly, and they provided a vigorous game. They were thoroughly outclassed, however, and Aberavon for- wards in particular were all powerful. The ground was a quagmire, and open play impossible. Jenkins and Hunt Davies, two junior players, figured as centre?, and played a remarkably good game, as they did again on Friday, so that the Red and Blacks noed not despair of their third line. The twenty points were secured thus: Ring 2 tries, Mitchell 2, Mears 1, Jenkins 1, and the latter also converted one. Britonferry realised thu they were up against a very hard nut. Aberavon 1 try. Maesteg 1 try. Friday's incessant rain made football extremely difficult, but nothing daunted Aberavon and Maesteg took the field be- fore a good gate. But it was soon evi- dent that the going was very hard. and that it wn* gloriously mucldy. all the players and the referee measure. themselves in the slush, so that at half- time they decided to abandon the game. Aberavon monopolised the play, and had practically all the territory, but it was Maesteg that scored first through D. R. Thomas with a sudden rush up the held The Red and Blacks were over the Maes- teg line several but these weie rightl" not given for lmock-ons and off- side. .Tir!1 Jones, however, by sheer pres- sure 01 weirht got over in the corne". Aberavon's three-quarter line, with the ex- eeptiom of King, were all reserves. Love- luck taking Mitchell's place on the wing. All four were nippy, and eager for an opening. The forwards were agarri bril- liant Maesteg were without Evan Davies, their full-back.
PEATEN BY NEATH.% NEATH—3 con. goals, 1 pen. goal, 6 tries (36 points). LONDON IRISH-I l"n. goal (3 points). About 6,1)00 spectators watched this holiday fixture at Neath on Christmas Day. Although /the turf was heavy, it was a fast, open, and attractive game, and the tourists were severely routed. Neath had the assistance of Eric Evans, -hoiue on holidays from Cambridge, and Erclyn Thomas (Brynceithen), who played inside halt Neath established a lead early in the game, W. "Powell kicking a penalty goal. Then Millett' scored an unconverted try aiier a smart passing movement, a,nd before the interval Bryn Richards and Millett scored unimproved "tries. In thL,, semn(I half, Biyn Richards, W. Hopkins (2). Millett and Vernon Hill aeored trios, three of which were con- verted by E. Thomas; and Webber, for the visitors, kicked a penalty goal. London Irish were beaten in all depart- ments, and the clever combination among the home outs was. responsible for the heavy scoring. The tourists, however, played a sporting game, and received a ¡ hearty and spontaneous ovation ut the close of tb. tame.
HOW THE GAMES I ENDED. I RUGBY. I Christmas Day Results. I Bridgend-. ISpte.; Cefncribbwr, nil. Xeath, 3-Jpta.; London Iri&h. 3pts. Femaale, opts.; Pcntxpridd, nil. Wateonians, lipts.; Swansea, nil. I Taff's Well, 9pts.; Torsrwynlais, opts. Cardiff East. 6pts.; Whitchurch, 4pts, Llanelly Seconds, nil; Now Dock Stars, nil. Llanelly, Jpts.; London Welsh, nil. Pontyclun. 5pts.; Talbot Athletic, nil. Cross Keys. 6pts.; BridgøwateT. nil. Bryncethin, llpts,; Penyfai, nil. Aberavon, 20pt«> Britonferry, nil. NORTHERN UXIO LEAGUE. Wigen, 18pts.; Leig-h. Halifax, 7pts.; Kuddersheld, ftta. Oldham, lopts.; Swinton, 2pts. IIull. 16t6.; Hull Kingston Forers, rpte I St. Helen's, 21pts.; St. Helen's Reserve*, 6pts. Rochdale Hornets, .8pte.: Bradford, 5pts. Batley, 9pts.; Hunslet, 5pts. Be-svsbury, 19pts.; Wakefield Trinity, 4pts. Ltede, 17pts.: Barnsiey, 5pte. OTHER GAMES. I Skew en Present, Bpts.; Skewen Past, 6pta. I Boxing Day Resets. I Cardiff, 6pt,3., Barbarians, 3pts. I Newport, 12pts.; Watsonian-s, nil. Swansea, lOpts.; Neath, Jpt", ¡ Gloucester, 15pt.; Old Merchant Taylo^e, nil. Leicester, 2Spts.: Birkenhead Park, nil. j Llanelly. 19pts.; L-oiidon Irish, nil. f Northampton, lipts.; East Midlands, lOori. Cross Keys, 9pts.; Bristol, Sots. Skewen, 6pte.; Llanelly Seconds, nil. Aberavon, 5pts.; Maesteg, 3pts. Eobw Va-ItN, lapts.; London Weleh, nil. Pontypool, 9Ptc, Abertillery. nil. Carmarthen 'Quine, nil; Neath TTnite-ri nil. Pontypridd, ;1pte,; Ferndale, nil. Pill Harriers, 4pt.s.; Mountain Ash. nil. Tenby United, llpte.; LlandiJo, nil. XeYlanè, 9ptE1,; Loughcr, opts KORTpBRLV UNION LEAGUE Barrow, 3ptz., Rochdale, nil. Oidham, 12pts.; Brougrhton, Zpfa. Keighley, 3pts.; Hull Kingston Hovers, nil HftcidersfieM, Wakefield, 12.,pt.80, Dewsbury, lopts.; Batley, nil. Leed-s, 32pts.; Hunslet, lOpts. Salford, 13pts.; Swinton, 9pta. Widnes. 10pt«.; St. Helen's Recreation, nil. H^ifax, lOpts.; Hall, 3pts. OTRIER GAMES. Hendy. 8ptEi,; Pontardu::tis. nil. Hendy Seconds, 6pte.; Pontardulais I Seconds, nil. o I ASSOCIATION. Christmas Day Results. -UbAUliE.—Division 1. Aston Villa, 5; Chelsea, 2. Bolton Wanderers, 4; Preston Nort-h End, 1. Bradford City. 1; Sheffield Wednesday, 1. Bum ley, 5; ilidd lesbrougf1. 3- Dorby County, 2; The Arsenal, 1. Manchester City 1; Everton. 1. Sheffield United 2; Bradford, 2. Liverpool, 3; Sunderland, Z. j .Notto County, .5; Blackburn Rovers, 0. ENGLISH LEAGUE.-Divis."ou II. Clapton Orient, 2; Stockport, i. Fulham, 2; Grimsby Town, 1. Tottenham Hotspur, 4; Hull City, 0. Barnsiey, 2; Port Vale, 0. Huddersfield Town. 7; Rotherham C., i. Coventry City, o; Stoke, 1. Notts Foreet, 4; Lincoln City, 1. Bleckpool, Z; Bury, 1. West Ham United, 2; Bristol City, ft. Leicester City, 1; Birmingham, 0. ) fiOUTHERN LEAGUE.—Division I., Reading, 2; Gillingham, 1. Southend United, 1; Millwall, 0. Swansea Town, 2; Bristol Rovers, 1. Plymouth Argyle, 3; Exeter City, 1. Newport County, 3; Northampton, 0. Southampton, 1; Luton Town, 0. Norwich City, 1; Swindon, 0. Palace. 3; Brighton and Hove, 2. iTerthyr Town, 1; Cardiff City, 1. Portsmouth, 1-; Watford, 0. Queen's Park Rankers, 2; Brentford, SCOTTISH LEAGUE. Third Lanard, 2; Dundee, 0. St. ilirren, 2; Albion R')Vlõ-r<O, t fcOUTHERN LEAGUE.—Divieion H. Pontypridd, 2; Llanelly, 1. I Abertillery, 3; Caerphilly, 0. Mardy, 4; Ebbw Vale, 2. Ton Pentre, 0; MidRhondd 0. liarry, 5; Perth, 0. OTHER GAMES. raieds Amateurs, 5; Llanelly, 0. 5ke^en, 5; Demobilised Soldiers, 1. Boxing Day Results. ENGLISH LEAGUE.—Division I. Arsenal 1: Derby County, tf. Bradford. 1: Sheffield United. 0. <Ihelsea, 1; Oldham Athletic. 0. "f¡IHdl$brou¡;h, —: Nott« County. —. EVerton 2, Kanche»tet* City 0. Manchester United. 0- Liverpool, 0. Newcastle United, 0: Burnley. 0. Prceto-j North End 1. Bolton Wanderers 1. Bradford City 0. Sheffield Wednesday, i: Bradford City 0. West, Bromwich. 4: Sun-denann, 0: 'Abandoned owing to fro-t. j' ENGLISH LEAGUE—Division 11, Barnsiey. 1; Port Vale 0. Birmingham, 0: Leicester City. L Bristol City. 0; West Ham 0. 11 Hull City. 1; Tottentnin. 3. Notts Forest. 2; Lincoln City. 1. Rotherham, 1; Iludderseld. 3. Stockport 3: Clapton Orient, 1. Stok, 6: Coventry City 1. Wolverhampton, 0: South Shields, 0. WESTERN LEAGUE. Swansea, 2; Bath City. 1. SOUTHERN LEAGUE.—'Division 1. ¡ Bristol Rovers, 3: Swansea Town, 3. Brentford. Z; Queen's Park R. 1. I Crystal Palace, 4: Brighton, 0. Cardiff City, 3; Merthyr Town. 2. Exeter City, 0: Plymouth Argyle, 1. MUwall. 2: Sc-uthend. 1. I Northampton. 5: Newport County. 1. "Norwich City. Swindon. —. Portsmouth- 1; Watford 2. I Reading, 3; Gillirgham (r. Southampton, 2; Luton. 1. "Abandoned owing to train delay. SOUTHERN LEAGUE.—Division 17. Ebbw Vale, 7: Mardy. 0. 'Llanelly, 1; Pontypridd, 0. Abandoned after half an hour. WELSH LEAGUE.-Div. 1. Bargoed, 3; Mid-Sbondda 1. iferthyr Town. 1; Carcliff City. 2. OTHER GAi»iE3. Barry. 3: Leeds Amateurs 1. Abercynon Juniors. 1: Pontcynon C-rus. 2. Mou. leaguo 2; Llfnhilleth Ro". 0. Whitchurch ung, 6; St.. Esmond'is, 3. Carmarthen, 3; Llandyasul. 3. Aberaman. 5; Cardiff League. 2. Claude Albion. 1; Alba-ny O.B. 0. BAYCLIFFE v. CLYDACH. I I At<the Rreatio Ground on Christmas ￼ morning. Bladen (2) and SuUivan scored I Pinal Score; Baycliffe^—3 tries. Clydaeh—Nil.
The rain seriously affected the feate at I' Halfway on Xmas morning, when I LLanelly played a friendly game with 1 Leeds. After an interesting tussle, the I yisitors won by jive goa-l*- ;-A,a.. t I
The Widows' and Orphans' and I I Chiirens' Summer Home Fund. Rhyddings C.M. Church SWANSEA. I SUNDAY EVENING CHILDREN'S SERVICES. A CANTATA Entitled— A Happy New Year (Under the auspices of above), will be rendered by the CHOIR NEW YEAR S NIGHT, JANUARY 1st, 1920. At 7 p.m. Also a Miscellaneous Programme I By Local Artistes. Mrs. LESLIE DAVIES, Miss BRENDA JEFFORD, Mr. J. G. MORGAN. SILVER COLLECTION I N'AID OF ABOVE FUND. COME IN CROWDS! I
| RACING PROGRAMME II I Cheltenham on Monday! CHARLTON HANDICAP STEE. PLKCHASK of 105 three jnilos and a, furlong. 'I The Fly III (Capt. M. Radt-lyffe) j R. Gordon a 12 7 Llongollen. (Mr H:. Brown) H. Brown a 32 6 j General Saxham (Mrs J. Putnam) W. Ilayne617 21j W«.vebeam (Major 1. Straker).Hatt a 12 0 Valentine 31alier (1ft F. Ingram) Poole a 11 11 Limerick Lad (Mr H. r>avi«).Xewey a 11 7 Carrigrrue (Oapt. H. de Trafford)' JI. Brown a n 5 Ballynieadel (Col. D. Part) Hastings a 10 13 Mytnical (Mr W. Bankier) Hastings 5 10 lvl Rockcorif (fr F. Brown).F, Brown 6 30 1 Kafue (Mr B. Nicoleon) Newe.# a .■0 0 Sultan VL (Mr T. Kii 10 Private a 10 0 —— AMATEUR EIDERS' HANDICAP HUKDLE RACE of 100 «ovs. Two miles. F-KCE og 100 &ol s. o Eollius Lane (Mr H. Denison) R. BroTrn a 12 8 Appleton (V.Ts n. Brown; II. Brown 6 t'. 8; Whiteboy (ir H. Webb) -Privete a 12 3 Stargautes (Capt. W. Pepper) Ha-tt a 12 1 Shining More (Mrs Barrie) Bergr 6 12 11 wild Bey (Mr J. Eccle&) Private 5 11 13 Flurry (Ir W. Stratton) Stratton a 11 13 Denise (Ijord Burghersih) Newev 5 11 11, Beauconrt (Mr M. Burns).W Smith 4 Jf 12 Ton^a (Major D. Davies). Clappen 4 1111 3unnycroft, (Mr J. Bogue> Drury a 11 6 II A Double Escape (Mr H. Adanis) wer 5 11 5: I Kirkharle (Mr A. Straker) ?'? 11 5 T. H's.rti?n 4 11 5 Mataro (,Capt. Penwick-Palmer) Palmer 5 11 2j ￼ Sim?n the C_ el,l, arer ?r V. Lambourne) I Gwilt 5 11 G I SchiddiM (Mr G. Gray) Gray 4 10 '3 Tvrenty-One (Mrs T. Brooks).Brown a 10 '2 Ammunition (Mr J. Bo^ue).Drurv 4 10 Q Sti I), rmvii (Mr W. Bailkier)Haeti-ngs 4 !0 7 Cag-e f-lir T. Piesner) NVrs-ey a 13 7 Aek Mamma (Mr J. Preston-Jones) — Jones 5 10 7 Wistow (M,, rs W. Cane] 1) Capell a 10 7 Wood Ant .Mr Cuuminst Xewey 3 10 7 HOLIDAY fTANniCAP STEEPLE- CHASE of 125 eovs. About two anies and 100 yards. Wavylace (ir G. Bulloughl Hastings a 12 7 The Bore (Mr H. Brown) Brown a 12 7 The Last (Mr H. Brown) ifrowr. a 12 0 Free Gift (Mr R. Llewellyn).Newev a 11 6 igpoil Five (111" F. Ingram). P,,oie 6 11 6 Rathlea?ue (Mr E. Percy).Gordon a 11 5 Irish Rebellion (Mr F. Brown) F. Brown 6 11 5 Lcnderrv (Mrs L Oorbett).Newev a It 4 Shaeeabftc (Mr D. Harris).Private a 11 3 ITeathencote (Mr W. Wren) Pnyne 6 11 1 Frejus (Mr H. Gilman) Gwilt a. K) 13 Sandy Cuba (Mr C. Hille) Hill 6 10 8 Stick To It (Sir H. Webb) Private 5 10 7 a-dine (Mr J. Harvie).Poole 5 Id 4 —— LECKHAMPTON KOVlIO'ES' I STEEPLECHASE of 300 80\ About. two miles and o hundrt'd yards. Tally Ho (Mr, C. B. Ismay? Halting:* 6 12 0 I Sunnycroft (lofr. J. Boyue^ Drury A 11 y I Jimmy Rafter (Mr. Hodpkins) B. Roberta a. 11 9 Amerongen (Oapt. W. Beaumont) R. Gordon a 11 7 Wild Cat (Mr. B. Bishop) W. Pa.yn-e a 11 4 Lucy Glitters H. (Mr. H. Davis) Newey ct 11 I Barrack Square (Mr. H. Oilman) Gwilt all 2 Soft Repose (X-aj. Yerschoyle) Sievier 6 11 Z Daydawn (Mr. Hartigan) Hartigan 6 11 2 Bock corry (Mr. F. Brown) F. Brown 5 10 J3 Hairpin II. (Mr. G. Sanday) Sanday 5 10 1.,) [Bay Knight (Capt. I. St raker; F. Ha.rtigan 5 10 13 Artistry (Mr. W. Lea> Lta. 5 10 13 Blessington Lad (Mr. C. Wilaon) R. Payne 5 30 13 Robert Heath (Mr. F. Brown) Brown 4 10 5 Viva (Mr. S. Gourley) Private 4 10 5 Great Orime (Mr. W. Philips) Xewey 4 10 5 —— EVESHAM .NOVICES' HtJB.DL'E J F-ILCE of 300 eov6. Two miles. Master Picton (Mr. F. Brown) Brown 5 11 32 Wistow (Mrs. W. Capell) Capell a, 1:1 12 ( I (Mr. C. B. leamy) Hastings 5 11 12 I? Connetahle (Mr. Marsh) Godfrey 6 11 32 AT?z?ano (Mr. H. Steward Woodman 611. t: I Wingate (Maj. n?rrin?ton O+w rn) 1112 C?Jbert a 11 12 Silent Fend,3 (Mr. G. Sanday) L'4and-a.,v Deniae (Ld BerelleTsh) New-ey 6 1112; Toyboat (Capt. R. Fenwick-Palmer) Palmer 5 11 12 Nubian (Mrs. F. Brown).F. Brown 4 11 9 A.A. (Mr. C. Durn). Whitaker 4 11 9 Brownstown B&lle (Maj. D, Diiviesi Clappen 4 i1 9 Determination (Mr. Hillman) Private 4 11 9 Ing-oe (Mrs. I. St.raker) Hatt a 11 1 H.-urioloey (Mr. R. Mealing) Newey 3 10 12 taavtynside (Mr. C. Chirwen) Private 3 10 5 Frank Weober (Mr. H. Havtigan) F. Hartiga;n 3 '0 5 Golden Chestnut (Mr A. Long) Dcdd i 10 S Torture (Mr. J. dp Rothschild) Pn.tt, 3 10 5 j 6t. Georgre (Mr. Sang^ter).Godfrey 3 10 51 Poor Orphan (Mr. T. Walker) Wall 3 10 5 Reparation fSir H. Webb) ..Private 3 10 a Novelette (Maj D. Davies) OlapTjen 3 6 5 —— MALVERN SETiLIXS HURDLE RACE ol 100 øoVIC. Two milee, A TVonble Escape (Mr. H. Aidem&) 2fewey 5 lS 5 t, r ra y, tMiM G. Tredwell) Private 5 12 3 ypunt Felix (Col. Beevor) Private a 11 33 "I-lint Felix (C40 Torpor Wood Dirt;, Booth) Roberts 6 31 33 ? \ncrman (Mr. H. Brown) H. Brown a 11 13 T? ? C?at (Mai. Chambers) GHbert 5 11 13 sn V B«dge (Mr. 0. Lawley) Private a 11 1" ￼ 1. n Tf.! ? Bemey (Mr. S. Lloyd) !.>aw € 31 1} Vai (Mr. C Pitreott Piggott 5 13 1 l ?<? Ant (1.ú.. Cumiatm) Newc? 10 5 4
I THREE EACH. I O | Swans Draw at Bristol. AN EXCITING GAME. j I i (By "C Y G NET. ") j 'I Bristol Rovers. 3 Swansea T0wn. 3 (Rawlings, Weston, (Ivor Jones (2), Walters). Brown.) There are two featnree of the return match at Bristol on Boxing Day which are worthy of more than a cursory refer- ence. The first is the terrible state of tke ground, coupled with distinctly in- clement climatic conditions, and the second, the exceptionally high standard of play throughout. The writer ques- tions whether'this game should hare been played at all, as the turf was a hopeless quagmire even before the teams fielded. In less than ten minute's after the kick-off the field from penalty line to penalty line was a stretch of mud, and ten minutes later the area nearer the respective goal-mouths was equally as muddy. The Swans when they mada ¡ their appearance were spic and span in clean write jerseys and shorts, but a brief interval was sufficient to effect a change, and every player, home and visiting, was soon plastered with mud. One does not desire, for a single moment, to detract from. the very splen- did performance of Bristol, for they played a particularly good game and ¡ were almost value for two points. Still, this fact must now be allowed to over- cloud Swansea Town's performance, and inasmuch as Ivor Jones' two goals and Ivor Brown's equaliser were the best of all six scored, the Welshmen, too, are entitled to a very creditable share of praise. AN EXCITING GAME. The spectators indubita.bly had their money's worth. There was hardly a slow nfoment in the 90 minutes. From the kick-off, Bristol went away with, a bang, and a brilliant cohesive movement culminated in Rawlings netting three minutes after the ball had been set rolling. Swansea awakened to a strong attack after this sudden and so early reverse, and Hole and Ivor Jones six minutes later brought off a lovely coup which saw the latter beat Whatley with a fast shot from just.a few yards out. This shot, as was the case in his second goal, showed once more the diminutive inside-right as an oppor- tunist. A ding-dong battle ensued, first the one side and then the other gaining the advantage. The ball was soon no-t only greasy and slippery but like a lump of lead, and Walton's had mis-kick after fifteen minutes wns quite pardonable under the circumstances. It, however, g&v? Crompton a glorious Pp. tunity. but the Rovers' captain elected to shoot from long range rather than negoti- ate Jack Nicholas. As a result he shot wide. and thus Bristol lost an advantage I from which something tangible should have aocrued. At spasmodic intervals there was a frequency of mis-kicks, and for fully ten minutes the 6,000 spectators were kept on tenter hooks by these quite excusable falurea. Then ten minutes from the interval came .Bristol's sw--)nd-- and accidental—goal. Walton had failed to hold Crompton aiter the latter had eluded the attentions of Jack Williams, and the Bristol left-half, from well-out, I sent in a rising shot which Crutoley ap- peared to be prepared for. Weston, ho Tr- evor, jumped for the leather at the cru- J cial moment and deflected its course into I the top ooiner of the net. Crumley being I well beaten by a ahot which no goalie l would have saved. THRILLS. I The second half opened with a sequeiiee of thrills, which continued for exactly nine minutes, ending with a brilliant .s,ive by Whatley from a stinging volley by Ogley. In these nine minutes two goals came. The first was to Swansea's I account, but before that Walters had shot just a yard wide at the other end. Going off with a bang, Bristol had got well down when Nicholas, in trying to bottle up Walters, slipped and fell. The Bristol right-winger continued his progress, but agley. running back, was able to put him off his shot in the nick of time. Then Nicholas had the betrteor of a short'kick- ing duel, and was eventually able to place the ball well up. Panes attempted to head away, but the greasy srate of the leather resulted in his failing to do so, and the ball dropped a yard away from him. Ivor Jonefí nipped in, and. slipping through between the backs beat Whatley with a beauty. Only four minutes had now elapeed since the r<v start. The pace increased, Bristol F;wing- ing the ball out well, born down the field, Walt-err. on the right once more going well. From a difficult angle he shot in, and Crumley allowed tho leather to leave him after he had held it a second. It hit the bar and dropped leas than a yard over the line. One of the visitors had gone into the goalmouth and eleared, but tha referee gave hie decision in favour of a I score. It was distinctly hard lines for Swansea. Following this Ogley sent in his drive. Fcr the remainder of the game the fight was a keen one in which Bristol were having ?li?htty M,- better of the ar?ment. At times, however, Swan- 'I sea showed promise of forcing- the equaliser, but they raised the hopss of ¡ their supporters only to dash them to the ground by hesitating and mis-kiokrng when well placed. The equaliser, how- ever, eventually came, five minutes from the end. Ivor Brown sending in a shot which Whatlev could never have stopped. This sudden score came more or less as a surprise, for ir looked as if the Rovers would gather the points. Indeed, the writer had made up his mind that S--Rn- sea would not score, as Bristol's defence was so stern, especially that of Panes. Still, they created a very excellent im- pression, and the general concensus of opinion was that both sidM deserved a mede of credit for displaying such per- tinacity and dosgedness when everything militated against good football. PERSONALIA. I Ivor Jmrn-s was undoubtedly the star artiste of the forwards. Hole found Patios too big a handful for him, but it is only right to êxplain ihat thp- left back was the star of the Bristol defence. lç-or Brown, too, was good; W. Y. Brown and Harry Tlwmas sood in parts. The heavy W ■ ground did not appear to suit the latter. although it was not by any means a pc<j? display that ha gave. Collins was clearly the best of the halves. Jack WtHia??. I although playing well, -attempted to do too much, and gome of his failures were due to the fact that he tried oftentimes to watch two men at the same time. Ogley did well, but one would like him to show less hesitancy and less desire to go in for pattern weaving. His volleys are always i good, and he -ight esaev a few more o? ? these with succ?<?..?iichcl?s was a tact- ician and a strategist throughout. Walton, had a tremendous task to hold the bril- liant and speedy Palmer, and did very well under the circumstances. One could not improve npon Orumloy as a goalie. Swansea did well to share the points. Swansea Town.—Crumley; Walton and Nicholas; Jack Wiiliams, Coilins. and Oglèy; Hole, Iror Jones, Ivor Brown, W. Y. Brown, Harry Thomas. Bristol Rovers.—Whatley; Harvie and Panes; W. Hilton, Sims, and Crompton; Walters, Rawiings, J. Hymn, Weston, and Palmer. l THE XMAS DAY MATCH. Swansea Town 2 Bristol Rovers 1. (I. Brown, I. Jones). (Röe). All the three goals scored in tae Swans t. Bristol itovers match on Christmas Day catne in the first half. Much in- terest was taken in the debut of li7w Brown at centre forward, and it must ba admitted that there were misgivings aa to his Ability to last the ninety minutes. In comparison with other pivots tried by the swan4 this season, he was ft success, for he opened out the game well, spas- modically changed his 8tyle of play tq, good effect, and by scoring Swansea's first goal twenty minutes from the start proved himself an opportunist. The homesters second goal wae also the result ai a smart piece of opportunism, this tine by Ivor Jones, who was clearly the bast of tho forwards. Roe scored for 13ristel after Crumley had partially cleared. PERSONALIA. There wa,8 a rare duel throughout be- tween Palmer, The speedy Rovers' out;; left, and Roix-on, and for a long time ths former had the better of the argument. In tha second half, however, the Swan- sea, right back had siaed up hia Ulan. and Palmer in the last thirtv minutes wis generally held. Still he was the most dan- gerous man on the Bristol side, and bad Rohson failed to hold him one would b:i\ little to say disparagingly of th« Swansea man. for Palmer wns cleror. Jack Nicho- las kicked effectively, and he and Robson were always safe. Collins was the of a good middle trio. Og-ley was trick- and sent in some fine volleys, but a little hesitancy marred an otherwise fine per- formance. Durnin was reliable and sistetit. Harry Thomas is a lad who has improved by leaps and bounds, and this game thoroughly justified the conii- dence placed in him. There are many who find fault with W. Y. Brown on the ground of hesitancy, but no on will deny that he is a clever player. One might, place Evan Jone-, W. Y. Broit^i. ar.d Ivor Brown <m a pedestal its the three lists of the team, Hole figured prominently throughout, Th* referee—whose nante did not anpwr on the programme—was one. oi the ti tir". t and firroest we have seen for some time l4" is just this type of official that helps to keep foothill flean. — <1^ SWANS RESERVES v. BATH CITY. Swans' Reserves ,ath City 1. In miserable weather and bef. re a small crowd Swansea Town Reserves tried conclusions in. a Western i>a £ u« encounter with Bath C!1..t the Vetch Field cm Boxing Bay. The teama were:— sV\ ANTOW V T Hold?r. Bail; B. Messea-, Pinch. Jpwis.; E,Ril". hards, Sheldon, Pringle, Houston, anA I J, H. Bratlshaw. BA TN CITY—Adams; Critchlev, !Mor. gans; PadfieM. W..SmiHi, H-irgeH*; Hill, Ds.llircore, G. D^lliancre, Durable, and Osborne, Tn. th* firsf lialf Swams practically :1iack nud many c.ievcr 1'11em"'nt. 1,)k f!m\ n T1N'T the visitors' gMlmouth. On one occasion Houston and J. H. Brad*h-aw combined very effec- tively, and Prinq-le headed inches over. The wot state of the. ground was respon- sible for numerous mii-kick6, hut the Whi i- were frequently very tricky in short passing, Sheldon and Houston being particularly good in this reapect. The diI:\y of the halves was not very re- assuring. and a few r?id? 'by th? ?Citv ? thT?tpi?d daT?r. Ban being chwfl? r)? tlireatk,r&d dartgpr, Ball be;n!z 1. H. 13RADSHAW wont aw on his own and scored a neat goal. Later .Adam.. saved well from Sheldon. Ihimble and Osborne ran wel', and Holder failed badly, but Johnson saved cleenly a i forceful drive from Osborne. A moment later Dadlimore handled when well placed. Ball drove well, and PRINGLE running istrongly took advantage of a misundertsanding be- tween Williams and -Adams, and scored the second gqal for Resuming, the Swans again attacked strongly, Richards proving weak; The other forwards were tricky; and Adam* was kept busy. A breakaway by Bath saw Hill skirt the touohline brilliantly, his oentre, being eagerly bv Dnmble who beat Johnson with his second shot. Bath improved, but Ball kicked splendidly, and Adann brought oft" two great saves from Sheldon. The. Treat link, Richards, in the Swans' attack wet,; always evident, but considering the staro of the ground fhe others got in some de- lightful combined movements. Shejdou being the star artiste. Swjfnsea were easily superior, and should ha'-(' bagged half a down goals. Tn the c!oa tug Stages Bath attacked vigorously, and Johnson brought rf'f two good saves. A change of venue saw Adams Rave cleanly from Pringle. Pinch and Ball were, the main- stays of the Swansea defence, the oil if" proving none too reliable. The Bath goalie played a great game. SOTTHE&N IiEAGTJE.—Division I. Goals P. W. L. D. F. A. fltg. PoTisowwth = 14 4 4 41 16 53 Wet-ford 2U 5 3 55 16 29 Crystal Palace 10 3 8 30 21 2S ReaAini.r 31 9 5 9 2016 ?7 Queen'io Park R. 31 IS 6 4 3,4 TI ?<; Cardiff (Mr 30 6 3 9 w ?S Plymouth Argyle 21 9 6 6 2fT 15 24 Brentford 21 8 < 7 24 34 23 • Xorwiok City IS 9 6 4 34 2J 22 Swansea Town 3E 7 7 8 27 25 22 Swindon Town 21 8 8 5 34 J5 21. M, illwall Athletic 31 8 9 4 30 32 211 Southend United 30 6 6 4 26 28 20 Southampton 22 8 1ft. 3/0 57 TO Eteter City M 6 7 7 3122 19 Merthyr Town 21 5 7 9 27 33 18 Bristol Hovers 20 6 7 7 31 3S 17 -Ne,vi)ort County 21 6 1-2 5, SO 39 16 Luton Town W 5 11 4 23 36 14 Northampton 21 4 11 6 37.51 14 Brighton 21 5 13 3 20 36 13 Gillingham 11 3 15 a 10 ,16 9