Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 25 March 1929
York Player Records His 50th Goal of Season .
Mansfield Town strengthened their bid for the Midland League Championship by beating Mexborough, on Saturday’, but other aspirants, Lincoln City Reserves and Gainsborough Trinity, suffered reverses. Cowie (York City) scored his 50th goal of the season.
A poor game at Oakwell between Barnsley Reserves and Scunthorpe United ended in a draw. Webb scored for the visitors, and a header by Swift was helped into the net by Harvey, Barnsley’s new inside forward from Annfield Plain, who gave Storer some excellent passes. Fletcher did good work in Barnsley’s attack, but Malkin lost chances by delaying his centres. Batty and Baker were strong Barnsley defenders. Scunthorpe’s best, were Smith, Naylor, Mooney, and Atkinson.
Scarborough by beating Chesterfield Reserves 2 – 0 at Saltergate, completed another double. Wholesale changes made in the home forward line had not the desired effect, the attack being disjointed and unable to press home advantages which a spirited half-back line put in their way. Scarborough had a dashing leader in Clayson, the former Chesterfield and Barnsley forward, who scored both goals. Two other former Barnsley players, Gibbs and Jukes, also showed clever football.
Denaby United, after their fine victory at Grantham two days earlier, reappeared home to lead Rotherham County Res. 2—l at halftime, failed to stay the distance and lose by 3-2. Hancock and Kelly scored for Denaby and D. Coleman (2) and Parkin got through for Rotherham. Betteridge and Kaye were good forwards for Denaby, and Parkin, Snee, and Coleman were prominent for Rotherham. The spectators numbered about 1,000.
In consequence of injuries, Doncaster Rovers Reserves were compelled to play several inexperienced juniors in their home match with Notts County Reserves, and the visitors, playing the more finished game, won 3—2 on their merits. Such was the dash and enterprise of the Doncaster youngsters, however, that had they rounded off a few of their promising movements in the first half they would have secured a comfortable victory. Keeling, Mitchell, and James scored for the winners, and Tippet (2) for Doncaster. Maw, Notts’ recent capture from Scunthorpe, was impressive.
Wombwell, somewhat disorganised by recent transfers, were yet unlucky to be beaten 2—1 by Boston. Two new forwards were tried in Joseph, junior from the Sheffield district, and Colton, from Roman Terrace. Bernard Barber took the place of White at back. Staniland (J. W.) scored for Wombwell, and Hoyland and Jenkinson (J.) for Boston. The visitors were subjected to heavy pressure in the closing stages, but their goalkeeper, Streets, saved them. The Jenkinson brothers were prominent for Boston, while Staniland brothers did splendid service for Wombwell.
In a dashing game Blundell Park, Grimsby Town Reserves heat Wath Athletic 4—1. At times Wath played lively football, which caused the home defence some anxiety, and they scarcely deserved be in arrears by the odd goal at the interval. The second half, however, saw Wath overwhelmed, and Whittaker had to deal with a bombardment. Glover (2). Munnings, and Wright scored for Grimsby, and Murdin for Wath.
Shirebrook, who beat Nottingham Forest Reserves 7—1, gave their best display of the season. all departments they were the superior side, Miller (4), Binns (2), and Heald scored for Shirebrook and Smith for the visitors.
Staveley’s improved form was greatly in evidence on Saturday, when they defeated Frickley Colliery by 3—1. Bromage, the Frickley goalkeeper, saved numerous shots from Pearce, Tremelling, and Smith, Eggleshaw accomplishing a smart “hat-trick,’ and Chari ton scored for Frickley.it was Bromage saved a penalty shot from Lack with his foot.
York City deserved their 4—3 victory over Lincoln City Reserves, having much more of the attack in game of thrills. Lincoln’s forwards were dangerous with limited opportunities and drew level three times through Warren and Gorringe (two). Merritt got the “hat-trick” for the City. Cowie, in opening the scoring for York, got his 50th goal of the season.
By the aid of a great goal from Taylor, the outcome of a brilliant movement in which four forwards participated minutes after the interval, Grantham secured the points against Gainsborough Trinity. It was a fine struggle, with interest sustained right to the end. Grantham were fully entitled their reward for, particularly the first half, they were always, the more convincing side, the ball being dropped on the crossbar on three occasions.
A very doubtful goal gave Mansfield a 3 – 2 victory on the Field Mill ground over Mexborough Athletic. The visitors were hard pressed the greater part of the game, and had the home side made the most of their opportunities they would have won a substantial margin. Shaw and Briggs scored for Mexborough and Cooke, Grice, and Staniforth for the winners. The left winger’s goal, against which the visitors protested, was a singular one Cooke put in a hard shot from the wing and the ball hit the far post and came back into play, but the referee allowed the point after consulting a linesman.
After leading at the interval —a strange experience—Worksop Town were beaten before their own supporters by Newark, who thoroughly deserved their 4—l win. Worksop’s inside left, Downes, and centre forward, Bluff, were injured. Dwane scored from a- fine pass from Bluff for Worksop, and Fisher, Keetley, Newbold, and Hoddinott for Newark.