WIGTON v. AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE,
The above match was played on the ground of the latter on Wednesday last,
and resulted in a rather hardly-won victory for the home team.
The ball was started by Wigton against the wind; it was safely returned by
H. WILKES, and after some loose play the Wigton forwards carried it into the
home 25. WILSON then dribbled it over the line obtained the first try, which
score BAILIE failed to increase. The ball when kicked out from the 25 flags
was well followed up by the college boys, and their captain leading the way
dribbled it past the backs and secured a try in very good form, which WILKES,
by a clever kick converted into a goal. Soon after this half-time was called.
A free kick was obtained by one of the Wigton men, and ARMSTRONG when
returning it was collared by PAPE off-side, but before a scrimmage could be formed
the ball was dribbled over the line by the Wigton men. A disputed try was
the result, which they converted into a goal, the home team obtaining one goal
to one try and a disputed goal.
For Wigton, BAILIE, HOLDEN, and WILSON did well. For the home team BEATIE
and ARMSTRONG stood first and SAUL, TODD and RIPLEY did good service. As will
be seen below the home team played one man short: -
WILKES, BEATTIE, ARMSTRONG, three quarter backs.
SAUL, HORSFALL and RIPLEY (captain) half-backs
TODD, MUMBERSON, MARSHALL, MOODY, WILSON, MARLEY and BULL, Forwards.
LAURISTON, HILLERY, and CARRUTHERS, three quarter backs.
WILSON, Captain and ROBINSON, half-backs
PAPE, HOLDEN, WALLACE, ROBINSON, ROBINSON, McTEAR, RUMNEY, BLAIR and
COCKERMOUTH v. MARYPORT.
On Saturday last the Maryport team journeyed to Cockermouth to try
conclusions with the borough club at Sandale. A start was about four o’clock, when the
ball was kicked off in the presence of a not very big field of spectators.
To put the description of the play into a nutshell, it may be said that
Maryport had all the best of the play, but fortune gave the victory to their
opponents. The game more than ever shows that some different plan of counting
the points in a football contest should be adopted; for, as has been hinted,
Maryport should have worn the laurels instead of going home grumbling at an
From this point of view only can the game be considered “unsatisfactory.”
This word - applied by a contemporary to the game as a whole - may and has
been misconstrued, casual readers coming to the conclusion that some
unpleasantness of a graver nature was associated with the game, whereas such was not
the acse. As a set off to the feeble attempts made by Cockermouth to resist the
attacks of the enemy, it may be said that some of their best men were not
Maryport had matters all their own way, and from first to last the ball was
kept in the Cockermouth territory. One try and six touchdowns were the
points scored by the visitors, amongst whom, a little fellow, popularly known as “
Jerry,” and LEWTHWAITE specially distinguished themselves. McQUHAE was the
life and soul of the home team, for not only did he prevent the Maryport score
increasing, but he actually won the game for his side, as, just when the ball
had come out of the scrimmage from the Maryport goal posts, he sent it over
the bar with a flying kick, thus pulling the match out of the fire for
HOLMES, NETTLETON and GIBSON also played well. To show what the game was
like, it may be mentioned that the Maryport fullback never had hold of the
ball. The following are the members of the Cockermouth team: -
Three quarter backs HEFFORD, McQUHAE and MILLER
Quarterbacks, HOLMES and CLARK
Forwards: GRAVE, E. TODHUNTER, NETTLETON, LINDSAY, PIELE, GIBSON, CORBETT,
DARBY and GLOAG.
The umpires were: Mary port - Mr. G. THOMPSON.
Cocker mouth - Mr. H. P. SENHOUSE, The Fitz, Cockermouth.