This match was played on the ground of the former on Saturday. The game did
not commence until four p.m., owing to the late arrival of the strangers. The
weather was all that could be desired, and the ground was in excellent
Whitehaven, having won the toss, elected to play against a slight wind, the
ball being set rolling by NEIL, the captain of the Ellensiders. The kick-off
was well followed up by the Ellensider forwards, who very soon caused the
home team to touch down. After the kickout WELLS returned the leather to the
home team, when ATKINSON with a fine run carried the ball to the centre, and
after some good scrimmaging, the ball was carried over the strangers line by
ALDERSON (who played a splendid game throughout).
The try was objected to and the scrimmage formed in the stranger’s 25. On
the ball coming out, ALDERSON again carried the ball across the stranger’s
goal line. This try was also objected to, as it was alledged that the ball was
picked out of the scrimmage, but this was overruled by the umpires, and the
kick entrusted to J. SHIPPEN, who failed to score.
Half-time was called, and on changing ends the ball was kicked into the
stranger’s territory, and being feebly returned was seized hold of by ALDERSON,
who grounded the leather between the stranger’s goal posts. J. SHIPPEN again
took the kick, which he converted into a goal. The strangers were now
compelled to touch-down many times. Nothing more was scored for a time, the ball
changing ends, and the home teams touching down, until D. ATKINSON after a
splendid run obtained another try. The position being difficult, ATKINSON kicked
the ball to ALDERSON, who again placed the ball between the goal posts. This
was converted into a goal by J. SHIPPEN. S. ATKINSON again carried the ball
over the strangers goal line, but this was objected to as it had been held in
the field of play before ATKINSON got it.
ALDERSON obtained another try for the home team, and the kick at goal being
a failure, “No Side” was called, leaving the home victors by two goals,
three tries and numerous touch-downs to two touch-downs.
The following were the teams:
MURRAY, three quarter-backs.
J. IRVING, forwards
C. DAVIDSON, back
D. ATKINSON, three quarter-backs
HUSTHWAITE, half backs
J. T. ANDERSON
EDEN WANDERERS v. WORKINGTON.
The first match between these clubs was played at Workington on Friday. The
weather was dull and threatening, and the attendance of spectators
consequently small, but the ground was in very fair condition, and a fast and
interesting game resulted in favour of the home team by three tries and seven
touch-downs to one touch-down.
Workington won the toss, and with wind and hill in their favour soon
carried the ball down to their opponent’s goal. The Wanderers defended their lines
well for some time, and a dashing run by ARMSTRONG afforded some temporary
relief. The Workington forwards, however, who were both heavier and quicker on
the ball than their adversaries, were not to be denied and most of the play
took place in the Wanderer’s twenty-five. Thrice did they cross the Wanderer’s
goal line, but in each case kick at goal failed.
After the change of ends the visiting team showed a bolder front, and some
passing in which NELSON, OSBORNE, REDMAYNE, and ARMSTRONG figured
prominently, carried the leather into dangerous proximity to the Workington line. The
home team, however, removed the play to the centre, and although a dribble by
STEEL caused them to touchdown in defence, no substantial point was scored
against them, while the Wanderers were several times hard pressed to avert
When time was called the ball was in the territory of the visitors, whose
forwards were over weighed and out paced, although the backs, especially
DOBINSON, NELSON, and ARMSTRONG, played up hard. The following were the teams: -
T. HORSFALL, back
C. C. ARMSTRONG
J. GALLOWAY, three quarter backs.
J. E. BIRKETT
W. L. BIRKETT, half-backs