FOOTBALL.

NOTICE TO SECRETARIES

Reports of all matches played on Saturday must reach us by Tuesday.
Those played during the week, on the morning following the date of the
match.
Only those which adhere to this rule will be inserted.

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FIXTURES FOR TO-DAY.

Rugby.

At Aspatria, Carlisle v. Brookland Rovers (semi-final cup tie)
At Dearham, Carlisle Reserves v. Highmoor Rovers
At Workington, Millom v. Workington (N.U.)

Association.

At Cleator, Workington v. Mossbay Exchange (final cup tie).

CUMBERLAND RUGBY UNION.
THE PENRITH CLUB SUSPENDED.


A special meeting of the Executive of the Cumberland Rugby Union was held at
the Red Lion Hotel, Carlisle, on Saturday evening, to consider what action
should be taken in consequence of the refusal of Penrith to play their tie
with Calisle in the second round of the Cumberland Cup Competition at
Carlisle last Saturday.  MR. R. WESTRAY presided.  It was decided that
Penrith be suspended for the remainder of the season.

The second semi-final tie in the Cup competition between Carlisle and
Brookland Rovers was fixed to be played at Aspatria on the 26th inst., and
the final on April 9th, on the ground of the Whitehaven club.

Maryport and Workington having gone over to the Northern Union, it was
decided that in case of "any club withdrawing from the Jubilee League
competition and leaving matches unplayed, that such matches count as two
points to their opponents.
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RESULTS.

Rugby.

Wales 2 goals (1 penalty) 1 try, Ireland 1 penalty goal.
Brookland Rovers 2 tries, Aspatria nil (Cup tie 2nd round.)
Langholm 1 try, Penrith nil.
Carlisle Reserves 5 goals (2 dropped), 2 tries, Silloth 1 penalty goal.
Barrow 5 goals 8 tries, Maryport nil (N.U.)

NORTHUMBERLAND CUP - SECOND ROUND
Rockcliff 4 goals (1 dropped), Wallsend 2 tries.
Percy Park 3 goals 8 tries, Northern 1 try.

DURHAM CUP - THIRD ROUND
Hartlepool Rovers 1 goal 1 try, South Shields nil.
West Hartlepool 2 goals (1 penalty), Hartlepool Old Boys nil.

Association.
Workington 3 goals, Mossbay 1
Nithsdale 5 goals, Carlisle City 2
Frizington White Star 8 goals, Black Diamond 0
Newcastle United 1 goal, Sunderland 1 goal.


NOTES.

Penrith, through the foolhardiness of their committee, have earned their
reward, and for the remainder of the season will be compelled to remain
idle.

By this time, they, with all other discontented clubs, will have learned
that the County Executive is not going to ignore its own bye-laws and bow to
the clubs, but on the other hand intends to carry them out, even although
clubs may secede.

The conduct of Penrith can only be explained on the ground of "funk".  They
knew the penalties which would follow their refusal to obey the order of the
County Executive - what other motive could possibly possess them.

They were able to take their team to Langholm, and in so doing, had to pass
through Carlisle;  of course, it wasn't a cup-tie.  Perhaps if the match had
been at Penrith, or if Carlisle had offered them "half gate", it might have
made a difference, but these things not being, they were left absolutely
without any excuse, and the only one we can find is that of "funk".




HALTWHISTLE STIFF 'UNS v. NEWCASTLE N.E.R. ACCOUNTANTS

Lovers of football had a rare treat on Saturday afternoon last at
Haltwhistle, in witnessing a match between the above teams.  As the heading
denotes, the home team was composed of men who have never played this
season, in fact, some of them would make their debut to the public as
football players.  The visiting team were a younger lot of men, with more
action than the home eleven, although some of them were not regular football
players;  others would not have disgraced themselves in any team not in the
1st and 2nd league, especially their outside right.

It was about 3-15 before Refereee ORD got the teams to line up.  The
homesters lost the toss and Bandmaster BAILEY started the ball, and then the
fun commenced.  The visitors were soon making tracks for the home goal, and
for a time kept up the pressure, but disaster was averted chiefly through
the trickiness and weight of BIRKETT at centre-half, and the spryness of
CAMPBELL at back, to say nothing of the finished display of our "RALPH" in
goal.

At the end of ***enty minutes, the visitors again put on the screw, and were
not to be denied scoring the first goal of the match amid loud cries of
"Play up, Stiff 'Uns !"

On the re-start the Bandmaster put in a Yorkshire kick which sent the ball
well up the field, and being well followed up by the left wing, the old
veteran JIMMY BOWES got possession when in a favourable position and making
no mistake equalised amidst deafening cheers.

On coming to the centre line again, the lookers-on were treated to a new
feature, the TYKE making a terrific rush as if he was going to charge the
visiting centre when in the act of kicking off;  doubtless he intended to
intercept the ball and execute " a solo run ", but being a full band contest
he did not succeed.

Just before half-time the visitors scored again, making the score at the
crossover - N.E.R. 2,  Haltwhistle 1.


The second half was commenced in vigorous fashion by the visitors, and the
home team soon began to show signs of fatigue.  BIRKETT took CAMPBELL's
place at back, that player taking his place at centre-half.  The forward
rank were also played out, and occasionally some of them were retiring to
the vicinity of the goal posts to stretch themselves out for a rest.  The
home right wing broke away on one or two occasions, but BAILEY could not get
them to pass or undoubtedly that player would have scored on more than one
occasion.  He was heard to exclaim after the match,  " If SAM and BOD had
passed more to him that the Stiff 'Uns would have won easily ".

The visitors put in some good work, but if "ORDY" had not forgot who was
referee, the final score would have been N.E.R. 2, Haltwhistle 1.

As a result of paying too much attention to the " fun of the fair " and
omitting to keep the proper time, the visitors were enabled to add other two
goals to their credit.

The game was thoroughly enjoyed by both players and spectators alike, and it
is hard to say which of the Stiff "Uns did best.  Undoubtedly the weight of
BIRKETT, the good saves of WILKINSON and CAMPBELL at back, and RALPH in
goal, saved the homesters of a worse defeat.  The visitors played a smart
game throughout, and were unlucky not to score more goals than they did.

The amusement of the spectators was kept at fever height all the game
through.  MARSHALL, the trombonist, had to be marked with a red band to
distinguish him from the visiting team, which was a good thing for him as
BAILEY was seen to charge him on more than one occasion before that.
COCKNEY was out of practice, and once or twice he lost both himself and the
ball.

When shall we see this champion team out again ?

We hope  " It shan't be long ".

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