WIGTON v. AGRICULTURAL  COLLEGE,
ASPATRIA.
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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: -

College:

TULLOCK, Back.

WILKES, BEATTIE, ARMSTRONG, three quarter backs.

SAUL, HORSFALL and RIPLEY (captain) half-backs

TODD, MUMBERSON, MARSHALL, MOODY, WILSON, MARLEY and BULL, Forwards.

Wigton:

BAILIE, back

LAURISTON, HILLERY, and CARRUTHERS, three quarter backs.

WILSON, Captain and ROBINSON, half-backs

PAPE, HOLDEN, WALLACE, ROBINSON, ROBINSON, McTEAR, RUMNEY, BLAIR and  
another, Forwards.

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COCKERMOUTH v.  MARYPORT.
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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
accidental defeat.

 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  
playing.

 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  
Cockermouth.

 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: -

Fullback, VARNER

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.
 
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