Denaby Utd – Denaby v Doncaster Rovers – Hatchard Cup Semi Finals – Drawn Games

26 April 1901

Mexborough and Swinton Times April 26.

Hatchard Cup Semi-Final ties

Doncaster Rovers 1 Denaby United 1

This match which aroused much local interest, was played on the Mexborough Town ground on Saturday last. The game ended in a draw. Doncaster certainly had a hardlinesin not winning, as it seems certain at more stages thand one that the Denaby goal was going to fall, but Dean saved well. If it had not been for him. Denaby would have suffered defeat. The game throughout, on the whole was rather tame.

There was a very good attendance of spectators when Doncaster kicked off downhill, in beautiful weather. About 5 min from the start, Hollings, from a scrimmage, headed into the net, thus scoring the first goal for Doncaster.

After this reverse the Denaby men played better, and a good run up ended in Rushworth passing to Chapman, the latter equalising.

Midfield play followed for a while, then one of the Doncaster forward broke away, and gave Dean a hotshot to deal with, but he saved splendidly, touching the ball over the bar.

A scrimmage ensued in the Denaby goal from the subsequent corner, but nothing resulted. This being rushed away at top speed for the “butterscotch” men’s goal, but Langton saved capitally

Half-time arrived with the score, Doncaster 1 goal . Denaby 1 goal

On resuming Doncaster pressed, and Freeman relieved. Some rather rough play was introduced into the game and fouls were frequent. Askin was called upon to save, but no further scoring took place. No extra time was played.

Team: Dean, goal; Freeman and Hopson, backs; Watts, Bisby and Shaw, halfbacks; Chapman, Rushworth, Davis, Crowcroft and Allott, forwards

Replayed Semi-final.

Denaby United 2 Doncaster Rovers 2

This replayed semi-final took place on the Mexborough Town Ground on Tuesday evening, before a fair number of spectators and ended in a draw.

Doncaster, winning the toss kicked downhill, and in the first minute Hollin placed them in front with a fine shot.

The Denaby forwards got the ball up nicely, but made awful wrecks of two fine opportunities in front of goal. After 10 minutes play Whitehouse made the scores equal from a beautiful centre by Crowcroft.

Doncaster took up the running, and were awarded a foul close in, the Denaby goal, escaping at the expense of a futile corner.

At the end of 25 minutes play after a hot attack on the Doncaster goal, Langton fisted out, and from the resulting penalty Whitehouse
put Denaby in front.

Up to the interval the game ruled fairly even, each side missing opportunities of scoring

Half-time arrived with the score, Doncaster 1 goal, Denaby 2 goals.

10 min after the restart Lindley scored a beauty placing the teams level once more.

This had the effect of infusing more life into the game, and the ball travelled from end to end with much rapidity. When the whistle went neither side had obtained the lead and it was decided to play extra time.

Only 7 min had been played when the referee stopped the game owing to darkness.