Bullcroft’s Gallant Struggle

October 1921

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Oct 29th

Bullcroft´s Gallant Struggle

The unpleasant conditions that prevailed on Saturday were altogether in favour of Bullcroft Main in their Cup match with Denaby United, last Saturday, as the heavy ground made it almost impossible for the clever Denaby side to indulge in their usual scientific methods.

Football in the mud is not conducive to football of the best type and on wet days, science is almost at a discount.

This fact was recognised by the Bullcroft side, and they played a typical cup tie game, their methods being marked by more vigour than skill.

They started at a hot pace, and make matters warm for Denaby during the first hour, but their efforts gradually weakened, and the last 10 min, they were a tired and beaten side.

On the other hand, Denaby finished far better than they started, and had a merry time during the last 10 min, when two goals were added in quick succession. Considering the state of the ground, play was remarkably fast and enthusiastic and spectators who braved the elements were rewarded by an entertaining game.

There were times when the Doncaster League side were quite as good as Denaby, notably in the first 25 min, and for a period after Brayshaw had given the home side the lead with as good a shot as will be seen at Denaby this season. The juniors certainly displaypluck and resource, and made up for their deficiency in skill and experience by an enormous amount of enthusiasm.

Great interest was taken in the play of Tommy Boyle, who has recently been transferred to Sheffield United, and he displayed promising form. He plays with enterprise, knows the way to goal, and shoots hard and often. He should prove a worthy successor to his father, who was one of the United stalwarts years ago

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