Mexborough & Swinton Times, December 09, 1939
Second Half Zest Pulls Kirkby Through at Mill Lane
Denaby Beaten after Interval Lead
South Kirkby Col. 5, Denaby Utd. 3
Denaby United were soundly beaten at Mill Lane on Saturday. They found South Kirby a tougher proposition than they expected and opponents who, though two goals in arrears at one time, refused to give up. Kirkby´s forwards were hardly in the picture in the first half, and if Denaby had had a less reliable defence to overcome they might have scored a glut of goals. The home side, helped by the wind played brilliantly on resuming and soon had the visitors´ defence at sixes and sevens. Yeardley showed his opportunism by performing the hat-trick, while the Tibble brothers, at full-back, gave a splendid display. Led by Jackson (centre-half) the half-backs completely shut out the Denaby attack in the second half. H. Cartwright the inside-left, was also prominent while J. Cartwright (goalkeeper) made some good saves. Outstanding for the Midland League side were Happs (right-back), Bratley and Wright (centre-half and left-half), Ardron (centre-forward) and Moralee (outside-left)
Helped by the wind, Denaby were superior from the outset. South Kirkby´s backs defended well, but a lapse almost le d to their downfall, Wright shooting just wide. Kirkby´s best chance came when Evans raced down the left wing and centred, but Yeardley´s shot rebounded off the post and was cleared. Denaby attacked and J. Cartwright made two smart saves, but he was beaten by ARDRON after 25 minutes. Two minutes later BRATLEY put Denaby further ahead from a free kick just outside the penalty area. With only Gibson to beat Evans shot wide but a minute from the interval YEARDLEY reduced the arrears.
Kirkby came into their own after resuming and after ten minutes YEARDLEY scored the equalising goal. A few minutes later EVANS broke away and put South Kirkby ahead. Kirkby went straight down the field from the centre and H. CARTWRIGHT scored, YEARDLEY heading in a fifth goal from Barratt´s right wing centre. In an attempt to head the ball clear B. Tibble deflected it into his own goal. Kirkby attacked to the end, but no further goals were added.