Denaby Utd – Denaby 1 Castleford Town 0 – Denaby’s Fighting Finish

18 March 1912

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 18 March 1912

Interesting Game at Owlerton.

If not productive of any great amount of excitement, the game between Wednesday Res. and Mexborough Town was more interesting than is usual in Midland League matches. Both sides gave really good scientific exhibitions. Had the home side adopted more aggressive tactics in front of Round there is little doubt but that they would have won bigger margin.

On the run of the play the Sheffielders certainly deserved the victory, for they did more of the attacking, and gave Round far more work do than Mexborough did the home goalkeeper. The feature of the game, however, was the relative strength of the Town’s rear defences, for those old comrades—Crump and Murray completely outshone Brelsford and Tyler. Brelsford, from Kilnhurst (brother of the Sheffield United half-back) is apparently too light for the position he occupies. He never mastered the crafty Tomlinson, who, though getting on in years, was much too fast for the young back.

It was pleasing, however, to see Lloyd show improved form, and and Tompkins (the Mexborough right-half) were the best men engaged. Busier in the home goal does not impress one with confidence in his abilities.

Denaby’s Fighting Finish.

Denaby United, with the least expensive team in the Midland League, are putting up fighting finish to the most disastrous season experienced in the club’s history. They are loyally fulfilling their obligations, and both officials and players richly deserve all the encouragement they can get.

That Denaby are not “played out” was evidenced on Saturday, when they gained a clever victory at the expense of Castleford Town, who were beaten much more thoroughly than the final result, 1—0, would lead one to suppose. Castleford were below full strength, and gave a very indifferent display, and while the Denaby forwards were again woefully weak in front of goal, they compared more than favourably this respect with the Castleford attack, which seldom gave Marshall trouble.

Gough, on the other hand, had quite lot to do, but the Castleford custodian showed very good form. The only goal of the game was scored by Fitton mid-way through the second half. Had the home forwards shot with better direction—and they won plenty of. chances— Castleford must have met with much heavier defeat.