South Yorkshire Times September 2, 1950
Denaby Were Given the Run-Around
Goals Will Have To Come More Easier Than They Did Here
Denaby United 1, Gainsborough Trinity 1
This topsy-turvy form Denaby United are producing at the moment takes a bit of reckoning up. There can be no disputing their sparkling display at Scarborough on Saturday, when they won by the only goal. Yet on Monday, with only one change from Saturday’s team, it was lamentable to see the way they were given the run around by Gainsborough Trinity.
The Lincolnshire club have done some thoughtful recruiting during close season, and they are a very attractive side to watch. But a Denaby United with last season’s rhythm would not have knuckled under as they did for 70 minutes on Monday.
Young Fisher made his debut on the Denaby left wing, Edwards switching to inside-left, and it was here that Denaby were really weak. Fisher made an unhappy start with the senior team. He lacks the tricks and split second thinking needed this grade of football, yet paradoxically enough, he was right behind Denaby’s equaliser which came at the end of a thrill-packed 20 minute rally by United when they threw everything they had in a desperate effort to save a point.
The goal, when it came, was well worth waiting for. Woods snaked his way through a tired Gainsborough defence and switched the ball out to Fisher. Without hesitation the winger slipped across a jet-smooth centre and Osborn’s flashing header left Street gasping. But goals will have to come far more easier than this if United are to equal, never mind better, last season’s run.
Star architects in an all-Gainsborough first half were Churms and Hughes. Their precision passing on the right flank had the earmarks of trouble for Denaby early in the game. Newcomer Hughes was the brains behind the goal which put Gainsborough in the lead after 20 minutes. He pin-pointed his centre under the far side of the Denaby crossbar, only to see the ball stabbed away by Mayhall. But HOWSAM was bang on the spot to collect the clearance and neatly steered the ball past Mayhall.
For the second time this season at Tickhill Square, before a crowd of over 2,700, Denaby Were disappointing. They had nothing to match Trinity’s slick forward moves, and the lack of cohesion between wing-halves and inside forwards cut down their scoring chances. They grasped opportunity when it came, but found Street in top form in the Gainsborough goal. He was beaten only twice—when Denaby scored and when inside-right Allen headed a snap shot against the bar.
Jack Williams, cool and constructive, was the star of a hard-worked Dena by defence.