Denaby Utd – Denaby 2 Lincoln City Res 2 – Kennedy’s Fine Work

9 January 1922

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 09 January 1922

Midland League.

Draw at Wombwell Helps Barnsley to Take Leadership.

With Grimsby Town Reserves and Worksop Town having no match in the competition on Saturday, their draw at Wombwell enabled Barnsley Reserves to take the leadership for the first time this season. On the run of play Wombwell ought to have got both points. The visitors opened strongly, but Wombwell improved and went on to play their best. Woods’ goal for Wombwell after twenty minutes was thoroughly well earned. Woods headed Wombwell’s second midway through the second half following which Barnsley made a surprise raid and reduced the lead through Redford. Hines equalised in the last minute.

Redfearn and Woods accomplished some splendid work in the Wombwell forward line, and Hammerton played well for Barnsley. The visitors gave a trial to a Kiveton Park Old Boys’ player, mulled Burke, in goal.

Wath Athletic were full value for their 3-1 Victory over Gainsborough, on the Recreation ground, Wath. Hargreaves returned to the front line, but Prior and Holt were both absent. The ground was terribly heavy, but in spite of this a really fast and vigorous game was witnessed by a small and enthusiastic crowd. Both sets of forwards showed up well and several good shots brought out the best in a couple of good goalkeepers. The scoring was opened by Nuttall from a penalty, awarded when Cowan fisted the ball away on the line. Talbot equalised, but Harrison and Wroe each scored for Wath.

Kennedy’s Fine Work For Denaby.

The encounter between Denaby United and Lincoln City Res., at Denaby, provided a game which, though exceedingly dull for the most part, had an exciting and sensational ending. Contrary to the home team’s expectations, Lincoln put up a very fine show and up to the interval had easily the best of the play. Stimpson and Forbes scored within fifteen minutes for Lincoln, who retained their lead until five minutes from tine, when Kennedy, the Denaby centre half-back, lent his weight to the attack, and, entirely on his own initiative, scored a couple of fine goals. When the final whistle went this player was making a gallant effort to complete his “hat-trick ” and as he left the field he received a great ovation.

There was a poor “gate” at Nottingham to see the Forest Reserves beat Mexborough. Play as a rule favoured the Forest all through, but it was close on the interval when Lambley scored the first goal, immediately followed by a second from Harrold, who shot through from a difficult angle. In the second half Bancroft got the third goal for the Forest. Cope kept a fine goal for Mexborough, and Rimington, Forest’s new custodian, shaped well.

A “Double” For Rotherham Clubs.

Wakefield City proved no match for Rotherham Town at Clifton Lane, Rotherham, despite the fact that Hurst, the Town’s inside-right, was practically a passenger the whole of the second half. Town’s defence was good all round, with Elliott and Moorhouse the pick of the forwards. On the visitors’ side the most noticeable man was Littlewood at outside-right. The game, which resulted 4-2 in favour of the Town, was witnessed by some 3,000 spectators. Moorhouse (2) and Hirst (2) scored for Rotherham, and Lee obtained both goals for Wakefield.

In their home match with Rotherham County Reserves, Boston were poorly represented owing to injuries. However, in the first half play was in their favour, but Lounds scored for the visitors in a melee in front of goal. In the second half Rotherham had the better of matters, but Boston frequently had hard lines in front of goal. Wallace obtained the only other goal for Rotherham, after which Boston rallied, and were pressing strongly when time came.

Referee Escorted Off Doncaster Ground.

Though defeated by one goal to none, Doncaster Rovers were unlucky not to share the points with Scunthorpe United at Doncaster, as Tierney scored what appeared to be a legitimate goal, but the referee ruled otherwise, and his decision raised considerable hostility among the crowd, with the result that he had to be escorted from the ground at the end of the game. Apart from this, the Rovers, on the balance of the play and especially in the second half, were deserving of at least one point, but they, like Scunthorpe, encountered a strong defence. In the concluding stages Doncaster were handicapped, Boardman being practically a passenger, owing to an injury. The only goal was scored by Whittingham after five minutes’ play.

Castleford played very good football in the first half at Mansfield, and were unfortunate to be a couple of goals down at the interval. Afterwards Mansfield were the better side, but Whelpton kept goal finely for the visitors. Just before the close Roe brought the scores level, scoring twice from centres by Robins, who played exceedingly well, and Cooper and Staniforth got both Mansfield goals.