Denaby Utd – Denaby United  2  Leeds City Reserve 0 – Denaby’s “Hard Lines.”

5 February 1912

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 05 February 1912

Denaby’s “Hard Lines.”

Denaby United  2  Leeds City Reserve 0 (match abandoned after 85 minutes)

Denaby United deserved sympathy Saturday, for a heavy snowstorm caused their game with Leeds City Reserve to be abandoned five minutes from time, when the “Villagers” were leading by 2—0.

The play in the first half was surprising, for Denaby, despite their lowly position in the League, fairly held the measure of their opponents, whose footwork gave but little indication of “championship chasers.” Denaby got good goals through Hill and Palmer, and the whole team put up a strong game. After the interval, Leeds showed greatly improved form, only to find Swinbourne, Dawson and Marshall presenting an impenetrable defence.

Towards the end the Denaby attack again came prominently into the picture, and when the snow began to drive full in the teeth the Leeds players, Denaby had matters all their own way. Yet, with the end in sight, the referee was obliged to suspend the game, a decision that came hard on the heels of the collapsing of Clarkin, the Leeds outside-right, who was carried off suffering from exposure.

A wait of ten minutes ensued, and then the game was declared off, and the spectators had hardly left the ground before the snow ceased.

Leeds had to thank the snow for their escape from defeat.


Mexborough Fail at Huddersfield.

Huddersfield Town Reserves  2 Mexborough Town 0

There was not a large attendance at Leeds Road, where Huddersfield Town Reserves entertained Mexborough on a snow-covered ground. Mexborough adapted themselves bettor to the conditions than did the Town players, and early on attacked vigorously; Bolton, the clever centre-forward, in the first 15 minutes beating Whelpton in goal. The attack alternated, and repeatedly Huddersfield pressed, and at length Craig equalised with a tine shot, against which Round was helpless.

In the second half Huddersfield had the better of the exchanges, but the only goal fell to Richardson Of the two goalkeepers, Round was by far the busier man, and defended admirably. Of the backs Mexborough had the advantage in Crump and Murray. Huddersfield tried as backs two amateurs, W. W. Martin, from Ilford, and Booth, Mirfield United, the first-named being the better player. The half-back lines were good, and the advantage with Huddersfield, for whom Metcalfe showed cleverness. Bolton, Cowley, and Beaumont played well for Mexborough the forward ranks, and Proctor (London Custom Houses), Richardson, and Craig were the pick of the Huddersfield lot. Cowley was not good usual.