Sheffield Telegraph December 5, 1921
Rotherham 0 Denaby United 1
Rotherham sustained an unexpected 1 – 0 defeat against Denaby at Rotherham on Saturday. Burkinshaw scored the goal after thirteen minutes’ play. On the whole they were very fortunate to capture both points.
On the home side, Taylor and Harrison were the pick, with Garfily the best of the forwards.
For the winners, Coope, Peters, and McGuire, in defence, and Hill and Burkinshaw, of the forwards, were the most prominent.
Trinity’s Improved Attack
Mexborough 0 Rotherham County Res 0
At Hampden Road, Mexborough and Rotherham County Reserves played a goalless draw.
The home side have rarely acquitted themselves better and they deserved the full spoils of the game. They had set the pace throughout, were attacking three quarters of the time, and got in half a dozen good shots to the County’s one.
Mexborough’s goal was not often in danger, and for this immunity Matt Taylor was chiefly responsible, giving a superb display.
County had a strong side out, but it was their defence that shone, Millership in particular. Parry filled the Mexborough centre-half position in the absence through illness of Saxton, and the ex-Houghton man did very well after the first ten minutes. Of the home forwards, Water-Reid, Cox, and Ingham were the most prominent and the latter came near to scoring on, two occasions in the first half.
Gainsborough Trinity 3 Wath Athletic 0
The alteration in Gainsborough Trinity’s forward line against Wath Athletic, who were beaten 3 – 0, made a surprising difference. Talbot’s return to the centre improved the attack wonderfully. He fed both wings impartially, and’ in addition scored two fine goals.
Askil, the left-half obtained from Silverwood, made his debut as partner to Shearman. Some of his footwork was very good, and he knows how to shoot, but he seemed to find the great pace of a Midland League game somewhat unsettling. However, he showed distinct promise. Wath played a fast, open game, but their shooting was poor. They had a strong, determined defence, among whom Topham (in goal) was the shining light.