Midland League Results – September 19, 1921

19 September 1921

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 19 September 1921

A keen game was seen between Lincoln City Res and Denaby United on the Sincil Bank. The home team pressed most of the first half, but the visitors possessed two sterling backs in Coope and Dawson. Forbes, centre-half, netted for Lincoln.

Lincoln only played ten men in the second half, Taylor (Mexborough), to whom they gave a second trial at centre-forward, having cut, his leg badly, necessitating the insertion of stitches. In this period Denaby had the bigger share of the play, but Lincoln upset their tactics by adopting the one-back game. Ballance, however, managed to equalise.

Wombwell were well beaten by an enterprising and bustling combination in Mansfield Town, at Wombwell.

Sharp and Staniforth scored for Mansfield, and Wombwell’s goal, which came in the second half after their play had improved considerably, was the result of a penalty-kick by A Smelt. Foxall, Round, Woods, and Drew were the pick of the Wombwell side, and Richardson—a very clever winger—Staniforth, Feebury. and Gloves were the outstanding figures for Mansfield.

Mexborough suffered their fourth successive League defeat, by losing at home by the odd goal in three to Rotherham Town, who, curiously enough, scored their fourth successive win. Rotherham found Mexborough weakened through injuries, and for a long spell in the second half they had slightly the better of matters. Rotherham took the lead five minute before the interval through Elliott, and the same player put them further ahead after twenty minutes in the second half.

Mexborough had about two-thirds of the play and in the first half, Rotherham only had one shot at goal, that which got home. Bell who took the place of Walker in the forward line, scored for Mexborough ten minutes from time, and in the closing stages the home side made desperate efforts to draw level.

Harrogate gained their first win by beating Rotherham County Reserves, at Harrogate, on Saturday. It was a keen game throughout, but the shooting of both teams lacked finish. Dobson and Matthewman combined well on the Rotherham right wing, but found the Harrogate defence too strong. Ten minutes from the finish, Gedney cleverly eluded the Rotherham defence, and put in a fine screw shot, which beat Sutcliffe. Fawcett, Slater, and Gale (goalkeeper) were the outstanding players for Harrogate. Kirk, the Rotherham centre forward, and formerly a member of the Harrogate team, did good work.

Doncaster Rovers had an easy win over Wakefield City, Butler scoring twice from penalties, this player being responsible for six out of the seven goals credited to the Rovers this season. The play of the home team was not convincing, the principal weakness being on the wings. Grace was the outstanding man on the visitor’s side but Wollerton was not very reliable in goal. Hendry, on the other hand, was safe in the home goal, and the backs did well, save that Wigglesworth’s kicking was somewhat wild.

Scunthorpe’s First Defeat.

There was the usual “Derby” crowd at Gainsborough, where Trinity inflicted on Scunthorpe their first defeat. Play in the first half was always interesting and lively, and Trinity deserved their goal (Keen) lead at the interval. Trinity were always the more dangerous side, particularly in front of goal, and Scunthorpe wore rather fortunate that more goals than those scored by Keen and Talbot in the second half were not registered against them. The defence was the feature of Scunthorpe’s play.

Wath Athletic recorded an excellent win at Hull by two goals to one over Hull City Reserve. Hance scored both goals for Wath with Hull City’s Mills getting their goal