Each Other Instead Of The Ball

From the nufc.com advent calendar, a match report of long ago:

Thompson started up the incline and within a few minutes, Wallace scored with a nice shot from the left wing. For a while the visitors were able to do very little against the rushes of their opponents and after a series of attacks, Thompson placed the 2nd point to the credit of his side.

Coming away, the visitors got hands dangerously close, but nothing resulted. Jeffrey was cheered for some good feeding work, and Crate made a good run, which nearly led to a goal. Williams came limping out of a collision with Quinn, but directly after stopped a swift shot.

One or two of the visitors now began to use their weight in which respect they had superiority, but Referee (Mr.Chalmers of Middlesbrough) promptly allowed fouls.

Upon restarting, the visitors showed better, and the ball flashed about in proximity to the home goal. It was not long however, before play was at the other end and Williams through stepping the ball too far gave the United an excellent free kick.

This they failed to improve upon, but the ball continued bobbing about close to the visitor’s posts and the custodian did some smart work. He and Thompson at one time showed a little desire to deal with each other instead of with the ball.

Crate narrowly missed scoring with a fine shot, after which Wallace put the ball under the bar. The custodian threw it out which led to a dispute, but the referee allowed a point. At this stage there was only one team in it.

Lowrey was a passive spectator of the game, and the home backs were scarcely ever required on their own side of the half line. Thompson made a fine run and shot a grand goal, which Williams had no chance to save amid great enthusiasm.

A series of scrimmages ensued in the visitors quarters and Williams effected some good saves, but before long he was nonplussed by Thompson, who screwed in the 5th goal. The game now resolved itself with attacks on the visitor’s goal and from one of these made up the half dozen.

Quite apart from it making a nice change to read about Newcastle dominating a match, you have to love the language. Particularly amused by that line He [Williams] and Thompson at one time showed a little desire to deal with each other instead of with the ball 🙂 And an over-the-line argument to boot!

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