W. Indians Badly Trounced

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UK Observer

Great Britain 7 Caribbean XI 2

Thirteen proved an unlucky number for the touring Caribbean football team when they went down heavily by seven goals to two against Great Britain in their amateur international at Ipswitch yesterday. The Great Britain team included three Scottish and two Irish internationals.

It seems as if 1949 is a disastrous year for touring teams in England: the Indian Test cricketers failed hopelessly and now the Caribbean soccer team, on their first tour to England, have won only four of their 13 matches. They beat Spalding, Ely City, Newmarket and Barking.

The tourists began very well yesterday and in the first 15 minutes looked capable of winning, playing excellent attacking football, beautiful to watch, with the 20-year-old Jamaican inside-left Sydney Bartlett setting up many brilliant movements. Bartlett combined very effectively with Parker on the left-wing and A. Corneal at centre-forward, but Pinner, Gardener and centre-half Alf D'Arcy held them at bay. Much against the run of the game, Barnet's wily centre-forward Bobby Brown put Great Britain in the lead in the eighteenth minute and added the second less than a minute later.

Defence Weak

From this point Great Britannia ruled. The first two goals resulted from defensive blunders by the West Indians which was ironical in that their defence has been quite steady throughout the tour while their problem all along has been poor forward play. But yesterday, for the first time, the forwards combined with admirable precision; their passing was crisp and accurate and one felt that if only their defence had been just a bit tighter in the middle of the first half the Caribbeans would have gained a draw at least.

After Brown's break-through, however, they became more and more ragged and by half-time Great Britain were leading 3—1. McIntosh scored the third goal while Parker netted for the West Indians. With their eyes on the Olympic tie against Eire on November 21, Great Britain went on in the second half to put in some useful goal-scoring practice. Peter Kane, the Scottish international, scored and the Leicester University undergraduate, J. R. Ward, got the seventh. For the Caribbean Parker completed a double five minutes from full time.