October 22nd 1938 : Wales Stun a Disbelieving England

A tight-knit Welsh team beat England as well-worked goals illuminated a mostly one-sided international championship game at Ninian Park. The noisy home contingent managed to bag a comfortable 4-2 victory. 

The last time the sides met 2 years ago, Wales managed to steal a 2-1 win. 

With a new record attendance of 55,000, the match looked to be eagerly anticipated by all. 

The game started with Wales on the front foot as captain Les Jones drilled the ball down the centre of pitch for Dai Astley to run on to. Astley cannoned the ball into the bulging net to make it 1-0 after 4 minutes. 

As England started to build momentum, they managed to draw a penalty which Tommy Lawton dispatched into the top corner. A stunned silence fell among the home crowd. 

Wales replied to this with Idris Hopkins soaring through the air to head the ball, making it 2-1. 

Shortly after, Stanley Mathews drew his team level as a brave individualist effort saw him weave his way around the defenders to slot the ball into the goal mouth. 2-2. 

After the break, captain Les Jones and his men, determined to win the match, came back ferociously.  

The Arsenal man Brynmor Jones pin-pointed a gaping hole in the defence, surging through and sending Wales into the lead with a bullet strike. 

As Wales began to dominate, Horace Cumner played a sublime pass to Dai Astley. He was through on goal, as the crowd looked on expectantly. The ball flew into the back of the net and the Welsh fans jumped with joy. 

The stunned travelling contingent was in disbelief as their side got outplayed. 

This victory now sets up a much-anticipated next game for when the two sides meet again. Can the jubilant Welsh make it 3 wins from 3?  

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