Poor football was produced at Southall on Saturday, and the draw of one-all just about reflects the quality of the game. True Southall only equalised through a penalty, but Golders Green's play was not one goal better than the home side. It was a depressing game on a cheerless ground.
Golders Green made several changes in their team. Evans and Bustard were out, and Ward and Robson were brought in, Ward at inside-right and Robson at centre-half, Graves taking the centre-forward position, with Owen at outside-left. Robson and Ward played well, and a fine display was given in goal by Painter, the old Hendon Town player, who has more recently seen service with Barnet; but otherwise there was little cause for praise in the team. Graves found the Southall centre-half, Oliver, too good for him, and Pickford, at left-back, was a match for the wily Breagan, while Cochrane did not have such a good day as he has recently enjoyed.
Southall won the toss and put Golders Green to face a trying sun. In the first few minutes Southall broke away on the right, Sayers slipping a nice short pass to Kennett, who forced a corner off F. Boston, but from the corner kick Painter punched clear. At the other end Lovell pushed the ball forward to Ward, who passed out to Breagan and was unlucky not to connect with Breagan's centre, turning the ball close across the goalmouth. A pass from Cochrane to Owen looked a winner, but Owen went offside, and after a corner had been cleared Southall attacked strongly, but F. Boston stopped Kennett and Sayers shot wide. Then Sayers, Kennett, and Eagles each had a shot, but Painter got the ball away and Golders Green went away, ending with a lovely try by Cochrane, who deserved a goal.
Five minutes later Cochrane was given a golden chance by Graves, but could not get his foot to the ball. He had a second try as the goalkeeper went down and Lewis was injured and had to leave the field. At the other end Morrad went near, driving just over the bar.
Golders Green took the lead after half an hour's play, Ward getting in a lovely shot from Graves' pass, but ut was hard luck on Clark, the deputy goalkeeper, who reached the ball but saw it slip over his fingers into the roof of the net.
For the rest of the half it was a scrappy game, neither side producing anything worthwhile.
After the interval Lewis returned to goal, with two stitches in his mouth. Golders Green seemed to have gone to pieces, and there was a spell of fierce attacking by Southall, but their finishing was poor, while the shots that did get through were dealt with coolly by Painter. Graves found Oliver too good for him, and Breagan had met a tough proposition in Pickford.
It was not until a penalty was awarded, however, that Southall equalised. The award was against W. Boston, and the spot kick was taken by Morrad.
Ward nearly restored the Green's lead with a grand left-foot shot off Graves. Then Graves was injured and had to go on the right wing for a time, Ward moving to centre-forward and Breagan to inside-right.
Southall carried out many dangerous raids, and it was only due to the cool work of Painter that they did not score, but Golders Green nearly went ahead through Graves, who all but converted one of Breagan's centres.