Golders Green turned out minus Bucci and Barlow at Enfield on Saturday, but Barnes gave a good display as deputy between the posts. Caswell took Bucci's place at left-half and was not too inspiring. Ward again justified his inclusion at right-back, and F. Boston provided plenty of punch on the left wing. Lovell turned out again and brought strength to the defence. But the Green should have gained more than a 3-1 victory if they had gone out for goals all the time. They led by 2-0 at half-time, and a result of 4-0 was anticipated.
Enfield made sevral changes, Brooks deputising for Bennett in goal, Dawes moving from outside-right to left-back, with Wallace at right-back instead of Rawlings, while Whatley filled the wing vacancy.
Golders Green were the first to press, and after F. Boston had failed with a shot off Breagan's centre, Brooks had to punch clear from a corner and hold a header from Owen. Again from Breagan's work, F. Boston had a nice try, but the ball lifted just over the bar. Then the Enfield right wing broke away, but Constable, worried by Graves, shot wide, and from the goal kick the Green swept back to force another corner. Cochrane and Boston worked brilliantly to produce an opening, but Ellison finished weakly after Boston had turned in a perfect centre.
All the pressure was on the Enfield goal and Brooks was in action a lot in the early stages. At the other end there was one narrow escape when Barnes fell, but the ball was scrambled away.
Owen missed his shot when he had only the goalkeeper to beat, and then Boston put in a grand drive which Brooks fisted away.
When Enfield put more into their attack Barnes saved well from Constable and Hinsby.
After half an hour Boston was fouled by Preston in the penalty area and, taking the shot himself, Boston gave Golders Green the lead.
Three minutes later Boston shot in the second, after the three inside men had lost their chances by fiddling about with the ball.
Close on half-time Magner beat the Green defence but struck the post, and the interval came with Golders Green holding their 2-0 lead.
the second half opened with Enfield putting on the pressure, but it was ragged play on both sides. Then Golders Green came into the attack again, and after Lovell had suffered bad luck with a nice shot that went a foot wide, Ellison headed in from a corner kick by F. Boston, giving the Green their third.
Breagan looked like adding a fourth, but once he shot across the goalmouth and his second try was held by Brooks. At the other end Barnes gave away a corner, but this was cleared, and the Green survived two more corners and Whatley missed with a header.
With ten minutes to go, however, Phillips took a short pass from Magner and slipped in Enfield's only goal. Ellison, at the other end, missed badly when he might have restored the lead of three. He had a good try soon afterwards, but Brooks smothered the shot.
Enfield did a lot of good approach work, but were poor finishers.