Features of the Golders Green-Tufnell Park match, in the Herts and Middlesex Combination, were the fine goalkeeping at both ends, two grand goals by Cochrane, and the purposeful but unselfish play of centre-forward Griggs.
Barlow, a victim of tonsilitis, was replaced in the Green's goal by Hart, who gave a first-rate display, showing great coolness and saving many difficult shots. Ron Graves is now in the Army, and his place at centre-half was taken by Weaver, who, not very inspiring in the first half, did his full share after the interval and justified his selection. Martinson was not strong enough at left back and George Bucci was off form. Lovell played a steady game, and Ward's work was quite pleasing. Breagan, with an injured leg, was overworked, while there was a tendency to starve Fred Boston.
Tufnell Park made one change in the advertised team, Eyatt taking the place of Tysoe at left-half. Bustard, the centre-forward, played a far better game than was often the case when he wore Golders Green colours.
The game opened with fast end-to-end play, and both goalkeepers were in action. Hart saved well from Bustard, and Hill cleared from Breagan. Most of the danger to Golders Green came from the right wing, but it was Hodge, on the left, who opened the score after 15 minutes play, shooting in before Hart could recover from dealing with a shot from Simpson. The Park were adapting themselves better to the heavy going and did more of the pressing, but Golders Green equalised with a beautiful shot from F. Boston, converting a centre from Breagan after Cochrane had taken the ball up.
Ten minutes later the Green defence - with Weaver off the field injured - failed badly to let Bustard through for a clear run to goal. Hart came out, but Bustard evaded him and walked the ball into the net.
The Green nearly equalised when, from a centre by Breagan, Lovell shot to the foot of the upright, Griggs just failing to convert with his head.
Half-time: Golders Green 1; Tufnell Park 2.
Golders Green pressed at the restart, and the equaliser came from Cochrane, who was put in possession by Bucci and gave a brilliant solo display, finishing off with a cross-shot which left the goalkeeper helpless.
Most of the pressure was on the Park goal, but there were many dangerous breakaways by Tufnell Park, and it was not until nearly dark that F. Boston put the Green ahead, netting with a stinging left-foot drive.
Cochrane scored the Green's fourth with a lovely first-timer, but close on time Tuthill netted the Park's third goal.