Golders Green made a mistake in playing Ward at centre-forward for their Christmas morning match at Wealdstone. He was not fast enough, and many opportunities were lost. A feature of the game was the brilliant goalkeeping by Hart.
L. Bustard turned out at left back, Griffin (of Enfield) at left-half, and Weeks at centre-half. Cochrane was absent, and Owen moved across from the right to take his place at inside-left, Ellison playing at inside-right.
Wealdstone opened with some pretty passing which gained Nicholson a shot but, from an awkward angle, he sent the ball wide, and Golders Green set up an attack on the left wing. Ward gave F. Boston a chance with a lovely pass, but he was a fraction late with his shot and only forced a corner. At the other end Hart held a lovely shot from Baldwin, but the Green came on again and F. Boston sent across a grand pass to Breagan, who was not far enough up to use it.
Wealdstone were having rather more of the game and Hart was several times in action, saving from Bunce and Schofield.
A goal looked certain for Golders Green when Ward broke through. Lewis came and missed the ball, and Ward was practically running it in when Loveday stepped in and saved the situation. Wealdstone were keeping the ball too close, but danger came from both wings, though the Green came the nearest to an early goal, Ward having hard luck with a shot that just went over the bar.
Golders Green worked hard for a lead as the half drew to a close, but Wealdstone had a good defence and also the Green inside men were slow to shoot.
It was actually against the run of the play when Wealdstone scored, Hart letting the ball slip through from a free-kick by Scott near the half-way line. Thus inspired, Wealdstone followed up with three corners and a brilliant shot by Bunce, but the score was unchanged when the whistle went, trhough the Green had suffered by the loss of W. Boston through injury. Hart was also suffering from an injured shoulder.
Golders Green made a good effort after the resumption, and Ward nearly netted from a beautiful centre by F. Boston, but Wealdstone were better quality and were soon pressing. Hart, playing a fine game in spite of his shoulder, saved well from Nicholson and from a header by Baldwin. He earned the applause of the whole field when he hels a stinger from Scott. In the next 'Stone attack Hart took a heavy tumble and injured his shoulder again and his head, but his cool paly continued.
The Green did a fair share of attacking, and likely shots came from Ward and Breagan, but they did everything but score.
Nicholson scored a good goal off Schofield to put Wealdstone two up, and Baldwin went near with a lightning ground shot, but Fred Boston reduced the lead with a neat first-timer from a well-placed pass by Ellison.