The star of the match at Golders Green on Saturday was Cochrane, who netted two of the nine goals, and took a share in others as well, but the whole team played well and the new blood was interesting to watch. Fourteen-year-old Stroud, on the right wing, should develop into a valuable asset when he has more experience in this class of football; and Tomlinson, a centre-forward, has much of the style of Thomas. Fontana, one of the scorers, gave a good account of himself at inside-right, and on the left wing F. Boston was getting in some beautiful centres and shooting with his old accuracy when he decided to come in and have a go for himself. He deserved more than his two goals.
The halves were a great trio, with Lovell a shade the best of the three, and Ward and W. Boston were sound at back. Hart had little to do, but saved well when a Hertford forward did get a shooting chance.
Though Golders Green played a brilliant game, allowance must be made for the general reshuffle in the Hertford team. L. Brown, C. Grover, W. Hall, R. Jackson, H. Grover, S.Dye and T. Pyle were out, G. Neale was moved inside from outside-right, Golders Green lent Martinson, and the other gaps were filled by Wiltshire, Ponsor, Sabin, Raines, James, Warner and Turner.
Golders Green should have taken the lead practically from the kick-off, but Tomlinson tripped up as he entered the penalty area after taking a pass from Cochrane. At the other end Raines had a good run, but was put off at the last moment by Ward and Golders Green attacked, F. Boston going near with a header off Lovell and Bucci trying a long shot.
A penalty for hands brought the Green's first goal. F. Boston took the kick and slammed the ball well into the net. Hertford made a great effort to equalise, and the home goal had a narrow escape when Sabin missed with Hart out of goal, but Golders Green pressed again and F. Boston put in a lovely cross-shot, making Turner push the ball over the bar for a corner. Turner held two headers from Tomlinson before the second goal came. F. Boston got away and passed in to Cochrane, who worked a perfect opening for Griffin to finish off.
Almost at once Fontana netted the third, and the fourth was the result of another Boston-Cochrane display, Cochrane placing the ball for Tomlinson to push it in. Close on half-time F. Boston shot on therun and crashed the ball home to give the Greens an interval lead of 5-0.
After the change of ends the Green maintained their lively play, getting at the ball well and finding their men. Except for spasmodic breakaways by the visitors, Hart had nothing to do, but the Hertford goalkeeper often had his work cut out to stop the shots from all along the line. Stroud nearly converted a pass across from F. Boston, but the next goal came from Griffin, who turned in a low centre from Stroud. Cochrane, showing wonderful ball control, beat two men to score the seventh, and Tomlinson finished off some clever play by Lovell to add the eighth. Then Ward started the movement which ended with Cochrane netting the ninth and last goal, but a tenth nearly came from Lovell, who reached Turner with a grand left-foot shot.