Golders Green made Wealdstone fight for most of the game on Saturday and early in the second half it looked as if a draw at full time wouuld not be impossible, but after an even spell Wealdstone made the issue certain and in the last minute a penalty (twice taken) produced a wider margin than the home team really deserved.
From the kick-off it was clear that Wealdstone had the quality. No effort of the visitors could completely offset the clever passing, the consistent ball control, and the perfect understanding between all departments. There was method in every kick by a Wealdstone man, whereas Golders Green were too often guilty of wild passes which presented gifts to the home side. W. Boston was not reliable at right back and placed a lot of extra work on his brother and on McCaulay.
Wealdstone were soon attacking and after Hart had held a shot from Schofield, Bunce hit the crossbar. Golders Green got away well from the clearance and Coleman sent in a useful centre, but Tomlinson could not get in a shot. Breagan, taking a forward pass from Lovell, promised well, but his centre was intercepted by Edmonds, who pushed the ball up to Wilson, and he transferred to Schofield, who was unmarked. The winger made ground and passed to Baldwin, who had an easy shot to give Wealdstone the lead.
Golders Green tried hard to equalise and three shots came from Bucci, but they presented no difficulty to Lewis. From a free kick by F. Boston, however, Lewis dropped the ball and Golders Green missed a golden opportunity because no one had followed up to push it in. Then F. Boston came up to take a long shot, but drove over the top. Cochrane and Coleman gave some good exhibitions, but Tomlinson was not making use of the centres, mainly, it must be said, owing to the care with which Edmonds policed him.
Parr was very dangerous in Wealdstone breakaways and Hart held some good shots from him - and from Bunce and Schofield. At the other end again Coleman put in a beauty, but Lewis was ready for it. Near half-time the Golders Green failed badly and Wealdstone profited by an easy breakaway, Baldwin taking the ball close in to beat Hart.
In the second half Golders Green made the mistake of starving Breagan. Play was more even than before the interval and better distribution of the ball might have brought results. Fontana reduced the odds when, from a movement started by F. Boston, he raced through the Wealdstone defence and scored a spectacular goal, but this was the only one that came to the Green, mainly because they concentrated on the left wing - but also due to the brilliant goalkeeping of Lewis.
Ten minutes from the end Bunce scored with a hard low shot which Hart failed to reach. Cochrane went near when he slipped round Edmonds and Loveday, but Lewis went down for the ball and held it. Practically on time Wealdstone were awarded a penalty against F. Boston. Barker took the kick and drove the ball high over the bar, but the ball had been kicked before the whistle sounded and the referee ordered the kick to be taken again. This time Barker made no mistake.
The trophy was presented immediately after the match by Mr. C.E. Brady, President of Wealdstone F.C.
Lewis was playing his last game for Wealdstone, as he has now joined the Army. He was due to go last Thursday, but was given a few days' grace to enable him to play in this cup final.