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Match Report

Hendon
2
Sutton United
2
Date:
Saturday 08 March 1930
Competition:
Athenian League
Attendance:
Unknown
Venue:
TBA

Match Report

By drawing at two goals all with Sutton United at Claremont Road, Hampstead repeated their performance against Enfield the previous week. Their last league victory dates back to January 11. In midfield they were intimately superior to Sutton, particularly in the first half, but once again the dearth of forwards who could score was pronounced.

From a spectacular point of view nothing could have been finer than Hampstead, work until they get near the goal-mouth, when there was comparative failure. The team worked with clockwise precision. Passes were well-timed, and the ball was kept beautifully low. Saggers, the new inside-right from Tufnell Park, soon settled down, and one hoped for great things from the attack. We were disappointed, but things might have been worse, as Sutton took the lead when the second half was well advanced and were getting strong. There was relief when Moore got the equalising goal.

Sutton United have made many changes in their team this year, but the defence had not been greatly altered, and it was largely through the work of the rear divisions that the visitors got one point.

Hampstead were unfortunate in not being able to play Bucci, who has been troubled with water to the knee, and his place was filled by G.Trevers, who did credibly, although he showed a weakness in supporting his wing, Bucci was undoubtedly missed.

Smith returned to captain the Hampstead side. He was not overtaxed during the opening half, but afterwards his best was called for. He had practically no chance with the two shots with which Marlow scored. In the first case the ball hit the upright and went well out of his reach. There was not that protection for the goalkeeper that Shortland and Wilton usually give, and there was more than one occasion when the Sutton forwards had clear openings. Johnson again gave a good display at centre-half. Saggers should prove a useful man as he has played in good-class football. Every man in the forward line worked hard. Gardner seemed bent on putting Hampstead once more on the winning track, but it was case of love's labour lost.

Limbury got his reward for much good work when his shot broke the net, and this led to some doubt whether a goal had actually been scored. But the referee was well on the spot. Limbury should have scored more goals, but one thing in his favour was that he distributed the ball nicely. As already stated, Moore got Hampstead's second goal, and one was glad to see him do so, because he has not been particularly happy of late. There was certainly some improvements in his play, but it was still far short of the high standard he has set up for himself. It is hoped that Sherman will soon be at work again on Hampstead's right. The club has done little since his enforced absence through injury.

Johnson was conspicuous in the early stages for much clever work, which brought forth many encouraging expressions, and the forwards could not complain of being inadequately supported. A big score seemed imminent, the front line quickly settling down and working with cohesion. Limbury gave some nice passes to the wings, and Saggers often helped Gardner to get across good centres. The Sutton goal had some remarkable escapes. Butland missed the crossbar by inches and when one of the visiting backs ballooned the ball in the danger zone a goal looked imminent.

Moore showed glimpses of his old shooting powers and once he had very hard luck, Bedford just managing to tip the ball over the bar. Butland had one or two gilt-edged chances, and the run of the play can be gauged from the fact that Sutton did not get a corner kick until just before half time. Sutton had a surprisingly easy spell, the Sutton forwards never giving the impression that they would cause trouble. Just on half-time Limbury got through, but was given offside and no goal had been registered on crossing over. On the run of play Hampstead should have been leading by two or three goals.

Play was much more even in the second half, but it deteriorated in character. Sutton being twice penalised for dealing with Moore unfairly just outside the penalty area. Hampstead's first goal came at the end of fifteen minutes, it being the outcome of a hot attack in which Young was injured, but no seriously as to cause him to retire. Limbury got to the goal with a terrific shot which left Bedford helpless. This roused Sutton to a sense of danger and after that they were the better side. Marlow equalised at the end of twenty five minutes and although Butland made a fine effort to restore Hampstead's lead which a shot that hit the crossbar, Marlow put Sutton in front, the backs affording Smith no protection. Just on time Hampstead succeeded in equalising, Moore being responsible for the finishing touch, but it was a goal for which he could only take a small part of the credit.

Report by Hendon Times & Guardian

Hampstead

1
Sid Smith
2
Jimmy Shorland
3
J Wilton
4
Freddy Young
5
F Johnson
6
G Trevers
7
Vic Gardner
8
C Saggers
9
S Limbury
10
Bill Butland
11
Stan Moore

Match Events

Stan Moore
S Limbury
R Marlow
R Marlow

Sutton United

1
T Bedford
2
E Mason
3
A Hance
4
B Harris
5
F Poole
6
W Shepherd
7
G Astle
8
H Lewis
9
R Marlow
10
S Skinner
11
A Mason