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Match Report

Hendon
1
Uxbridge Town
1
Date:
Saturday 05 December 1925
Competition:
Athenian League
Attendance:
Unknown
Venue:
Hampstead Town

Match Report

Although they had by far the better of the game, Hampstead Town had to share League honours with Uxbridge Town on Saturday, the visitors' goal in the last minute earning them one point. A goal-less draw was the result on the same ground last season. This is the first League point Hampstead have dropped at home since August and the result was disappointing.

Yates and Allwright are old-time Hampstead players, and the left-back took a fair share of the honours. The game, played on a frost-bound ground, provided a great struggle, and happily, while all entered into the contest with great spirit there were no accidents, although one or two of the men at the close showed signs of having fallen heavily. The forwards were unable to do themselves justice, the ball playing all sorts of pranks, while the slippery nature of the ground made shooting very difficult.

In the first half Hampstead had some lovely opportunities, mainly provided by Cousins' accurate centres. From one of these Wise found the net, but was adjudged off-side. At the other end Goodwin did well to save at the expense of a corner from Alford, while from a corner Hills, the tall centre-half, who was always in the limelight, hit the post. Morrison also sent in a wonderful shot from long range which Goodwin did well to tip over the bar. Following good work with Cousins, Reinke was getting dangerously near goal when he was brought down, and there were loud calls for a penalty kick, but after consulting his linesmen, the referee ruled against Hampstead, and threw the ball up. Just on half-time Wise sent in one of those powerful shots for which he has earned a name, and Clark, the Uxbridge goalkeeper, could rest satisfied with himself that when the whistle blew for half-time nothing had been scored.

In the second half Hampstead pressed strongly, Ball being very effective except now and again in the finishing stages, while Wise had a good deal of hard luck. Twenty minutes after crossing over Hampstead were granted a penalty kick for hands, but Pease shot over the crossbar, a very poor attempt, although some of the Uxbridge players, annoyed at the decision by the referee, seemed disinclined to give fair play to Hampstead's temporary captain. Two corners then fell to Hampstead, without result. Occasionally Uxbridge broke away, one of the best efforts being by Beckford, at outside-left. The game was nearing the end when Reinke converted a nice centre from Ball, but the jubilation of the home supporters was short-lived, Hunt scoring for Uxbridge in the last minute from a free kick for hands, taken by Hills.

Uxbridge owe much to their defence, particularly Clark and Allwright, for their one point, and of the forwards Hunt was the pick. Hampstead's defence was also good, Brazier giving one of his best displays. Notwithstanding the failure to score more than once, the forwards did better work than in several previous games when they have found the net more often.

Report by Hendon & Finchley Times

Hampstead Town

1
Ernie Goodwin
2
R S Clarke
3
Ron Brazier
4
A Thorlby
5
Harold Pease
6
Bert Barnes
7
Sid Cousins
8
Sam Howard
9
Oscar Reinke
10
Cecil Wise
11
F H Ball

Match Events

84''
Oscar Reinke
A J Hunt
89''

Uxbridge Town

1
G Clark
2
J Shaw
3
H H Allwright
4
E J Ashby
5
W F Hills
6
J Morrison
7
A J Hunt
8
W C Fulford
9
B Alford
10
F A Yates
11
W F Beckford