Covid-19: Supporters are starting to be readmitted to games where possible. However, all clubs have varying procedures to be followed. Please always check ticketing details and other requirements on our news pages and also with the host club before travelling.
After their decisive defeat of Barnet in the Middlesex Senior Cup, Hampstead Town did not appear to be faced with an insuperable task in wresting Athenian League points from Windsor and Eton at Cricklewood-lane, although the Royal borough had escaped defeat in their two previous visits, and in November last, at Windsor, had effected a draw of three goals all. The game on Saturday proved once again that the clubs were evenly matched, and although on this occasion Hampstead Town won a well-deserved victory by three goals to one Goodwin, in the home goal, was called upon to do a large amount of work, and it was largely due to his brilliant display that the home side emerged victorious.
There were two changes in the Hampstead team. S. Dimmock, a junior from Sudbury Institute, who made a favourable impression in his first game for Hampstead Reserves the previous week, was introduced at centre-half, neither Lewis Smith nor H.G.M. Barnes being available; and V.F. Rowe, a prominent member of the Wimbledon club until this season, during which he has been assisting Brentford, played at inside-right. F.G. Young, who formerly filled the position, has a troublesome injury to his thigh muscles, and may have to rest for several weeks. Both Dimmock and Rowe performed well, although the latter had to retire early in the second half owing to a slight injury. In the hope of being able to perform slight service he changed places with Irwin, but it was evident that he was quite unfit to remain on the field.
In the first half Hampstead were more assertive than Windsor in attack, and there were many fierce onslaughts on the goal. Anger, who was a substitute for Fardell, the visitors' regular custodian, however, did well, while Float was in particularly good form. During the first twenty-five minutes Hampstead forced several corners without result. Wise was dead on the spot in shooting, and also gave Smith some excellent chances; while on the other wing Rowe and Irwin combined well, although the new man was terribly handicapped by ground conditions, which could hardly have been worse. From a point nearly on the halfway line Dimmock sent in a shot which gave the appearance of having been effective, and it must have missed by inches only. The first goal for Hampstead was obtained by Wise, who headed in from Irwin's centre. The second goal was obtained soon after through Seabrooke. The movement that led to this point was initiated by Rowe, who so placed the ball that Wise almost headed through. Anger cleared the ball, but not well enough to prevent Seabrooke, who was well up, from completing the movement. Hampstead continued to have the better of the game, but could not score again before the interval. Irwin had one fine opportunity, but shot so wildly that he seemed to hold his head in shame, but we observed a smile. The state of the ground, however, excused much. One player certainly revelled in the mud, and that was Harris, who has seldom played better. Hesitancy in shooting spoilt many good chances for the visitors, but Goodwin was frequently troubled, one of his best clearances being made after Iles, who is developing well at right back, made rather a bad slip in the goal region.
In the second half Windsor appeared in a somewhat better light, but failed to reduce the margin, both sides getting one goal. The first fell to the visitors, through Coward, who was easily their best forward; but Hampstead re-established the two goals' lead from a penalty kick, taken by Wise, following a rather bad foul on Seabrooke. Some good efforts were made by Norris, late of Slough, who had proved an unusually prolific goal getter, but on this occasion he failed to find the net. He was unlucky with some of his shots, but on one occasion, when he had a clear course, he had only himself to blame.
It is impossible for players to do themselves justice under the conditions that have prevailed for some weeks on the Hampstead ground, and having regard to the circumstances both teams in this match are deserving of credit. On the form shown by Windsor it is surprising that nine of their sixteen games in the League have been lost.