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Hampstead opened their campaign in the Athenian League on the well-appointed ground of the Bromley Club. They returned with honours divided - one goal all, and with this result they should be satisfied, for on the run of the play Bromley were slightly the better team. Weak shooting cost the home side a point. Towards the end of the game Hampstead showed excellent combination and much of the cleverness that won them so many matches last year, and judging by their display on Saturday, it is fairly safe to suume that they will play a conspicuous part in the competition this season. One or two old faces were missing, notably H.H. Allwright in the defence, but the newcomers are full of promise. W.F. Winyard in goal made some remarkable saves, and at right-half G.S. Powell showed excellent form.
Neither side could feel proud of its goal. That obtained by Bromley in the first half was what one of the Hampstead supporters called "a rotter". Dunstone, when pressed, passed back to the goalkeeper, but Winyard having left his charge upon scenting danger, the ball passed into an untenanted goal. Bromley should have scored another, as they had the advantage of a penalty-kick for a foul on Mayhew, the brilliant outside left, but Warren hit the cross-bar. No such mistake was made with the "penalty" given to Hampstead in the second half, through a home back punching out of goal, Mallett giving the goalkeeper no chance.
For a short time Blackburn was hors-de-combat, and upon resuming operated for a little while at outside left. He was not at his best in the first half, but towards the end he was a power in the team, while Mallett put in some good work on the extreme right. Both sides were troubled by the liveliness of the ball. Dunstone seldom goes through a game without requiring some attention from the first-aid corps. It was so on Saturday, but he quickly recovered, and again saved his side from danger.