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Hampstead Town pleased their supporters in their opening Athenian League match at Child's-hill, on Saturday, when they defeated West London Old Boys by one goal to nil. The game was witnessed by a very large crowd, and proved thoroughly interesting and enjoyable.
The Town deserved to win by a larger margin, and would have done so but for the particularly fine defensive work of the visitors, who were well served by H. Jenner in goal. Leslie Bowker, reputed to be the finest amateur full back in London, and N. Bruce, his partner, got through a tremendous amount of work in spendid style, checkmating the efforts of the Hampstead forwards and saving their side again and again. A goalless first half fairly represented the relative strength of the teams but early in the second period G.F. Blackburn scored what proved to be the winning goal, and this player subsequently tested Jenner with other good efforts.
W.F. Winyard, who was first introduced to senior football by the Town some years ago, has returned to the club and gave complete satisfaction in goal, being well supported in defence by S. Dunstone and H.G. Baxter. G.A.W. Reeves, the Town's new centre half, is shaping well, and the whole team gave a creditable display.