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A friendly match which failed to create much excitement, although the play was above that often seen when nothing material is at stake, took place at Cricklewood-lane on Saturday, Walthamstow Grange, a Spartan League team which is going strong this season, being entertained by Hampstead Town. The home side lacked the services of R. Wardlaw, H.G.M. Barnes returning to the half-line after a lengthy absence through injuries; and the inside-right position was filled by V.F. Rowe, who took the place of S.J. Howard, who was on duty for Staines in a Spartan League match. As Howard scored five goals, it is questionable whether the change was for the better.
Taking the play throughout, it was on even lines; but had Hampstead been on anything like form they should have won. Twice they held the lead, but could only draw at two all. The visitors were a very determined lot of players, they combined well, and were quick on the ball. On the other hand, some of the Hampstead players seemed to regard the result of little consequence.
Hampstead forced the pace at the outset, when the visitors were one short, but after Wise had made some good but unsuccessful attempts Reinke helped him by some nice touches to open the scoring. It was not long before the Grange equalised, through Drummond, an error of judgment by Barnes letting the visitors through. Reinke then scored a goal which was judged to be off-side, but a little later, from Rowe's pass, he managed to give Hampstead the lead for the second time. Just on the interval the net was found by the Grange, but the referee ruled the shot went in from an off-side position.
The only goal in the second half - perhaps the best of all - was obtained for the Grange by L. Perkins. Hampstead made desperate efforts to regain the lead, and on one occasion Reinke seemed to be in a position that he could not fail to score, but the ball hit the post. There were many other attempts, but the visitors had a very sound goalkeeper in Hendry, and a strong pair of backs in Alderton and Evans, whose defence prevailed.