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Reserves News, 1926/1927

Thursday 05 May - Reserves go down

Hampstead Reserves lost to Enfield Reserves on Saturday at Enfield by five goals to one, Hampstead's goal being scored by Harvey in the first half, at the end of which there was every prospect of the home club being given a stiff fight, as the margin in their favour was only one goal. Later, however, Enfield scored four more goals without response, but it must in fairness be said that Hampstead played throughout one short, and, further, Morrell was injured and had to retire in the second half. W. Little stood in goal, as the regular keeper could not turn out. F. Young did well in the forward line. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 5/5/1927)

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Friday 29 April - Reserves draw with Redhill

Hampstead Reserves drew one-all in their Athenian League game with Redhill Reserves at Claremont-road, Cricklewood, on Saturday. The Surrey team was lucky to get their equalising goal and Hampstead missed golden opportunities on several occasions. The shooting by the home team was erratic and there was a lot of fumbling of passes. Redhill made some good bursts, but for the greater part of the time Hampstead appeared to have the game entirely their way. Nevertheless, they were unable to score. In the first half Hampstead had the wind in their favour and opened with a strong offensive movement. Dellow sent in a clever pass which was neatly trapped by Harvey, who shot wide. Hampstead lost a number of chances early in the first half. Some splendid passes were sent from both wings, Dellow, at outside-right, especially, but the inside men sent the ball everywhere but in the net. Harvey, at centre-forward, seemed reliable and it was as much as the visiting goalkeeper could do to keep out some of his shots, which were for the most part hard and well placed. Half way through the first half Redhill retaliated and pressed the Hampstead goal, but without result. Trevers, in goal, showed himself ready for the shots and made some brilliant saves. Hampstead took the game back to the other end of the field and Harvey again got busy, sending in a beautiful shot just under the bar. The goalkeeper, however, managed to clear at the expense of a corner. After two more shots Harvey caused the crowd to catch its breath when he just failed to head a shot into the net from a nicely-taken corner by Dellow. After the interval Redhill seemed to wake up and the centre-forward sent in a clever shot from close quarters which struck the bottom of the crossbar and bounced back into play. A few seconds later the same player headed for goal, but failed. The Hampstead team had a strong defence in Trevers, Brazier and Phillips. Brazier showed his worth on several occasions in the second half when Hampstead were being pressed, getting the ball clear with strong kicks and also showing some pretty tackling tactics. The first goal of the match came from Dellow. The outside-left, Welland, took the ball down the wing and passed to the centre. The ball was travelling too fast and crossed the field to Dellow, on the opposite wing, who sent in a fine well-timed shot which had the Redhill goalkeeper beaten. The ball was taken from a difficult anle and went right across the goal-mouth and into the corner of the net. The goalkeeper had no chance of saving. Redhill attacked more strongly and the home gaol was endangered everal times. With only a few minutes to go Redhill obtained the equalising point from a neat shot by Wheatcroft, the visitors' inside-right, from a melee in the goal-mouth. Hampstead team : J.M. Trevers; L. Phillips, R.F. Brazier; F. Centa, S. Bloxham, L. Morrell; L. Dellow, E. Nash, J. Harvey, G. Bucci, C. Welland. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 29/4/1927)

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Friday 22 April - Hampstead Reserves win

Hampstead Reserves last night [Thursday 21st April 1927] beat West Norwood Reserves in the Athenian League by five goals to none at Claremont-road. The scorers were Crump (3), Rowe, and Shearcroft. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 22/4/1927, page 8)

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Friday 22 April - Loss for the reserves

With a weakened team Hampstead Reserves lost to Southall Reserves by seven goals to one at Claremont-road on Saturday. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 22/4/1927, page 11)

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Friday 15 April - Reserves gain two points

Hampstead Reserves improved their position in the Athenian League [Reserve Section] on Saturday when they entertained and defeated Summerstown Reserves by two goals to nil. Half-an-hour before the advertised time to kick-off it looked odds on the game being abandoned, but by 3.30 the rain had eased a little and the referee decided that play was possible. By way of a change Little lost the toss, and in the first half Hampstead had to kick against "the tide," for in several places the water was over the players' boot-tops. Hampstead opened in effective style, swinging the ball about with good judgment, but shooting was hard work on a water-logged ground. Rowe, Harvey and Applebee all came near to scoring, but no one succeeded in finding the net prior to the interval. After crossing over the rain ceased and in consequence the play improved, and from a long pass by Rowe, Applebee opened the score with a neat low shot. Ten minutes later Applebee put across a fine centre which the visiting goalkeeper caught, but Turner, rushing up, kicked the ball out of his hands into the net and so put Hampstead two up. The visitors appeared to get rattled after this second reverse and in losing their tempers lost any chance they may have had of saving the game. Fouls became very frequent in the last twenty minutes, both teams being in fault, and the game was rather spoilt and became very scrappy. Hampstead deserved their victory, as they played better football under very trying conditions. The team as a whole was good, Rowe and Brazier being particularly brilliant, while the half-back line was excellent, particularly in the second half. Morris, the Summerstown right-winger, who appears to be Summerstown's leading light, was completely subdued by Morrell and Brazier. Hampstead played one of their victorious junior side at right-back, and Painter is to be congratulated on his first appearance in senior football. It is hoped to include several more of these youngsters before the close of the season. During Easter the Reserves hope to obtain further points from Barking and Southall, and wind up the holiday games with a pleasant outing to Chelmsford , whom they meet in a friendly. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 15/4/1927)

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Friday 08 April - Reserves' heavy defeat

Hampstead Reserves visited Redhill on Saturday and lost by 6 goals to 1. Hampstead arrived without three of the selected team, and in consequence were a badly disorganised side. Nevertheless, the players put up quite a good show, and after 60 minutes' play were even. During the latter stages of the game the defence made several bad slips, from which Redhill profited. Twenty minutes after the start Turner missed the ball when attempting to head away, and it dropped well out of Brown's reach to put Redhill in front, and at the interval this was the only score. On commencing the second period Hampstead put in their best work, and for ten minutes were on top. During this period neat work by Wise gave Harvey a chance, which he accepted and equalised the score with a fine effort. Two minutes after this Wise unaccountedly missed with a "sitter," the greasy ball going off his foot at an angle when a goal seemed certain. Redhill then took up the attack, and throughout the later stages dominated the play. Unfortunately for Hampstead Turner completely missed the ball in a wild kick, and left Jones with an empty goal at which to shoot, Redhill again taking the lead. A few minutes later Brown let in a soft shot, and repeated the dose by allowing a fourth to go through his hands. These mistakes encouraged Redhill, and before the end they added two further goals. For Hampstead Wise and Harvey were the best forwards, while Scott and Applebee in their usual places of wing halves both played well. To-morrow the Reserves entertain Summerstown, and having previously had the better of two games hope to accomplish the hat trick. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 8/4/1927)

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Friday 01 April - Reserves' narrow win

Hampstead Reserves entertained Wood Green Reserves in the "Daily Chronicle" [Hospital] Shield, and after having 90 per cent of the game just managed to win by two goals to one. In surveying the Hampstead "Reserves" one wondered at the name "Reserves," as the team included C. Wise , F. Young, R. Brazier, W. Little (all ex-captains of the first team), also Brown, Thorlby, Applebee and Turner, who have all had considerable experience in the first team. The wonder was how they only just managed to scrape through, but it was due solely to two reasons: splendid goalkeeping by the Wood Green keeper and bad luck. During the course of the game Wise produced some of his best shooting form, but could not get the ball in the net. Each time he shot the ball either hit a post or an opponent, or else Wood Green's goalkeeper brought off a smart save. Young also hit everything except the net. Probably if the same teams met again Hampstead would reach double figures. In the opening minutes of the game Hampstead were awarded what appeared a doubtful penalty, as the ball struck an opponent on the arm, apparently by chance. Thorlby took the kick, and either by intent or accident put the ball yards wide. Ten minutes after the start a perfect pass by Wise was snapped up by Applebee, who beat the goalie with a fine shot. Five minutes later Young put Hampstead further ahead with an effort typical of this clever player. Receiving a pass from Turner he wormed his way through the defence and left the goalkeeper helpless with a neat shot. It appeared from this moment that Hampstead would over-run Wood Green, and although they continued to hover round the goal they could not again find the net. Just before the interval Wood Green made one of their few raids on the Hampstead end. White, the visiting right winger, caught Brown and Brazier hesitating, and reduced the lead. The second half was too one-sided to be really interesting, in fact, only on three occasions did Brown touch the ball, but the Hampstead forwards could not get the ball through, although they aimed at least thirty good shots at the Wood Green goal. Hampstead now enter the semi-final of this competition with high hopes of once again holding the shield. Tomorrow the Reserves visit Redhill, who at present head the Reserve Section. A good game is certain to be seen, and the home side will have to be on top form to hold the Hampstead side, whose inside forwards will be Wise, Rowe and Young, with Harvey and Applebee on the wings. (Hendon & Finchley Tmes, 1/4/1927)

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Friday 25 March - Hampstead Reserves unlucky

Hampstead Reserves enjoy no games better than those against Bromley, and Saturday's match [at Bromley] was no exception to the rule, although Hampstead were defeated by 3 goals to 2. Little won the toss, and playing with the wind and sun in their favour Hampstead at once made tracks for the Bromley goal. A good shot from Hodge was just tipped over the bar, and Centa almost forced his way through the home defence, only being pulled up when in the act of shooting. Bromley then transferred the play to the Hampstead end, and Colwell beat Brown with a splendid shot, to give Bromley the lead. Five minutes later Centa tapped through a neat pass from Applebee to equalise, and just before the interval Colwell again put Bromley ahead. The second half was mostly in Bromley's favour, but Hampstead were unlucky in not scoring on two occasions. The referee was appealed to, but ruled that the ball had not crossed the goal-line. Smith put Bromley further ahead midway through this half, but just before the close Applebee scored a second for Hampstead. Hampstead were unfortunate in having a weakened team owing to sickness and injuries, but all the players gave good displays, particularly Brown (goal), Thorlby and Morrell at half, and Hudson, Applebee and Centa of the forwards. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 25/3/1927)

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Friday 18 March - Reserves lose a semi-final

Hampstead Reserves met with defeat on Finchley's ground on Saturday, when they opposed Clevedon United in the semi-final of the London Intermediate Cup, losing by two goals to one. Hampstead have only their forwards to blame for not reaching the final, as the forwards had at least twenty easy chances of scoring, while Clevedon had about five real chances and took two of them. Hampstead won the toss and took advantage of the sun and slope during the opening half, and from the start set up strong attacks, but when it came to forcing these attacks home, the forwards were useless. On one occasion Harvey had an empty goal to shoot in, but put the ball over with a wild kick. Cruikskank was presented with an easy chance from a clever pass by Little. Then Little missed with a penalty, though Sweeting, in the "Don's" goal, was decidedly lucky in finding the ball hit his outstretched arm. Twenty minutes after the start Clevedon initiated their first dangerous attack, when their right winger beat Brazier and was finally stopped unfairly. From the resultant free kick Watts headed a fine goal to give Clevedon the lead. This lead they kept until the interval. On crossing over Clevedon had much more of the game, although Hampstead continued to have slightly the better of matters. Scores were equalised midway throughthis half, but it was Bloxham, a defender, who scored, when he beat the "Dons" goalkeeper with a shot from a free kick about 30 yards out, and the same player almost repeated the dose, but on this occasion Sweeting brought off a splendid save by tipping the ball over the bar. Hampstead again put the ball in the net, when Turner sent in a beautiful drive only to see it disallowed through another player's foolishness. Fifteen minutes from the end Clevedon got a second and what proved to be the winning goal when their right winger again got the better of Brazier and put across a beautiful centre which Gillard drove past Pettigrew. For the winners Sweeting, in goal, played a remarkably fine game and saved his side from certain defeat. Clevedon were also well served at centre-half and outside-right. Hampstead were all "O.K." from goal to the half-back line, but apart from Hudson, at outside-right, the forwards were useless, and throughout the game never once tested the opposing goalkeeper, all the dangerous shots coming from the halves and backs. Tomorrow Hampstead visit Bromley in the League, and hope to have the assistance of the old club favourite, C. Wise, and V. Rowe, and with Applebee and Centa returning to the side should capture a couple of points. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 18/3/1927)

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Friday 04 March - Reserves draw with League Leaders

Hampstead Reserves visited Summerstown Reserves, who at present lead the Athenian League table, and have only suffered one League defeat this season, and it was therefore a good performance on the part of Hampstead to run them to a draw of three goals each. The weather was terrible and it was surprising to see the teams put up such a good show of football on a ground that was ankle deep in mud. Little won the toss and decided to take advantage of the slope, and Hampstead at once took up the attack, Harvey just missing from Hudson's centre. Not to be denied, Hampstead came again, and this time were more successful, for in attempting to force a way between the backs Kemp was badly tripped, and from the resultant kick Little put Hampstead one up. Five minutes later Summerstown got on equal terms, Tucker scoring with a tame shot, Brown going down much too late to reach the ball. This goal seemed to liven up Hampstead's team, and within ten minutes they put on two more goals, Kemp forcing his way between the backs to score the first, and Hudson, taking a neat pass from Cruikshank, scored the second. What appeared to most people to be the best goal of the game was disallowed for offside five minutes later when Little put the ball through the middle for Hudson to rush up and drive in the net with a beautiful shot. Just prior to the interval Summerstown reduced the lead when Morris beat Brown for possession and put through. Half-time arrived with Hampstead leading 3-2. The second half was a real ding-dong struggle, and mid-way through it the home side equalised, Dominy beating Brown with a high shot. This was the extent of the scoring, although it was a near thing at both goals on several occasions. The game throughout was a series of exciting incidents and well worth watching, the home side doing their utmost to claim the two points to secure their place as leaders of the League, and also wipe off the defeat which Hampstead inflicted on them a few weeks ago in a Cup-tie. But the honours were really again with the visitors, for whom Brazier and V. Rowe put up a sound defence, and were ably supported by three good halves in Thorlby, Little and Morrell, the latter player being a new acquisition to the club. The forwards were in excellent mood, Harvey and Cruikshank being two clever schemers, while Palmer, Kemp and Hudson provided the dash. The latter player is a local youngster who is improving rapidly with each game. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 4/3/1927)

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Friday 25 February - Reserves' great fight

An excellent game was that between Lyons' Athletic and Hampstead Reserves on Saturday on Lyons' splendid ground at Sudbury. Both sides were strongly represented and the Reserves almost sprung a surprise win over the Spartan Leaguers. For the first twenty minutes the game was "just a friendly," but after that the teams set to work in earnest, with perhaps Hampstead the more serious. Ten minutes from the start fine play by Beedon had the Hampstead defence in a tangle, and his perfect centre left Mancy with only Pettigrew to beat, and he made no mistake. Fifteen minutes later Conell put Lyons further ahead with a fine drive. Lyons then made the big mistake of underestimating the opposition by thinking the game well won, and Hampstead, taking advantage of this, commenced to have the better of the exchanges. Just prior to the interval came the best goal of the match, in fact it was one of those goals one reads about but seldom sees. Thorlby robbed Mancy and started a lovely bout of passing with Cruikshank in which they covered three parts of the length of the field when the latter transferred to Dellow, who, unmarked, placed his centre at the feet of Hudson to score with a good shot. Both spectators and the Lyons' players applauded the play, and an official of the home club aptly described the goal as "one out of the book." Half-time arrived with Lyons leading by 2-1. On the resumption Hampstead set out to wipe off the deficit, but it was not until fifteen minutes from the end that they could pierce the home defence when Hudson, receiving a neat pass from Centa, equalised the scores with a hard drive. From then until the final whistle both sides strived hard for a winning goal and both goals had narrow escapes, Pettigrew bringing off a fine save from a shot by Beedon and Dellow missing an easy chance of giving Hampstead the lead in the last five minutes. Still, the result [of 2-2] was a fitting end to a fine game. For Lyons Beedon, at outside-right, the two backs and left-half were perhaps the stars of a good team, while for Hampstead Fred Centa, who returned after five weeks' absence through sickness, and played centre-half, was the most conspicuous figure on the field. Brazier and Shepherd were a sound pair of backs, Pettigrew, in goal, was very safe, while Thorlby and Turner, as wing halves, more than held their own against two clever wings. Of the forwards, Cruikshank and Hudson were the pick. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 25/2/1927)

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Friday 11 February - Reserves' cup victory

Hampstead Reserves visited Walthamstow Avenue Reserves in the fifth round of the London Intermediate Cup on Saturday, and after a hard typical Cup-tie Hampstead entered the semi-final, winning by three goals to two. The ground was in a very bad condition and long before the final whistle most of the players were showing distress signals. Hampstead were almost over-run in the first few minutes, as the home side opened by swinging the ball about, and only good work by Trevers, Clarke and Brazier kept the home team from scoring during the first fifteen minutes. Twenty minutes after the start a fine centre from the right allowed the Avenue inside-left to head through out of Trevers's reach. Five minutes later Cruikshank was right through when he was brought down unfairly, and from the resultant kick Clarke equalised. Within three minutes Hampstead went ahead, Hudson running in and scoring with a fine cross shot, but prior to the interval the home centre equalised the score. Soon after the change of ends Hampstead were awarded a doubtful penalty for an alleged foul on Hudson, and again Clarke was successful, and so gave Hampstead the lead again. Mid-way through this half Walthamstow were awarded a penalty for a doubtful case of hands, but Trevers brought off a fine save, just tipping the ball over the bar for a corner. For the last quarter-of-an-hour Hampstead successfully packed their goal. From a breakaway Nash should have increased the lead, but dribbled too far and was robbed of a glorious chance. Hampstead now enter the semi-final for the first time. All the players did well, particularly Trevers in goal, who brought off some very fine saves, Clarke and Brazier, at back; while Thorlby, Little and Turner were in fine trim at half. The forwards, although playing well, were not so thrustful as on the previous Saturday, Cruikshank and Hudson being the most dangerous. The former's shooting again was a feature of the game, and he was exceedingly unlucky in not finding the net (Hendon & Finchley Times, 11/2/1927)

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Friday 04 February - Reserves win at Nunhead

Hampstead Reserves were left without a competition game on Saturday, owing to Bromley being engaged in a Cup-tie, but were able to fix up an interesting friendly by a visit to Nunhead. The "Nuns" ground brough back memories of the old Avenue ground, as it was in a very muddy condition. Perhaps this helped Hampstead to easily defeat the Isthmian side, for they seemed far more at home in the mud than on the dry turf of their new home. Little won the toss and decided to take advantage of the wind and slope. Right from the kick-off Hampstead almost scored. Little robbed the home leader and sent Harvey, who had moved to the outside-left position for this game, away and from his centre Kemp gave the Nuns' goalkeeper a stinger to hold. Seven minutes from the start Cruikshank opened the score for Hampstead, while five minutes later the same player added a second with a beautiful first-time drive. Hampstead were having all the best of the exchanges and Little was unlucky to see a good drive hit the cross-bar. Before half-time they went further ahead, Nash and Kemp adding further goals, while Whithouse reduced the arrears just before the interval whistle. In the second period Nunhead were more in the picture, but Cruikshank added a fifth for Hampstead and thus completed his hat trick. Then the Nuns added two goals, and finally Kemp completed the score, Hampstead winning by 6-3. Hampstead were without Dellow, Bloxham and Centa, and in consequence had to re-arrange their team. They can therefore be congratulated on their performance. Most interest was centred around three new players on trial, Kemp, Cruikshank and Hudson, all of whom played well, and incidentally scoring five of the goals between them (Cruikshank 3, Kemp 2). The Nunhead forwards got very little change out of Hampstead's fine half-back line, for Thorlby, Little and Palmer were in their best form. Harvey and Nash formed a useful left wing. (Hendon & Finchley Times 4/2/1927)

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Friday 31 December - Reserves' two defeats

Hampstead Reserves were twice defeated during the holidays by Barnet Reserves, on Christmas morning losing at Barnet by six goals to three, and on Boxing Day losing at home by three goals to nil. On both days Barnet were the better side, but on neither occasion did the winners really play Hampstead's reserve side. The first team on both days claimed the services of seven of the reserve team, and with Thorlby absent and Dellow and Centa injured, there only remained two regular reserves in the team. Apart from the loss of four valuable points this proved a good chance to try out several local players, but unfortunately the majority did not rise to the standard of Athenian League football. Pettigrew, who kept goal on both days, played really well, and it is only the brilliance of Trevers that keeps him out of the team regularly. Of the new players only Hudson was a real success. Reg. Morgan, who returned after a long absence, played fairly well, but seemed to have lost some of his old polished football, probably through playing in inferior football. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 31/12/1926)

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Friday 24 December - Reserves win a cup-tie

The fates were unkind to Hampstead Reserves on Saturday when they visited Nosredna F.C. in the London Intermediate Cup, for although Hampstead won comfortably by three goals to nil, they were so weakly represented that they could not put up a show worthy of the club. With the first team claiming three of their best players and Evans and Dellow being unfit, they were hard pressed to field a team. Nevertheless, the players who were available played so well that they easily overcame the opposition. The home side won the toss, but Hampstead at once set up an attack in which Bucci was unlucky not to score with a good drive. Although having most of the game it was not until just prior to the interval that Bucci opened the score after a neat run through from Little's pass. After the interval Hampstead were evnen more on top and five minutes after the restart Palmer beat the defence and square-passed for Hodge to tap into an empty goal. Ten minutes later the same player neatly converted a pass from Bloxham to complete the scoring. Of the Hampstead team Thorlby, Little and Centa, the halves, were most concerned in providing the victory, as they completely dominated the home attack, and kept their own forwards plied with excellent passes. Trevers, in goal, brought off two excellent saves, but spent most of the afternoon watching, for he was too well covered by Bloxham and Turner to be greatly troubled. Of the forwards Palmer and Bucci were the pick. During the holidays the Reserves will endeavour to get points out of Barnet Reserves, but as the first team are claiming the services of several players there will be some fresh and some old faces in the team. Amongst the latter will be Frank Iles and Reg. Morgan, who will return for the holiday games. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 24/12/1926)

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Friday 17 December - Reserves unlucky

Hampstead Reserves were away to Southall [Reserves] on Saturday last, and after a good game were unfortunate to be beaten by five goals to three. Trevers (goal) and Centa (right-half) reappeared after a fortnight's absence. Hampstead played a new man in Phillips at right-back, but although doing his best was woefully out of his class, and Southall, quick to see the weak spot, took their advantage through their left wing. Bloxham had to get through a great deal of work and he came through very creditably. Southall were two goals up in the first five minutes, Adle scoring both, but Hampstead rallied, and playing fast and clever football, were soon on level terms, Evans being the scorer on both occasions. His first goal was a brilliant left-foot drive that left the Southall goalkeeper helpless. Southall soon attacked strongly and were not long in regaining the lead, Johnson scoring after Phillips miskicked. Interval arrived with Southall leading by the odd goal in five. From the kick-off Hampstead attacked strongly and Applebee brought the scores level with a fine effort, but the strain on the Hampstead defence began to tell and Bell added two further goals for Southall. Towards the end Hampstead attacked hotly and Evans was unlucky to see a fine drive hit the cross-bar, while the Southall goalkeeper twice scrambled the ball from off the goal-line, although his display during the match was very good. For Hampstead Little, at centre-half, was outstanding, his tackling and the feeding of his forwards being very clever. Evans was also a good leader. (Hendon & Finchley Times 17/12/1926)

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Friday 10 December - Fine display by Reserves

Hampstead Reserves gave another fine display on Saturday, when they entertained Bromley Reserves at Claremont-road, the home side defeating the strong Bromley side by five goals to one. Little again lost the toss and the visiting captain set Hampstead to face the sun and wind. From the kick-off the home side attacked, the visiting goalkeeper clearing when the attack looked dangerous. Bromley then put in a spell of attacking, their forwards causing the Hampstead defence much trouble until Little obtained possession and sent Palmer away on the left. Fifteen minutes from the start Hampstead opened the score, Evans tapping the ball to Dellow, who, standing unmarked, had little difficulty in finding the net. Within five minutes Bromley equalised, their centre-forward driving a centre past Pearson. From now until the interval play was of a very even nature, but Hampstead were more effective in front of goal. Harvey put the home side ahead with a splendid goal. Palmer took the ball down and drove across a hard centre, Harvey, racing up at speed, met the ball with his head and flashed it in the net. Just prior to the interval Palmer added a third from a neat pass by Evans. Crossing over with a lead of three to one Hampstead went out for further goals and Applebee added No. 4, and before the end Evans completed the home side's nap hand by tapping through a centre from Dellow. The game throughout was of the usual Bromley-Hampstead type, clean, and really clever football being seen, and the supporters showed their appreciation by cheering both sides. The referee's task was easy as there was no foul throughout the game, except for hands. For the visitors Osborne was a tower of strength, and their centre-forward and goalkeeper gave excellent displays. All the Hampstead players played well, while particular mention of Harvey, Applebee, Little and Palmer should be made. Hampstead were without the services of Centa and Trevers (injured), and Bloxham, who was assisting the first team. Tomorrow Hampstead visit Southall and with the invalids again fit should capture another two points. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 10/12/1926)

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Friday 03 December - Reserves do well

Hampstead's ground was the scene of an excellent game on Saturday, when the Reserves entertained and defeated Cheshunt Reserves by five goals to one. Several hundred spectators enjoyed the sight of Hampstead registering five goals and being full value for them all, although there was a big doubt about the second, as Palmer appeared well offside when he took a pass from Evans. Still, taking all things into account the home side suffered more from doubtful decisions than the visitors, whose solitary goal originated from an obvious foul throw in. The game was fought at a good pace and the home side were generally on top. Both sides were strongly represented, each containing players who have been more often in the first eleven than the Reserve side. Noticeable among these was Evans, who led the home forwards and was responsible for the greater effectiveness of the line. Cheshunt won the toss and Evans started the game by sending Brandom away on the left, and from the latter's return centre Evans almost scored. For twenty-five minutes the play continued in the home side's favour without any tangible result, until Evans snapped up a pass from Dellow to open the score. Five minutes later Little sent a nice pass through to Evans, but seeing Palmer better placed he at once transferred the ball for the last player to score No. 2. Cheshunt made frantic appeals for offside, but the referee stuck to his decision. Just prior to the interval Little again pushed through a neat pass to Palmer, who scored a third for Hampstead, and from now until the interval it was all Hampstead. After the change over the home side continued to have the best of matters, and a fine shot by Dellow was only stopped by a Cheshunt player's hand, and from the resultant spot kick Dellow added a fourth. Then came an unexpected goal for the visitors. From a throw-in the ball was swung across the middle and the Cheshunt centre-forward hit it hard and true ere it touched the ground and completely beat the Hampstead goalkeeper for speed and direction. Five minutes from the end Applebee took a pass from Little and, running through, added Hampstead's fifth and last goal. The game throughout was full of clever football and, played in a splendid spirit, was well worth the walk to see. All the Hampstead team played well, while special mention should be made of the halves, Little, Thorlby and Centa, the former's brainy passes making three of the goals possible. Palmer has developed into quite a utility man, as on this occasion he filled the inside-left position with considerable credit. Hampstead Reserves are settling into a useful side and keeping well up the League table. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 3/12/1926)

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Friday 26 November - Reserves get a point

Wretched weather again prevailed on Saturday when Hampstead Reserves entertained Enfield Reserves at Cricklewood. Nevertheless, a good game was witnessed, each team scoring on three occasions. Enfield won the toss and set Hampstead to face a strong wind. From the kick-off Hampstead attacked and nearly scored in the first minute, the Enfield goalkeeper bringing off a smart save from a hard drive by Palmer. Pressure was relieved by a foul on the visiting "keeper," and Enfield opened up an attack, Green taking the ball well down, and it was not until Turner rushed in and cleared with a huge kick that the danger was averted. Play continued of a ding-dong nature until fifteen minutes had passed when Irons, the Enfield inside-left, snapped up a centre from Green and beat Trevers with a fast shot. Right from the kick-off Hampstead attacked and within one minute Rickard equalised from a neat pass by Harvey. Ten minutes later Enfield again took the lead when Trevers dropped a weak shot from Cowan, the ball just crossing the line. Within a few minutes Enfield went further ahead, Irons again scoring from another of Green's perfect centres. Just prior to the interval Applebee reduced the lead with the best goal of the match, beating three opponents and then leaving the goalkeeper helpless with a fine shot. The interval arrived with Enfield leading by three goals to two. From the restart Hampstead attacked and were soon appealing for a goal, as a shot from Applebee apparently crossed the goal-line before it was cleared, but as the referee was too far out to see he gave the benefit of the doubt to the defenders. Hampstead continued to have slightly the better of the play, although Green had two gilt-edged chances of increasing the Enfield lead, but shot wide on both occasions. With ten minutes to go Hampstead equalised the scores, Applebee again running through and scoring. This ended the scoring, but in the last minute Palmer was unlucky to see a good drive hit the post and go behind. Throughout the game play was very even, with a slight advantage to the home side, the one weakness again apparent being that of lack of finishing power. For Enfield Green (outside-right) and Cowan (inside-left) were the pick. Of the Hampstead team Bloxham (back), Centa, Little and Thorlby (halves)were in good form, but the most conspicuous successes were Palmer, who moved up to outside-left, and Applebee, who reappeared in the team at inside-right. Tomorrow Hampstead entertain Cheshunt Reserves and another good game should be witnessed. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 26/11/1926)

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Friday 19 November - Shock for reserves

Hampstead Reserves received a severe shock on Saturday when they entertained Sutton [United] Reserves at Claremont-road. Having beaten Sutton on their own ground the previous week, Hampstead expected to repeat the dose, and should easily have done so as they were much the better side, but Sutton scored two goals to Hampstead's one. Sutton won the toss and set Hampstead to face the wind and rain. Right from the start Hampstead were on top but failed miserably when within range of goal, and although most of the first half was spent in the Sutton territory no goals resulted. Five minutes after the restart Hampstead went ahead, Harvey converting a good pass from Palmer. At this period it looked as though Hampstead would over-run their opponents, but many good openings were missed, and twenty minutes later Daily broke away on the Sutton left and equalised the scores. Five minutes from the end Daily again got away. Trevers ran out and in an attempt to get the ball pushed the opposing forward. The referee at once awarded a penalty, from which Daily made no mistake. In the closing minutes Hampstead had enough chances to win the game but still tried to dribble the ball in the net. For Hampstead, Bloxham, Palmer and Centa, of the defence, played well, but the forwards gave their worst display of the season. Neither Dellow nor Brandom got across a centre throughout the game, and the inside forwards should have been given a ball each, as they refused to part with it until it was taken away by an opponent. For the winners Daily, better known as the Surrey cricketer, was easily the star performer. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 19/11/1926)

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Friday 12 November - Good win for reserves

Hampstead Reserves visited Sutton United Reserves and annexed another couple of useful points, winning easily by four goals to one. Hampstead were easily the better side throughout most of the game and would have won by a more pronounced margin but for the good goalkeeping of the home custodian and the weak finishing of the Hampstead forwards. Sutton won the toss but Hampstead at once set up a strong attack, Applebee just missing with a good drive. Sutton then paid a visit to the Hampstead end but a foul on Trevers relieved the pressure, and Hampstead were on the attack again. After ten minutes play good work by Applebee and Rickard gave the latter his first chance, which he snapped up and beat the home goalkeeper with a good shot. Hampstead were having much the better of the exchanges and Applebee soon added No. 2 after a clever run through. A third goal was credited to the visitors just before half-time, when Rickard tapped the ball through from a scrimmage. For the last fifteen minutes of the second half Hampstead were literally all over the home side but failed to score until Tarrant banged through a good centre from Applebee. This fourth goal seemed to encourage the Sutton team and for the first time seemed to put some life into their movements. They set up a strong attack on the Hampstead goal and were eventually rewarded by Brown beating Trevers with a first-time shot right out of the goalkeeper's reach. Hampstead scored again but in the failing light the referee failed to see the ball enter the net and quickly return to play, and to everyone's surprise signalled the players to "play on." Hampstead also failed with a penalty, Rickard shooting just wide of the post. The Hampstead team have played many better games than this one, and seemed to be troubled by the change in the playing surface, which was for the first time this season muddy. The defence - Trevers, Bloxham and Turner - were very safe, except that the backs were inclined to play too wide apart. Little, at centre-half, was again the outstanding half on the field. Palmer improved, as he loosed the ball quicker than usual and was more accurate in his ball distribution. Of the forwards Rickard, a newcomer from the Garden Suburb club, gave quite a useful performance, his method being the successful "direct for goal" style. Applebee again showed splendid ball control and a good notion of where the goal was, but was rather inclined to overdo the footwork. Dellow proved that he is a good winger, sending across some fine centres. Tarrant, although doing some good work, appeared hardly at home at inside forward. To-morrow Sutton pay their return visit to Hampstead and the home team should manage to get another two points, as the side should be stronger than that which won last Saturday. It is hoped that a large crowd will gather at Claremont-road to encourage the Reserve side, who are climbing well up the League table. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 12/11/1926)

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Friday 05 November - Reserves draw with Windsor

Hampstead Reserves entertained Windsor and Eton Reserves in the Athenian League on Saturday, and an exciting game ended in a draw of two goals each. The first half was fought out in strenuous style, without any goals being scored, Little, for Hampstead, and McKeown, for Windsor, came within inches of giving their side the lead. Right from the restart Windsor went clean through the Hampstead defence without a home player touching the ball to open the score, McKeown being left with only Trevers to beat from close range. Ten minutes later Windsor increased the lead with a rather lucky goal. Rowe headed the ball in the air and as it came down the wind, by one of its curious tricks, took the ball onto the far post and it just trickled over the line out of everyone's reach. Being two goals down did not suit the Hampstead players and they set out to reduce the lead, and simply overwhelmed Windsor. Fine combined work by Harvey and Brandom led to the former scoring with a beautiful drive, but it was not until close to the finishing time that Applebee equalised the scores with a fine shot. Hampstead were slightly the better side, and should have had a good lead in the first half, but their shooting was faulty. Trevers, Tarrant and Bloxham were sound in defence, while the halves, Centa, Little and Palmer, were superior to the Windsor line. Of the Hampstead forwards Brandom and Harvey formed a clever left wing, and Dellow, at outside-right, played cleverly. Applebee, a new-comer, gave a useful performance, and should prove a valuable acquisition to the club. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 5/11/1926)

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Friday 29 October - Reserves lose at Kingston

Hampstead Reserves paid their return visit to Kingstonian Reserves on Saturday, and the home team took their revenge for the defeat Hampstead inflicted on them a couple of weeks ago, winning a good game by three goals to nil. Hampstead were unfortunate in being without the services of Little, Cobb, Thorlby and Coleman, all of whom were unfit, their places being filled by Broadbridge, Costello, Tarrant and Currie. Kingston won the toss and set off at a terrific pace, so much so that the home supporters were shouting "We want eight," but they found the Hampstead defenders - Trevers, Bloxham and Turner - rare stoppers, and it was not until after twenty minutes that they managed to pierce the defence, and then only with an element of luck, as all the Hampstead defenders appealed for hands, Cotterell beating Trevers from close range. Just prior to the interval Ford increased the lead after Trevers had partly saved a hot shot from the same player. After the interval Hampstead set up a strong attack and had the best of the exchanges throughout this period but failed in front of goal, both Brandom and Currie missing easy chances. During the closing stages Ford scored the third and best goal of the game, dropping the ball well out of Trevers' reach. For Hampstead Tarrant was the outstanding player, while Trevers, Bloxham and Harvey were good. Broadbridge, who was being asked to perform a big task in subduing Ford, the clever Kingston centre, gave quite a useful performance, and with more experience promises to become a class player. It is hoped that most of Hampstead's cripples willl be fit for the home game with Windsor tomorrow (Saturday) as the locals have a defeat to wipe out. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 29/10/1926)

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Friday 22 October - Reserves' first defeat

Hampstead Reserves met with their first defeat in the Athenian League on Saturday, when they visited Windsor and Eton, the home side winning by three goals to nil. Although the score appears decisive Hampstead were very little inferior to the winners, and but for their weakness in shooting would probably have come away with a point. Most of the shots that reached the Windsor goalkeeper came from Hampstead's half-backs, Little, in particular, shooting well on several occasions. Hampstead had the better of the opening exchanges, and Harvey just missed with a good header. The home side then took up the attack and gave Trevers a warm ten minutes, but no goals were scored until after 30 minutes play, when a Hampstead defender brought down the home centre unfairly, and the official judged that it was in the area. From the resultant kick Windsor took the lead. After the change of ends Windsor had the better of the game and scored two further goals, the second from a free kick on the penalty line, which a misunderstanding between the Hampstead defence allowed to travel into the net. Although Hampstead were not in such an aggessive mood as last week most of the team played well, Bloxham, Butler, Little and Harvey being the pick. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 22/10/1926)

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Friday 15 October - Reserves inflict first loss on K's

Hampstead Reserves opened their home programme, before a very poor attendance, by entertaining the unbeaten Kingstonian Reserves, and inflicted on them their first defeat of the season by one goal to nil. Hampstead were represented by a very strong side, which included H. Cobb, who last season assisted the first team, and A.E. Sullivan, who has been playing for Brentford's Combination side. The home side opened in good style. Butler and Sullivan, settling down together, soon had the Kingston defence in a tangle, and from the former's centre Harvey forced Coe to concede a corner. Next Brandom rounded the Kingston defence and Coe had to punch out his shot, only to see Cobb fire it back and just miss the posts. The game then settled down to a ding-dong battle, with both sides playing good football, although the strong wing spoiled many good moves. The interval arrived with the score sheet still blank. On the resumption Hampstead again took up the attack, and after having the best of matters for ten minutes Cobb lobbed the ball behind the Kingston defence, and Harvey, running through, left the goalkeeper helpless with a pretty shot, and so scored what proved to be the only goal of the game. After this it was regrettable to see the Kingstonian players lose their heads and tempers, and in the remaining portion of the game they were continually penalised for unfair tactics. By this means they spoiled what would have been one of the best games so far seen on the new ground. All the Hampstead team played really well, and to single out any player for particular praise would be unfair to the rest of the team. Trevers, who kept a splendid goal, unfortunately met with a nasty accident in the last minute, receiving an injury to his face which necessitated four stitches, but it is hoped he will be fit for tomorrow's game. Bloxham and Turner were a good pair of backs, while the half line, Thorlby, Little and Palmer, were superior to the Kingston trio, Little completely subduing the clever Kingston centre. Butler, Sullivan, Cobb, Harvey and Brandom were a good forward line, and continually worried the visitors' defence. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 15/10/1926)

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Friday 08 October - Reserves win at West Norwood

Hampstead Reserves continued to show improved form when they visited and defeated West Norwood Reserves in the Athenian League (Reserve Section) by five goals to three. Hampstead appear to make a practice of going off with a big rush, and in this game simply swamped their opponents in the first twenty minutes, and from a centre by Thorlby, Harvey headed a fine goal. Hampstead held this lead until just prior to the interval, when the Norwood centre-forward beat Trevers with a capital shot. After the interval Hampstead again went off at a terrific pace, and within thirty minutes added four further goals. First Brandom tapped through a centre from Butler, then Brewer headed through from Brandom's centre. Brandom added a fourth by cutting in and shooting well out of the goalkeepers' reach, and Harvey completed Hampstead's nap with a fine individual effort. After this the Hampstead defence made the big mistake of under-estimating their opponents, and the whole of the West Norwood forward line was often left unmarked. Taking advantage of this, the home forwards twice reduced the lead, the result standing at 5-3 in Hampstead's favour. The game was fought out at a good pace, and was a real sporting encounter. Trevers, in the Hampstead goal, made some good saves, and had no chance with the three that beat him. Bloxham and Turner at back worked hard, but made the mistake of playing too far apart. Thorlby and Little were good halves, while the best forward on the field was Harvey, at inside-left, although both wingers, Brandom and Butler, were brilliant in the second half. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 08/10/1926)

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Friday 01 October - Athenian League point gained

Hampstead Reserves opened their Athenian League programme on Saturday with a visit to Cheshunt Reserves, and although they were successful in bringing away a point gave a very poor display. Kicking with the wind and slope in their favour in the first half, Hampstead monopolised the play, and only on four occasions did Cheshunt get dangerous, and on three of those they scored, while Hampstead only managed to get the ball into the home net on two occasions. In the second half Hampstead played more effective football, and midway through this half Brandom equalised the scores. Of the Hampstead team only Little played up to standard, and he was unlucky in not scoring on several occasions. Trevers, in goal, had little to do, but could not be blamed for the shots that beat him. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 1/10/1926)

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Friday 24 September - Reserves win friendly

Hampstead Reserves visited Stonebridge on Saturday to play the Altimara club in a friendly. What would have been a good game was spoilt by the terrible playing pitch, and the players were afraid to go all out, as some broken or sprained ankles would have resulted. The ground is certainly no credit to the Willesden Council, to whom it belongs. Hampstead were on top throughout the game, and the score of 2-1 in their favour does not represent in any way the play. Five minutes after the start Reinke met a fine centre from Butler and beat the home goalkeeper. Ten minutes later Reinke again scored, taking a neat pass from Coleman and sending in one of his red-hot drives. At the interval Hampstead were two up, but the home side had to thank their goalkeeper that they were not more in arrears, for he brought off some splendid saves. The second half was played with Hampstead going at half speed, and in consequence Altimara came more into the picture. Midway through Pusey scored with a fine drive. Although many good shots were fired at the home goalkeeper no further goals were scored. Apart from the ground it was a splendid game to watch, both teams playing in the spirit which keeps football the premier game. For Altimara Pusey, at centre-forward, was in a class by himself, and had the rest of the team been up to his standard Hampstead would have had a warm time. For Hampstead Reinke and Butler were the pick of the forwards, while all three halves, Harris, Little and Morris were good. Trevers, Tarrant and Bloxham were a good defence. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 24/9/1926)

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Friday 17 September - Reserves beaten on the post

Hampstead Reserves visited Kingstonian Reserves in the All Saints' Hospital Cup and in a most exciting and interesting game were beaten by four goals to one. For eighty minutes Hampstead were on level terms, but eight minutes from the end Kingston took the lead and added two more goals. Hampstead won the toss and had the advantage of the wind, but ten minutes from the start Ford (for Kingston) put the ball well out of Trevers' reach. Five minutes later Reinke gave Coleman a beautiful pass which the latter player banged in the net, and so equalled the scores. Hampstead were decidedly unlucky a few minutes later in not taking the lead when a fine first-time drive by Coleman hit a defender with the goalkeeper well beaten. The teams crossed over with the score at one all, and a ding-dong battle ensued, both defences being very sound. During this period Hampstead had an added disadvantage for the sun came out and shone brilliantly in their faces, and it was chiefly due to this that Kingston took the lead, for a Hampstead defender completely missed the ball and left Ford with only Trevers to beat. This was eight minutes from the end, and the whole Hampstead team went up to attack and try to get the equaliser. Reinke bundled the home goalkeeper over and three Hampstead players had a shot, but each time hit a defender. Then from a big clearance the Kingston forwards raced away and had little or no defence to beat and added a third. With the last kick of the game Ford added a fourth and incidentally completed his hat trick. Hampstead were well served in most positions, but none better than Trevers (goal) and Little (centre-half), these players being particularly prominent. Tarrant and Margetts, at back, were very sound. Reinke, Weaver and Coleman were the pick of the forwards - the latter player is Hampstead's latest local recruit, and if he reproduces Saturday's form will be a great acquisition to Hampstead, as he is a particularly fine shot. The Reserves now appear to be settling into a strong side and with the return of Butler and the introduction of another inside-forward will give a good account of themselves. (Hendon & Finchley Times 17/9/1926)

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Friday 10 September - Reserves lose at Cray

Hampstead Reserves met with a severe reverse when they visited Cray Wanderers in a friendly on Saturday. Unfortunately they had to make eight changes from the previous week's successful side owing to injuries in both teams, and most of the newcomers failed to keep their end up against a strong London League side. For the first twenty minutes it appeared as if Hampstead would over-run their opponents, but then an unfortunate accident to Broadbridge weakened the team. It was while this player was lying injured with two other players attending him that Ware opened the score for Cray, and when five minutes later the homesters were allowed another doubtful goal it was all over with Hampstead. At the interval Cray led with these two goals and the climax came when just after the resumption Bloxham foolishly handled in the "area," and Cray were three up. It was now all Cray with the Hampstead players chasing hopelessly about the field, and only the fine goalkeeping of Trevers kept the score down. Perry added a fourth just before the end. Hampstead were very badly served by their inside forwards, while the halves were too slow, Palmer being the only half to play at all well. Butler and Weaver on the extreme wings were excellent, but usually had to fetch the ball instead of being fed. The most prominent player on the side was Trevers in goal, in fact he was the star player on the field, and received many ovations from a fairly large crowd. For tomorrow's cup-tie against Kingstonian Resserves Hampstead hope to have the assistance of several prominent forwards and expect to give a good account of themselves. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 10/9/1926)

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Friday 03 September - Reserves start with win

Hampstead reserve side opened their season with a fine win by beating Leagrave and District F.C. by 6 goals to 3. The Leagrave team put up some good performances in the Amateur Cup last season, particularly when they drew with Leytonstone on the Londoners' ground, and it appeared that Hampstead Reserves had taken on a stiff proposition in visiting them, but so well did the reserves acquit themselves that they were good value for their win. Ten minutes after the start Leagrave opened the score, Osborne beating Brown with a good drive. Nash soon put Hampstead on level terms. Taking a pass from Palmer he ran through and beat the home goalkeeper. Leagrave again took the lead a few minutes later when Veran shot while Brown was unsighted, the ball passing just wide of the goalkeeper into the net. Before the interval Hampstead took the lead, Evans scoring two fine goals, the first being a beautiful centre from Fencham's centre. Half-time: Hampstead 3, Leagrave 2. After the interval Hampstead had the best of matters, and Evans soon completed his hat trick and then added his fourth from a splendid centre by Dellow. Nash added the sixth and final goal for Hampstead. Just before the end Tarrant unfortunately diverted a centre through his own goal, to complete the score of 6-3 in Hampstead's favour. Hampstead's team included seven new recruits, Brown (goal), Isherwood (half) and Fencham (forward), all from the Luton district; Valentine and Palmer from Hendon Town; Dellow (outside-right) from S.T.D.; and Evans from Burlington. All played really well. The team was completed by Tarrant, Turner, Nash and Weaver, all last season's players. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 3/9/1926)

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