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Reserves News, 1927/1928

Friday 11 May - Reserves draw

In the [Reserve Section] of the Athenian League Hampstead Reserves drew with Barking [Town] Reserves (two all) at Claremont-road. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 11/05/1928)

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Friday 04 May - Bromley Reserves beaten

On Wednesday night, at Claremont-road, Hampstead Reserves beat Bromley Reserves by five goals to none. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 04/05/1928, page 8)

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Friday 04 May - Reserves lose to K's

At Claremont-road on Saturday, in the Reserve Section of the Athenian League, Hampstead Reserves lost to Kingstonian Reserves by two goals to one. Hampstead's goal was obtained by Thorlby from a free kick. Newman scored for the visitors, their other goal coming off Smith, the Hampstead back. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 04/05/1928, page 11)

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Friday 20 April - Reserves fall to Finchley

[N.B. Report written from a Finchley perspective.] Finchley Reserves entertained Hampstead Reserves in a friendly at the Gun Station on Saturday and defeated them by 4-3. The game was fairly even, a feature being the fact that six of the seven goals were scored against the wind. Hampstead had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half, but at the interval Finchley led by 3-0. In the second half Hampstead scored three times, while Finchley netted only once. The wind spoiled good football, but the defence was stronger than the attacking portion of the team, which did not combine well. Golding was given a place in the first team, and Robin, a new player, was brought in to complete the line. Fry, the centre-forward, has played for the Reserves on previous occasions, but does not shape too well as leader of the attack. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 20/4/1928)

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Friday 13 April - Reserves opponents fail to show

A fixture had been arranged with Uxbridge Reserves, [to be played on Easter Monday morning at Claremont-road,] but the visitors failed to put in an appearance. This may probably have been due to the fact that recently changes have been made in the Uxbridge executive. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 13/4/1928)

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Friday 13 April - Reserves beat Summerstown

On Saturday Hampstead Reserves beat Summerstown Reserves at Claremont-road by five goals to one. Potter opened the score for Hampstead from a pass by McCall. Dempster got the second, and Wilson scored the third from a neat pass by Potter. The best shot of the match was the fourth goal, which was scored by Wilson from thirty yards' range. Thus the Reserves crossed over with a clear four-goal lead. Five minutes after the restart Dempster got Hampstead's fifth after a very fine run. Play was more even now. Martin, playing in goal for Hampstead, made two very fine saves, but was finally beaten by Summerstown's inside-right, O'Hara. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 13/4/1928)

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Friday 13 April - Reserves lose to Leyton

Hampstead started the Easter programme badly by [their Reserves] losing at home to Leyton Reserves, although the margin against them was only one goal. The score was 4-3 in Leyton's favour. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 13/4/1928)

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Friday 06 April - Reserves draw with Windsor

At Claremont-road, Hampstead Reserves drew with Windsor and Eton Reserves after being two goals down at the interval. They must be congratulated upon their good fight in the second half, for they had been deprived of the services of Bloxham, who was so overcome by the terrible conditions under which the game was played that he could scarcely stand. Other players were affected to a lesser extent, and the referee had a mind to abandon the game. He would probably have done so had the officials not expressed a desire that if possible it should be finished. The Hampstead forwards were most remiss in the first half, Turner, in the unaccustomed position of centre-forward, missing one or two gilt-edged chances. Mansell, at outside-right, scored both goals for Windsor, and in the second half Wilson and McCall were successful for Hampstead. Hampstead team :- Trevers; Bloxham, Bucci; Bishop, Little, McCall; Applebee, Wilson, Turner, Potter, Stevens. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 6/4/1928)

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Friday 30 March - Reserves demolish Uxbridge

[Report is about 50% unreadable owing to a poor quality photocopy. As much as possible has been extracted or inferred.] On Saturday last Hampstead Reserves visited Uxbridge and put up a very fine show in beating Uxbridge Town [Reserves] by seven clear goals. The performance was all the more meritorious as Uxbridge had three or four of their first team players included in their side, the premier eleven not having a game. Potter opened the score for Hampstead from a neat pass by Wilson. Uxbridge attacked, and Trevers brought off a fine one-handed save from the opposing centre-forward. Levy doubled the score after a very fine run that began near the half-way line. Applebee scored after good work by Potter, and the same player got the fourth from a pass by Thorlby, thus Hampstead changed over with a four-goal lead. [?? got] the fifth after a fine run through, then [??] getting No. 6, and Applebee completed the scoring after fine work by Potter. [Final sentence mostly unreadable, and omitted.] (Hendon & Finchley Times, 30/3/1928)

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Friday 09 March - Reserves just lose

Hampstead Reserves visited Windsor and were defeated by four goals to three. Turner, who was playing at centre-forward, opened the score for Hampstead after 10 minutes' play. Windsor then attacked and drew level, and gained the lead just before half-time. Hampstead, after the interval, put on two goals in quick succession, both being scored by Turner. Windsor were awarded a penalty for an infringement by Bucci, apparently noticed by no one but the official in charge, from which they drew level, and from a breakaway just before the final whistle blew Windsor scored the winning goal, whilst Hampstead were a man short. Bishop was injured and had to go on the wing. For Hampstead Sear and McCall played well, as also Turner, who, in his new position, shot at every available opportunity. The Windsor goal-keeper was outstanding for his side. Hampstead :- Trevers; Little, Bloxham; Thorlby, Bishop, McCall; Sear, Wilson, Turner, Bucci, Potter. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 9/3/1928)

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Friday 02 March - Another drawn game

After promising to obtain a fairly easy win, Hampstead Reserves could only draw wth Redhill Reserves (two goals each) at Claremont-road on Saturday. In the first-half they had much the better of the game, and would have been three or four goals up but for an exceptionally fine display by Good in the Redhill goal. At one time he saved in succession four shots either of which might have beaten him without any reflection upon his work. Soon after the start Howe, at centre-forward, missed an open goal for Hampstead, and before the home eleven had been completed (Bucci was pressed into service at the last minute) Basson, at centre-forward, scored for Redhill. Bishop, playing excellently at centre-half, equalised, and before the interval Lawrence scored another fine goal. The home team worked together well in this half, a feature being the cleverness of Lippiatt at outside-left. In the second half a complete change came over the game. Howe, who had given indications of being an acquisition, could do nothing right, and the barracking from a corner of the ground did not help him to do better. Eventually he was taken off the field after colliding with the goal-keeper. The only goal scored in this half was from a penalty kick taken by Long, who was at right-back for Redhill. Heavily built, Long, though playing a perfectly clean game, seemed to strike terror into the hearts of some of the Hampstead boys. Trevers kept a good goal, and thanks to him Hampstead shared the spoils. Hampstead :- Trevers; Bloxham, Bucci; Turner, Bishop, McCall; Greene, Lawrence, Howe, Potter, Lippiatt. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 2/3/1928)

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Friday 24 February - Good win by reserves

Hampstead Reserves accomplished a good performance by beating Leyton Reserves, at Walthamstow, by four goals to three. Leyton led at the interval by three goals to one, Hampstead's goal being scored by Wilson from a pass by Potter, and the score remained in that state until ten minutes from the end. Then Hampstead put on three goals (Greene 2 and Potter), and thus brought off an unexpected but well-deserved victory. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 24/2/1928)

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Friday 17 February - Reserves draw with Enfield

Hampstead Reserves drew with Enfield Reserves at Claremont-road. No goals were scored. The previous match at Enfield yielded a dozen, of which Hampstead got three, so that Enfield have got the better of the exchanges. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 17/2/1928)

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Friday 20 January - Reserves lose to Sutton

Hampstead Reserves met Sutton Reserves on the Claremont-road ground and were beaten by 6 goals to 3 in an interesting game. The visitors were stronger in their tackling and kicking and these factors, which suited the heavy going, alone earned them the victory, for Hampstead were the more polished side. The newcomers in the Hampstead team - Saunders at centre-forward, who scored, and Lippiatt at outside-left - both did well. Hampstead's other goals wre scored by G. Bucci and W. Little (from a penalty). (Hendon & Finchley Times, 20/1/1928)

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Friday 13 January - Reserves' good win

Showing improved form on some of their recent displays, and with some new talent, Hampstead Reserves secure two well-needed Athenian League points on Saturday at the expense of Southall Reserves. From the outset it could be seen that Southall were by far the heavier team, but on the run of play Hampstead , with their lighter forward line, should, with a little luck, have scored five or six goals. Southall were the first to score after some twenty minutes' play, a well-placed centre from the right wing being partially saved by Trevers, only for Munday, the Southall centre-forward, to open the scoring. Half-time arrived with Hampstead one down. In the second half Hampstead made headway, but after Southall had had a goal disallowed for offside they increased their lead through Hall. This seemed to rouse Hampstead, for within two minutes Potter scored from a right wing centre by Wilson. From now on the game was in Hampstead's favour and after Dewey, the left-half, had equalised with a beautiful shot from some ten yards out, Howe, Hampstead's centre-forward, completely deceived the Southall goalkeeper with a beautiful goal in the corner of the net. The last ten minutes of the game showed Southall all out for a draw, but once, when Munday was through, Trevers saved smartly by diving at the forward's feet. Munday was injured and left the field. The light now grew very dark and the game ended with Hampstead still pressing. For Hampstead, Trevers was sound in goal, and Wilson, the outside-right, put in many good centres, his work being good enough to warrant a trial with the first team. Hampstead's team :- Trevers; Turner, Brazier; Thorlby, McCall, Dewey; Wilson, Potter, Howe, Garratt, Bucci. (hendon & Finchley Times, 13/1/1928)

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Friday 30 December - Reserves well beaten

Extract from the "GLEANINGS" column by "Looker-on" : On Saturday Barnet Reserves and Hampstead Reserves met at Claremont-road in the Athenian League [Reserve Section], victory resting with Barnet by five goals to one. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 30/12/1927)

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Friday 16 December - Reserves beaten in cup

Hampstead Reserves were at Manor Park on Saturday, when they met with defeat in the London Intermediate Cup at the hands of Clevedon United, the score being four goals to one in favour of Clevedon. Cecil Wise played quite a good game for Hampstead. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 16/12/1927)

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Friday 25 November - Bromley Reserves beaten

In the Reserve Section of the Athenian League Hampstead beat Bromley by four goals to three after a good game in which Cogan, at inside-right, did well for Hampstead. Although he did not score (Bucci and Potter got two goals each) he made some good openings for others. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 25/11/1927)

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Friday 18 November - Reserves' good win

Hampstead Reserves did rather more than was expected of them when they beat a strong Ilford Reserve eleven in the second round of the London Intermediate Cup by 2-1 at Claremont-road last Saturday. The conditions were all against accurate football, a gusty wind and slippery surface causing many mistakes on both sides. Howe, playing at centre-forward, got both the Hampstead goals, but it was only due to an excellent display of goal-keeping by Trevers for the home team that Ilford failed to score more than one point. The outstanding Ilford player was Stevens (late of Civil Service) at centre-half. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 18/11/1927)

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Friday 11 November - Defeat at Cheshunt

In the Reserve Section of the Athenian League Hampstead Reserves lost to Cheshunt Reserves by four goals to one. Hampstead tried several new men, who came with strong recommendations, but although Bishop did very well at half, Chessum, at centre-forward, and Gray, in goal, were weak. Had Trevers been holding the fort it is quite possible Hampstead would have won, as the midfield play was largely in their favour. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 11/11/1927)

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Friday 04 November - Reserves win replayed cup-tie

Hampstead Reserves visited Wanstead on Saturday to replay their London Intermediate Cup-tie and a hard game resulted in a win for Hampstead by four goals to three. As Hampstead had to travel without several of their usual team the result was a credit to the club. Owing to a sudden call to the first team Levy was absent, and Trevers was suddenly taken ill and could not play. Potter filled Levy's place with much credit, and Hodge, the team secretary, had to play in goal. Hampstead were the first to become dangerous and Alford was unlucky to see a beautiful drive hit the cross-bar. Then, thanks to the rough state of their playing pitch, Yardley's [Athletic] took the lead, when Turner, in attempting a big kick, saw the ball break away like a cricket ball and leave the home centre with only Hodge to beat. Five minutes later Potter equalised after good work with Watkins. Just prior to the interval Green put Yardley's ahead, but Alford immediately equalised the scores. The second half had been in progress thirty-five minutes when the next goal came, Hodge just failing to reach a good shot by Underwood. Then Hampstead put in their best work and simply romped round their opponents, scoring twice through Jones and Potter, and just failing on three other occasions, one brilliant first-time shot by Little crashing against the post when a score seemed certain. For Hampstead Little, Alford, Sear and Potter were all in good form. Hampstead now entertain Ilford Reserves in the next round. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 4/11/1927)

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Friday 28 October - Reserves draw

A draw of three goals all was the result of the match between Hampstead Reserves and Yardley's Athletic in the London Intermediate Cup on Saturday. The tie will be replayed tomorrow at Wanstead. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 28/10/1927)

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Friday 21 October - Reserves' heavy defeat

Hampstead Reserves were heavily defeated but not disgraced when they visited Barnet Reserves and lost by five goals to nil on Saturday. Barnet were greatly flattered by the result, as a score of three to one would have represented the run of the play. Considering that Hampstead had to play without six of their usual side they put up quite a good show. The services of Shorland, Centa and Watkins were claimed by the first team, Bucci and Sear were both on the injured list, and Reinke was absent owing to a family bereavement. The game never reached a high standard, the best work for Hampstead being done by Levy and Potter, in the forward line, and by Little, at centre-half. Bloxham, at back, was in good trim. Trevers, in goal, made some wonderful saves, but was at fault when the first two goals were scored. Hampstead opened strongly and had the best of matters for the first twenty minutes, only weak finishing stopping them from taking the lead. Applebee, Lovell and Potter all missed the easiest of chances. Barnet then took charge of the game and Stredwick and Mason both scored prior to the interval. In the second half Davies, Caswell and Cousins added further goals. On Saturday Hampstead entertain Yardley's Athletic in the London Intermediate Cup, and it is hoped that a considerably stronger team will be available. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 21/10/1927)

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Friday 14 October - Reserves beaten, but two injured

Hampstead Reserves visited Redhill Reserves on Saturday and a good game resulted in a win for the home side by five goals to two. Although Redhill were slightly the better side they were flattered by the result, Hampstead being unfortunate in losing the services of Sear during the first few minutes, when he received a bad kick, for although remaining on the field he was only a passenger for the remainder of the game. Added to this, with the score at 3-2 and Hampstead having the best of matters, Shorland was carried off, and in his absence Redhill went further ahead. From the kick-off play was fast and interesting, both sides attacking in turn. Turner on two occasions should have given Hampstead the lead, but miskicked and thus missed two fine chances, while Reinke was decidedly unlucky in scraping the outside of the post with a lovely first-time effort. Then came the accident to Sear, which deprived the visitors of his services and disorganised their attack. Fifteen minutes after the start Jeffrey opened the score for Redhill and five minutes later the same player added a second, while Wheatcroft quickly added a third. Hampstead then came into the picture, when Watkins finished off good work by Levy and reduced the deficit. The second half opened with Hampstead attacking and they soon scored the finest goal of the game, Levy, Watkins and Reinke working the ball so well together that no defender could touch it. Reinke finished the work by driving the ball well out of Lakin's reach. With the score at 3-2 Hampstead were all out for the equaliser, Reinke having hard luck with a header which hit the crossbar, Darvill making a bad mess of the rebound. Then Hampstead met with their second casualty, Shorland having to be carried off after receiving a bad kick, and while he was off the field Goldsmith put Redhill further ahead with a fine shot, and Basson completed their nap hand. For Hampstead, Trevers (goal) and Shorland (back) were in good form. Little, at centre-half, worked untiringly, mistakes by Centa and Turner being covered up repeatedly. At outside-left, Levy was the best winger on the field, and Reinke was excellent but unlucky with his scoring attempts. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 14/10/1927)

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Friday 07 October - Reserves overwhelm Springfield Hospital

Being unable to fix up a League encounter, Hampstead Reserves paid their annual visit to Springfield Mental Hospital, and although much below full strength, easily defeated the home side by seven goals to love. The game had only been in progress three minutes when Reinke headed through a centre from Levy. Five minutes later Reinke again headed through a centre by Sear. Reinke soon put Hampstead three up by getting his head to another of Sear's centres, thus completing his hat trick within fifteen minutes of the start. Prior to the interval Watkins added another from a rebound, so Hampstead crossed over with a clear lead of four goals. Throughout the second half Hampstead continued to have matters all their own way. Darvill added a fifth, Levy a sixth, and Bucci brought the total up to seven. The game was as one-sided as the score suggests, and but for easing up in the second half Hampstead must have reached double figures. The home defence could never cope with Hampstead's clever forwards, whose passing and centreing was excellent. Reinke, apart from scoring three of the goals, led the line cleverly, while the centres of Levy and Sear were judged nicely. Watkins, at inside-left, was again exceptionally clever with his ball control, and fed both Levy and Reinke with perfect passes. The Hampstead halves carried far too many guns for the home attackers and when they did succeed in passing this line they came up against a sound pair of backs in Shorland and Jones. Trevers, in goal, spent a pleasant afternoon in watching the game, only having one decent shot to save. One is always loathe to shuffle a winning team, but friendlies are the only chance to try out new talent. So on this occasion "Captain" Billy Little joined the selection committee on the line and trials were given to three new players. Webster, a centre-half, who last season played for United Hospitals, gave a useful display ; Jones, a left-back from Nunhead, and Darvill, a half from Sutton, played well, although their actual strength could hardly be taken against such weak opposition. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 7/10/1927)

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Friday 30 September - Reserves still winning

Hampstead Reserves continued their winning way on Saturday, when they visited and defeated Sutton Reserves by 5 goals to 2. Little won the toss for the fourth successive time and elected that Hampstead should have the sun and wind in their favour. Hampstead opened by attacking strongly and for five minutes completely penned the Sutton team in their goal area, and the attack ended in Watkins opening the score from a neat pass by Shearcroft. The visitors continued to have the best of the game, but once the home forwards broke away and scored rather a fluky goal, Grey heading through from a rebound. Hampstead immediately took the lead again, Watkins neatly heading through a long centre from Potter. Only splendid goal-keeping kept the score down to two until the interval, Reinke, Shearcroft and Watkins having good attempts saved in wonderful fashion. Sutton opened the second half in dashing fashion and quickly equalised the scores, but their success was short-lived, for Hampstead set about goal-getting in earnest and simply smothered the home side, and despite the splendid goal-keeping Hampstead added three goals. Levy headed through a long shot from Little, Watkins added No. 4 from a good centre by Sear, and a fifth was added by Watkins after a fine combined effort with Reinke and Shearcroft. Hampstead are fortunate in having a good utility player in Lovell. Owing to Shorland failing to put in an appearance Lovell volunteered to play at right-back, and there was no better back on the field. To take Lovell's place in the half-line A.G. Potter, a local youngster, appeared. Right well did he play in his first senior game : he continually plied Levy with perfect passes. This player is a product of the Hendon Schools and should make good in first-class football. Much of the success of the team was the splendid team work. Ably captained by "Billy" Little, the players worked well together with a fine spirit. Shearcroft led the attacks so well that the opposing defence often concentrated on him, leaving Watkins and Reinke unmarked, and these players generally took advantage of this. The halves, Centa, Little and Potter, besides holding the oppposing forwards, found time to help in the attacks. Bloxham was safe at back, but sometimes was inclined to under-estimate the opposition and dribble the ball when a hefty clearance would have been more beneficial. In goal, Trevers was, as usual, safe and his kicking is much improved. As a team they will be hard to beat as at present they are playing good and effective football. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 30/9/1927)

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Friday 23 September - Reserves win at Bromley

Hampstead Reserves travelled to Bromley on Saturday and for the first time came home with full points, winning a good game by three goals to two. Although the score was not very decisive, Hampstead were by far the better team, and with Shearcroft, who was unavoidably absent, in the side would probably have equalled last week's score, as it was only weak finishing that kept the score down. Little (the Hampstead captain) again won the toss, and with the advantage of wind and sun the visiting forwards quickly made tracks for the Bromley goal. Both Sear and Levy put across some good centres, but the inside men continually just failed to drive the attacks home. Twenty minutes after the start Gilluard, the home centre-half, put his right wing away and from his centre Keen opened the score for Bromley. Hampstead continued to have the better of the play, but up to the interval could not find the net. Directly on the resumption Hampstead equalised, Lovell scoring from Little's pass. Five minutes later Reinke put Hampstead ahead with a good effort, but the best goal of the game was produced five minutes later. Levy tackled a Bromley defender and the ball rolled to Reinke, who, taking it in his stride, beat a back and drove it hard past the home goalkeeper just inside the far post. It was a typical Reinke goal. With two minutes to go Keen headed a perfect corner past Trevers. Little need be said of the game except that it was the usual Bromley v. Hampstead game, perfectly clean and fought out to the end. For Bromley, Keen and Gilluard were conspicuous, while Hampstead were well served throughout, particularly by Shorland, Centa and Watkins. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 23/9/1927)

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Friday 16 September - Reserves' fine win

The supporters of Hampstead who stayed away from the reserve match on Saturday missed a fine exhibition of football. The home side defeated Cheshunt Reserves by seven goals to one. Little won the toss and Hampstead's forwards at once made tracks for the Cheshunt goal, Watkins just missing with a good header. The homesters were not to be denied and kept pegging away and within five minutes of the start Little pushed through a perfect pass for Reinke to open the score with one of his unstoppable shots. During the remaining part of the first half Hampstead scored three further goals. First Shearcroft headed through a fine centre from Levy, then Sear had a good shot partially saved and Shearcroft banged it through, and just before the interval Little added the fourth with a glorious drive from fifteen yards out. Each goal was the result of good combined work and the crowd of several hundreds were not backward in showing their appreciation of the good work. The second half was almost a repetition of the first, for Hampstead continued to have the better of matters, and scored three more good goals through Shearcroft, Levy and Watkins, while just before the end Cheshunt scored their solitary goal, Bostock giving Trevers no chance with a fine drive. Every player in the Hampstead team played really well. Watkins, at inside-left, was particularly brilliant, at times his ball control being almost uncanny. Shearcroft and Reinke were both in good trim and worked up a fine understanding. On the wings Sear and Levy gave their opposing halves a warm afternoon's work. The halves, Lovell, Little and Bucci mastered the visiting forwards, although the Cheshunt right wing gave Bucci something to think about at times. Probably the surprise of the day was the fine show put up by Bucci in his new position at left-half. Shorland was the better of the home backs, as Brazier still appears to lack confidence in himself since his severe injury. In gaol, Trevers had little to do, but all his work was in his usual safe and sound way. On Saturday next the Reserves visit Bromley, and if they play as well they should secure another couple of points. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 16/9/1927)

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Friday 09 September - Reserves go under

Hampstead Reserves met with a severe reverse in their opening League game at Barking on Saturday, losing a hard game by four goals to nil. The Hampstead side on paper appeared very strong, as ten of the players had appeared in the first team, but on the field they were woefully weak in several places, in fact, only two of the players doing themselves justice. These were Trevers, in goal, and Sear, at outside-right. From the kick-off Hampstead attacked and for the first twenty minutes had so much the better of the game that one had visions of a victory. But chance after chance was thrown away, all three inside forwards missing the easiest of chances. Then came an unexpected reverse, the home right-winger swinging across a centre which hit the inside of the far post and went into the net to put Barking one up. Within five minutes of this Hampstead had a further set-back when a defender fouled an opponent on the penalty line, and from the resultant kick Barking went further ahead. The second half was all in Barking's favour and stupid mistakes by the Hampstead backs presented the homesters with two further goals. Hampstead Reserves will have to improve greatly on this form to make any show in the League table. Tomorrow they entertain Cheshunt at Cricklewood, when several changes will be made in the team (Hendon & Finchley Times, 9/9/1927)

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Friday 02 September - Hampstead Reserves draw

Hampstead Reserves opened their season by visiting Ware, who last season won their Division of the Spartan League. In forcing a draw Hampstead put up quite a creditable performance, while a little more steadiness in front of goal would have produced a victory. The Hampstead team included only one player new to the club, L. Smith, at centre-half, who put up quite a good game. Several of the other players were unfamiliar with the Reserve team. R. Sear (outside-right) played on one occasion for the first team last season, as also did F. Watkins (inside-left). In goal and at inside-right two of last season's victorious Minor [should sayJunior] team appeared, and although both played well they need a little longer to develop their strength before introduction into senior circles. One of the most pleasing features was the return of O. Reinke to the club and his inclusion should help the team greatly. The remainder of the team was composed of old favourites, Bloxham, Shepherd, Turner, Little and Bucci. Ware won the toss and took advantage of wind and sun, and mid-way through the opening half W. Glibbon gave them the lead, Martin just failing to hold a hot drive. The second half was mostly in Hampstead's favour, and Watkins scored with a splendid high drive. This completed the scoring. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 2/9/1927)

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