Saturday August 29 1953

Windsor & Eton 3 - Horsham 2

Windsor & Eton
Rooney 18' Collins ?', 78'
3
Horsham
Pope 7' Glue '
2

Metropolitan & District League
Stag Meadow, Windsor
Saturday August 29 1953
Attendance:

For the third game in a row, Horsham were denied from claiming their first Metropolitan League point by a single goal. Played in heartbreaking weather conditions, both teams performed wonders as under the incessant rain, that began as the team coach approached Windsor and did not cease until the it was well on its way back to Horsham, both teams gave their best. Considering Horsham had to play without Albert King, who was on holiday, and Owen Parker, who was hurt in Thursday’s game against Luton, and against the wind-driven rain, they did well to be on equal terms at the interval.

From the start they played the right sort of game, swinging the ball about and using the long pass to advantage. In contrast, Windsor played too close and their passes either failed to reach their men or skidded on the wet grass. The error of their ways was undoubtedly pointed out to them at the interval pep talk, for after half-time they changed their tactics with a larger measure of success. Again it was the case of the odd goal that robbed Horsham, but the fault could not be laid at the door of promoted reserves Leslie Glue and Nobby Cobb, who played valiantly in the trying conditions. When Bert Pope was hurt shortly before half-time by an accidental, but violent, elbow in the ribs which threw him out of of his stride for some time, he changed places with David Green on the left-wing.

Horsham went into the lead seven minutes after the start when Flippance, attempting to pass back to his goalkeeper, sliced the ball and the opportunist Pope went after it. He was not quite fast enough, however, and the goalkeeper gathered the ball, but outside of the penalty area. A linesman’s vigilance resulted in Horsham being awarded a free-kick and Pope drove the ball into the net with a searing effort. Bartlett should have equalised soon afterwards, when Windsor began to put on the pressure, but lack of finishing power negatived the excellent moves mainly prompted by the much-improved Piercey. It was the latter who was largely responsible for Windsor’s equaliser after eighteen minutes. Following a dazzling dribble in which he beat three men, he put over a pin~point centre which Rooney was not slow in converting. Kingston had a chance to put Horsham ahead again but, after a grand breakaway during which he had the pressure of left-back Flippance at his heels, he shot tamely into the side netting. This move was duplicated by John Browning a few minutes later.

In the early minutes of the second half Windsor went ahead following a scramble in front of the Horsham goal. Several shots had been blocked and it appeared as though Horsham would clear the danger, when M.Collins forced the ball into the net with Ernie Manouch unsighted. Collins nearly scored again minutes later when Horsham were being confined to their own half, but he shot wide when well placed. He atoned for his miss in the seventy-eighth minute, however, when he headed home unmarked from a grand, left-wing cross. Glue put Horsham in the hunt again shortly before the close with a fine, long range drive following good approach work by Pope and, in a storming finish, he should have netted the equaliser but shot straight at goalkeeper Bell when he had a clear goal in front of him. Green did get the ball into the net, but the congratulations of his team-mates proved premature when the referee ruled him to be offside.

Horsham

  • Ernie Manouch
  • Roy Wilden
  • Roger Christmas
  • Norman Cobb
  • Jack Marriner
  • Roy Mobsby
  • Peter Kingston
  • John Browning
  • Bert Pope
  • Leslie Glue
  • David Green

Windsor & Eton