Saturday December 19 1953

Gravesend & N'fleet Res 0 - Horsham 0

Gravesend & N'fleet Res
0
Horsham
0

Metropolitan & District League
Stonebridge Road, Northfleet
Saturday December 19 1953
Attendance:

A quick check-up in the dressing rooms after this Metropolitan League match revealed that a goalless draw was the correct result, but for all the spectators could see of the game in the last thirty minutes anything could have happened. After a late start, due to travelling difficulties, the second half was played in near darkness and at one stage, about ten minutes from the end, the referee called both teams together and asked them if they wished to continue. Both agreed, but it was a foolish decision. If either side had scored in the dark it would not have been sporting. Ultimately, the result was a fair one and Horsham did well to bring away a point. In fact, in the first half when there was a reasonable amount of light, they were on top and should have scored at least three goals.

The whole Horsham right-wing was made up of reserves: Robin Stepney at outside-right, Roy Scutt at right-half and Tony Lee at right-back and all three showed up remarkably well. Stepney had an exceptional game and some of his movements and passes were enough to make his more experienced colleagues envious. Right-half Roger Christmas, who was tried out at inside-right, was not outstanding in the attacks, but his work with the half-backs was commendable. Centre-forward Johnny Elphick did not appear to get started, although one or two of his typical breakaways should have produced goals. It was a good pass from him halfway through the first half which gave outside-left Bert Pope a chance. The ball came across to the wing all along the ground and Pope beat two men and shot hard at goal only to see the ball curl narrowly around the upright. At the other end Gravesend retaliated through Haynes, but his shot went yards wide when he had the goal at his mercy.

John Browning had been moved from inside-right to centre-half and he put in a satisfactory performance as he had done in that position at the start of the season; he certainly seemed more at home in defence than in attack. Albert King was as steady as a Gravesend rock at left-back and his performance was only matched by that of Nobby Cobb. As for Gravesend, they fielded nine professionals and put in such a poor performance that one of their supporters shouted, “You’re like a lot of carthorses,” and he wasn’t far wrong.

Horsham

  • Ernie Manouch
  • Tony Lee
  • Albert King
  • Roy Scutt
  • John Browning
  • Norman Cobb
  • Robin Stepney
  • Roger Christmas
  • John Elphick
  • Peter Wilkins
  • Bert Pope

Gravesend & N'fleet Res