Saturday December 26 1953

Horsham 3 - Dartford Reserves 1

Pope (2)' Elphick '
Dartford Reserves
Cox 25'

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Saturday December 26 1953

Those people who went to Queen-street to see a Boxing Day thriller were sadly disappointed, but the most important thing was that Horsham snatched two points from their new Metropolitan League opponents in their first league win in six outings. Both sides played as if they had not properly digested their Christmas dinners, but Horsham deserved their win for their persistent second half attacks. Dartford could console themselves with the thought that the first half was theirs and they deserved to be leading 1-0 at the interval. Chance after chance came Horsham’s way before half-time but there was not one forward on the side who showed any signs of finding the back of the net.

The Dartford goal came after twenty-five minutes when outside-left Rixon pushed the ball to his centre-forward Cox, who neatly turned it past Ernie Manouch. Just before the change-over Bert Pope, playing at outside-left, received a neck injury and had to be assisted off the field. When the second half was only a few minutes old he returned and scored a fine goal from a David Green pass. This seemed to have the effect of livening up the Horsham side and the Dartford goal was constantly under pressure. Pope was again the marksman for Horsham’s second, again set up by Green. This time the inside-left placed the ball at Pope’s feet from a free-kick and it was summarily flicked into the net. Johnny Elphick, who was well marked by Lewis throughout the game, had his chance about ten minutes later and it was a typical Elphick goal. He picked up a loose ball about ten yards inside the Dartford half and went through on his own to beat Yarland. In the closing minutes a penalty was awarded against Manouch. Bell took the kick and it went past the post, but the referee ruled it should be taken again as Manouch had moved. In his second attempt Bell shot straight at Manouch and while the ball was being cleared the final whistle blew.


  • Ernie Manouch
  • Jack Marriner
  • Albert King
  • Roy Scutt
  • John Browning
  • Norman Cobb
  • Robin Stepney
  • Owen Parker
  • John Elphick
  • David Green
  • Bert Pope

Dartford Reserves