Saturday January 30 1954

Horsham 1 - Gravesend & N'fleet Res 1

Horsham
Pope '
1
Gravesend & N'fleet Res
Robertson '
1

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Saturday January 30 1954
Attendance:

A draw in this Metropolitan League match was certainly the fairest result. Gravesend were on top in the first half, but thanks to a fine display of goalkeeping from Ernie Manouch, they were only allowed to score one goal. In the second half Horsham came into their own, but their forwards were still not in a goalscoring mood.

Horsham had a scoring chance straight from the kick-off when Nobby Cobb sent through a pass to Alec Ockenden, who centred, and Bert Pope just failed with a header. Gravesend attacked often through their right-winger, Piper, and from one of his centres Robertson ran in and headed clear of Manouch. Horsham were level within five minutes, however, when David Green sent Pope away and he sliced a shot to the left of Wright. Just on half-time Ockenden had a chance from a Marriner pass but shot wide.

In the second half the Horsham attacks were more persistent and at the end of one, when the ball came loose, Ockenden had the ball in the back of the net but the whistle had gone for offside. Gravesend were still playing the better football and in the Horsham attacks, Pope, deputising for the injured Johnny Elphick at centre-forward, found centre-half Chambers an almost impassable object. He was clearly the best defender on the field, but Horsham’s John Browning also had another first-class game. Albert King, at left-back, again played well and Roy Scutt deputised well for Nobby Cobb at left-half. Cobb himself, moved to inside-left, did not seem any happier than the last time he was moved from his half-back position. Horsham were weak in their wing men. Jack Marriner tried hard at outside-right, but towards the end of the game was brought back into the defence. On the other wing, Alec Ockenden found himself completely beaten every time by the young Gravesend full-back, Flockhart. David Green, at inside-right, played one of his worst games for weeks. All in all, it was a dreary game on a dreary day and after the previous week’s match, crammed full of incidents, this one fell rather flat.

Horsham

  • Ernie Manouch
  • Unknown
  • Albert King
  • Unknown
  • John Browning
  • Roy Scutt
  • Jack Marriner
  • David Green
  • Bert Pope
  • Norman Cobb
  • Alec Ockenden

Gravesend & N'fleet Res