Saturday March 20 1954

Horsham 6 - Dunstable Town 2

Elphick 3', 75' Mobsby 5' Stepney 6' Pope 25', 90'
Dunstable Town
Bates ' Watling '

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Saturday March 20 1954

Three goals in six minutes! That was the way Horsham started their Metropolitan League game with Dunstable and they continued to tear their way through the first half without so much as a whimper of opposition from the Bedfordshire side. Every one of the forwards combined well and those first three goals were right out of the book. After three minutes, following a spell of short passing in front of the Dunstable goal, Nobby Cobb pushed the ball through to Johnny Elphick, who hit it left-footed past Steele. Within two minutes Oliver Coldman beat a defender on the right-wing and centred for Roy Mobsby to head in. It was a beautifully timed effort on the part of the young inside-left, and things got better straight from the kick-off as Bert Pope, who played a splendid game, sent a ground pass through for Stepney to crash the ball just underneath the crossbar.

Horsham looked set to continue in the same vein as they swarmed into the Dunstable half time and again. After twenty-five minutes Pope was brought down in the area as he was going through and picked himself up to blast a spot kick past Steele for Horsham‘s fourth. The game remained one-sided until minutes before half-time when a faulty piece of covering left outside-left Bates ample time to place a shot past Ernie Manouch and within a minute Watling also fired an unstoppable effort past the Horsham keeper.

In the second half Dunstable kept themselves together more and several of their attacks had a dangerous look about them. On one breathtaking occasion for Horsham left-back Albert King saved a ‘cert’ when he scrambled the ball away from the goal-line but, although Horsham were not having things all their own way, they remained a potent force and continued the scoring when Elphick crashed the ball home from a Stepney pass on seventy-five minutes. Another penalty was awarded in the last minute and again Pope made no mistake from the spot to set the seal on a fine win.


  • Ernie Manouch
  • Maurice Watts
  • Albert King
  • Roy Scutt
  • John Browning
  • Norman Cobb
  • Oliver Coldman
  • Robin Stepney
  • John Elphick
  • Roy Mobsby
  • Bert Pope

Dunstable Town