Horsham’s centre-half John Browning, the best defender on view in this Metropolitan League game, scored the only goal of the match for Tonbridge midway through the second half. Browning, who played one of his best games to date, could not be blamed for the slip: Horsham lost the match mainly through the inability of their forwards to master the dry ground and light ball. In the first ﬁfteen minutes Leslie Glue, who came in for the injured David Green at inside-left, shot over the bar and Johnny Elphick’s header rebounded off the woodwork. At the other end, Albert King and Browning cleared off the line with Tony Winkworth out of position, and the Tonbridge outside-left hit the bar after beating Jack Marriner. From the rebound inside-left McGuire shot hard at goal but Winkworth saved well.
Tonbridge found their men better than Horsham, whose half-backs continually broke up Tonbridge raids but did not get the ball through to their forwards as often as they should have done. Just before the Tonbridge goal, Oliver Coldman missed a glorious chance when he found himself four yards out with only the keeper to beat, but he shot wide. Browning’s bad luck came about when a clearance from the Tonbridge keeper was kicked into the Horsham penalty area by McGuire. Browning, Winkworth and centre-forward Scott all went for the same ball and it skidded off Browning’s toe into the net. Winkworth again proved to be a ﬁrst class deputy for Manouch and had a good game. Bert Pope might have saved a point late in the game, but he was brought down on the corner of the penalty area as he broke through the Tonbridge defence.