Saturday April 10 1954

Dunstable Town 6 - Horsham 1

Dunstable Town
Pullen (3)' Ball ' Bell ' James '
6
Horsham
Elphick '
1

Metropolitan Amateur Cup Semi-Final
Kingsway Stadium, Dunstable
Saturday April 10 1954
Attendance:

With fewer than a dozen matches to go before the end of the season Horsham supporters could be comforted by the thought they would not see their team play any worse football than they did at Dunstable, for that would be impossible. They really scraped the barrel to serve up ninety minutes of incompetence which turned the semi-final of the Metropolitan Amateur Cup into a farce. For the first five minutes Horsham were without Jack Marriner, John Browning and David Green, who had been delayed, but the goal that was scored in the first thirty seconds did not come about because Horsham only had eight men. Inside-right Pullen saw a gap between the Horsham defenders‘ legs from twenty yards out and sent the ball through like a rocket. Ernie Manouch was unsighted and the ball zipped just inside the bottom of the upright. After half an hour centre-forward Ball headed in from a mix up in front of the Horsham goal, but the visitors pulled one back just before half-time when Nobby Cobb sent a high ball goalwards which Johnny Elphick toed over the line after challenging the goalkeeper for possession.

Dunstable stretched their lead straight after the interval, with Pullen again firing in from distance and beating the unsighted Manouch. Bell added another direct from a free-kick, despite a formidable looking line-up of Horsham defenders in front of him, and inside-left James made it 5-1 when he crashed home a first-time shot from a left-wing corner. Still Dunstable did not ease up and played as though the next goal would be the decider. It was Pullen who knocked it home to secure his hat-trick when a pass from the left-wing left him with an unmissable chance from two yards.

Horsham

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

Dunstable Town