After two weeks of Amateur Cup football, Hampstead journeyed to Cheshunt in quest of Athenian League points, but again were disappointed, as they were defeated by four goals to two after having the better of a scrappy game. The ground was terribly heavy, and whilst Applebee, of Hampstead, was injured directly after the start, and took no further part in the first half, he came out after the interval, but was nothing more than a passenger. Fox, of Cheshunt, was injured during the second half, and had to be carried off the field, and did not return.
Hampstead were without Clarke and Deeks, Centa and Hebdon taking their respective places. Hebdon did not show to advantage, although it would not be fair to criticise this player, as he had no partner throughout the game.
Hampstead kicked off and were soon attacking, and within five minutes Howell, after running down the wing as fast as the heavy ground would allow, put in a fine cross shot to open the score for Hampstead. Immediately after the restart Howell again put in a cross shot, and with the goalkeeper beaten the ball hit an upright, and came back into play, and from Miles' clearance Fox raced down the centre, and with a fine shot neutralised the score.
Hampstead, however, were soon ahead again, following a run and centre by Howell. Shearcroft scored, but they did not hold the lead for long, as following a scramble in front of the goal, Smith scored for Cheshunt, and they were then soon ahead, Smith scoring two more goals within twenty minutes, thereby completing his hat trick. The interval arrived with Cheshunt leading by four goals to two.
The play in the second half was more in favour of Hampstead, but their shooting was erratic. Hebdon, after working his way through on one occasion, was about to shoot, when he was penalised for handling, whereas the ball had hit him on the chest, and just before the finish the same player put across a fine centre which should have been made use of by the inside men.
Howell was the pick of the Hampstead team, whilst Miller and Halfhide did well for Cheshunt.