On Monday evening, in a game limited to forty minutes each way, Hampstead dropped two more Athenian League points at Enfield. Again six goals were registered against them, and the only satisfaction was that well towards the end they were able to score one goal, this coming from the foot of H. Shearcroft at inside-right. There were two changes in the Hampstead team from that which did duty on Saturday. F. Palmer took the place of Wardlaw at left-half, and Shearcroft, making his initial appearance this season, partnered Sear on the right wing, Rowe going over to inside-left in the absence of Wise. For Enfield, Barnes is an old Hampstead player who is going well with his new club, and Daniels, who did the hat trick [but see the Enfield scorers], is a young player from Bush Hill Park, a neighbouring club who through ground difficulties have had to close down.
Trouble came to Hampstead quite early, the goal being pierced at the end of three minutes by Stredwick, who, accepting Green's pass, headed into the net well out of the reach of Allen. This was ominous, but having got accustomed to fighting a losing battle, Hampstead took up the challenge pluckily, the few supporters accompanying the team being inspired by the way in which Shearcroft was shaping. He co-operated well with Sear, who managed to put in some nice centres, some of which fully tested Hewitt. The other wing was not quite so happy. The greater part of the play, however, was in favour of Enfield, who had an exceedingly fast line of forwards, and Allen was often in difficulties. He had to deal with shots from all kinds of angles, and although the Enfield forwards were now and again merciful, Daniels for one, shooting well over the bar when well placed, he was again beaten at the end of twenty minutes by Ruskin, who had previously made a good effort from Stredwick's centre. The movement which led to success was initiated by Sims, who was one of the best forwards. Not long afterwards Daniels scored Enfield's third goal, after Stredwick had shot, Allen being too hampered to do more than just place the ball at the foot of the centre-forward. The game was going too much in favour of Enfield for Hampstead to have any hopes of success, but they must be given the credit of trying, and one of Shearcroft's efforts certainly deserved a goal. Now and again Evans, having found that his wing men could not score, would try to get through on his own, but there was always someone to foil him, Macdonald proving an excellent understudy for Dyson, who, like Moss, is a County back. Towards the close of the first half Sims was most persistent, Hampstead having a stroke of luck when one of his shots hit the post; on the other hand, Shearcroft also had hard lines on more than one occasion.
Owing to the play having started a few minutes late there was no interval, and, as in the first half, Enfield were quickly attacking, Ruskin scoring the fourth goal after Allen had dealt skillfully with a shot by Sims. After a time Hampstead got going, and things seemed to promise well until Barnes, who was playing consistently against his old side, stepped into the breach and cleared. Stredwick then shot wide when the goal was untenanted, Allen having previously thought it prudent to run out. A "never-say-die" spirit pervaded the Hampstead side, Palmer, not the least capable of the halves, putting in some useful work, but it all came to naught, his wing forwards being very ineffective. There seemed a tendency for Enfield to slacken, and this was noticed by their supporters, who bade them to make the most of their opportunities. For a time Hampstead quite held their own, Hewitt making a remarkable save from a corner kick, while Shearcroft, after clever work by Sear, sent in a shot which deserved success. Evans, also, was within an ace of getting through, and altogether Hampstead were approaching something like old-time form. Then came another disappointment for the visitors, Daniels, from a corner, finding the net through a ruck of players, making the score 5-0. Just afterwards there appeared the silver lining to the heavy cloud, Shearcroft scoring the much-longed-for goal for Hampstead. Just on time Green scored again for Enfield, the ball first striking the goal post before entering the net.
Enfield were clearly the better team, but the margin of five goals rather over-emphasised their superiority. Hampstead have not yet got on the side of the goddess of luck, but it is hoped a happier time is near at hand. Shearcroft was an outstanding player, and if the club can secure one or two more of his type goals will not be so scarce.