The meeting between Hampstead Town and Barnet, on the latter's ground at Underhill, on Saturday, was marred by a series of unfortunate accidents and one serious one. Practically on time Barnes, of Hampstead, and Sparrow, of Barnet, "dived" together for the ball on the line, and struck a post. Barnes received serious injury to his shoulder and was removed to hospital in an ambulance, while Sparrow was bruised and winded.
Following their victories of this season, Hampstead received a rude shock, going down under the heavy odds of 5-1 in the Athenian League. Their usual combination appeared to be totally absent and their forwards were generally missing when the ball was sent ahead for them, while the Barnet line played an invariably useful game and took full advantage of the opportunities offered them by the change in the offside rule. Hampstead worked hard, but their line was continually disorganised by the homesters and when they looked dangerous they were met with a defence that gave them no time for nice shooting, added to which Barnet's goalkeeper (Burr) was in tip-top form.
Barnet won the toss and Hampstead kicked off against the sun, forging ahead at once. Ball centred with nice judgment but Burr punched out, and a well-timed shot from Barnes was cleared immediately afterwards.
Pease also tested Barnet's goalkeeper with an accurate shot. Barnet's right wingers played a consistently brilliant game and Sparrow scored a deserving goal after Goodwin had partly cleared. Then followed a spell of pressure by the visitors and Reinke was unlucky with several shots. Ball and Bush tried their luck several times. Hampstead did not last long and when they fell back Goodwin had a gruelling time, dealing smartly with three shots while on the ground. He worked hard, but Sparrow beat him with one of the best goals ever seen on this ground and placed Barnet two ahead. Pease was carried off the ground shortly afterwards with a head injury and his general utility work was sadly missed, but he soon returned and was again in the thick of the game. Shortly before half-time Sutton was out of action with a damaged nose.
Barnet, at full strength again, opened up the second half in dashing style and though the visitors worked gallantly and broke away several times, their defence was hard pressed for some fifteen minutes. Barnet lost a chance from a beautifully placed corner. Pease found his way to Barnet's ground once or twice, but could not break the defence and when Barnet pressed again Toby scored their third before Goodwin could recover from an attempt by Sparrow. Soon after Reinke opened Hampstead's account, beating Burr cleverly from a corner. Barnet set up a vigorous bombardment and Hughes scored with a brilliant shot, Rogers adding the fifth after Hampstead had lost Wardlaw through an injury to his head.
Hampstead found their most useful man, both in attack and defence, in Pease, and had his forwards accepted his shots up the field the result might have been very different. Ball, on the left, put in many likely shots but missed by inches. The defence tried hard against severe pressure and relieved many dangerous situations, but although the score against them was high Goodwin behaved splendidly in goal. He was beaten by clever tactics and precise shooting. The Barnet forwards have every reason to be pleased with their performance, and particularly is this so of Toby, on the extreme left, who was ready for every pass from a useful trio of halves. Rogers worked well with him.
The game was seen by an enormous crowd, Hampstead being followed by a host of supporters.