Hampstead Town effected a draw of 2-2 at Wood Green on Saturday in the London Senior Cup, a result which does not in any way give an idea of the run of the play. At the interval Hampstead led by two goals to one, but Brooks, the Wood Green goalkeeper, gave an exceptionally good display, and coupled with this fact was a marked tendency by the Hampstead forwards to throw away chances, Howard, in particular, missing some gilt-edged opportunities. In the second half Hampstead still showed superiority in mid-field, but while they failed to score Wood Green managed to beat Goodwin once through Webster, the outside-right, who made a magnificent run and finished up with a shot that fully deserved a goal.
The first goal came at the end of ten minutes, this being obtained by Wise with one of his best efforts. He was rather cramped for shooting, but with a hard shot sent the ball just under the bar. Just before this Reinke just failed to improve on a beautiful centre by Ball, who had received the ball from Pease. Hampstead continued to press heavily, Cousins sending in some nice centres, and one of his shots was tipped over the bar by Brooks, who well deserved the applause he received for his splendid custodianship. Corners for Hampstead seemed almost as plentiful as blackberries in autumn, but although the majority were well placed by Cousins and Ball, the Wood Green goal could not be penetrated, although the defence must not take credit entirely for this state of things. Brooks certainly made one remarkable save from Howard, but the inside-right was badly at fault more than once. Now and again Goodwin was tested, but the defence was in good form, Pease doing a wonderful amount of work at centre-half, comparing most favourably with his vis-a-vis, Lewis. Goodwin was at length beaten with a remarkable effort. Shepheard, the home left-back, sent in a shot from about forty yards range which struck the crossbar, and Macdonald, the centre-forward, managed to send the ball into the net. Just before this happened Cronin, at inside-right, had missed a glorious chance. He had a ten-to-one chance of walking the ball into the net, but, to the chagrin of the home side, failed pitiably. Not many minutes elapsed before Hampstead again took the lead, Reinke scoring the second goal from Cousins' centre. Beautiful work by Ball, would, with an average amount of luck, have brought another goal, but the defence prevailed. Wood Green had a lusty pair of backs, but the saviour of the situation was Brooks, who, it is said, has never played a better game. The interval came with Hampstead only one goal to the good, a result which, as already stated, did not give a real indication of their superiority.
At the beginning of the second half Thorlby initiated a movement which almost led to success, Cousins narrowly missing scoring, but then Wood Green played very pluckily, and as the game progressed they had a fair share of the game, although as a side they could at no stage be regarded as superior to Hampstead. About midway through this half Webster, one of the fastest men on the field and gifted with good ball control, was rewarded for his work, the equalising goal being well earned. Hampstead tried hard to take the lead for the third time, but in this they failed, and while there is always a measure of satisfaction in sharing cup-tie honours on a visiting ground, the fair number of Hampstead supporters who made the journey felt that the right to meet Finchley in the next round should not have entailed another encounter with Wood Green.
Wise, Pease, Wardlaw, Brazier and Clarke were most prominent for Hampstead. Goodwin saved some good shots, but he had quite an easy afternoon compared with the Wood Green goalkeeper.