From the Hendon & Finchley Times, 21 September 1923 :
In their third successive away match in the Athenian League Hampstead [Town] again failed to bring home the points, Redhill proving the superior team on their own ground, and deservedly winning by four goals to one. W.C. Little notched the Town's solitary goal from a free kick. Eric Farnfield, one of the well-known brotherhood, scored the opening goal for Redhill, others being obtained by White, Wilkins, and Miller.
The only consolation to Hampstead Town for this unsatisfactory start is that three strenuous away matches have been negotiated without loss of prestige, as on each occasion splendid football has been witnessed, and a strong team is being got into trim for the forthcoming Cup ties. Hampstead will now enjoy a series of five successive home games, and better results from these may be confidently anticipated.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Luton Clarence will visit the Child's Hill ground in the first [qualifying] round of the English [F.A.] Cup competition. Kick off 3.30.
From the Surrey Mirror, 21 September 1923 (including teams) :
A much improved display was given by Redhill in their match with Hampstead Town at the Memorial Sports Ground on Saturday, and a large crowd were consequently well repaid for their temerity in ignoring the discomfort occasioned by the heavy showers of rain. With a heavy, slippery ball, and sodden turf, it would not have been unreasonable to expect players, when they were not miskicking, to spend a good deal of their time on their backs, but the play, generally, was of a high standard, and occasional combined movements by the home forwards were even brilliant in their dash and accuracy of passing. This is not so surprising as might at first appear, for the line was led by Eric Farnfield, the youngest of that famous family. There was no doubt, before the match, in the minds of the spectators, as to his ability, but there was some question as to whether his style would merge into that of the other forwards on his first appearance with the team. This issue was not long in doubt, the forwards were held well together in a line whose work contrasted favourably with the loose and disconnected attacks on the previous Saturday. In the second half, with the game well in hand, the pace slackened, and Farnfield, who was obviously not in the best of condition, eased up and allowed the forwards more scope for individual effort. White was excellent, many of the best openings being made by him. The visiting forwards combined well in the second half, but the home halves and backs, although occasionally guilty of faulty passing, were generally too good for them.
C. Wise won the toss for the visitors, a negligible advantage, as there was neither breeze nor sun, and decided to kick from the north end of the ground. After a little delay caused by the referee and captains having difficulty in choosing a suitable ball from a selection arranged on the pitch, Farnfield kicked off, and the ball was immediately swung out to Denyer on the left wing. This player with White's assistance made ground with the ball, but Wardlaw intercepted Denyer's centre, and with a long forward pass sent the play into midfield. Here in an attempt to pass out to the left wing, Seabrooke miskicked in the direction of the Redhill goal, and Webb volleyed the ball towards Vallet, whose centre, however, fell behind the expectant inside men. The ball was taken to the other end, where Preedy fielded it well, and with a lofty kick again sent the home forwards away. With the line working well together, Farnfield was able to get well into the penalty area before he essayed a shot; his kick was faultily timed, but Vallet fastened on to the ball and from a difficult position shot into McCracken's hands. The goalkeeper, harassed by the heavy Redhill centre-forward, made an ineffectual attempt to clear, and Wilkins ran the ball once more into the danger zone, incidentally drawing the opposing defence. Farnfield, who was now unmarked, turned the ball into the net, opening the score after a quarter of an hour's play. A few minutes later, after White, having cleverly worked himself into a promising position, had shot hard over the bar, another accurate centre by Vallet saw the ball once more in the visitors' goal-mouth; Farnfield brought off a first-time shot which McCracken pushed away to the left, where White, without an instant's delay, eluded a rush by Field, and shot hard into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Two up, and with the home forwards, who had shown form far above most expectations, giving ample promise of more. Only a short five minutes elapsed before another goal was added. This also came originally from the left wing, where a neat pass by Denyer was taken on the run by White, who, tricking the opposing half in his characteristic and inimitable manner, sent the ball across the goalmouth, with a kick that was neither a centre nor a shot, but a little of both. Farnfield could with ease have intercepted it, but unselfishly left it to reach Wilkins, who was better placed. The agile inside-right got his head well to the ball and brought the total to three. Repeated efforts were made to add still further to the score, notably when White, timing the ball to perfection, lifted it from a centre by Vallet into the goalie's hands, and again when the same player had the mortification of seeing another brilliant attempt fail through McCracken jumping to a high shot, and the half was nearly at an end when Miller scored the fourth goal. This time Vallet again dropped the ball into the goalmouth, where it was awaited by a group of players. The ball reached McCracken, who, with eager players swarming round him, failed to hold it, when Miller, with great effort, apparently tapped the ball out of his hands into the net. A few minutes only remained before the referee's whistle brought the half to a close, but in that time Preedy once more proved his ability by taking a hard cross shot from Wise, in perfect style.
The second half, although by no means dull, was scarcely so productive of exciting incident as the first. It opened with a break-away by the visitors, and for a moment the home goal was in danger, but Preedy rushing out veritably took the ball off Seabrooke's foot and cleared in a way that elicited salvoes of spontaneous applause from the spectators. Probably this mark of appreciation had much to do with the scoring of the visitors' only goal, for immediately after the Redhill goalkeeper was penalised for carrying. The manner in which the goal was scored was quite unique - a free-kick was taken from about ten yards out, the Redhill goal being packed with players. An old but effective trick was exploited by Wise, who, running up as if about to shoot, jumped over the ball, and left Little to force it between the defenders. Encouraged by their success the visiting forwards, a well-balanced if hesitating line, gave a better account of themselves, but most of the pressing was done by the home team. Both goals underwent narrow escapes, but the score remained unchanged at the conclusion:- Redhill 4, Hampstead Town 1.