Reserves News, 1930/1931

Friday 19 December - Reserves lose 3-1 at Leyton

Leyton had the better of the early exchanges, but Hampstead defended stoutly, both the backs kicking strongly, especially Stimpson, who was the best back on the field. Following alternate raids to both goals, Leyton forced several corners, and from one of Ham's fine centre Trodd scored the first goal for Leyton after twenty minutes. Hampstead now had a spell and should have equalised, but for the good goal-keeping of Deller, who showed fine judgment in coming out and smothering shots by Berry and Edwards. Both Leyton's wingers were giving of their best and caused a great deal of anxiety to Hampstead's defence and after further pressure were again rewarded with another goal through Smith, who headded through a beautiful centre by Ham. Hampstead would not give up trying and before half-time were rewarded with a good goal by Berry. Leyton were very aggressive after change of ends and Hampstead had a lean time, but the defence prevailed until well into the second half, when Trevers was completely deceived with a dropping shot from Wynne. Just prior to the end Robinson had to retire through an injury to his knee, but there was no further scoring, and Leyton won by three goals to one. Hampstead : J. Trevers; J. Stimpson, L. Compton; L. Salter, H. Robinson, R. Dean; G. Bruton, E. Holton, J. Edwards, A. Rance, L. Berry. (Hendon Times & Guardian, 19/12/1930, p.17)

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Friday 12 December - Reserves win at Hayes

The Athenian League game at Hayes opened quietly with Hayes having slightly the better of the exchanges. Cox, on Hampstead's left, continually made ground, but his efforts ended in the ball going behind. Play was mainly in midfield, both goal-keepers not being greatly troubled. Eventually from a good centre from the left wing, Hayes' outside-right headed a really good goal. Soon after Robinson was carried off the field with an injured knee which left Hampstead with ten men up to the interval. Robinson resumed at outside-right after change of ends. Hampstead immediately tried but could not break through the Hayes' defence for some time. However, Dean, playing at left-half, burst through several players and scored with a fine shot. This evened up matters considerably, continuous raids being made on both goals. Hampstead's backs were playing well and the halves backed up the forwards with long passes. Shots from Rance and Voicke were saved smartly by the home goal-keeper. Rance and Cox were playing finely together and from a centre by Cox, Robinson netted, for Hampstead to win a good game by 2-1. Hampstead : J. Trevers; J. Stimpson, L. Compton; L. Salter, H. Robinson, R. Dean; G. Voicke, J. Edwards, G. Milburn, A. Rance, W. Cox. (Hendon Times & Guardian, 12/12/1930, p.19)

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Friday 28 November - Good win for reserves

Following their away victory over Southall, Hampstead Reserves gained a further two points last Saturday by beating Leyton by five goals to two. In spite of the bad weather, the game was a most enjoyable one to watch, as thrills were abundant, and the spectators thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Following on a great deal of pressure by Leyton within the first fifteen minutes, they scored their first goal through McKay, but within a few minutes Hampstead, from a breakaway, drew level through Milburn, who was showing good form at centre-forward, and who was also responsible for the second goal. Shortly before half-time Leyton scored again through E. Smith with a fine effort. Trevers, in goal for Hampstead, was the outstanding player, and was continually bringing off very fine saves. The second half was all in favour of Leyton for the first twenty minutes, and they were very unlucky in not taking the lead, Hampstead very rarely being seen to any advantage. Eventually they came into their own and everyone was kept on tip-toes expecting anything to happen. After heavy pressure Leyton gave way, Milburn bursting through to put in a shot which glided off Toleman's back into the net. After this it was all Hampstead to the end and folllowing a further goal from Voicke, Hampstead were awarded a penalty, and this was successfully taken by Salter. Hampstead : J. Trevers; J. Stimpson, E. Watkins; L. Salter, H. Robinson, C. Turner; G. Voicke, J. Edwards, G. Milburn, A. Rance, W. Cox. (Henton Times & Guardian, 28/11/1930, p.17)

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Saturday 22 November - Reserves win at Southall

Southall Reserves were again defeated at home on Saturday, Hampstead Reserves winning at Western Road by 3-1. The home team suffered from the same failings as revealed in recent matches - lack of understanding and weak finishing. So far as play territorially was concerned, there was not much in it, but Hampstead were always the sounder in defence and the more potent in front of goal, the home forwards missing three easy chances of scoring. Hampstead obtained two goals in the first half, and both sides scored once after the interval. (West Middlesex Gazette, 22/11/1930, p.16)

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Friday 14 November - Reserves go under to Barnet

Hampstead Reserves gave a disappointing display against Barnet Reserves last Saturday, losing by four goals to one. Barnet thoroughly deserved the points, as they played much better together and knew the way to goal. Hasmpstead's defence was always busy. Trevers, in goal, saved his side time and again, while Stimpson showed much improvement, and had most of the work to do at back. The halves were weak and were continually skying the ball or giving it to an opponent, instead of finding their own forwards with good ground passes. Voicke and Edwards gave a good display on the right wing, and Voicke, if he can overcome the tendency to shoot on every possible occasion and centre the ball instead, should develop into a good player. Brown, at inside-left, scored Hampstead's only goal after a nice movement on the right wing. He shows promise of becominng a nice player when he has had time to settle down and gets used to the faster style of play. Hendon - : J. Trevers; J. Stimpson, S. Bloxham; W. Pavey, L. Salter, A. Moors; G. Voicke, J. Edwards, H. Robinson, J. Brown, L. Berry. (Hendon & Finchley Times, 14/11/1930, p.17)

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Friday 24 October - Reserves beaten 5-2 by Uxbridge

[N.B. Much of the report in the online copy held by the British Newspaper Archive is unreadable, probably owing to the fact that the report is in column 1 of the page, which could not be held flat when the copy was made. The latter part of the report is in column 2, and can be read.] ... Cox, who improved when he cut in towards goal instead of making for the corner flag, and he was once more responsible for the second goal, also scored by Evans, who unfortunately lacked support all through the game. In the second half Hampstead was a spent force and Uxbridge simply overran them. Had it not been for brilliant goal-keeping by Trevers they would have run into double figures. As it was, they found the net on four occasions, and thus ran out easy winners. Hampstead : - J. Trevers; J. Stimpson, L. Compton; E. Holton, W. Hewlett, G. Trevers; G. Milburn, J. Edwards, F. Evans, A. Rance, W. Cox. (Hendon Times & Guardian, 24/10/1930, p.17)

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Friday 17 October - Reserves draw at Barnet

A really good game was seen at Barnet last Saturday, Hampstead Reserves eventually drawing level after having been two goals down for three parts of the game. The two goals secured by Barnet were through penalties awarded for very doubtful cases of handling, but such is the luck of football and Hampstead suffered in consequence. Shearcroft turned out for the first time this season and did very well indeed, scoring both goals for Hampstead, the first being a good first-time shot, and the second a gem of a header. The game was fought out in the usual spirited style of local rivalry and was well worth seeing. Barnet's goal-keeper excelled throughout, but was only a shade better than Trevers, who saved some great shots during the second half. Bloxham gave a very sound display at left back, in spite of being shaken up in the early stages by a collision with Barnet's centre-forward, and Edwards was very unlucky in not giving Hampstead the lead with a fine cross shot in the later stages. While the wingers are both speedy, they lack that little extra strength to finish with strong centres. Hampstead : - J. Trevers; J. Stimpson, S. Bloxham; W. Pavey, H. Robinson, A. Moors; G. Voicke, H. Shearcroft, W. Hewlett, J. Edwards, W. Cox. (Hendon Times & Guardian, 17/10/1930, p.17)

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Friday 03 October - Reserves plucky fight

The Reserves visited Enfield with a stronger side last Saturday, and although losing by three goals to two proved that if they are allowed to settle down will be a good side in the course of a few weeks. The score did not fairly represent the run of the play, as Hampstead had quite two-thirds of the play in the first half and certainly the better of the second half, but robust play by Enfield proved too much for the lighter Hampstead forwards. Two early goals fell to Enfield through Hansard, who proved to be an efficient centre-forward and was constantly worrying Hampstead's defence. Hampstead was on their tip-toes on many occasions, but good openings were missed through their inability of frustrating Enfield's offside tactics, and fell into the trap time and again. Towards the end of the first half Enfield added to their score with a nice goal by Jones, and thus led by three goals to nil at half-time. Some quarter-of-an-hour after change of ends Edwards made a capital run and scored the best goal of the game, and nearing the end he netted a second time following bad play by Enfield's right-back. For Hampstead Cox and Edwards made a good wing pair, while Bell and Mead did well in the half-back line, and Dean, at left-back, gave a good display, while Hansard, Gyselman and Davies did best for Enfield. Hampstead : - J. Trevers; S. Bloxham, F. Dean; W. Bell, H. Mead, H. Robinson; G. Voicke, W. Pavey, L. Compton, J. Edwards, W. Cox. (Hendon Times & Guardian, 03/10/1930, p.15)

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Friday 26 September - Reserves lose at Bromley

Hampstead Reserves failed to maintain the form shown at Cheshunt last week and lost to Bromley by the odd goal in three. Play was distinctly of the fast order, but Hampstead could not keep it up and several players showed signs of fatigue at half-time. Bromley were much stronger than the team that was beaten at Claremont-road in the first game, and they were well worth the two points. Several changes took place in the Hampstead eleven, and they will have to be strengthened by the inclusion of more seasoned players if they are to be anywhere near the top of the table at the end of the season. Their forwards were especially slow on the ball and lacked punch. A feature of the game was the number of corners which accrued to both sides and were thrown away through the inability of the players to even make the ball reach the near post. Prior to half-time Cox scored for Hampstead, and Bromley were extremely unlucky to be a goal down at this time. Bromley gave of their best in the second half, Trevers being called upon to save some great shots, which he did in his usual sure style, but he was beaten on two occasions through no fault of his own, and Bromley secure the two points by winning two goals to one. Hampstead : _ J. Trevers; J. Stimpson, F. Dean; W. Bell, H. Robinson, R. Hackett; G. Voicke, H. Mead, G. Milburn, V. Gardner, W. Cox. (Hendon Times & Guardian, 26/09/1930, p.15)

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Friday 19 September - A sensational start!

Rain marred the Athenian League game at Cheshunt last Saturday and the play suffered in consequence. Following a sensational first twenty minutes' play by Hampstead, who, swinging the ball about and getting Cheshunt's defence in a tangle, put on six goals through Mead, Compton (2), Rance and Cox (2), Cheshunt came into the picture and during one of their raids scored through Rhyden. After the change over Cheshunt improved and were much superior to Hampstead, but they found a stumbling block in Trevers, who played a really great game in goal. Hampstead's halves and backs were subjected to great pressure at times and they finally gave way, Rhyden again neeting for Cheshunt. Hampstead missed several good scoring chances during periodical raids on Cheshunt's goal, but were eventually rewarded with a further goal by Compton, who thus did a hat trick in his first appearance this season, Hampstead thus winning by 7 goals to 2. Hampstead : - J. Trevers; D. Blair, F. Dean; W. Pavey, H. Mead, W. Bell; G. Voicke, G. Milburn, L. Compton, A. Rance, W. Cox. (Hendon Times & Guardian, 19/09/1930, p.11)

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Friday 12 September - Reserves beat Bromley

Hampstead had almost a new side out in their League fixture with Bromley, only three of last season's players appearing. The new material from which it was hoped to find good substitutes to fill vacancies in the first team did fairly well considering they had not played together before. Of the new men the best was undoubtedly A.H. Elwell, at left-back, who gave a very fine display, and should in the course of a few weeks settle down to be a really good-class player. D.C. Blair, at right-back, gave him good support, and at times did some nice things. H.G. Robinson, at left-half, G. Voicke and G. Milburn, on the right wing, should develop into very useful and strong players. T. H. Jobson, in the centre, was a trier, and prior to his being shaken up did very well indeed, and seems to know where the goal is. L. Berry, on the extreme left, gives promise, but was starved and did not have a lot to do. At the start the game was very scrappy indeed, with nearly everybody hanging on to the ball far too long and generally throwing away some very useful openings. After twenty-five minutes Hampstead opened the score rather luckily, the ball being put through by Bromley's left-back, and this lead was maintained until the interval. After change of ends both sides improved and after five minutes Bromley drew level through a nice centre from Bromley's right being crashed into the net by their outside-left, Trevers being given no chance owing to being handicapped by the sun. Hampstead kept pegging away and were eventually rewarded with a further goal, the ball glancing off Limbrey into the net, and Hampstead were able to register two points in their first game. (Hendon Times & Guardian, 12/09/1930, p.11)

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