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1959-60 Metropolitan League 'A'

HASTINGS UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Pilot Field

1 - 1 (Brett)

22 August 1959

Rhodes

Cripps

Burkett

Obeney

Hurst

Bovington

Woodley

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Scott

Although the Hammers showed the better soccer, lack of shooting ability caused them to be in arrears at half-time, the homesters netting from a free-kick after Brian Rhodes had been adjudged to have handled outside the penalty-area. However, we levelled the scores five minutes from time when Ron Brett scored his first goal in our colours, Tony Scott making the final pass after good work on the left wing.

WINDSOR & ETON : Metropolitan League

Stag Meadow

4 - 2 (Beesley 3, Woodley)

26 August 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Obeney

Lansdowne

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Hills

Scott

 

The match was personal triumph for Mick Beesley who netted a “hat-trick” in a 4-2 win (after we had led by 2-1 at half-time).

All three were well-taken efforts, especially the first which was a typical “Vic Watson type” header from a beautiful cross-pass by Tony Scott after the left-winger had made a fine run. On the other wing Derek Woodley also shone, and he netted the first Hammers’ score when sheer speed took him past the home defence. The margin might have been greater, for we missed a penalty-kick.

HAYWARDS HEATH : Metropolitan League

Hanbury Park

0 - 1

29 August 1959

Gregory

Cripps

Lyall

Hurst

McClinton

Busby

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Hugo

Boucherau

 

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League Pro Cup (First Round)

The Eyrie

2 - 0 (Beesley, Lyall [pen])

5 September 1959

Reader

Cripps

Lyall

Bovington

McClinton

Hurst

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Maxted

Dear

 

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Josephs Road Ground

0 - 2

9 September 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Hurst

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Maxted

Dear

 

At the age of 18 Eddie Bovington was the senior member of the side and on the score of experience the homesters could be expected to win. They did so by 2-0, but it was no easy win. This youthful Hammers' team put on a very classy display, and in the words of Bill Robinson who watched the game: "If they always played like that, we'd have no complaints."

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

Kingsway

1 - 5 (Beesley)

12 September 1959

Reader

Cripps

Lyall

Bovington

Bickles

Maxted

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Boyce

Dear

 

Dunstable were the better side in front of goal, but our own forwards did not have a great deal of fortune; they twice had the ball in the net but had goals disallowed, whilst two of the Town's tallies had a semblance of offside about them but still counted. Although only one goal up at half-time Dunstable went further ahead and ended with a 5-1 margin that was not a true reflection of the play. Mick Beesley scored our goal.

CHELSEA "A" : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

2 - 4 (Beesley, Boyce)

14 September 1959

Reader, Cripps, Burkett, Bovington, Bickles, Hurst, Woodley, Boyce, Beesley, Obeney, Dear

In a hard game Chelsea went two up early in the game, but the Hammers reduced the arrears prior to the interval and then drew level after the resumption. It was then again the Pensioners' turn to shine, and they made certain of victory with two further goals. Our scorers were Mick Beesley and Ron Boyce.

The Metropolitan League is now in its eleventh season. Canterbury City joined the league prior to the start of the season as new entrants the League now has a membership of twenty clubs.

Manager: Harry Butler

59_08_22 Hastings United v. WHU Metro 59_09_05 Bedford Town v. WHU M Pro Cup

Much credit goes to our defence for keeping the homesters scoreless, for although we led by 1-0 at the interval we did not have anywhere near as much of the play as after the resumption when our forwards were more in the game. Mick Beesley netted our first-half goal and when the same player was fouled in the second half John Lyall made no mistake from the penalty-spot.

59_09_12 Dunstable Town v. WHU Metro

CANTERBURY CITY : Metropolitan League

Kingsmead Stadium

3 - 0 (Brooks, Hills, Woodley)

26 September 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Lansdowne

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Hills

Dear

 

59_10_10 Dartford v. WHU Metro

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Grovelands

3 - 1 (Smillie 2, Brett)

30 September 1959

Rhodes

Kirkup

Lyall

Obeney

Moore

Hurst

Wragg

Cartwright

Brett

Smillie

Scott

 

HEADINGTON UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League Cup (First Round)

Manor Road

1 - 3 (Boyce)

3 October 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

McClinton

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Boyce

Maxted

 

FULHAM "A" : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

2 - 5 (Lansdowne, Smillie)

5 October 1959

Reader, Cripps, Lyall, Bovington, Bickles, Lansdowne, Wragg, Cartwright, Brett, Smillie, Scott

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

4 - 2 (Hills 2, Brooks, Maxted)

10 October 1959

Gregory

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Hurst

Maxted

Boyce

Brooks

Hills

Dear

 

FULHAM "A" : Metropolitan League

Craven Cottage

3 - 2 (Brett 2, Bovington)

26 October 1959

Rhodes

Cripps

Lyall

Bovington

Moore

Hurst

Woodley

Cartwright

Brett

Hills

Dear

 

59_10_26 Fulham v. WHU Metro

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Grovelands

4 - 1 (Brooks 2, Beesley, Boyce)

31 October 1959

Mountford

Peters

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Lansdowne

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Scott

 

60_01_30 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

1 - 3 (Cook)

2 November 1959

Reader, Cripps, Burkett, Bovington, Hurst, White K., Woodley, Brooks, Cook, Boyce, Scott

CANTERBURY CITY : Metropolitan League

Kingsmead Stadium

1 - 1 (Scott [pen])

7 November 1959

Mountford

Peters

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Brooks

Woodley

Boyce

Brett

Scott

Dodgson

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League Pro Cup (Second Round)

Hove Stadium

2 - 1 Beesley, Boyce)

14 November 1959

Reader

O'Mahoney

Peters

Brooks

McClinton

Hurst

Woodley

Boyce

Beesley

Scott

Brett

 

NEWBURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

2 - 0 (Brett, Dear)

28 November 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Brooks

McClinton

Peters

Brett

Boyce

Beesley

Scott

Dear

 

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League

Away

2 - 4 (Dear 2)

5 December 1959

Reader

O'Mahonsy

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Peters

Woodley

Brooks

Beesley

Scott

Dear

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League

Hove Stadium

1 - 2 (Brett)

12 December 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

McClinton

Peters

Woodley

Boyce

Brett

Brooks

Dear

 

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Josephs Road Ground

1 - 9 (Boyce)

19 December 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Brooks

McClinton

Peters

Wragg

Boyce

Bleanch

Beesley

Hills

 

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

3 - 2 (Hills 2, Boyce)

28 December 1959

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Hurst

Scott

Boyce

Bessley

Hills

Dear

 

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Stadium

0 - 0

2 January 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Hurst

Maxted

Brooks

Bessley

Hugo

Dear

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League

Hove Stadium

8 - 2 (Beesley 3, Bovington, Boyce, Peters, Scott, [og])

9 January 1960

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Peters

Wragg

Boyce

Beesley

Brooks

Scott

HAYWARDS HEATH : Metropolitan League

Hanbury Park

2 - 2 (Brooks, Peters)

23 January 1960

Reader

Burkett

O'Manoney

Peters

Bickles

Hills

Wragg

Boyce

Maxted

Brooks

Dear

CRAWLEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Meadow

2 - 4 (Brett, Griffiths)

30 January 1960

Reader

Cripps

Maxted

Bovington

Lansdowne

Hills

Wragg

Cartwright

Griffiths W.

Brett

Hugo

60_01_30 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro Back 60_02_13 Dartford v. WHU Metro

CHELSEA "A" : Metropolitan League

Hendon

0 - 8

6 February 1960

Reader

O'Mahoney

Peters

Maxted

Bickles

Hills

Wragg

Boyce

Brett

Brooks

Dear

DARTFORD : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

2 - 3 (Boyce, Dear)

13 February 1960

Reader

O'Mahoney

Peters

Brooks

Bickles

Hills

Wragg

Boyce

Bleanch

Brett

Dear

WINDSOR & ETON : Metropolitan League

Stag Meadow

3 -1 (Brett 2, Hills)

20 February 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Brooks

Bickles

Peters

Maxted

Boyce

Brett

Hugo

Hills

60_03_19 Dunstable Town v. WHU Metro

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Park

2 - 3 (Boyce, Brett)

27 February 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cunningham

Brooks

Bickles

Hills

Woodley

Boyce

Brett

Healer

Dear

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

2 - 2 (Maxted, Woodley)

12 February 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cunningham

Picking

Bickles

Peters

Woodley

Brooks

Maxted

Hugo

Dear

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

Kingsway

0 - 2

19 March 1960

Gregory

O'Mahoney

Cripps

Picking

Bickles

Cunningham

Woodley

Brooks

Bleanch

Hugo

CRAWLEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Meadow

0 - 3

26 March 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cunningham

Picking

Bickles

Hall

Maxted

Boyce

Bleach

Brooks

Hugo

60_03_26 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro 60_03_26 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro Back

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League Pro Cup (Semi-Final)

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Smillie, Woodley)

28 March 1960

Gregory

Cripps

Burkett

Bovington

Peters

Hills

Woodley

Boyce

Bleanch

Smillie

Dear

60_03_28 WHU v. Luton Town MLPC Semi-Final

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road

3 - 2 (Hills 2, Obeney)

6 April 1960

Dwyer

O'Mahoney

Lyall

Bovington

Bickles

Burkett

Woodley

Obeney

Bleanch

Hills

Hugo

60_04_23 Chelsea v. WHU Metro Final

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Angel Ground

0 - 0

9 April 1960

Caskey

Cripps

Burkett

Picking

Bickles

Hall

Patten

Brooks

Dear

Hills

Hugo

HASTINGS UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Pilot Field

0 - 4

11 April 1960

Dickie

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Hills

Woodley

Brooks

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Park

1 - 4 (Bleanch)

13 April 1960

Dickie

O'Mahoney

Burkett

Picking

Bickles

Hall

Woodley

Brooks

Bleanch

Hills

Dear

NEWBURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

1 - 3 (Woodley)

15 April 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cripps

Picking

Thompson M.

Burkett

Woodley

Brooks

Bleanch

Hills

Dear

HEADINGTON UNITED : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

0 - 5

18 April 1960

Caskey, O'Mahoney, Cunningham, Burkett, Bickles, Hall, Patten, Gray, Harris, Hugo, Roach

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road

6 - 3 (Dear 3, Blench, Hugo, Obeney)

20 April 1960

Dickie

Cripps

Burkett

Hurst

Bickles

Hall

Woodley

Obeney

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

CHELSEA "A" : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (Final 1st leg)

Stamford Bridge

1 - 4 (Bleanch)

23 April 1960

Caskey

O'Mahoney

Cripps

Picking

Burkett

Hall

Bleanch

Brooks

Dear

Cunningham

Hugo

HEADINGTON UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Manor Road Ground

4 - 1 (Brett 2, Dick 2)

28 April 1960

Gregory

Cripps

Hills

Bovington

Lansdowne

Obeney

Scott

Brett

Bleanch

Dick

Hugo

60_05_02 WHU v. Chelsea MLPC Final

CHELSEA "A" : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (Final 2nd leg)

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Brett 2, Cartwright, Woodley)

2 May 1960

Gregory

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Lansdowne

Obeney

Woodley

Cartwright

Brett

Hills

Dear

Won 5 - 4 on agg:

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Angel Ground

4 - 3 (Obeney 2, Blench, Scott)

4 May 1960

Reader

Kirkup

Cripps

Bovington

Lansdowne

Hurst

Woodley

Bleanch

Brett

Obeney

Scott

1958-59 Metro 1960-61 Metro Season 1959-60

The star of this game was veteran goalkeeper Ernie Gregory who made several top-rates saves from a dangerous forward-line led by the experienced Mike Tracey. However, the whole team deserves credit for the 2-1 victory against a heavier-built side, and there was no doubt that they had the edge in a hard-fought game which provided a high standard of play despite the rainy weather which made conditions unpleasant.

Johnny Cartwright put Derek Woodley away in the ninth minute and our right-winger cut in and shot the ball into the roof of the net on the run. A defensive lapse let in the Hatters a minute before the interval, but seven minutes after the restart Woodley made another solo dash and ended with a shot that the opposing 'keeper could only parry and Andy Smillie followed up to net the rebound.

Being David Hills’ 20th Birthday, he was made captain for the day; he was aslo the oldest member of this very young side which included Les Patten (playing his first game in a senior side). The young Hammers were a great credit to the club, and against hard-tackling, experienced opposition they did very well to force a goalless draw on a day when a gusty wind made ball-playing more difficult than usual. Frank Caskey brought off several great saves while Harry Cripps, Jack Burkett and Dave Bickles formed a very strong defensive trio in front of him.

After a goalless first half we went three up through two goals by David Hills and Harry Obeney, but the home side fought back well to reduce the arrears and we had to keep well in the game to gain a 3-2 victory. John Lyall made a welcome return after his recent absence due to injury and came through well, while Derek Woodley was one of our best attackers altough not among the scorers.

59_09_26 Canterbury City v. WHU Metro 59_11_07 Canterbury City v. WHU Metro

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Apart from Ernie Gregory this was a very young side, and although the defence mainly held the homesters' attack without difficulty it was a lack of experience in our own vanguard that kept us from gaining at least one point. However we were very pleased to see Johnny Lyall in action again, and feel sure that he has now fully recovered from the leg operation he underwent during the summer.

The former Kent League club had gained nine points from their opening six games, but our lads shook them with a well-deserved 3-0 margin. A goal by David Hills (giving a first-rate show) put us in front at the interval, and Mick. Brooks and Derek Woodley each added another in the second half.

We had a 1-0 half-time lead and ran out 3-1 winners in a game which was not decided until we netted our third goal in the last ten minutes. As is common at the moment the ground was hard and somewhat bumpy, but there were some touches of good football. Andy Smillie (2) and Ron Brett scored our goals.

There was too much to pull back in this game when the homesters scored thrice in the first half-hour, and although the Hammers settled down and put in some good midfield play the Headington defence proved too strong in their own penalty-area. Derek Woodley and Ken White combined well for Ron Boyce to finish off a good move on one occasion, but the final score of 3-1 against us was a fair review of the play.

Our defeat in this fixture came about through a combination of defensive errors, lack of thrust and a couple of " offside " goals. We were 1-0 down at the interval, and Fulham "A" ended with a 5-2 margin in their favour which perhaps surprised them as much as it disappointed us.

The  Hammers were good 4-2 winners despite a tendency at times to make one pass too many. However, things went just right on the occasions when David Hills (2), Bernard Maxted and Mick Brooks scored

for us.

Our third-string put on as good a performance as any they have given this season to gain a 4-1 victory after being 3-1 up at half-time. Bill Lansdowne played a real captain's part, urging on his XI throughout the whole 90 minutes, and all in all it was a most satisfying success. Mick Brooks (2), Mick Beesley and Ron Boyce scored our goals.

Luton were one up at half-time and were worthy 3-1 winners at the end of an interesting game. Our scorer was John Cook, a young centre-forward from Glendale F.C. having his first trial for the Hammers.

Newcomer to the side Ken Dodgson from Derby played a useful game and contributed to our 1-1 draw. The City led at half-time, but we equalised through Tony Scott converting a  penalty. There was a real ding-dong struggle in the second half of a keen game.

We did very well to win this game; as the Seasiders had no Combination fixture they fielded five of the team which beat our Reserves 5-1 on the previous Saturday, but a young Hammers' XI more than held their own. Ron Boyce put us into a half-time lead, and although Brighton equalised with a quarter-of-an-hour to go Mick Beesley's winner five minutes from the end brought a deserved victory.

Every credit goes to our defence (especially Peter Reader) for holding a lively Newbury team scoreless, and an outstanding performance by 16-year-old Ron Boyce enabled our attack to gain the goals for a 2-0 victory. Boyce gave a long pass to Brian Dear for the left-winger's centre to be headed home by Ron Brett, and though we missed a penalty we had a half-time lead. The other counter came when Brian Dear beat two men and calmly slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

A deflected long shot put the Hatters ahead after ten minutes, and although we rallied we could never catch them up. The uneven surface put good soccer at a premium, and heavier homesters proved more forceful in these condotions to gain a 4-2 victory. Brian Dear netted both our goals   the first from close in from a pass by Martin Peters the second by hitting a first-timer into the net after the^posing had made a good save from Michael Brooks.

Although our forwards showed plenty of thrust they were unfortunate to come up against Eric Gill, the Albion's First XI 'keeper who was having a try-out after injury; he was largely responsible for his side gaining the bonus, making several first-class saves.

In an even game the homesters went ahead after eight minutes; but four minutes later Harry Cripps put Derek Woodley away for the winger to beat his opponent by sheer speed and centre for Ron Brett to score. The score stayed that way until ten minutes from time when a shot from a Brighton forward was helped into the net by one of our defence.

Our "A" Team received a 9-1 defeat in the Metropolitan League match v Guildford City Reserves at the Josephs Road Ground. Although the Surrey club were always holding the upper hand, injuries to Doug Wragg and Jack Burkett made matters more difficult for us.

We were 0-4 down at half-time and then missed a penalty before Ron Boyce notched our solitary counter.

The outlook appeared black for us when the Town went two up after five minutes. However, our lads fought back extremely well, and gained a deserving 3-2 victory thanks to a couple of goals by David Hills and another by Ron Boyce. Hills' first success came in the ninth minute from a centre by Tony Scott and he pushed the ball over the line five minutes after the interval to level the scores. The last goal was the best of the match, B

We fielded what amounted to a Colts' Team for this game in view of their lack of match practice in preparation for our F.A. Youth Cup tie. However, ground conditions precluded much good soccer, and the game was abandoned at half-time with no score.

With ground conditions back to rather more normal standards our "A" Team was able to play better football last Saturday, and against young but fairly experienced opposition they ran up a heavy score in a Metropolitan League fixture at Hove Stadium. The Brighton and Hove "A" Team held the Hammers scoreless for 35 minutes, but in the following 39 minutes conceded no fewer than eight goals. Two homesters' tallies in the last ten minutes made the final score 8-2, but the wide margin of victory was not unduly flattering.

Tony Scott and Doug Wragg were a constant menace to the home defence, and from their centres Michael Beesley notched his second hat-trick in the space of four days. The other scorers were Scott, Ron Boyce. Eddie Bovington, Martin Peters and " own goal " (one apiece).

Praise was due to all the players for their fitness in putting on such a good game on a bad pitch. An "own goal" a minute before the interval put us in arrears and five minutes after the resumption another defensive error made it 2-0 lo the homesters. At this stage it looked as if the points would slip from our grasp, but Martin Peters ran on to a corner-kick clearance to net through a crowd of players with twelve minutes to go ; this was followed by a determined rally and a hard shot from 20 yards by Michael Brooks left us sharing four goals.

The condition of the ground was disgraceful, being literally ankle-deep in clay. We should have been in front at the interval instead of drawing  1-1,  but  as we missed several chances had one ourselves to me for this our goal came when a long pass from B.ll Lansdowne converted by Ron Brett after 15  minutes.   The game slowed down after hSft me and Crawley's kick-and-thrust paid dividends for they eventual v won by 4-2.  Our second goal was netted after good work by Eddie Bovington and John Cartwright;   the scorer  was W. Griffiths, a Welsh amateur international at present on Tooting and Mitcham s books.

This match was played in the morning, but what satisfaction Chelsea gained from their 8-0 victory in this encounter was almost certainly erased by the afternoon defeats of their First XI and Reserves.

For our part we could gather no satisfaction whatever from this particular meeting with the Blues, and the fact that we bad two men injured early on is no real excuse for such a heavy reverse. Our team-work m general was by no means up to the required standard and nothing more can be added to this.

The home club's programme commented upon the high standard of play shown by our young players in the Metropolitan League and for the majority of the game this was confirmed by the Hammers who gave a display of hard and intelligent soccer. A goal by Ron Boyce brought a sixth-minute lead and after about an hour's play Norman Bleanch collected a loose ball on the left to provide an opening for Brian Dear to make it 2-0 in pur favour. Then three defensive errors in the last 18 minutes resulted in Dartford scoring three times (the last two minutes from the end) to secure a somewhat fortunate 3-2 victory.

Once again a largely all-Colts line-up performed splendidly to gain a 3-1 victory over the amateur opposition. The defence saw the Hammers through the first 20 minutes when Windsor put on heavy pressure, but once we adjusted ourselves to the conditions goals were bound to come our way. Ron Boyce "generalled" the attack and Ron Brett moved well io take scoring chances in the 28th and 37th minutes ; the latter came straignt from the kick-off without an opponent touching the ball after the homesters had equalised. David Hills got the other goal in the second-half after Boyce and Brett had combined well.

The Seasiders fielded seven regular First Team men and were good value for their 4-0 victory although the two final goals did not come until the last minute. We were one down at half-time, but after the interval the greater experience of the home side decided the issue.

In windy weather our young team was defeated largely through the greater experience of the opposition, for whom ex-Portsmouth player Jack Mansell did very well. We were one down at half-time and the Seasiders added another goal before Norman Bleanch scored for us. However, that was our finale, and we eventually went under by 1-4.

A goal by Derek Woodley was our only reply to Newbury's three in a not very exciting game played on a pitch that made good soccer difficult.

Although three defensive errors contributed to a half-time deficit at 0-4, the Hammers were somewhat unfortunate to be that much in arrears. Greater ability to accept chances was most decisive, but our young side (most of them still under-18) made a better showing in the second haif, and it was not until ten minutes from time that the visitors made the final score 5-0 in their favour.

After leading 2-0 at half-time we increased  our margin to 5-1; Didcot reduced their arrears to 5-3, but we finally ran out winners by 6-3. Brian Dear notched a hat-trick, the other goals being scored by Norman Bleanch, Roger Hugo and  Harry Obeney.

The inexperience of the Hammers (who included seven amateurs) rather than a pronounced superiority on the part of the Chelsea professionals accounted for the 1-4 margin against us which we shall have to face when the second leg is played at Upton Park on 2nd May. Poor covering enabled Ray to score a hat-trick with goals in the 10th, 72nd and 75th minutes, the Blues' other tally coming ten minutes from time. Norman Bleanch got our goal in the 70th minute.

MATCH ABANDONED - Half-time

?? : rearranged for 27 February 1960

59_12_28 Bedford Town v. WHU Metro 59_09_09 Guildford City v. WHU Metro 59_08_29 Haywards Heath v. WHU Metro 60_04_15 Newbury Town 60_04_06 Didcot Town v. WHU Metro