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1964-65 Metropolitan League 'A'

Manager: Jimmy Barrett

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Shortlands

5 - 0 (Smith 2, Dawkins, Herbadge, Lansdowne)

22 August 1964

64_08_22 St Neots Town v. WHU Metro

Mackleworth

Needham

Howe

Dawkins

Andrew

James

Redknapp

Herbage

Lansdowne

Smith T.

Dryden

CHATHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chatham

0 - 2

27 August 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Howe

Dawkins

Andrew

James

Redknapp

Herbage

Lansdowne

Smith T.

Dryden

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

Mackleworth, Burnett, Howe, Dawkins, Andrew, James, Redknapp, Herbage, Lansdowne, Smith T., Dryden

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Herbage, Lansdowne, Smith T.)

29 August 1964

ROMFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

64_08_31 Romford v. WHU Metro

Brooklands

3 - 2 (Dawkins, Menseh, Smith)

31 August 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Smith T.

Lansdowne

Menseh

Dryden

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

New Writtle Street

2 - 1 (Lansdowne 2)

5 September 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Kitchener

Hartley

Andrew

Howe

Herbage

Smith T.

Britt

Lansdowne

Dryden

64_09_05 Chelmsford City v. WHU Metro 64_09_09 Chertsey Town v. WHU Metro Lge

By notching their fourth win in five games our “A” Team consolidated its second place in the Metropolitan League. Chelmsford Reserves put up a hard fight at the New Writtle Street Stadium, but we deservedly maintained a 2-1 half-time lead to gain full spoils. Bill Lansdowne netted both our goals, the City’s lone counter coming between these. But one player that particularly caught the eye was goalkeeper Colin Mackleworth, who gave a very competent display and earned a good share of applause.

CHERTSEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chertsey

1 - 3 (Bennett)

9 September 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Howe

Hartley

Andrew

James

Bennett

Smith T.

Lansdowne

Herbage

Dryden

STEVENAGE TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

64_09_12 Stevenage v. WHU Metro

Broadhall Way

1 - 0 (Lansdowne)

12 September 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Howe

Hartley

Andrew

James

Herbage

Smith T.

Lansdowne

Walker

Dryden

GILLINGHAM RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Priestfield Stadium

1 - 3 (Lansdowne)

15 September 1964

Dickie

Presland

Howe

Dawkins

Andrew

Charles J.

Dear

Bennett

Lansdowne

Smith T.

Dryden

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 0 (Hartley, Lansdowne, Smith T.)

19 September 1964

Mackleworth, Burnett, Howe, Needham, Andrew, James, Herbage, Hartley, Lansdowne, Smith T., Dryden

For the third  successive game Bill Lansdowne netted a goal (to bring his total to seven for the season), and further tallies from Trevor Hartley and Tony Smith made the final count 3—0 in our favour. We were two up at the interval and made most of the running in the second half to cruise to a comfortable victory.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC "A" : Metropolitan League

Woolwich Stadium

4 - 0 (Lansdowne 2, Bennett, Smith T.)

23 September 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Howe

Dawkins

Andrew

Hartley

Redknapp

Bennett

Lansdowne

Smith T.

Dryden

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League Cup (First Round)

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

26 September 1964

Mackleworth, Needham, Lampard, Howe, Andrew, Cross, Dryden, Hartley, Lansdowne, Smith T., Walker

Six of our senior Youth XI were in the line-up on this occassion, Frank Lampard and Roger Cross making their debut in. Metropolitan League soccer. Perhaps with a little more experience we might have forced at least a draw, but in the end the stronger finishing powers of the Bedfordshire club proved decisive, and we went down by the only goal.

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

London Colney

1 - 0 (Britt)

3 October 1964

Mackleworth

Needham

Howe

Hartley

Andrew

James

Herbage

Smith T.

Britt

Lansdowne

Barrett

BEDFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 3 (Howe)

10 October 1964

Mackleworth, Lampard, Howe, Needham, Andrew, Hartley, Redknapp, Herbage, Lansdowne, Smith T., Dryden

After rnissing several matches' through injury, Martin Britt returned to our colours in this game and scored the goal by which we defeated a strong Gunners' side, Britt had to play something of a lone hand in attack as the game progressed, for injuries to both wing-halves (Trevor Hartley and David James) left us with only nine fit men at the finish. All things taken into consideration it was an extremely fine performance.

This game brought us a most convincing victory by four clear goals. Bill Lansdowne again starred as leader of the attack, netting twice; the other scorers were Peter Bennett and Tony Smith.

There was a lack of experience against a stronger-than-usual Bedford Town side, and it was not until the game was nearly ended that we scored our only goal, through Bobby Howe who moved upfield to make the final count

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Barrett, Herbage, Needham)

17 October 1964

Mackleworth, Kirkup, Needham, Hartley, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Herbage, Lansdowne, Barrett, Dryden

This was a much  better performance, and after leading by 2-1 at half-tirne we went on to secure a good 3-1 win. In defence George Andrew showed up very well, and Joe Kjxkup had a satisfactory performance in his first game since being injured a couple of weeks earlier, Terry Needham, Alan Herbage and Jim Barrett got our goals, "veteran" Jim's being from around 40 yards.

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 1 (Smith T. 2)

24 October 1964

Mackleworth, Burnett, Presland, Needham, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Herbage, Heffer, Smith T., Dryden

Successive victories on the last two Saturdays leave our "A" Team in third place in the Metropolitan League with 22 points from 15 games. The Spurs "A" have fallen away somewhat but hold second place with the same points from one less game, and Gillingham Reserves have taken over top spot with 23 points from 15 matches. Tony Smith had a very good game, scoring a goal in each half to bring us a 2-1 victory. It was a very good show of team-work by an XI which included seven of last season's Youth Team and the visitors who have some excellent reserve strength to back their Southern League championship challenge were rather surprised at the manner in which our youngsters capably dealt with them

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Josephs Road Ground

3 - 0 (Barrett, Burnett, Herbage)

31 October 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Presland

James

Andrew

Howe

Needham

Herbage

Lansdowne

Barrett

Lampard

The two "vetrans" of the side - Bill Lansdowne and Jim Barrett - were stars of an excellent performance, the Hammers looking winners all the way against the Southern Leaguers' Reserves. Barrett got the first goal and Alan Herbage added a second before the interval. The third and final counter was from Dennis Burnett at the end of a fine upfield movement

BURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Needham, Smith T., Walker)

7 November 1964

Mackleworth, Burnett, Lansdowne, Needham, Andrew, James, Redknapp, Herbage, Barrett, Smith T., Walker

CHERTSEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 1 (Smith T.)

14 November 1964

Hadlow, Burnett, Kitchener, James, Andrew, Howe, Simmons, Smith T., Lansdowne, Herbage, Dryden

WIMBLEDON RESERVES : Metropolitan League

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES: Metropolitan League

CAMBRIDGE CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League

CHATHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (First Round)

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

65_01_09 Dartford v. WHU Metro

BEXLEY UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

ROMFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

STEVENAGE TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

WIMBLEDON RESERVES : Metropolitan League

CAMBRIDGE CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (2nd Rd)

65_02_13 Wimbledon v. WHU Metro 65_02_20 Cambridge City v. WHU ML Pro Cup

BEXLEY UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

CAMBRIDGE CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

65_01_02 Woodford Town v. WHU Metro

Snakes Lane

1 - 1 (Smith T.)

2 January 1965

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

James

Andrew

Howe

Herbage

Smith T.

Lansdowne

Dyden

Hugo

Watling Street

4 - 3 (Burnett, Dryden, Lansdowne, Smith T.)

9 January 1965

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

Burnett

Andrew

James

Herbage

Smith T.

Lansdowne

Dryden

Hugo

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

CHARLTON ATHLETIC "A" : Metropolitan League

CHATHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR "A" : Metropolitan League

GILLINGHAM RESERVES : Metropolitan League

BURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR "A" : Metropolitan League

65_04_15 Bury Town v. WHU Metro

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

1 - 2 (Smith)

28 November 1964

Mackleworth, Needham, Kitchener, James, Andrew, Howe, Brabrook, Smith T., Lansdowne, Hugo, Dryden

Chadwell Heath

0 - 4

21 November 1964

Mackleworth

Burnett

Kitchener

James

Andrew

Lampard

Herbage

Smith T.

Lansdowne

Hugo

Dryden

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Hugo 2, Howe)

5 December 1964

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, James, Andrew, Howe, Herbage, Smith T., Lansdowne, Dyden, Hugo

Chadwell Heath

3 - 2 (Dryden, Howe, Smith T.)

12 December 1964

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, James, Andrew, Howe, Herbage, Smith T., Lansdowne, Dyden, Hugo

Maidstone Road Ground

2 - 1 (Herbage, Lansdowne)

19 December 1964

Park View Road Ground

4 - 0 (Barrett, Herbage, Lansdowne, Smith T.)

16 January 1965

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

James

Andrew

Howe

Herbage

Smith T.

Lansdowne

Hugo

Barrett

Imber Court

4 - 1 (Hugo 2, Dryden, Redknapp)

20 January 1965

Dickie

Needham

Kitchener

Hartley

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Hugo

Smith T.

Dryden

Chadwell Heath

2 - 0 (Herbage 2)

23 January 1965

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Hugo)

6 February 1965

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 3 (Burnett, Dawson)

30 January 1965

Mackleworth, Needham, Kitchener, James, Andrew, Howe, Dawson, Herbage, Lansdowne, Smith T., Dryden

Plough Lane

0 - 0

13 February 1965

City Ground

2 - 3 (Hugo, Redknapp)

20 February 1965

Chadwell Heath

4 - 0 (Hugo 2, Herbage, Simmons)

24 February 1965

Chadwell Heath

2 - 1 (Hugo, Smith T.)

27 February 1965

City Ground

3 - 3 (Dryden, Herbage, Redknapp)

6 March 1965

Luton Co-op Ground

4 - 1 (Smith T. 4)

13 March 1965

Chadwell Heath

5 - 2 (Britt 2, Smith T. 2, Dryden)

17 March 1965

Mackleworth, Needham, Burnett, Charles, Andrew, Howe, Smith T., Bennett, Britt, Dawkins, Dryden

Chadwell Heath

4 - 2 (Britt 3, Dryden)

24 March 1965

Mackleworth, Needham, Kitchener, James, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Herbage, Britt, Smith T., Dryden

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

27 March 1965

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, Hartley, Andrew, James, Redknapp, Herbage, Lansdowne, Dryden, Walker

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, James, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Herbage, Barrett, Smith T., Dryden

Chadwell Heath

2 - 0 (Dryden 2)

3 April 1965

Mackleworth, Burnett, Kitchener, James, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Bennett, Hugo, Smith T., Dryden

Chadwell Heath

4 - 2 (Smith T. 2, Dryden, Hugo)

10 April 1965

King's Road Ground

6 - 1 (Hugo 4, Howe, Smith T.)

14 April 1965

Dickie

Burnett

Kitchener

James

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Hugo

Smith T.

Dryden

Cheshunt

0 - 3

17 April 1965

Hadlow

Needham

Kitchener

James

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Barrett

Smith T.

Hartley

Creasey Park

3 - 1 (Hugo 2, Smith T.)

21 April 1965

Dickie

Burnett

Kitchener

James

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Hugo

Smith T.

Dryden

Chadwell Heath

8 - 0 (Hugo 4, Dryden 2, Smith T. 2)

28 April 1965

Mackleworth, Burnett, Bickles, Dawkins, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Bennett, Hugo, Smith T., Dryden

When Harry Redknapp made his way along the bye-line and passed back for Bill Lansdowne to net early in this game, we looked on our way to a repeat of our resounding victory in the opening fixture. However, the "goal" was disallowed for offside, and the homesters took heart from their let-off to gain a 2-0 half-time advantage. We struggled hard against the odds but the Medway club held on to keep a clean score-sheet and their advantage to the end.

Our defence was very firm in this game and George Andrew again made a very good showing in the pivot position, keeping his opponents well in check. The first half went scoreless, but we got well on top after the interval and in turn Bill Lansdowne, Tony Smith and Alan Herbage each netted. The Town got a “consolation” goal just before time, so we secured the points with a 3-1 score.

This was an even duel until midway in the second half when Romford had their centre-half carried off with the score at 2-2; this turned the game our way and we got another counter to annexe the spoils. The winning goal was scored by John Menseh, who played for Hearts of Oak F.C. against the Hammers when we toured Ghana in the summer of 1962; he is at present playing for Newmarket Town in the Eastern Counties League, and we were pleased to give him the opportunity of donning our colours. Trevor Dawkins and Tony Smith got the other goals.

The 3-1 reverse which we sustained could be mainly attributed to three faulty back-passes by the Hammers; each was intercepted by an opposing forward and the ball successfully placed in our net; our scorer was Peter Bennett. Apart from the score we had as much of the game as the Surrey club (who moved up from Diviion II of the Metropolitan League this season), but paid the inevitable penalty of errors.

This was a much better performance than that of three days earlier against Chertsey Town, and although we got home by the only goal scored by Bill Lansdowne the margin might have been greater. The defence was very tight and Dennis Burnett showed up extremely well in an all-round display of team-work.

In an extremely rough match we held a single-goal lead until a quarter-of-an-hour to go after Bill Lansdowne had put us ahead. Then we were reduced to nine men, and in a storming finish the homesters steamrollered the Hammers to net three times and take the points. The commentary given by team-manager Jim Barrett on the atmosphere prevailing both on and off the field on this occasion is perhaps best left unprinted!

64_12_19 Chatham Town v. WHU Metro

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Mackleworth

Burnett

Kitchener

James

Andrew

Howe

Herbage

Smith T.

Lansdowne

Dyden

Hugo

After a short lean spell in the Metropolitan League our “A” Team returned to winning ways. Although Luton Town “A” are currently at the foot of the table they gave us a hard fight at Chadwell Heath. We emerged as victors by the odd goal in five to bring our points total to 29 from 21 games, which keeps us among the top quintet. Our scorers were Bobby Howe, John Dryden and Tony Smith, the latter being the winning counter five minutes from time

We visited highly-placed Chatham Town in the First Round of the League Professional Cup. This was another very good contest, our 2-1 victory being gained through goals by Bill Lansdowne and Alan Herbage. Both these were scored in a first half which proved to be one of our best showings this season, with John Dryden playing an outstanding part; the Medway club had slightly the better of the exchanges after the interval, but we deserved to go forward to the next round

Eight new clubs joined the league for the 1964-65 campaign, Bury Town, Chatham Town, Chertsey Town, Dunstable Town, Gillingham Reserves, Luton Town 'A', Stevenage Town and Wimbledon Reserves. The clubs who left the competition at the end of last season include Oxford United Reserves, Eastbourne United, Kettering Town Reserves, Rainham Town, Crawley Town Reseves and Tonbridge Reserves.

Mackleworth, Needham, Kitchener, James, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Smith T., Lansdowne, Hugo, Walker

 

Mackleworth, Needham, Kitchener, Burnett, Andrew, James, Dawson, Herbage, Britt, Smith T., Hugo

 

Mackleworth

Burnett

Kitchener

Charles

Lansdowne

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Hugo

Smith T.

Dryden

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

James

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Lansdowne

Hugo

Dryden

Mackleworth, Burnett, Burkett, James, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Herbage, Hugo, Smith T., Dryden

Mackleworth

Burnett

Burkett

James

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Lansdowne

Smith T.

Dryden

Mackleworth

Needham

Kitchener

James

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Herbage

Lansdowne

Smith T.

Dryden

1963-64 Metro 1965-66 Metro Season 1964-65

Dickie, Burnett, Burkett, Howe, Lansdowne, Lampard, Herbage, Smith T., Simmons, Hugo, Dryden

64_11_28 Bedford Town Reserves

No programmes issued for West Ham's Home League games at Chadwell Heath

65_01_16 Bexley United v. WHU Metro

Leading by two goals at half-time Hammers were never in trouble in this Metropolitan League game and piled on three more in the second period of a good display.

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We renewed acuaintance with a club that we formerly opposed in the Eastern Counties League, the Suffolk team having moved over to the Metropolitan League for 1964-65. They gave us a very hard game, one of the best this season and right to the final kick kept us at full stretch. Indeed, it was our defence which showed up particularly well, Colin Macklweorth and Dennis Burnett each starring in this particular sphere. We were two up at half-time and added another before Bury got their only goal during the second half. Terry Needham, Dennis Walker and Tony Smith were our scorers, the last-named taking his in excellent fashion.

An injury received on the previous day kept Colin Mackleworth out of our team, and we therefore included goalkeeper Billy Hadlow from our Youth XI. This was his first appearance in the Metropolitan League and in the early stages of the game he had to adjust himself to the difference in standards, but aided by good covering from full-backs Dennis Burnett and Billy Kitchener he emerged successfully. Chertsey got the first goal, but we equalised before half-time through Tony Smith. After the interval we had the better of teh exchanges but were staved off and held to a 1-1 draw. However, a pleaseing feature was that Billy Kitchener successfully came through his second game after injury and now appears to be fully fit.

Wimbledon's decision to move into the Southern League this season brought in its train the up-grading of their Reserves to the Metropolitan League. They have done very welll in both competitions, but their 4-0 victory over us on this occasion came as a shock, for our own line-up contained quite a lot of experience as well as young talent. However, a closer examination of teh facts show that in the first 20 minutes we were down to nine fit men; Peter Brabrook (in his first game since November 14th) dislocated his shoulder, and Roger Hugo was out of action soon afterwards when a recent injury re-asserted itself; added to these was that Colin Macklworth had to play under the handicap of a knee injury.

Tony Smith scored our goal in a game where fortune again deserted us. Though two down at the interval we fought back well and had a goal disallowed at a time when we were well in charge.

After a couple of unwelcome reverses our "A" Team returned to form in the Metropolitan League and took two points at the expense of Cambridge City Reserves at Chadwell Heath. Two first-half goals gave us a useful interval lead, but although the City reduced this after half-time a further counter made us deservinf 3-1 winners; Roger Hugo netted twice in an encouraging return after injury and Bobby Howe came upfield to score our other. Although it was a good all-round dsplay which tipped the scales in our favour.

Our "A" Team was the only senior XI which recorded any success for the Hammers on this day. They gained one point from their Metropolitan League engagement v Woodford Town at the Snakes Lane Ground, but had ground conditions been better could well have returned with full reward.

Unfortunately the pitch had received no attention since before the Christmas holidays and as it had been frosted and de-frosted a number of times in between it was difficult to play first-rate constructive soccer ; chances went astray through no fault of the players on both sides, so perhaps the 1-1 draw was the fairest outcome. The Town got their goal in the first half and Tony Smith scored a good equaliser after the interval.

A succession of victories has brought our "A" Team well back in the running for Metropolitan League honours, and we are now only four points in arrears of the leaders - Gillingham Reserves - on level games.

 

John Dryden and Dennis Burnett got the goals which gave us a 2--0 half-time lead. Bill Lansdowne and Tony Smith made our total up to four in a second-half full of incident, with the homesters netting three times from an "own goal," a penalty-kick and a last-minute success with a free-kick. We thus gained full spoils by a 4-3 margin.

This game brought a very easy victory with Jim Barrett, Alan Herbage, Bill Lansdowne and Tony Smith each netting once to gain a four clear goals' margin. The home side, although usefully placed in the upper half of the table, was no match for a Hammers team which held the advantage from first to last.

Our "A" Team has dropped only one point in its last eight Metropolitan League fixtures, and a pair of victories last week put them in fourth place with 38 points from 26 games. Gillingham Reserves have 42 and Tottenham Hotspur "A" 41 from the same number of fixtures to lead the tournament.

 

The Hammers were never extended by the opposition, and goals by Roger Hugo (2), John Dryden and Harry Redknapp gave us a 4-1 advantage at the finish.

The fixture against Romford Reserves was a truly a "llocal derby." Goals by Alan Herbage secured the points on this occasion by a two-clear-goals margin.

The situation at the head of the Metropolitan League is very open, the leading live teams being separated by only four points at the time of writing. They are: Tottenham Hotspur "A" (28 games, 44 points), Gillingham Res. (27-44), Wimbledon Res. (29-41), Arsenal "A" (30-40), West Ham United "A" (28-40).

Our own third-string dropped a couple of points on January 30th at home to Dartford Reserves, but as Dartford had their Southern League fixture on that day postponed, their "reserve" team appeared to be stronger than their league position indicated, and we went under by the odd goal in five, Ken Dawson and Dennis Burnett being our scorers.

In the game at Chadwell Heath we met another lowly-placed club - Stevenage Town - who gave us a hard game before we overcame them by the only counter netted by Roger Hugo.

 

Two disallowed "scores" and shots which hit the woodwork of the opposing goal summarised this League game as far as the Hammers were concerned. From the onset we were in general the better XI and were always looking likely to hold a team which has acquitted itself very well in this tournament; the outcome was a goalless draw.

As they were without a Southern League fixture the City strengthened their normal side for this Metropolitan League Professional Cup Second Round tie. However, this cannot be offered as an excuse for our 3-2 defeat, as we contributed to this ourselves by conceding a 0-2 deficit in the early stages through defensive errors when the ball was not completely cleared. We then drew level with counters by Harry Redknapp and Roger Hugo only to give away an "own goal" to complete another unhappy afternoon.

The situation at the head of the Metropolitan League has become clearer during the past couple of weeks, and with 52 points from their 31 games Gillingham Reserves are prime favourites for the championship. The Spurs "A" are in second place with 50 points from 32 games and our own third-string has 46 from 32 to give them an outside chance. Although the first half was scoreless we always appeared the better XI and eventually triumphed by 2—1 to supersede the Gunners in third position in the table. The visitors equalised after we had opened the scoring, but we quickly regained our advantage to score a merited success. Tony Smith netted his 16th Metropolitan League goal of the season and Roger Hugo got our other tally. This was Jack Burkett's first game in eight weeks, but he came through his test very well and we were quite happy with his form.

Although we never got in front in this game, we should really have annexed both points instead of the one which came from a draw. Having conceded one goal through a defensive error we were 1-2 in arrears at the interval; we then gave away another in the second half after levelling the tally at two each before netting a third counter to make it 3-3 at the end. John Dryden, Alan Herbage and Harry Redknapp scored.

This match was a personal triumph for Tony Smith who netted all our goals in a 4-1 victory. We were two up at half-time, and although the Hatters reduced their arrears we went on to win easily.

The Metropolitan Police side have a greatly improved record after a poor start to the season, and last Saturday secured a 4-3 win over Wrtocl-ford Town in the First Leg of the Metropolitan League Amateur Cup Final. In their meeting with us on this occasion they put up a good fight before losing by 5-2 in a pleasant encounter. Our scorers were Martin Britt and Tony Smith (two each), John Dryden getting the other.

The Haamers should finish in the first three places in the Metropolitan League, and it seems likely that the Spurs "A" and our own third-string will light it out for runuers-up spot as Gillingham Reserves have four games in hand on level points.

Martin Britt netted a well-taken hat-trick and John Dryden got another goal in our 4-2 victory over the South Londoners. It was a good game in pleasant conditions which provided an enjoyable afternoon for  both teams and spectators.

Against a  team only just in the top half of the table we put up a disappointing performance and lost by the only goal. The opportunity was there to gain a couple of most acceptable points, but they were literally thrown away.

We gave one of our best performances of the season to win this game by 2-0 against one of our rivals for honours. It was a hard tussle, but we merited the victory which was gained through goals by John Dryden one in each half.

We played very well indeed to beat the prospective champions by 4-2, all the goals coming in the first half; our scorers were Tony Smith (2), Roger Hugo and John Dryclen. This was the Kent club's first defeat in several weeks, and they are obviously a very strong side in many ways.

The highly-placed Suffolk club felt the effects of a heavy end-of-the-season programme during the second half, for although holding us to a 1-1 draw at the interval they were overwhelmed after the break and lost 6-1, Roger Hugo got himself a quartet of goals, Bobby Howe and Tony Smith netting one each.

The Spurs proved much too good for us, and gained a comfortable victory by three clear goals. The standard of our performance was nowhere near as high as when we beat them in early April, but this was partly due to our side being rather less strong in composition.