THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
1949
Saturday, 03 September 1949
Isthmian League
Plough Lane
 
Wimbledon
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2 - 3
Kingstonian
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An unchanged team took on local rivals Kingstonian at Plough Lane for Isthmian League points. The visitors had their two new signings from Queens Park, Glasgow, Kessock and Church in the forward line.

With a strong breeze at their backs K’s started brightly and Kessock was the first to test Jack Haydock, following up soon after with a shot that flashed a foot wide. A clever back pass from Harry Stannard set up Jim Smith, but the winger’s first-time shot was yards wide. Hounslow was in good form in the Kingstonian goal and climbed high to punch away a cross, but was unable to clear when challenged by Stannard and Freddie Gauntlett; as all three fell in a heap the ball rolled to Vic Bird, but he put the ball over with an empty net at his mercy. Hounslow recovered and was soon fast off his line to clear as Smith ran onto a pass from Bird, Two corner’s were wasted before the Dons took the lead just before the break, Hounslow could only parry Stannard’s shot and Gauntlett was rushing in to smash the ball in.

Bird should have increased the home side’s lead shortly after the interval, but again ballooned the ball over the crossbar. Stoker was proving effective in the visitor’s defence, and he ran more than half the length of the pitch to set up Church with an opening, but the forward mis-kicked from ten yards with only Haydock to beat. The Dons were working hard to press home their advantage and Jack Wallis crashed the ball against the bar after Bird had cleverly dummied Stannard’s cross, and it was a surprise when Kessock seized on an opening the equalise after an hour. Spurred on by the reverse Wimbledon intensified their attack, but the forwards were often too slow to get their shots off and allowed defenders to get back and in the way. Stannard, however, looked to have sealed victory when he met a cross from Doug Munday and shot home along the ground and when Whing was carried off, only to return hobbling at outside-right, it looked all over. Scott had crossed to the opposite wing with Drawwater switiching to centre-forward, and the two combined for the latter to again level the scores. With five minutes left Whing, still lame, was allowed to cut in and beat Haydock for the winner. With only a handful of shots the visitors had secured the points.