THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
1949
 
Saturday, 29 October 1949
Isthmian League
Plough Lane
 
Wimbledon
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2 - 2
Romford
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Charlie Smith stepped in for the injured Harry Stannard but Ron Head was fit and Pat Field made way at the back for his return.

Wimbledon were on the offensive for the first quarter of an hour, and created a number of struggles in the Romford area with efforts from both Charlie Smith and Vic Bird going close, but as so often previously the midfield were creating chances only for the forwards to hesitate in front of goal. Romford had no such problems and when they finally got their chance Jack Haydock was found well out of position but Kurn’s shot hit the foot of the post and out to safety. Soon afterwards Kurn tested the keeper with a high shot, then Bridge missed by inches following good work from Bridge. Back up the other end again and Charlie Smith brought the best out of Ivey with a shot along the ground, and on the half-hour mark it was namesake Jim Smith that gave the Dons the lead, heading in a cross from John Woods, but the lead only lasted five minutes before Kurn equalised from a Brookes centre.

Wimbledon continued to attack after the break and gained two quick corners, then Jack Wallis missed by a foot and Jim Smith put in a fast, low shot that Ivey had to turn for a another corner. Freddie Gauntlett wasted a good chance by cutting in too early, but made amends twelve minutes into the second half when Jim Smith turned provider and Gauntlett beat Ivey with a header to put the home side back in the lead. Romford then turned on the pressure and the Dons’ defence started to wobble. Arthur Maggs cleared off the line and Kurn’s shot hit a defender with Haydock beaten, Haydock then punched away a high shot from Sheldon that fell to Kurn, his shot was charged down but Bridge was following up and equalised. Both teams pressed for the winner and Ron Head pushed up-field and hit a long-range shot that Ivey did well to turn for a corner. Kurn headed onto the crossbar and, in the last minute, Charlie Smith could have won the game, but shot high when well placed.