THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
1949
Saturday, 05 November 1949
Isthmian League
 
Oxford City
0 - 3
Wimbledon
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Next up for Wimbledon was a visit to the White House Ground and without Harry Stannard, Jack Wallis and Freddie Gauntlett a tight tussle was anticipated. Harry Bull and Dick Bloomfield deputised, the latter making his debut.

Chance for chance City could have been in the lead at half-time, but Jack Haydock pulled of some grand saves to deny them when they breached the Dons’ defence. Ron Head in particular was outstanding, and the halves effective both in defence and attack. Bull was the first to have a crack, going close with a curving shot, and then Ron Head had a long-range shot that Oakey had to deal with. Jim Smith ran in to take a pass from Charlie Smith and fired in a low shot that the keeper held well. Barnfield should have put City into the lead, but shot over from close range with the goal at his mercy and Haydock had to dive full-length to divert a header from Hawkins away from goal and Barnfield was again profligate when he missed another sitter, shooting wide this time. Before the break Haydock made another brilliant save from Holmes.

The second half was a different story once Wimbledon got into their stride. Switching the ball from wing to wing and crisp passing along the floor gave them the upper hand, and they gave the home side a lesson in teamwork and goal-getting. But before that Oxford still had chances to take the lead, Head deflected a shot from Hawkins for a corner and Haydock tipped over a hard rising shot from the same player. When the first goal came it was somewhat against the run of play, Bull beat the right back and dribbled towards goal before deceiving the keeper with a shot from an acute angle the travelled into the far corner of the net. The tide had turned and the second was not far behind, an attack down the left leading to a beautiful cross that found Jim Smith unmarked and he headed through. Although Oxford fought hard to get back into the game the Wimbledon defence were resolute and it was no surprise when the visitors added a third, Bloomfield neatly setting up Doug Munday.