Wednesday, 03 May 1950
Isthmian League
Plough Lane
5 - 0
Dulwich Hamlet

Jim Smith returned from injury with Freddie Gauntlett again tried on the inside in place of Charlie Smith against a much below strength Dulwich Hamlet side.

Judged by the first-half display of the visitors, there was no indication that their reverse would be so pronounced, as they were quicker in tackles and the Dons’ defence took a long time to settle down and the only goal in the opening period came from a penalty. Vic Bird lobbed in a dangerous centre and, as Harry Stannard dashed up to reach the ball a defender handled. Stannard took the kick and made no mistake. Jack Wallis received a leg injury and changed places with Jock Woods about ten minutes before the interval and for a time Dulwich had most of the play.

After half-time it was a different story. Wallis, still playing at outside-right, beat Penney in a tackle a few yards from goal near the goal-line, and his overhead kick landed with Stannard, who headed out of the reach of Pratt just four minutes in. Jim Smith, although not fully recovered from a blistered heel, scored the third from a centre by Freddie Gauntlett, after half an hour. The Hamlet were mainly on the defensive in the last quarter of an hour, and Stannard headed two further goals to make his total for the match four, both well-directed headers. The first of these was following a free kick near the touchline taken by Wallis, the second from a centre by Gauntlett. The Dons muffed at least three good chances, otherwise they would have gained their biggest win of the season.

News came through after the game that Leytonstone had beaten Kingstonian and so made their place as leaders impregnable, no matter what the results of the concluding games.