Horsham were brought crashing down to earth after their FA Cup success when they were crushed by Bedford after making their longest journey of the season. Far from a reserve side, Bedford fielded seven of their professional, Southern League players, including such names as Moore, Staroscik and Stobbart, and the Eagles had things completely their own way from beginning to end. The Hastings United manager, Mr. Tresadern, was among the 2,456 crowd who watched the rout; he left after the eighth or ninth goal went in, presumably a very conﬁdent man.
But Bedford had put on a footballing display as good as any Horsham had come across since they joined the Metropolitan League. Their inter-changing of positions, their pin-point passing and complete understanding would have beaten many teams of a higher standard than Horsham. The only doubtful goal of the game was the ﬁrst one after seven minutes when a Staroscik corner bounced along on the Horsham goal-line and the referee ruled the ball had gone over. The other nine were right out of the book. Tony Winkworth brought off some first class saves, but he did not stand a chance of saving those which beat him. Five minutes after the opener, Gill shot through a bunch of Horsham players, and in the ﬁfteenth minute Staroscik was presented with an open goal following a defence-splitting pass from the left. Gill made it four in the twenty-sixth minute, Moore made it five after half an hour, and the half dozen was reached in the thirty-eighth minute when Stobbart drove the ball home from close in.
In the second minute of the second half Bedford were awarded a penalty and the ball was actually on the spot waiting to be kicked when it was noticed a linesman had his ﬂag up. The referee had a quick consultation before awarding Horsham a free-kick, but this was only a momentary lull in the onslaught. Three minutes later Staroscik made it seven and Glyn Jones gave away a penalty on the hour which Stobbart converted. Moore made it nine, scoring Bedford’s ﬁftieth goal of the season, before Horsham finally managed to get one back, Robin Stepney playing the ball through to Keith Brister who scored from close in after seventy minutes. The Bedford crowd were cheering their team on to make it double ﬁgures and, just when it seemed Horsham had saved themselves from that humiliation, Stobbart whipped the ball over the line.