Fleetwood Rangers no match for Liverpool

November 14, 1892
Liverpool undertook another journey into the Fylde district on Saturday, and, smarting under the reverse at Blackpool, there was an air of determination with the team that boded no good for Fleetwood.

James McBride and Jock Smith were again in their places, and they materially improved the play all round.

Liverpool started uphill with the wind, but Fleetwood were the first aggressors, James Brogan mulling a fine opportunity when in a good position. The Liverpool forwards then got away, and from Malcolm McVean’s pass John Miller safely steered the ball into the net.

Fleetwood again bore down, and to make amends for his previous non-success, Brogan banged a terrific shot through, thus putting the teams level after five minutes’ play. But it was evident even at this stage who were the better team, and the methodical style of Liverpool soon asserted itself, and McVean, brushing past all opposition, put on number two.

By Duncan McLean lying too far up the field, Brogan and Billy Hogan, the home right, raced away and centred, and although Matt McQueen saved in a critical moment, the homesters made a strenuous claim for the ball being through, but the referee decided against them.

Again the visiting forwards got away, and Miller, McVean, and Hugh McQueen gave an excellent display of combination, McVean finishing the effort by scoring the third point for Liverpool, which left the game at half time three to one in their favour.

In the second half Liverpool, keeping themselves well together, severely tested Chapman, and to his credit he did his work exceedingly well, and assisted by two reliable backs, Colley and John Bibby, Liverpool, although mostly in their opponents half, could not increase their score.

Ultimately Smith, by a sharp screw shot, did the trick, and a pleasant and fast game ended in a victory for Liverpool by 4 goals to 1.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: November 14, 1892)


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