January 9, 1893
The championship of the Lancashire League promises to produce a grand fight. That coveted position lies between the leading three, and their progress is keenly watched every match. Liverpool regained their place at the top on Monday by defeating Fairfield, a club who the Saturday previous had given such a fright to Blackpool by drawing with them on the latter’s ground, but Bury again jumped to the front on Saturday.
The game was evenly contested during the first half, but half-time found Liverpool leading by 2 goals to 1. In the second half the Fairfield team were overplayed, and Liverpool won very comfortably by 4 goals to 1. The palm must be awarded to Duncan McLean and Andrew Hannah, whose magnificent back play was worthy of their reputation.
On Saturday the return fixture with Heywood Central was concluded, and although Liverpool only won by the narrow margin of 2 goals to 1, yet they were decidedly the better team. On account of a strong wind blowing from goal to goal, the play was mostly confined to one position of the field, and so stubborn was the defence offered by Sydney Ross (who throughout played brilliantly), Hannah, and McLean, that the homesters could only manage to put one through.
With the assistance of the wind Liverpool, who were short of Jock Smith and Malcolm McVean, began to swarm round Sharples, and a fierce onslaught ensued, but the great depth of the snow, which had not been cleared, interfered greatly with shooting, and some time had elapsed before Thomas Wyllie and James McBride scored.
The game was keenly contested, and both goalkeepers deserved every praise for their splendid play, Ross at times saving marvelously. Both pairs of backs were about equal in play; but at half-back Liverpool shone conspicuously, McBride receiving repeated applause for his grand tackling and passing.
John McCartney as usual worked hard all throughout, while Joe McQue did his share in a satisfactory manner. The forwards lacked combination, hence the small score. Matt McQueen and John Miller worked hard, but, being individual efforts, had not the same telling effect as the week previous.
(Liverpool Mercury: January 9, 1893)