Saturday, February 3 – 1900
At Ewood Park, to-day, in keen weather, before a fairly good attendance. Both teams were well represented, the visitors including Harry Storer, Peter Kyle, Abe Foxall, and John Parkinson, and the Rovers Allen Hardy, Tommy Briercliffe, and Ben Hulse. Hardy is the full back recently signed by the Rovers.
From the commencement the play was of a swift, keen, and even character, and the ball travelled from end to end at a great rate. A sweeping change by the Liverpool forwards looked ominous for the “Blue and Whites”, but the attack was beaten off.
Then the Rovers’ forwards got swinging, and after sprightly forward play Briercliffe scored a beautiful goal. Still the Rovers attacked, and Hulse put on a couple of goals in quick succession with irresistible shots.
The Anfield forwards showed clever and pretty foot work, and made a series of brilliant onslaughts, but the home defence stood fir.
Half-time – Rovers Reserves 3, Liverpool 0.
The second half commenced with a smart dash by the Liverpool left wing. The effort was unsuccessful, but it was evident that the visitors were bent on reducing their opponents’ lead. The Rovers showed no signs of relaxing their effortds, and on several occasions Storer’s charge was in great danger.
The Liverpool forward were very persistent and speedy, and for a time they made matters decidedly warm in the home defence line; but bad kicking and resolute tackling kept the “Blue and Whites” fort from falling.
A very bad foul on Briercliffe by Robert McLaren roused the ugly feelings of the crowd, and the offender was roundly booted. The game grew faster than ever towards the close, but no further score took place.
Result – Rovers Reserves 3, Liverpool, 0.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 03-02-1900)