April 14. 1900
Reserves, Lancashire Combination, at Anfield.
Liverpool Reserves – Preston North End 1-0 (1-0).
Liverpool Reserves (2-3-5): Harry Storer; General Stevenson, Robert McLaren; George Martin, John T. Hunter, John Birchall; Tom Soulsby, John Parkinson, Peter Kyle, Hugh Morgan, Abe Foxall.
Preston North End Reserves (2-3-5): Ralph James; Bob Holmes, Daniel Whittle, Tommy Hodgson + 7.
The goal: 1-0 Morgan (2 min.).
At Anfield, before 3,000 spectators, the final issue having an important bearing on the championship. Daniel Whttle started half an hour late, but Morgan scored for Liverpool two minutes from the start. Liverpool, with both the wind and sun, had much the best of matters for a long time, and the Preston goalkeeper was frequently tested. He kept a good goal, however, and aded by strong backs, frustrated numerous attempts. Preston had several free kicks close in without result, though towards the interval play was contested on much more even lines. Preston had a penalty kick, but Storer saved Tommy Hodgson’s shot.
Interval – Liverpool, 1; Preson, nil.
After the restart Preston pressed hard to equalise, and had the best of the play. Storer, however, kept out several smart shots, and Bob Holmes netted from a free kick without the ball touching a second player. Liverpool attacked apasmodically, but Ralph James was safe, and play in this half was rather in favour of Preston, who, however, failed to draw level. Result – Liverpoo, 1; Preston, nil.
(Liverpool Mercury, 16-04-1900)
Harry Storer, Liverpool (Lloyd’s Weekly News: December 1, 1895):