Wednesday, November 14 – 1900
Burnley Reserves played their first encounter of the season with Liverpool Reserves on the Turf Moor ground on Saturday, and were unfortunate in suffering another defeat. The home team were very weakly represented, the three regular half-backs all being absent. The weather was very wet and boisterous, and the ground was soft and heavy. There were not more than a hundred spectators present.
Liverpool kicked off with the slope in their favour, making a vigorous attack from the beginning, scored within the first two minutes. After the re-kick off both ends were visited and play was fairly even. The home forwards had a good chance of equalising, but two capital openings were missed, the shooting being much too tame to beat Harry Storer, the visiting custodian. In spite of the heavy ground, the game was interesting,
Tom Soulsby and John “Sailor” Hunter doing excellent work on the right wing for the visitors. Burnley were certainly hard pressed, but their forwards broke away and nearly scored. Liverpool next gained a corner. The visitors were the better team, and from a corner they nearly obtained a second goal.
Burnley were beaten in tactics, but they stuck to their guns, and Mole with a good shot equalised play half-an-hour from the start. After this Tatham was three times called upon, Liverpool being generally the aggressive part. From Soulsby’s centre Alf Ferrier obtained a second goal.
At half-time score was: Liverpool 2, Burnley 1.
In the second half Burnley were the first to press, but were quickly placed on the defensive, and despite every effort the forwards failed to come off in front of the goal. About twenty minutes before time. S. Hunter placed his side further ahead. The visitors continued to have most of the play and, adding another goal through Hunter, ran out winners by four goals to one. The visitors showed far superior science to the home team and merited the victory.
(Burnley Gazette, 14-11-1900)