Wednesday, December 26 – 1900
The reserve teams of these local clubs met at the Tower Grounds, New Brighton, yesterday afternoon to decide their return Lancashire Combination fixture, the previous game between them having ended in favour of Liverpool by three goals to two. The weather was very boisterous, and there were about 2,000 spectators in attendance.
The home team, who had the assistance of a powerful breeze, were decidedly the more aggressive at the outset, but nothing more tangible than abortive corners rewarded their efforts. Albert Bradshaw, the Tower custodian, misjudged a centre from the visiting left wing, but fortunately for him Charles Satterthwaite just failed to get at the ball when he had an unprotected goal before him.
Harry Storer was then severely tested by Tommy Green, and had to concede a corner, from which R. Ellison skimmed the crossbar. The Tower had a good chance of scoring from a free kick, but T. Ford sent the wrong side of the upright. The interval arrived with a blank score-sheet.
On resuming the home representatives played up pluckily against the wind, and Storer had to deal with several dangerous shots. The game was very fast, and midway through the second half it was palpable that the hot pace was beginning to tell on the home contingent.
Satterthwaite at length scored for the visitors with a beautiful shot that gave Bradshaw no chance. The ball was again placed in the Tower net from a corner, but the goal was disallowed for some informality.
The visitors now had matters pretty much their own way, but the skillful custodianship of Bradshaw, combined with the fine defensive tactics of Harry Turner and John Holmes prevented any further scoring. A capitally contested game finally ending in victory for Liverpool by one goal to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury, 26-12-1900)