January 5, 1901
Leyland v Liverpool Reserves.
At Leyland, before a fair gate. Salts and Pope had not arrived when Alf Ferrier started play for the visitors, who pressed at the start. Ferrier put through a long shot after two minutes’ play. Bennett mulling the attempt. A nice movement by the visitors’ left wing was rather dangerous. Yates, however, cleared with a timely kick. Bannister was prominent with a neat run, and after eluding Woodruffe he was challenged by Rogers, who conceded a corner, which was cleared by John Glover.
The visiting forwards were showing pretty play. The home defence, however, was good. Dearden foiling an attempt to get through by William Otty. After 10 minutes’ play Leyland were unfortunate in losing Hargreaves, their centre forward, who was injured and had to retire. Although playing with ten men they held their own, Glover, however, cleared with a huge kick. Hargreaves at this point returned, but limped badly, and was of little use.
Half-time: Liverpool Reserves 1, Leyland 0.
On resuming a rearrangement was made in the home forwards, Hargreaves going outside left, and Pope taking the centre position. The home forwards went away with a rush. Bannister was badly fouled by John T. Hunter when he was in a nice position for scoring. The free-kick which followed was put by. A series of attacks on the home goal followed, Salts kicking out for safety. A nice run by Tom Soulsby and Charles Satterthwaite ended in the latter beating Bennett for the second time. A corner for Leyland followed, which was nicely placed by Dawber Bannister beating Harry Storer with a beautiful header. This success encouraged the home team, and from a free-kick against Woodruffe, Dawber put by. Storer saved in quick succession from Bannister and Dawber.
(Source: Lancashire Evening Post: January 5, 1901)