September 3, 1904
Match: Lancashire Combination, at Anchor Ground.
Darwen – Liverpool Reserves 5-3 (2-1).
Liverpool Reserves (2-3-5): Peter Platt; Charlie Wilson, John McAdam; Tom Chorlton, George Latham, George Fleming; Ellis Dudley, Herbert Pratt, Richard Morris, Jack Parkinson, John Carlin.
The Liverpool Reserves goals: Pratt, Dudley, Parkison.
Goals were plentiful enough at Darwen where the Anfield reserves tackled the team of the Peaceful Valley, but the latter belied their reputation, and were somewhat noisy in their methods. Of the eight goals registered during the game. Liverpool could only claim three, so that their defence can scarcely be said to have done itself justice. Darwen are one of the most difficult teams in the Division to tackle on their own ground, but after scoring three goals the visitors should really have managed to avert defeat. More steadiness near goal would have brought nine points to Liverpool, and in this respect the Darwen forwards were decidedly superior, for they seized upon the chance which came their way, and made the most of them. With the Rovers reserve at Anfield this afternoon, the Liverpool second string should open their credit account, for the visitors were beaten on their own ground last Saturday by Bury.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: September 10, 1904)
** Note that Charles Evans was mentioned in the preview line up.