Saturday, February 9 – 1907
Liverpool’s narrow win.
Liverpool had all their work cut out in coming through at Oldham. There was no slicing-up of the home team, as some suggested. William Macpherson’s goal was admittedly a simple one, and gained, too, when the enemy were shot handed. When one adds that Oldham had an early goal disallowed, and that, had their custodians been reversed, so, too would the result, it must be conceded Oldham played a notable part in the performance.
After all, Liverpool’s chief obstacle was the ground, over which their less polished Reservists would, I fancy, have moved more confidently. Oldham’s vigour was akin so that used so effectively, say, by Barnsley, upon Portsmouth, Brentford on Middlesbrough, and Crystal Palace upon Newcastle! The “expert” player knows what to expect in games of this character, and he generally gets it.
Liverpool would prefer First Division men any day than attempt to dine off plain Lancashire Combination fare. Still, Oldham must be complimented on the strenuous fight made with the First League champions, and the result is sure to have given the Association game in Oldham a rare impetus.
Of course, Liverpool were unfortunate in being denied Alex Raisbeck’s fine services, but the understudy, James Gorman, stood his first big test well.
Then Percy Saul, after a run of 21 consecutive matches with the senior team, had also to cry oss, in consequence of his mishap with Southall; and this let in Tom Chorlton for the first time since his most dangerous and painful injury at Burden on New Year’s Day. It was his first partnership with Billy Dunlop since Liverpool beat Everton’s opponents at Bristol two year ago. I have long desired to see Chorlton alongside Dunlop, and if the pair always behave as at Oldham there will be little to grumble at. Although not fit Chorlton worked most successfully, with Dunlop again at the very top of his form.
Sam Hardy also kept a fine goal. A pleasing feature of the half-back work was the splendid game played by Robert Robinson – it was a big advance on previous exhibitions.
The forwards got few chances of settling down, for if there was no harassing opponent about, the tricky hard surface, as a rule, assisted their discomfiture.
(Cricket and Football Field, 09-02-1907)