Liverpool Reserves v Bury Reserves

April 1, 1908
Liverpool Reserves v Bury Reserves.
This match was played at Liverpool on Monday evening, before about 1,000 spectators. The Bury team was: Fred Mearns, Joe Bulcock, Frank Chorlton, Gilbert Chorlton, Fred Bell, James Brennan, Harry Wilkinson, Fred Talbot, Sam Broome, Harry Tufnell, Herbert Bradley. The ground was heavy and the weather unsettled, heavy showers descending throughout the game.

Bury won the toss, and soon after the start Sam Bowyer tested Mearns with a fine low shot. Bury pressed after this, and Edward Husbands did well to rid himself of a warm shot from Broome at the expense of a corner, from which Billy Dunlop effected a lucky clearance while standing on the goal line. The game was of a very open character, and shifted rapidly from end to end, both custodians having frequently to clear. Bowyer opened the score for Liverpool after twenty minutes, Mearns having little chance of saving the shot. Mearns punched away a fine curling shot from Harold Uren, following which Bury took up the game and pressed hotly. Husbands thrice saved in clever fashion, one from Talbot, which he rescued as it was passing just under the bar, evoking cheers. Bury had the better of the exchanges hereabouts, and despite an accident to Bradley, who was forced to retire, Bell equalised for them. The Reds responded well, however, and before the interval Allan Ramsay scored.

Half-time: Liverpool Reserves, two goals; Bury Reserves, one goal.

Bury started with their full side, and after a smart attack Talbot once more placed the teams level. Tufnell ought to have given them the lead, but sent wide; while at the Bury end Allan Ramsay only just missed scoring after a fine effort. Play grew slack, and both sides missed chances, but eventually Harry Griffiths let in Bradley, who raced right through and had no difficulty in beating Husbands. With ten minutes left for play, the home team tried hard to get level; but the Bury defence prevailed, and the result was:

Bury Reserves, 3; Liverpool Reserves, 2.
(Source: Bury Times: April 1, 1908)

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