Seven goals thriller at Anfield

November 7, 1908
Liverpool Reserves v Nelson.
At Anfield, before a fair attendance. Sam Bowyer played instead of Harry Grantham. Liverpool won the toss, and forced a corner, bit nothing accrued. Messina Allman scored for Liverpool from a centre by Mike Griffin. A minute later George Latham scored a second goal from a free-kick. Simpson had his leg hurt through Billy Dunlop falling on him. The Liverpool shooting was very good, and Donald Sloan had not much to do in goal.

The Nelson left wing were the better pair of the two. Bowyer was playing fairly well for Liverpool at outside right. A penalty was given against Dunlop for handling, and Martin Becton put the ball into the corner of the net far out of Sloan’s reach. Hirst, the Nelson Custodian, was injured, but soon resumed. Hood and Rimmer, the Nelson full backs, were very safe, and afforded the Liverpool forwards very little chance of scoring, especially the latter, who played a grand game. Ernest Peake was the best of the Liverpool half-back line. Allman played very well, and in the Nelson front-line Simpson and William Short were the best.

Half-time: Liverpool Reserves 2, Nelson 1.

On the resumption Nelson attacked strongly. From a centre by Griffin Bowyer should have scored, but sent the ball high over the bar. Nelson should have scored several times, but they had bad luck. From a fine centre by Griffin, Fred Smith scored the third goal for Liverpool, and a minute later Becton followed with the second for the visitors. Shortly afterwards Sam Orrell equalised. Play was all in the home half. William Hunter scored still another goal for the Reds. Griffin forced a corner, but nothing followed.

Final: Liverpool Reserves 4, Nelson 3.
(Athletic News: November 7, 1908)


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