Level pegging at Plumstead


December 28, 1909
Woolwich defence shines against Liverpool.
A sternly fought match between the Arsenal and Liverpool at Plumstead ended equitably in a division of points, each side scoring a goal. That goals were not more numerous was due to wasted opportunities on both sides. The Arsenal made three changes forward, the two wingers along be retained, Charlie Lewis deposed Robert Stevens, William Buckenham went to Walter Lawrence’s position at inside left, and Matthew McKellar made his first appearance in the centre-forward position. For Liverpool, Robert Robinson replaced John McConnell at right half, and Gus Beeby was in goal, this being his initial venture in Sam Hardy’s position.

Liverpool played a nice game, but for the greater part of the match there was lacking the necessary vigour to break down a defence like that possessed by the Arsenal. Liverpool’s steady, easy-going methods brought up in relief the energy of the Arsenal. Well served by a strong line of halves, the Arsenal forwards had many opportunities, which were spoilt in some instances by over eagerness. With a little more power of penetration the Arsenal ought to have rendered themselves safe in the early stages, yet Jack Parkinson in the centre was always dangerous, and on several occasions was only brought up in the nick of time. Matt Thomson, the Woolwich centre half, is a fine understudy for Percy Sands, yet he lacks the Woolwich captain’s stopping powers.

Early in the game a pass by David Greenaway went untouched in front of goal, and at the other end off-side was given just before Liverpool got the ball into the net. McKellar and Buckenham next missed an open goal owing to a misunderstanding. When the game was about twenty-five minutes old, Duncan McDonald, at back, made a fine stop, and cleverly passed to Greenaway, who drove in to where McKellar was waiting near goal. McKellar, catching the ball in flight, swung it past Beeby. A moment later Robinson fouled Buckenham in the penalty area, but Ducat failed and kicked in the direction of Beeby.

In the second half the honours were with Liverpool, for they played with energy that increased as time went on. Parkinson ought to have been credited with a goal. He struck the underside of the crossbar with a rising shot, and the ball dropped into Hugh McDonald’s hands after he had been obviously unsighted. Liverpool added method to strenuous exertions, and richly deserved the goal they obtained. After thirty-five minutes’ play in the second half. Parkinson cleverly secured a long forward pass, and held on whilst H. McDonald, the Arsenal keeper, and Joe Shaw advanced to meet him. He then smartly shot between them, and easily found the net.
(Source: London Daily News: December 28, 1909)

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