Heavy defeat for Liverpool Reserves at Alkincoates

Wednesday, February 16 – 1910
Colne achieved another great success on their own enclosure on Saturday, defeating Liverpool Reserves by 7-2. Speakman was absent from the Colne ranks owing to the death of his father, and his brother, who players for Liverpool, was also out of the latter team for the same cause. Jackson again failed to put in an appearance, and the Colne defence had to be re-arranged.

The teams were:
Colne: Jack Kneeshaw, Ernie Plews, Leah, Neild, Whitehead, Albert “Kelly” Houlker, Reid, Lewis, Hewitt, Reading, Tracey.
Liverpool Reserves: Peter Malone, Robert Crawford, Donald Mackinlay, Sam Hignett, Ernest Peake, Barney Dillon, Harold Uren, Herbert Macpherson, Sam Bowyer, Robert Lawson, Joe Hewitt.

Mr. F. Bow, of Longsight, was the referee.

A brief attack by Liverpool was followed by a hot pressure on the visitors’ goal. Reid gave Reading a chance, which he failed to use, but soon afterwards the same player delivered a surprise shot, which Malone saved at the bottom of the post. At the end of ten minutes Tracey dropped in a glorious centre, which Hewitt turned past the Liverpool keeper.

Colne played splendidly, and were rewarded with a second goal two minutes later. Whitehead beating Malone with a fast long drive. After this Liverpool played with much determination, and a brilliant manoeuvre  by Bowyer deserved success, the final shot just passing over. Liverpool forced a corner, and after some exciting work the ball was rushed into the net.

Houlker fed Reid who promptly returned to Lewis, the latter just missing with a fine effort. A minute later Malone dropped on his knees to save a brilliant shot from Houlker. Following a free-kick in favour of the home side, Hewitt made Colne’s score into three. Lewis added a fourth in the next minute. A further goal was not long in coming. Malone allowing a header from Reading to escape him. The last point was registered during the absence of Crawford, who had been hurt. At half-time Colne led by 5-1.

The second half started in lively fashion, Bowyer leading an onslaught on the Colne goal. Kneeshaw saved neatly, but Bowyer got his toe to the ball and Kneeshaw had to save under the bar. Colne then attacked and won a corner, from which Lewis scored a sixth. Reid showed magnificent form, an Bowyer ran through all opposition only to shoot over.

The Liverpool centre Bowyer repeated his previous feat, but this time completely beat Kneeshaw. Lewis, Hewitt, and Reading executed a neat passing bou’ but the latter sent outside. Uren and Peake were both conspicuous, but Colne once more got the upper hand, and the Liverpool goal had many narrow escapes. Lewis was hurt and was assisted off the field. Neild fired in a high shot, which Malone saved under the crossbar, but Reaing secured an netted a seventh goal. Colne was by 7-2.
(Burnley Express, 16-02-1910)

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