Liverpool’s final practice match


August 27, 1910
For their concluding public practice spin this afternoon, the Liverpool directors again selected two strong sides. The only fresh face compared with last week was Rogers at left back for the Whites. As before the Reds-eleven was made up of League team “probables” in chief.

But, with Chorlton absentee, his usual partner, Crawford, was placed in the “Whites” ranks, whilst both Longworth and West were given an opportunity to show what they could do when sandwiched between Hardy and the League team half-backs.

Scott, the club’s new Scotsman, has not yet arrived at Anfield.

The chosen sides were as below: –
Reds: Sam Hardy, Ephraim Longworth, Alf West, Robert Robinson, Jim Harrop, James Bradley, Arthur Goddard, James Stewart, Jack Parkinson, Ronald Orr, John Macdonald.
Whites: Gus Beeby, Robert Cawford, Tom Rogers, John McConnell, Ernest Peake, Donald Mackinlay, Herbert Leavey, Joe Brough, Sam Gilligan, Sam Bowyer, Harold Uren.
Referee: Mr. Matt McQueen, Liverpool.

Defence show up.
After a stormy night the weather greatly improved, and a start was made before a crowd of some 18,000 people under pleasant conditions. During the first 15 minutes a good deal of smart play was shown on both sides but the rival full back halves showed a bald and determined combat to all comers. Brough and Leavey again showed a good understanding, whilst heir co-forwards were also seen to advantage. The result was frequent danger in the Hardy sone.

A couple of corners were gained, one the result of an effort by Gilligan, and No 2 the outcome of a sterling long drive from Peake. The rival centre-halves were repeatedly prominent in breaking up combination work.

At Beeby’s end Parkinson was twice baffled by the speed of Crawford. Stewart put in a trio of shots, but they lacked direction. The rival outside lefts were to the fore with smart individual rallies. Rogers and Crawford were very keen in defence of their goal, despite a damaged thumb to the latter. Hereabouts Hardy had more to do than Beeby.

Once Brough was just spoiled in the nick of time by West, and the McConnell plied Hardy with a shot like unto Peake’s.

Erratic forwards.
The Reds now bestirred themselves, chiefly with some fine centres on the part of Macdonald, but Beeby replied with thereto. Both forward lines were erratic in front of goal. The two teams were playing hard although in search of League points.

Peake was in rare form at centre half, and if this clever Welshman could but adapt himself in a wing position the chances are that he would walk into the League team. Brough promises to turn out a capture. He and Leavey were fairly keeping West and Bradley busy, whilst Crawford’s successful tackling of Macdonald was a feature.

From a general advance by the red line of five men, Orr was unfortunate in seeing a red shot strike Crawford amidships, but to this point the great lack on both sides were lack of accuracy in marksmanship. McConnell’s knee was damaged in collision with Harrop, linesman Dunlop coming into the picture with useful first aid.

Exciting escaped at either goal were now witnessed, Goddard and Macdonald in turn went too close for Beeby’s satisfaction, whilst a mistake by Longworth led to Uren centring for Gilligan to ???? the ball flying outside the haven sought. At the interval goals had been scored. Half-time; Reds 0, Whites 0.

Final score: Reds 2, Whites 0.

Criticism.
Uren and Stewart were noticeable performers upon resuming. Hardy and Beeby being called upon, whilst Orr came closest of all to a goal with a rare deceptive shot which Beeby did very well to deflect. The Whites’ forward line, and especially their left wing, were now seen to splendid advantage, save shooting. Indeed, both sides seemed intent upon demonstrating how not to get goals.

Hardy twice had to concede corners in dealing with fine centres from Uren. Bowyer and Mackinlay were also very much in earnest, although the former here almost shot ridiculously wide when favourably placed. After Mackinlay had shone with a display of resolute tackling, Bowyer came into position when doubtfully placed. He bore down upon Hardy, and then shot obliquely all along the ground, but England’s premier saved in truly pulse-stirring fashion.

Beeby was also seen to advantage. Play continued of a most spirited character, and the Whites are to be complimented upon commanding such a good share of the exchanges. Drawford continued to do well, whilst Mackinlay seems to have found his position at last. Gilligan served to Uren, who ran along and centred beautifully to Bowyer; Hardy saved the latter’s shot. However, Brough, lying handy, scored for the Whites, a well-deserved goal.

Just before the end Gilligan and Brough paved the way for Bowyer to travel close in towards Hardy and obtain a splendid second goal. The scorist compensated somewhat for the number of preceding failures. This did the Reserve team, not for the first time in the history of the trial games, proved victorious. Whites failure of the recognised League attack to get goals proved disappointing, full compensation was forthcoming to splendid defence work of the Whites from half-back to goal. On today’s form Uren is a forward of the topmost quality.
(Cricket and Football Field: August 27, 1910)

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