Liverpool’s inner men improve

March 6, 1916
The last time Oldham were at Anfield the inside forwards of the home lot did very poorly, but on Saturday they fared much better, whereas Ernest Pinkney was not level, and some of his centres were badly wasted. This is but a temporary lapsed. Tommy Cunliffe, the other winger, shaped well in the first half, but faded away towards the finish. Fred Pagnam scored twice, and Wilfred Watson and Arthur Metcalf had “one each apiece,” and to Watson’s credit, be it said, Pagnam had to thank the little right winger for a bonny pass which opened the way to Pagnam’s second goal. I should imagine Pagnam is tiring a little, and is also tiring of the policing he is getting. Certainly he has confirmed my good impressions, and he keeps getting among the goals with a persistency that defies the defenders.

Walter Wadsworth came to his game by steady steps; at first he was at sea – as is natural with a man who has not played for some time – and later he got a grip on the game, and found plenty of work from those hard-working forwards Arthur Wolstenhome (shooter) and Arthur Cashmore (raider). Arthur Gee was frankly disappointing, and the clever right wing did not push the business on, albeit it was one of Joe Donnachie’s choice centres that gave David Wilson Oldham’s solitary goal.

The goalkeepers were not excessively busy, but Howard Matthews and Ted Taylor each had a hot one to hold. Taylor’s came early in the game, when the first goal would have meant much to the side lucky enough to win the toss and have the strong sun at their backs. Taylor gripped the ball true, and held it tight. Matthews knows the strength of Pagnam’s shots; he fielded one, and the impact was such that the ball scooted off his knuckles to the crossbar and glanced over for a corner. It was a save that the crowd of 15,000 spectators will remember.

Other features they will keep in mind were the display of John Bamber who is so keen to use a ball when he has robbed an opponent, and the full, earnest kicking and tackling of Ephraim Longworth and James Middlehurst. The latter is fast becoming a challenger for popularity. Maybe the day is not far distant when he will be our second edition of Billy Dunlop.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: March 6, 1916)


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