A rattling good game


March 13, 1916
Fifteen thousand spectators witnessed a rattling good game at Hyde Road, where the champions of the Lancashire Section were in opposition to the Anfielders. The division of honours was perhaps, the most fitting result of an exceptionally keen contest, though one decision on the part of Mr. O. Rothwell, the referee, which had a distinct bearing on the issue, was distinctly debatable. This was the award of a penalty against Sam Speakman for an alleged foul upon Harry Taylor. Mr. Rothwell must have been more than the average onlooker, and the players themselves seemed more than surprised at the decision.

The Anfielders had previously gained a lead through the instrumentality of Fred Pagnam and Wilfred Watson, the latter converting a clever movement at considerable personal risk. So all was square at the turn. In the second period the style of play deteriorated considerably, and there was much rough-and-tumble work of a scrappy character. The City forwards were rather more aggressive than their opponents, and nearing the end of the engagement Walter Wadsworth brought Horace Barnes down within the prescribed area. Ted Taylor, however, set a further seal upon his success as a keeper by clearing the place-kick with wonderful dexterity, and he held the fort against further attack until time came.

Great interest centred in the reappearance of Billy Meredith, after an absence of almost eleven years. The brilliant Welshman showed all his old mastery of the game, and the only appreciable declination of his pristine power was his failure to direct corner kicks with the accuracy of olden days. On the Liverpool side, Robert Waine created a very favourable impression in Ernest Pinkney’s place, but he was not given enough to do; and Watson was, perhaps, the most serviceable forward.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: March 13, 1916)

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