December 30, 1916
Match: Lancashire Section, at Boundary Park.
Oldham Athletic – Liverpool 0-1 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. W.J. Heath, linesmen: Messrs. J.W. Oates and J. Sweeting.
Oldham Athletic (2-3-5): Howard Matthews, Harry Grundy, Smart; Aldred, David Wilson, Durman; Bill Taylor, Dawson, Joe Walters, Arthur Gee, Ernest Bracegirdle.
Liverpool (2-3-5): John William Swann; Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson; John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay; Norman Bradley, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Tom Page, Tommy Cunliffe.
The goal: 0-1 Bennett.
The Anfielders, with a team that contained the names of two newcomers, put up a capital performance at Oldham on Saturday, and carried off two points by the only goal scored. In spite of the keenness of the competition, Liverpool were always slightly the superior side, and, on the general run of the play, they fully deserved their victort.
Indeed, with a little more luck their margin might well have been increased, for Bennett only just missed repeating his initial success, while Metcalf experienced the doubtful pleasure of seeing one of his efforts strike the crossbar.
The solitary goal was led up to by well-judged manæuvring. Both wings played a subsidiary part, and then Bennett, luring Matthews from his goal, practically walked the leather into the net.
Page ventured on more than one promising solo effort, and Jenkinson, at back, also created a favourable impression.
(Liverpool Echo, 03-01-1917)
Harry Grundy, Oldham Athletic F.C.