April 30, 1917
Liverpool were unfortunate to be beaten, for they had quite as much of the game in the first half as the Wanderers, but they left their best work till it was too late to overhaul their opponents. The Wanderers scored the only goal of the match through Bob Geddes after seventy minutes, and at this stage they were showing superior play.
Liverpool improved as the game progressed, but they had no luck with their final efforts. Truth to tell, it was this failure to clinch their good preliminary work that led to their undoing.
On the other hand, the inclusion of Ted Vizard and Joe Smith meant much to the Bolton attack, and this pair led many fine vigorous raids on the Liverpool goal.
The Liverpool defence, however, was very steady, and held out against big odds till Geddes fired in a long ground drive that found its billet.
There were numerous interesting incidents, although the game dragged somewhat after the interval. Liverpool were best represented by their defence, and Jimmy Stansfield made a capable partner for Ephraim Longworth.
The half-backs were hardly up to the usual standard, and the forwards were very unsteady when the goal area was reached. The Wanderers held a decided advantage in the forwards, but in other departments there was very little difference between the sides.
(Liverpool Echo: April 30, 1917)