Liverpool v Rochdale 3-0 (League match)

Saturday, September 7 – 1918
Match: Lancashire Section Pr., at Anfield, kick off: 15:30.
Liverpool – Rochdale 4-0 (3-0).
Attendance: 20,000; gate receipt: £400.
Referee: Mr. J.H. Alderson.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Billy Connell; Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson; John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay; Harold Wadsworth, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Rochdale (2-3-5): Kay; Gutteridge, Millership; Duckworth, O’Connell, Bunting; Goodwin, Thomason, Thomas, Halligan, Smith.
The goals: 1-0 Bennett (5 min.), 2-0 Bennett (35 min.), 3-0 Lewis (44 min.), 4-0 Metcalf (67 min.).

Liverpool could have taken more than douole figures if they had not been self-conscious of their superiority over Rochdale. Rochdale stand for stubbornness, but their defence is woeful, judging on Saturday’s game. Football’s Carlton, otherwise the tall, shock-haired Gutteridge was uncertain in kick, and his partner lungeous and untrustworthy. A useful goalkeeper behind them, it is true, but he, too, was not showing sale hands. Do you wonder that four passed him?

Bennett got two, Lewis and Metcalf scoring the others, and, with all their mistakes and dallying, the Liverpool line played better on the whole than through most games last season, when there was that lack of balance on the right wing. We shall see big things from Liverpool’s forward line in view of Harry Wadsworth’s appearance by canny Metcalf.

Wadsworth loves to dribble, which isn’t exactly a wing man’s province, but, on the other hand, it is natural that he should go on dribbling if he is turning towards goal; the supposed offence of dribbling loses its sting when the extreme forward cuts towards goal. So we give him the benefit of the doubt this week, gentlemen of the jury?

Schofield was not happy. He was up against a tough player styled Bunting. Who’s pulling the strings? Bunting, say you? Well, my memory for faces may have played me false, but if that is what name did he adopt when he played for – was it not Oldham?

Bennett gave O’Connell a rare day’s hunting, and if Bamber mistimed the ball and Mackinlay screwed a shot or two, the fact remains that Liverpool had confidence to win, and knew there was no need for excessive striving. The defence was admirable, and Rochdale’s forwards tired of trying to beat Longworth, Jenkinson, and Co.
(Liverpool Echo, 09-09-1918)

Match report from the Rochdale Observer, Wednesday, September 11 – 1918.
1918 Rochdale v LFC 1 1918 Rochdale v LFC 2

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