November 30, 1918
Match: Lancashire Combination, at Anfield.
Liverpool Reserves – Runcorn 2-3 (1-2).
Liverpool Reserves (2-3-5): Billy Connell, Hazleton, Jimmy Stansfield, H. Jeffs, Frank Checkland, Williams, Evans, Spence, Dick Birchall, Harold Wadsworth, Alex Robertson.
Runcorn (2-3-5): Joe Talbot, Green, Quinn, Siddall, Savage, Hale, Spence, B. Hughes, Spruce, Ainscough.
The goals: 0-1 Hale (3 min.), 1-1 Birchall (10 min.), 1-2 Siddall, 1-3 Hale (60 min.), 2-3 Williams.
At Anfield on Saturday. Play started fifteen minutes late, and the first advance was made by Liverpool, who carried play through their left wing close to goal, but Robertson’s finals hot was high over the bar.
By pretty play Siddall and Savage transferred operations to the home goal, and after several exchanges Hall opened the score for Runcorn with a shot from thirty yards range.
This reverse spurred on Liverpool, who attacked strongly, and Birchall missed scoring the equaliser by inches only. Keeping up a strong pressure, Birchall this time succeeded in marking the scores level with a sharp, low shot, the same player a few minutes later missing a glorious chance of giving his side the lead.
Play was fast, but clean, both teams playing hard for the leading point. Hazleton and Stansfield, the home back, defended well. Liverpool gained two fruitless corners. Siddall (for the visitors) and Spence (for Liverpool) both missed glorious chances.
Liverpool were having slightly the better of the game, but the visitors were very dangerous, and showed some tricky combination, Siddall giving them the lead by heading in a centre by Green.
Half-time: Runcorn 2, Liverpool Reserves 1.
The second half opened with Liverpool attacking, and shots from Williams, Wadsworth and Evans was dealt with by Talbot. Runcorn then forced the pace, and good play between Green and Spence resulted in Hall scoring the third goal.
Liverpool again attacked, and Williams reduced the lead. Runcorn offered a strong resistance to further pressure, and, making a good rally, came near scoring in the last few minutes.
Result: Runcorn 3, Liverpool Reserves 2.
(Source: Nantwich Guardian: December 3, 1918)