War time matches

Liverpool v Southport Vulcan 4-2 (Lancashire Cup: April 5, 1919)


April 5, 1919
Match: Lancashire Cup Section, at Anfield.
Liverpool – Southport Vulcan 4-2 (2-2).
Attendance: 20,000.
Referee: Mr. J.T. Howcroft (Bolton).
Liverpool (2-3-5): William Scott, Sam Speakman, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Harold Wadsworth, John Miller, Newman, Harry Lewis, Albert Pearson.
Southport Vulcan (2-3-5): Thomas Capper, Hodson, Smith, E. Roberts, Bill Wright, Lol Abrams, Bill Hooper, Turner, W.T. Roberts, William Bowser, George Schofield.
The goals: 1-0 Miller (17 min.), 1-1 W.T. Roberts, 1-2 W.T. Roberts, 2-2 Lewis (38 min.), 3-2 W. Wadsworth (75 min.), 4-2 H. Wadsworth (82 min.).

Liverpool’s conquest.
Another surprise goal.
Queer goals are being recorded at Anfield; a week ago Ephraim Longworth performed the unexpected feat; in this match with the Vulcanites, Walter Wadsworth was the executant. And a valuable goal it was, for it turned the flowing tide which seemed to be bearing the Southport barque safely home, into the Anfield harbour. Capper the custodian, was a party to the deed, which happened in this wise; the sides were on level terms – two goals each – when the second half started, and mid-way through this term.

Wadsworth gained possession from a throw-in from touch. Taxing advantage of the strong wind he hooked the ball loftily in the direction of the Southport goal, and Capper came out to take the catch in the long-field, as it were.

He, however, entirely misjudged it, and though on seeing the error of his ways, he retreated in the hope of regaining his post in time to avert disaster, the ball bounced high over his head, then bounced again, and safely reached the net. The visitors never recovered from this blow, which was a shocking one in every respect.

Bowser was an indefatigable worker, and a daring dribbler, but he ploughed a lonely furrow, though Turner gave a capital display.

In the intermediate line the veteran J.H. Wright, who filled the centre berth successfully proved his versatility; he easily dealt with Liverpool’s Newman. Abrams was not so prominent as usual, but E. Roberts worked harmoniously with his forwards. Further in the rear Smith was the most reliable defender.

Another Newman.
Another centre forward named Newman – a Bootle youth – was tried by Liverpool, but his lack of experience was manifest; he was slow and hesitant, and made no pretence of keeping the wings together. The position was beyond him. H. Wadsworth and Lewis were the pick of the line, the former providing many rousing runs and cunning centres.

It was in the half-back division where Liverpool excelled. W. Wadsworth has seldom been seen to greater advantage than he was in this game; his tackling and his attacking intentions were equally effective. Bamber’s ball-control was particularly good, and his passing judiciously accomplished; whilst Mackinlay’s moves were marked by intelligence and polished play.

Jenkinson was the most resourceful defender, for Speakman showed signs of his enforced absence from football. The left full-back, on the other hand, kicked powerfully, and his interceptions were accurately timed. William Scott gave us a glimpse of his finest form; a one handed save from Hooper, another from Turner, and his advance which baulked Roberts being a trio of names that could scarcely have been surpassed in the manner of their accomplishment.

Seventeen minutes elapsed ere Miller opened the scoring for Liverpool; but from a free kick W.T. Roberts equalised, and a few minutes later took a pass from Turner and added a second goal. Just on the interval Lewis netted, and after the change of ends came W. Wadsworth’s surprise. From a penalty awarded against Capper for throwing Newman in true Rugby fashion, Lewis failed to score; but near the finish Pearson placed a corner kick so accurately that H. Wadsworth headed the fourth goal.
(The Athletic News, 07-04-1919)

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