April 19, 1919
Match: Lancashire Cup Section, at Anfield.
Liverpool – Stockport County 3-1 (2-1).
Referee: Mr F.J. Proctor (Trentham).
Liverpool (2-3-5): William Scott, Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Harold Wadsworth, Dick Forshaw, John Miller, Harry Lewis, Albert Pearson.
Stockport County (2-3-5): Billy Mercer, Tommy Robson, Fred Garratt, Jimmy Mitton, Fred Fayers, Francis, Harry Crossthwaite, Lot Jones, Norman Rodgers, Dick Cranshaw, Jack Curtis.
The goals: 1-0 Mackinlay (5 min.), 2-0 H. Wadsworth (38 min.), 2-1 Jones (42 min.), 3-1 Miller (62 min.).
Liverpool become Lancashire Cup semi-finalists.
By virtue of their victory over Stockport County at Anfield Liverpool secured the leadership of heir section and qualified for the penultimate stage of the Lancashire Cup Competition.
They certainly showed some improvement on the form they exhibited the previous day against Everton, and the re-instatement of Miller to the centre-forward position created a more spirited attack, but the general quality of the football provided by both sides left much to be desired. Lot Jones turned out for the County, and he had the satisfaction of scoring their only goal.
Liverpool took the lead after five minutes’ play, Mackinlay flashing in a left footed shot which mystified Mercer. The second point came from H. Wadsworth following a fierce drive from Lewis, which sent the ball crashing against the woodwork. Then ensued a sudden change, for Jenkinson failed to clear a lofty lunge from one of the County defenders and left Lot Jones with only Scott to beat.
The second stage was evenly contested, though Lewis missed an easy chance after Mercer had saved from Forshaw; but a few minutes later the former whipped in a fast, low shot which the custodian fumbled, and Miller had no difficulty in registering the third goal. Offside tactics by both sets of players caused frequent stoppages, and the game fizzled out in a somewhat unattractive fashion.
At times the Liverpool forwards displayed capital combination, but their efforts were not sustained, and in applying the finishing touches they frequently faltered. The ground was hard and the ball very lively which made accurate control a difficult task.
Forshaw was responsible for some neat passing and beyond a tendency to over-elaborate, which Fayers promptly checked, he proved a success at inside right. He kept the ball low, and showed a good command over it, giving his partner opportunities, whilst not being himself averse to an individual effort. Lewis and Pearson were the more effective wing, however, and the former experienced ill-luck with two excellent shots which, in each instance, rebounded from the crossbar.
In the half-back line Bamber again rendered useful service, and, like Mackinlay on the left, maintained a sympathetic touch with his forwards. W. Wadsworth got through a vast amount of work, but in a totally different style to that of the flanking pair.
The County forwards were not seen to advantage, for Rodgers was well watched by Wadsworth, and rarely got within shooting distance. Lot Jones displayed some of his old-time cleverness when in possession of the ball, but there was little concerted action forthcoming from the front rank generally, and the left wing did not shine.
Fayers dominated the intermediate department. His unceasing interventions broke up many an intended attack, and he distributed the play to his own men judiciously.
The stubborn resistance of Robson and Garratt was the feature of the visitors’ defence, but Mercer was once more unlucky at Anfield. He effected many capable clearances, and yet was clearly at fault when dealing with the shot which led to his third defeat.
(The Athletic News: April 21, 1919)