Burnley “A” v Liverpool “A” 0-5 (League match: March 9, 1937)

March 9, 1937
Match: Northern Mid-Week League, at Turf Moor.
Burnley – Liverpool 0-5 (0-3).
Referee: Mr. T. Lancaster (Wigan).
Burnley (2-3-5): Ken Ashbridge; W. Bennett, Jack Marshall; Len Martindale, Pickering, William Smith; Fred Taylor, Jim Carson, Ralph Pake, E. Oliver, D. Pogson.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson; Robert Whittle, Matt Fitzsimmons; Keith Peters, Ray Lambert, Jack Easdale; John Shafto, Alex Smith, Eric Paterson, Robert Hetherington, John Hutchinson.
The goals: 0-1 Shafto (15 min.), 0-2 Shafto (21 min.), 0-3 Patterson (40 min.), 0-4 Hetherington, 0-5 Patterson.

A lusty, strong Liverpool side made scoring look easy in the Northern Mid-Week League match at Turf Moor yesterday, and they gained a handsome victory, yet territorially Burnley had quite as much of the play. The home side’s finishing was not strong, however, and when they did find their shooting boots, as they definitely did in the last ten minutes they also found Hobson invincible. The Liverpool goalkeeper was never out of position and never fumbled they greasy ball. There was confidence in all he did.

Burnley’s defence was not too good, and Liverpool’s quick-moving, neatly combining forwards often had them spread-eagled. A left-wing raid resulted in a pass to Shafto, who gave the visitors the lead after 15 minutes, and six minutes later the same player increased it by turning in a centre from E. Patterson. Pake should have reduced the arrears, but he dribbled a yard too far and lost his shooting opportunity. Hobson stopped shots from Pake and Carson before Patterson headed in a centre from Hutchinson to give the visitors a three-goals lead before the interval.

Early in the second half, Hobson cleverly turned round the post a shot by Pake, but his real test came much later after Liverpool had increase their score to five through Hetherington and Patterson. Showing rare determination and spirit despite their heavy arrears. Burnley attacked hard, and the Liverpool goalkeeper saved a variety of shots magnificently.
(Burnley Express, 10-03-1937)

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