May 3, 1943
Liverpool, starting their second leg of their Lancashire Semi-Final against Bolton, at Anfield, three goals to the good, were never in danger of losing this lead. They were good value for their 4-0 victory, which gave them a win of 10-3 on the aggregate, and they were the better side in all departments. They will meet Manchester United at Anfield next Saturday in the first of the two final games.
Atkinson, Mutch and Hubbick were stalwarts in a stern and courageous Bolton defence, but they found the home attack too strong in the long run. Only for Liverpool’s failures at the last hurdle through hastiness and over-eagerness the margin in their favour would have been greater. Though they had sufficient chances to lay down a good lead by half-time, in actual fact they were only one in front, scored after thirteen minutes by Done, and that rather a lucky point, for Atkinson failed to clear a loose ball which ran to the unmarked centre-forward.
Though Bolton displayed good combination in spasms and always fought with vigour their attack was too light to have much chance against Liverpool’s well balanced and determined defence, in which Mather and Woodruff, two guest artists from Burnley, played a successful part. The home defence’s quick interception and wise of the ball soon had play back in the Bolton half whenever the visitors staged a rally, with the consequence that the Bolton rear-guard had to carry more than a fair share of the burden.
It seemed obvious that sooner or later loopholes must be found by Liverpool’s fiery forwards. Yet, so well did Bolton stick to their guns that, although Done scored at 53 minutes, it was only in the last ten minutes that the Bolton defence really caved in, and Pearson and Campbell were able to add further goals, while Livingstone hit the upright with the best shot of the day.
Liverpool were sound from stem to stern. Two other guest players in Livingstone (Bury) and Pearson (Newcastle) gave splendid displays, while Campbell and Hulligan paired off in really brilliant fashion. The defence was in great form, with Kaye the best half-back on the field. Bolton’s best were Longman, Hubbick, Hunt, Atkinson and Chadwick, but as a team they were outclassed. Attendance, 9.433; receipts. £537.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Harry Mather, Harry Kaye, Arthur Woodruffe, Jack Pilling, Michael Hulligan, Jack Campbell, Cyril Done, Archie Livingstone, Tommy Pearson.
Bolton Wanderers: F.H. Longman, Matt Gillies, Harry Hubbick, George Hunt, Jack Atkinson, Bert Johnson, Willie Moir, J. Crossley, Nat Lofthouse, Cliff Chadwick, H. Wright.
Referee: Mr. R. Kitts.
(Liverpool Daily Post: May 3, 1943)