May 7, 1945
When Oldham hit back
It is not often that Liverpool fall into the error of taking the opposition too cheaply but on Saturday against Oldham Athletic they did, and as a result had to fight hard for the lead after giving the visitors a football lesson for an hour.
With half-back Pilling as captain for the day – a gesture to mark his official debut as a signed Liverpool player – Liverpool showed marked superiority throughout the first half, although dozens of goal chances were wasted, chiefly because Eastham preferred to bewilder the Oldham defenders with intricate dribbles, but apparently forgot that one ounce of centres is worth a ton of science.
Campbell was more direct in his methods and it was from his corner that the first goal came to Taylor – a brilliant header. Nieuwenhuys got the second from a forward pass by Shannon, the young Liverpool leader who again showed great promise and was also ready to pick up a half-chance.
Goal from free kick.
In the second half Oldham surprised Liverpool within two minutes when Standring got a goal with a random lob which did not look at all dangerous, and then equalised through Brierley taking advantage of one of the few miskicks by Hughes.
Thereafter it was all Liverpool, but the Oldham defenders kept them at bay until a Kaye free-kick curled over the goalkeeper’s hands and dropping at Shannon’s feet a yard from the goal line. He made no mistake.
Result: Liverpool 3, Oldham Athletic 2.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Herbert Hall (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver (Reading), Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling (C), Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Les Shannon, Phil Taylor, Harry Eastham.
Oldham Athletic (2-3-5): Fred Ogden, Jack Hurst, Bert Eaves, Tommy Williamson, T. Phipps, Robert Keating, Eddie Chapman, Les Horton, Norman Standring, Ken Brierley, Les Goodwin.
(Liverpool Daily Post: May 7, 1945)