Saturday, October 16 – 1948
Reserves, Central League, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool Reserves – Burnley Reserves 1-1 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. J. McCann (Preston).
Liverpool Reserves (2-3-5): Russell Crossley; Joe Cadden, Eddie Spicer; Bryan Williams, Laurie Hughes, Tommy McLeod; Alec Muir, Kevin Baron, Billy Watkinson, Willie Fagan, Bob Priday.
Burnley Reserves (2-3-5): Ron Meadows; Jack Butterfield, Reg Kirkham; Harry Spencer, Tommy Cummings, Len Martindale; Jack Hays, Tootill, Ray Harrison, Jackie Knight, Ron Hornby.
The goals: 0-1 Harrison, 1-1 Watkinson.
Better acceptance of chances by the inside forwards would have given Burnley a win in their Central League match at Anfield-road, where they divided two goals with Liverpool. They were the better side and deserved more than a point, but had only themselves to blame for their failures.
Both goalkeepers had plenty to do, and Meadows earned applause for some smart work which kept out the home forwards.
Crossley, the Liverpool goalkeeper, was called on early in this game to deal with shots from both Hays and Harrison and was eventually beaten by the centre forward who fired in a great shot from about 25 yards.
Burnley crossed over with this slender lead, and the defence was kept busy preventing the Merseysiders from equalising. Eventually the home team score mid-way through the half when Watkinson netted from a left-wing corner.
Burnley’s young players did well against an experienced Liverpool side.
(Burnley Express, 20-10-1948)