TODAY’S DERBY GAME
By John Peel.
A mid-week “derby” game is not altogether what clubs desire, but sometimes Cup-ties, as this season, upset calculations, and thus Everton and Liverpool meet in their second game of the campaign at Goodison Park today, and given fine weather, the crowd will be a good one, though naturally not up to Saturday standards. Earlier on Everton won at Anfield by 2-1, and in view of the fact that both teams are very anxious to gain the points a particularly keen struggle may be expected, in these tussles ground advantage, does not carry the same weight as when outside teams are the visitors, and the issue seems particularly open on this occasion. It is the 74th game under League auspices between the sides. Everton have won 32 to Liverpool’s 23, the remaining games being draw. Of the 31 previous meetings on today’s enclosure Everton have secured 17 successes to their rivals’ 10 with 9 games drawn. Everton have scored 61 goals to 42. Not since 1924-25, when they won 1-0, have Liverpool succeeded at Goodison Park. Results of meetings since 924-25 (Everton first); -3-3, 1-0, 1-1, 1-0, 3-3, 0-0, 1-0, 0-0, and 2-0.
Van Den berg On The Wing.
While Everton are playing the side which defeated Huddesfield last Saturday week, Liverpool make several changes from Saturday’s team, the most interesting of which is the appearance of Van Den Berg, the South African. This will be this young player’s first appearance in a Football League game, and his debut will be followed closely. A natural left winger –and left handle –he is called on to take the place of the injured Hanson, and he will thus be the third player from South Africa in the team. Van Den Berg arrived in this country in October from Cape Town and was signed by Liverpool. He is nineteen years of age and has been prominent at football, cricket, Rugby and other games since his schoolboys. He was capped for Western province. Born at Observatory on March 21, 1918 he has always led an athletic life, and since he came to Anfield has done well with the Central League side. Shafto returns to the centre forward position in place of Howe, while Ramsden takes the place of Hartley as Cooper’s partner, and Rodgers resumes at centre half. Bush going to the wing half berth. The kick-off is at 3.15, and the teams are: - Everton; Morton; Cook, Jones; Britton, Jones, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Liverpool; Riley; Cooper, Ramsden; Taylor, Rodgers, Bush; Nieuwenhuys, Balmer, Shafto, Fagan, Van Den Berg.
Shafto’s Goals At Goodison
Everton Miss Chances
Another “Derby” game has been played, and once again the favorites fell. The right side won-won because they took the chances offered them, whereas Everton threw away enough opportunities to have won the match Liverpool 3, Everton 1 perhaps reads a little flattering to the victors, but no one will deny that they rightly earned the points. The putting back of the game has cost Liverpool nearly £1,000 compensation, but I don’t think they will mind that a great deal in view of their victory, for the two points may ultimately be worth much more than that amount. They have lifted a loud off Liverpool’s shoulders, while Everton must review their future with a grave outlook, although it has to be remembered that they have more home than away games to play. Liverpool’s victory was won by direct football against a more elaborate style of play, which was good to look upon, but not nearly so effective. Everton were the better side in the first half despite the fact that a goal was debited against them in the first few seconds but the second half was undoubtedly Liverpool’s.
Lawton’s Fine Header
It is unusual in a “Derby” meeting to find a side taking a goal in such a short space of time, and it was defensive hesitation by Everton which enabled Balmer to strike the early blow. For the next 15 minutes Liverpool were decidedly the more dangerous team Everton were not unduly perturbed. Lawton equalized in eight minutes with a header worthy of the great Dean. The way he glided the ball from Britton’s centre beyond Riley was fine to watch. Everton set up a series of attacks which should have had but one result had there been some accurate shooting . Stevenson, usually so sure, could not get the right angle to his shots, and, in my opinion, missed at least four reasonable chance to beat Riley. Liverpool were told at the interval “have a go” and that is what they did but they did more; they played some really good-class football; the best I have seen them play this season, and that, allied to the punch of the forward line, brought them a deserved victory, thus maintaining their fine away record. For wholehearted effort Liverpool compare with any team in the country. Gradually they got on top, and to the wingers, Nieuwenhuys and Van Den Berg –playing his first game in the senior side –I attributed most of their success. The newcomer in particular was an eye-opener. To be placed against such a back as Cook was somewhat of a test, but he came through it with colours flying. Cook has not had such an unhappy, time for many a long day, and one would have thought Van Den Berg had been playing in senior football for years instead of making his debut.
Balmer The Key Man
Balmer, however, was the key-man of the forwards, for he opened the way by his astute passes and good positional play. He took the opening goal through an Everton man hesitating to clear, and then went on to pave the way for other goals. Shafto took the lead for Liverpool with a scrambling sort of shot after the ball had been bandied about in front of the Everton goal, but his second and Liverpool’s third goal will long be remembered. Van Den Berg made his running, and Shafto, with hesitation hit the ball from the South African’s pass first time, and it went into the net like an arrow from a bow. It was a brilliant effort. Shafto may not be the ideal centre forward, but he is ever up and ready to test the issue with any, and it was his penchant to take a chance which made him a menace to the Everton defence. He once shot straight at Morton, and Van Den Berg was unlucky when a centre of his shaved the face of the crossbar with every Everton man beaten. After Everton had drawn level Lawton had some grand moments his heading of the ball being faultless. Rodgers could not live with him in the air; at least not in the first half, but after that Lawton found the ball running against him, and he received few passes. The Everton wingers were only moderate. Geldard found Ramsden difficult, just as Gillick found that he could not play any pranks with Cooper, while Rogers and Bush played their part in the well-won victory. It was an enjoyable and clean game. It is a long time since Stevenson missed so often, but one could not blame him for the defeat. It was due to Liverpool’s admirable team spirit which has carried them through some stiff matches this season. Cook was below form. Ven Den berg filled Hanson’s part in such a manner that even so consistent a player was not missed. The Everton half backs were not allowed to settle on the ball because the Liverpool men swept it about quickly and accurately. Liverpool won because they made the ball do the work, and were amazingly accurate with their far-flung passes. I have nothing but praise for Liverpool, and the Everton directors were not slow to congratulate their rivals on the success. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Cook and Jones (JE), backs; Britton (captain), Jones (TG) and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Cooper and Ramsden, backs; Taylor, Rodgers, and Bush, half-backs; Niuewenhuys, Balmer, Shafto, Fagan, and Van Den Berg, forwards. Referee Mr. Dedman (Blackpool).
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