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Two matches – two wins

Liverpool wound up their holiday matches by defeating Woolwich Arsenal on Monday, and their performance, remembering the festive season of the year, is highly creditable to the team.

The game with the Arsenal was not of a brilliant order, the indisposition of several of the home players to honest work robbing it of a lot of interest, but, happily for the spectators, the other side went on a very different system, and, possessing a great amount of energy, saved the game from mediocrity.

The Liverpool forwards, as has become the usual order of things lately, opened very strongly, and, having secured a decent lead, seemed content to rest on their oars, leaving the brunt of the remaining work to fall upon Hannah and McLean, who, to their credit, have been the means of winning more than one match this season.

No doubt, now that the cup ties are looming in the near future, the forwards will infuse a larger amount of sustained dash into their play. Doubts existed when the team arrived at Rotherham on Saturday as to whether the match with the town club could be played owing to the presence of both fog and snow.

However, a timely disappearance of the former, with prompt measures on the part of the club’s officials, allowed of the game being fought out under very fair condition. The visitors were much too good for their less successful rivals, especially during the last quarter of an hour, when the Liverpool forwards and half-backs gave a really fine and clever display of effective combination.

The Rotherham team, composed of amateurs and professionals, exhibited great vigour and determination during the first half, and had almost as much of the play as their opponents, but were not their equals in goal-getting. Wharton is still a very capable custodian, and is almost the best man of the team.

Turner, sen., was the best of the defence, although the reserve man (Simmonite) did very well at times. The forwards did better work in the first portion of the game than later on. The goal that Turner, jun., shot through was entirely the fault of McLean, who allowed his old indiscretion to get the better of his judgment.

McOwen did what little there was to do with artistic finish, and had not the slightest chance with the goal put past him. McCartney was the safer of the backs, while the three halves were prominent for masterly play.

Times without number the Liverpool forwards brought the ball down in magnificent style, and only strenuous work by Wharton kept them at bay. Stott showed a great improvement, and when he returns to his proper form his presence will undoubtedly cement the forward rank.

On Monday the match at Anfield against Burnley, for the McGregor fund, ought to prove a great attraction. Liverpool’s success in the second division, coupled with the prominent position occupied by Burnley in the first division, should turn out to be a happy combination of circumstances, resulting in a great game and a great gate.

Liverpool will be represented by their full team, and Burnley by the following: – Hillman, goal; Nicol and Lang, backs; Mullineux, Crabtree, and King, half-backs; Brady, Turnbull, Espie, Place, and Hill, forwards.

Copyright - Liverpool Mercury - Transcribed by Kjell Hanssen

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