Nine senior players took on a twelve strong Liverpool side with two Warrington goal keepers abroad on business Ian Musgrove played three quarters at No 1 and Lee Chadwick played the final quarter. Warrrington lost the toss and Liverpool elected to defend the deep. The game started well with a goal from Tom Hadley after 2 minutes. Liverpool took their chances attacking the shallow and replied with two goals before Addison Brown hit back. Towards the end of the quarter Liverpool snatched another but at 2-3 the game was finely balanced.
Liverpool attacking the deep a physically strong and large team was a handful to mark in the deep end particularly at centre forward position and scored some great goals in a powerful demonstration of shooting. Ian Musgrove played exceptionally well in goal but could not stop two goals in two minutes from Liverpool. James Williams (17) was turned by a Liverpool player about twice his age and size, and was sent out when he tried to tackle from behind. Liverpool added a further goal during the power play. Warrington gave away two further major fouls but managed to defend the man downs and Addison Brown added a goal near the end of the second quarter. With the score at 3-6 it was going to be up hill from that point.
Warrington dug deep in the third quarter Addison Brown scoring quickly with his third goal of the game and then Liverpool had a player excluded at last a major given against Liverpool! Warrington took advantage and scored within twelve seconds. That took the score to 5-6. Liverpool was certainly not going to give up and struck back with another goal. Two further major fouls were given by the referee one against each team but neither chance’s were converted and the third quarter ended 5-7.
The final quarter saw Warrington attack the shallow with hopefully lessons learnt from the second quarter when we last attacked the shallow and lost the quarter 3-1. Within the first three minutes Liverpool had two players excluded the first exclusion was not converted however the second was with a goal by Tom Hadley. That took the score to 6-7 with plenty of time left in the quarter. It was still an uphill battle attacking the shallow and defending the deep. The game stayed at stalemate until after 5.31 a Liverpool player sprinted across the 2 metre line and received a pass from 5 metres and slotted the ball into the corner. With the score at 6-8 Liverpool parked the bus across the shallow end goal and no further goals were scored.
The nine players of Warrington had given the probable league winners a close game and this was an excellent game to watch. Addison Brown was man of the match having scored four goals and Ian Musgrove performance in goal was also worthy of mention.
My thanks to Paul Hadley and Tracey Williams who at short notice officiated on the table for us and did a great job, thank you.
Warrington have two more games left this season with Wallasey away on Monday 29th October and a final game at Southport on 12th November.
Warrington Team: Ian Musgrove, Tom Hadley (2), James Williams, Addison Brown (4), Dave Price, Tom Cart, Martin Bosson, Josh Regan, Lee Chadwick.