A close first period suggested this could be a tight game, although Stops’ quarter time lead of 3-1 could have been greater with more decisive finishing. But the second quarter saw Stops raise their game and good teamwork together with accurate passing and positive work on the ground-ball brought a convincing half-time lead of 8-1.
Liverpool kept up their efforts, scoring first in the third quarter, but Stops continued to play good lacrosse and scored four more times in each of the last two quarters, with Liverpool snatching a consolation goal in the dying minutes.
The defence was sound with Henry Phillips again making his mark with a strong display; he even made an attempt on the opposition goal and considered himself unlucky not to have hit the target. Neil Catto led the scoring with five well-taken goals; other goals were shared between the attack and midfield, where Peter Hibbert turned in a trademark powerful performance.
Robert Griffiths, playing his first game this season and only his third ever league game, failed to join his teammates on the scoresheet, but surprised the opposition with his floating feed which Peter Woodhead converted into an unstoppable shot.
With a series of home games remaining Stops need one more point to secure survival in division Premier Two. Next Saturday’s game against Newcastle may be crucial.