February 20, 1893
Liverpool v Nelson.
The first meeting of these clubs took place at Nelson on Saturday. Although rain fell continuously a large and excited crowd assembled. John Miller kicked off against the wind, but with a slight incline in the visitors’ favour, and immediately Hugh McQueen and Malcolm McVean carried the leather into the corner, but the former placed the sphere on the net. The home right made an effort to get through, James McBride interposed, and for a time Nelson were placed entirely on the defence, but weak shooting by the Liverpool forwards lost many chances. Splendid judgment by Willie Almond allowed the homesters a look in, which, being well followed up, gave a few anxious moments to Sydney Ross; but Duncan McLean came rushing through, and McVean obtaining possession, dribbled past all opposition and scored.
By half-time Liverpool were leading by 2 goals, the second point coming from the toe of Miller. Turning round, the Nelson team quickly added two goals and equalised, the Liverpool team taking matters too easy; but with the possibility of a defeat facing them they improved in their play, and Miller, by one of his brilliant efforts, placed his side in front, and having the most of the remaining portion of the game Liverpool were recorded winners by 3 goals to 2.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: February 20, 1893)