Only a tie


October 2, 1893
Perhaps the club in the second division of the League which Notts followers are taking most interest in, after their own, of course, is Liverpool, and their first visit to the Trent Bridge ground on Saturday had been looked forward to for some time, as being likely to produce a game which would thoroughly test the abilities of the home players.

This anticipation was fully borne out, for a first-class exhibition resulted. The clashing of the fixture with that of the Forest very materially affected the gate, only about 4,000 people being present, and perhaps both the Notts and the Forest officials will in the future take a little more trouble to avoid such undesirable occurrences. Both were certainly loser to some extent on Saturday.

With the exception of Sam Donnelly, Notts had their full strength, and the visitors, I was informed, were thoroughly represented. The game was well contested from start to finish. If anything Notts pressed more than Liverpool, but a tie of one goal each almost fairly represents the state of the play. The visitors burst away at the start, and the ball was sent over the crossbar from a free-kick. Then Notts went to the front. Arthur Watson made a fine run, and William McOwen cleared in grand style. Liverpool were hard pressed for some time, and after twelve minutes’ play a clever effort by Harry Daft resulted in the ball being sent across to Watson. He was standing in front practically alone, and, shooting hard and straight, he scored the first goal.

This was very encouraging for the home club, but the visitors were not disheartened, and Patrick Gordon and Malcolm McVean made many splendid attempts to get through. Jack Hendry was a veritable thorn to them, and he repeatedly stopped their rushes. A free-kick for a foul directly in front of the Liverpool goal was dangerous, and all but ended in another point being scored, for David Calderhead sent the ball against the crossbar, and it dropped over the line. A little later McOwen only stopped the ball on the line, when Daniel Bruce shot, and Andrew Hannah had to rush up to clear. George Toone had twice to save, and Alfred Shelton spoiled two attacks by rash kicking, half-time arriving with Notts leading by one goal to none.

From the way Liverpool restarted the second half it appeared as if they would completely overplay Notts. They made a splendid attack, and how three or four shots missed scoring was almost a marvel. It was a relief when it came to an end, but the visitors would not be denied, and they gained a free-kick almost in the same position. Notts had one previously, which ended similarly, the ball striking one of the posts and going behind. Then Hendry missed his kick – about the only mistake he made, and James Stott got through. He passed forward to Hugh McQueen who ran the ball past Toone and equalised. The spectators received this in silence, and they called loudly on Notts to play up. They did so vigorously, and Watson was very dangerous on several occasions, but no further goals were scored.

As I before stated, Notts were slightly the better team. Their defence was sound, Toone keeping goal in his old form, and Hendry and Thomas Harper playing splendidly. The half-backs were also exceedingly strong, and effectively broke up the combination of the Liverpool forwards. Often, however, they shot badly at goal, Shelton in particular placing very wide once or twice. George Kerr and John Mabbott were weak amongst the forwards, and Daft was not seen to the best advantage, but as he was somewhat unwell he cannot be blamed. Watson was very clever, and Bruce showed plenty of dash.

The defence of Liverpool was as good as that of Notts, but the half-backs were inferior. Duncan McLean played a great game, and of the forwards Gordon and McQueen did a great amount of sound work.
(Source: Athletic News: October 2, 1893)

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