December 2, 1895
The return engagement between these clubs took place at Leicester on Saturday, before 7,000 to 8,000 spectators. For some reason the Liverpool side underwent a change, and the teams were lined up as follows: –
Leicester Fosse: Jimmy Thraves, Harry Davy, Harry Bailey, James Brown, Jack Walker, Arthur Henrys, Peter McWhirter, Willie McArthur, John Lynes, Richard Davies, Matt Bishop.
Liverpool: Matt McQueen, Archie Goldie, Tom Wilkie, John McCartney, Bill Keech, John Holmes, Malcolm McVean, Jimmy Ross, Fred Geary, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
Ross having won the toss elected to play up-hill, but with an oblique wind in favour of his team. Immediately on starting the home men went away with a great rush, and their left wing forced a corner off Wilkie, and the ball being sent among the ruck of players in front of goal was, after bobbing about a few seconds, sent past McQueen through a forest of legs by Davies. This early and quite unexpected success had a most inspiring effect upon the Fosse men, and they played strongly ever afterwards.
However, as the result of excellent combination between the Liverpool forwards the Leicester defence was subjected to a prolonged spell of pressure, and several shots were leveled at Thraves but that custodian was in a happy mood and met everything in the way of shots with confidence. Corner after corner was obtained, but the visitors seemed unable to get a point.
An occasional burst away by Bishop and Davies on the left wing, or the two Macs on the right wing, now and then eased the pressure upon their goal, but Wilkie and Goldie were difficult to pass, and in this manner the game continued to half-time, the Liverpool forwards and half backs having all the play, but making nothing of their opportunities. Juts previous to the whistle sounding Ross brought Bradshaw back into the centre, and sent Geary on the extreme left.
On restarting, the pace, which had been maintained at an exceedingly fast rate, was in no ways altered, and then commenced a fierce struggle. Having the slight advantage of the cross wind the home team became more assertive than before, and often placed Wilkie and Goldie in tight corners, but excellent and at the same time cool, work by McQueen saved any further damage. Again the Liverpool vanguard assumed the upper hand, and were virtual masters of the situation, but failed to reach the desired spot, although a goal was rushed through from a free kick, and disallowed.
Just before time was called, Bishop dashed away after a long spell of attack by Liverpool, and was undoubtedly offside when he received the ball, but the referee failed to see the point and having a clear field this speedy player got the best of Goldie and centred squarely, with the result that McArthur coming up at top speed in the front of goal met the pass and drove the ball into the net with terrific force. Right up to time Liverpool were pressing but could not penetrate the grand defence of Bailey, Davy, and Thraves, and the Fosse won a most meritorious victory by 2 goals to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury: December 2, 1895)