December 21, 1904
After an absence of several weeks from home, Nelson on Saturday had Liverpool Reserves for visitors. The latter are an exceptionally strong eleven, and there was much speculation as to the result. Morton and Thompson were still absentees from the home ranks, and the committee elected Entwistle on the left in preference to Lewis.
The teams were:
Nelson: Matt Walker, Arthur Cowell, Hulme, W. Cowell, Jimmy Ainsworth, Savage, Simpson, Albert Monks, Tom Kay, Fred Driver, Entwistle.
Liverpool Reserves: Peter Platt, Alf West, John McAdam, Tom Chorlton, George Latham, James Hughes, Ellis Dudley, Richard Morris, John Carlin, Joe Hewitt, James Garside.
Mr. Smith, Heywood, was the referee.
For a few minutes Nelson had only ten players, Driver being the absentee.
Nelson’s early success.
The visitors started towards the park, but a grand bit of work by Savage transferred operations, and Driver, who hd just arrived, sent in neatly, but Platt git his fist to the ball. Nelson pressed, and Liverpool tried hard to break away, but the defence was too strong. Some capital work by Kay and Monks, amid great enthusiasm, ended in the former finding the net.
From the kick-off Nelson again made tracks towards Platt. When Monks seemed a certain scorer he was fouled just wide of the penalty line. The Nelson forwards were playing a good game, and Driver tested the Liverpool goalkeeper. From clever play by Kay and Monks, the latter secured and, beating the defence, drove the ball against the inside of the upright, and, to the delight of the crowd, it rolled into the net.
Liverpool having pressed, some exciting scrimmages were seen next in front of Platt, corners accruing. Towards the interval Liverpool constantly placed the Nelson goal in jeopardy, but the defence prevailed. Cowell and Ainsworth distinguishing themselves. At half-time Nelson led by 2-0.
Nelson still the better team.
Immediately on the resumption Nelson attacked, but both goals were quickly assailed. The Liverpool forwards played with determination, but the work of A. Cowell and Hulme could not have been improved upon. The latter took the ball up the field and centred with judgment, but Monks shot badly.
Driver was fouled in the penalty area, and W. Cowell put on the third point. For a time Nelson had the better of the play, but towards the end, both goals, having been endangered, Liverpool put in all they knew, but failed to score. Nelson pulled themselves together for a final assault. Nothing further was done, and Nelson proved the winners by 3-0.
(Burnley Express: December 21, 1904)