December 25, 1905
Liverpool met Notts County for the first time this season at Anfield in cold but fine weather, before about 14,000 people. Liverpool kicked off, but they had the best of matters, for the wind was at their backs.
The County were the first to become dangerous, and Sam Hardy had to save from Ellis Gee and Albert Green. After a spell of fruitless attack by the Lambs, Liverpool took the upper hand, and for some time the County defence was fully tested.
After half and hour’s play Joe Hewitt put in an overhead shot which struck the cross-bar and nearly beat Matt Reilly. He knocked the leather down, but it fell at Robert Robinson’s feet, and the Liverpool man promptly tipped it into the net.
After this player ruled in favour of Liverpool, with occasional dangerous breaks away by the Lambs, but no more scoring was done to the interval.
Half-time: – Liverpool, 1; Notts County, 0.
In the second half the game was better, although still of comparatively poor quality. Brilliant work by John Cox led to Liverpool’s second goal, the winger centring in delightful fashion, right from the line to the goalmouth, where Joe Hewitt received, and tipped the ball into the net. A desperate attack towards the close by the County was repelled by Liverpool’s grand defence.
Result: – Liverpool, 2; Notts County, 0.
(Sporting Life: December 25, 1905)