Black eye Reds
Charlie Ashcroft, veteran goalkeeper of Liverpool, came off the field at the end of this shock match and said: “What’s happened, lads?”
For Charlie, struck in the eye during a second-half goalmouth scrimmage, had a semi-blackout but refused appeals from his trainer and colleagues to leave the field.
But despite his outsize black eye he was steady enough to foil any Nottingham raiders.
Second Liverpool hero was long-striding centre-forward Alan Arnell. This Worthing-born player gave County’s defence the jitters and the Liverpool side did not feel the absence of Billy Liddell.
There was no doubt about Liverpool’s decisive win and they became the first side to record a double over County this season.
In the 14th minute Arnell flicked Alan A’Court’s waist-high centre goalwards. Gordon Bradley got his fingertips to the ball but it spun into the net.
The desperate Nottingham side missed their best chance when Tot Leverton’s point-blank drive was cleared off the goal line by Ray Lambert.
In the 51st minute Rowley squared the ball goalwards and A’Court swerved past three men to put a lightning drive low past the despairing Bradley.
The final crushing blow came in the 81st minute when, from a simple – looking Anderson pass, Rowley rolled the ball in for the third goal.
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