"A strong disagreeable gale" reigned that Liverpool played against in the second half.
The game opened in spectacular fashion. A free kick was given against Raisbeck, with which Dunn was entrusted. The Prestonian planted the ball right in the teeth of the goal, Raisbeck “ducking” his head to allow it to pass into the net, but unfortunately the sphere glanced off the home captain, and Perkins being unable to reach it, Preston registered the first goal half a minute from the start.
Cox raced along at a terrific pace, putting in a grand centre which James could not reach to effectually clear, only touching the sphere with the tips of his fingers, and McGuigan, who was close up, made the score level without the slightest opposition.
A free-kick to Preston just before the whistle was unproductive. Robertson missed his kick and let in Pearce who scored Preston’s second goal.
Their ill luck only acted as an incentive to the Liverpudlians, and at length victory rewarded their persistency. The halves gave the front rank plenty of employment, and Robertson centred beautifully, Cox heading past James, and once more placing the teams on an equality. Naturally elated by this piece of good fortune, Liverpool now made matters exceedingly warm for the Prestonians, who were again driven back on their goal. Good combined work by the home contingent left Raybould in possession, and he made the most of his opportunity. Getting hold near the half line, the home centre eluded all opposition, and finished up a grand run by scoring a magnificent goal, giving James no possible chance of saving. Soon after “time” arrived, leaving Liverpool with a well-earned victory by 3 goals to 2.