Northampton Town v Posh 2ns Rd Proper 2nd Replay 23 Dec 1946
Venue: Highfield Road, Coventry
Score: Northampton Town 8 v Peterborough Utd 1
The explanation of the Posh’s heaviest FA Cup defeat was reported as ‘the exceptionally heavy strain thrown on the defence by the failure of the attack’.
The defence which had carried the Posh through the earlier rounds caved in completely.
For the first quarter of an hour Fred Warnes and company were their brilliant selves, and there was no reason to suppose that the Posh were about to make such an ignominious exit. Then their pace became slower and slower until Northampton were doing almost as they wished.
Midway through the second half Cyril Parrott had run himself to a standstill, and with Bernie Bryan handicapped by an ankle injury sustained after 20 minutes, the Posh rear lines were in poor shape.
Warnes could not match the speed of Archie Garrett, and many times Posh goalkeeper Len Silcocks saved the team from a heavier defeat. Credit must go to the keeper for a great display.
In the attack only Arnold Bramham shaped like a forward.
Star man of the game was Northampton’s tricky inside right Dave Smith. He engineered most of the Cobbler’s attacks, though his name did not appear on the score sheet.
Northampton were in front within two minutes, Garrett placing the ball well wide of Silcocks.
This reverse did not seem to worry the Posh. They fought back strongly and 13 minutes later deservedly equalised. Jim Wilson originated the movement, putting the ball forward to Alan Scobie, who drew Bill Barron, and slipped the ball back to Wilson. As Tom Smalley raced for it the Posh man punted it to Nat Brooksbank who rounded Northampton keeper John Jones and netted.
The jubilation of the Posh fans was short lived, for six minutes later Gordon Roberts ran through unopposed, while the Posh were standing and appealing for offside.
After 25 minutes Garrett was allowed to nip in and head home a centre from Alf Morrall.
The fourth and fifth goals came from Morrall in the 40th and 55th minutes;
Garrett notched the sixth in the 60th minute; Roberts almost walked the ball into the net for the seventh after 73 minutes; and with six minutes to go Garrett scored his fourth goal and Northampton’s eighth.
The receipts from the game were £406 17s 0d.
The Posh: Len Silcocks, Bernie Bryan, Cyril Parrott, Tommy Rickards, Fred Warnes, Jim Wilson, Alan Scobie, Nat Brooksbank, Arnold Bramham, John Padgett and Tommy Rudkin.
Northampton Town: John Jones, Tom Smalley, Bill Barron, Harry Lowery, Bob Dennison, Jack Sankey, Alf Morrall, Dave Smith, Archie Garrett, Harry Thompson and Gordon Roberts.
Goal scorers: The Posh – Nat Brooksbank (15 mins). Northampton Town – Archie Garrett (4) 2 mins, 25 mins, 60 mins & 84 mins, Alf Morrall (2) 40 mins & 55 mins and Gordon Roberts (2) 21 mins & 73 mins.