Posh v Kettering Town 2nd Qualifying Rd Replay 21 Oct 1937

Venue: London Road, Peterborough

Attendance: 2,563

Score: Peterborough Utd 0 v Kettering Town 1

Referee: G.B. Stanley

A penalty scored after just 6 minutes gave Kettering Town the solitary goal they needed for a 1-0 win over the Posh at London Road.

The match was the most thrilling seen at London Road for years. Wonderful work by the goalkeeper and defenders pulling Kettering through with the Posh suffering their first home defeat of the season.

Posh started off at a tremendous pace and when Thomas Savage got through alone from Reg Foxall’s pass in the 2nd minute the Kettering keeper Tarrant saved finely. A few seconds later Foxall severely tested the keeper again, this time from long range.

Kettering’s quickly retaliated with Harold Smith heading away from Hart. James Smith brought down Carr in the penalty area with Jones scoring from the subsequent penalty.

Tommy Atkin sent Thomas Savage away and as Stokes fell in tackling him the centre forward put a terrific drive a foot wide. Tarrant also turned a hard shot from Tommy Atkin over the bar.

When Savage was fouled a yard outside the area, Atkin’s first shot was charged down and his second attempt was inches wide with Tarrant at full length.

Bowater tricked the defence with a back pass to Atkin, but again Tarrant saved brilliantly.

Foxall and Atkin had bad luck with splendid first time drives that were only inches off the mark.

Harold Smith helped on Atkin’s free kick with a header, but again Tarrant was there.

Peterborough shot at every opportunity and with ordinary luck would have been two ahead after hald an hour’s play, but tremendous efforts were only a shade off the mark with Tarrant well beaten.

Seven minutes from the interval Kettering survive a confident appeal for a penalty when Clark appeared to handle Sims’corner kick.

Potter should have increased Kettering’s advantage when Carr gavce him the ball five yards out, but he miskicked and Kendall cleared.

Right on half timeTarrant again saved Kettering with a flying save when Atkin shot through a crowd in the goalmouth.

Ten minutes after the resumption Savage cleverly beat both backs and Tarrant brought off yet another wonderful save, turning the shot round a post with one hand.

The goalkeeper held a header from Savage off Jim Smith’s free kick.

There was an amusing incident when Kendall ran outside the penalty area and had to head the ball away.

The defences of both sides were right on top, Clark and Harry Smith being outstanding for Peterborough, while the Kettering backs met the fiercest attacks coolly.

Kendall ran out to take Hart’s centre off the heads of three inside forwards and after a period of Peterborough pressure Jones landed a shot on top of the br after running through alone.

When Tarrant saved a long shot from Harry Smith he just escaped being charged over the line by Savage, and in the next minute he knocked Foxall’s drive down in a goalmouth scrimmage for for Clark to clear.

Bowater’s centre was missed by Tarrant and Stokes luckily turned the ball wide of the goal.

Tarrant’s one handed save from Jim Smith’s free kick gave a corner and in the melee which developed the keeper saved shots from both Bowater and Sims.

Peterborough bombarded the goal in the last ten minutes, throwing everything into the attack. Even Kendall was near the halfway line!

Kettering crowded nine men in the penalty area to defend. Kettering broke away in the last minute and when Hart put the ball overto the right, Jones shot hit a post.

Sadly though the Posh were once again out of the FA Cup in the qualifying rounds. The match did however generate receipts of £124 7s 3d (£124.36).

In total this season’s cup run enabled the Posh to net £101 1s 10d from their three games.


The Posh: Jack Kendall, George Clarke, James Smith, Sam Rowbotham, Harold Smith, Charles McDonagh, Tommy Atkin, Syd Sims, Reg Foxall, Thomas Savage and George Bowater.

Kettering Town: Tarrant, Stokes, Broom, Clark, Linnell, Smith, Jones, Hawley, Carr, Potter and Hart.

Goal scorer: Kettering Town – Jones 6 mins.