Accrington Stanley v Posh 11 Apr 61
Venue: Peel Park, Accrington
Score: Accrington Stanley 3 v Peterborough Utd 2
Officials: R.J. Simons, Ted Jolly & J.K. Parr.
A desperate all out attack in the last ten minutes of this match at Accrington saw United fail by inches to save a point. Twice the ball rebounded from the woodwork and Posh were unlucky not to get the goal which would have saved them from their first League defeat of the year.
Accrington took the points because they snapped up all their chances, centre forward George Hudson getting three goals mainly because of errors in the Posh defence.
Apart from their final fling at the Accrington goal United had scoring chances galore earlier in the game. Once Terry Bly only had the goalkeeper to beat from six yards out. His shot went straight to Willie McInnes who managed to put the ball over the bar.
McInnes also brought off “miracle” saves after the interval from Bly and Ray Smith, and for once the brilliant football of United failed to produce winning goals.
Posh were hammering away in attack in the 26th minute when Accrington swept into a surprise lead. A clearance was gathered by Hudson and his shot from 25 yards caught Jack Walls out of position, the ball going into the top corner of the net.
Billy Hails snatched an equaliser for Posh when his quickly taken free kick whipped into the net off the leg of the Accrington wing half Bill Smith.
Everyone thought that this was the end for Accrington, but in the 65th minute Jim Rayner mis-headed a centre and Hudson raced away clear of the defence to place the ball past Walls.
Only twelve minutes later Hudson completed his hat-trick when a shot from Bennett was only partly saved by Walls and the centre forward was able to run on to the ball and score.
Eight minutes from the end United got back into the game with a goal which was hotly disputed by the home team. A free kick left three United players in front of the Accrington goal and Hails had little difficulty in scoring.
Accrington protested that Hails was offside but after consulting a linesman the referee allowed the goal to stand.
After that it was “one-way” traffic with Posh going all out for an equaliser – and failing by inches on more than one occasion.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.
Accrington: Willie McInnes, George Forrester, Joe Walton, Bill Smith, Jimmy Harrower, Alex Hamilton, Lawson Bennett, Mike Ferguson, George Hudson, David Sturrock and Willie Devine.
Goals: Posh – Bill Smith (Own Goal)60 mins and Billy Hails 82 mins. Accrington – George Hudson (3) 26 mins, 65 mins & 77 mins.