Venue: Recreation Ground, Aldershot
Score: Aldershot 1 v Peterborough Utd 1
Referee: A. Mason.
Outplayed for long periods, Peterborough United were a trifle lucky to bring a point away from Aldershot. They must, however, thank a hard working defence, Jack Walls in particular, and the opportunism of Dennis Emery who snatched an equaliser with only ten minutes left for play.
The largest attendance for ten years saw Aldershot do the majority of the attacking. Local supporters said it was their club’s finest display of the season.
Had they been able to turn their openings into goals then Aldershot would have won easily. But confident work by Norman Rigby, Jim Rayner and Jim Walker kept them out.
United’s forwards had an off day and only Billy Hails and Emery showed anything like their best form.
Even before the kick off it was obvious that both teams were going to find it difficult to keep their feet, particularly in the centre circle. Aldershot seemed to overcome this handicap, but the United players never got used to the slippery surface in midfield or the bumpy patches on the wings and in the goal areas.
Consequently Posh were never able to settle down and play their crisp style of attacking football.
Aldershot always looked to be the more dangerous in attack and it was easy to see why they have never lost a League game at home this season.
Peter McNamee very nearly gave United the lead in the first five minutes. He was sent away down his wing and with clever footwork went round the full back to close in on goal. His final shot forced the goalkeeper to dive full length to save.
From then on however, United’s shots at goal were few and far between. Aldershot were well served by two attacking wing halves in Mundy and the former Posh winger Arthur Tyrer.
Tyrer had a great game and was a tireless worker. Mundy was first to test Walls with a powerful drive which Jack did well to palm out for Gerry Graham to hook the ball clear.
After 30 minutes of steady pressure by the home team Posh almost took the lead with a breakaway. Hails and Emery put Bly clear down the right wing and the centre forward closed in on goal.
He delayed his final centre and although McNamee was able to put the ball back across the face of an unguarded goal no one was on hand to put the ball in.
Jack Walls made several great saves and the United defence stuck grimly to its task as Aldershot gathered confidence with every attack they made.
They almost scored when Walls was caught out of his goal making a clearance. A wall of United defenders blocked several shots and then when an Aldershot forward tried to lob the ball home Walls was back on the goal line to save under the crossbar.
At the other end Ray Smith tried to lob the ball over the advancing goalkeeper but it went wide inches outside an upright.
Just before the interval Walls had to run out of the penalty area to kick the ball away when Aldershot seemed certain to score.
There was no score at half time but after the interval the home side soon showed that they meant business. Walls did well to push a shot from right winger Taylor round the post and then pluck the ball out of the air from the corner kick.
United found themselves struggling to hold the home team at bay and relief came when Hails and Bly went down the right wing for the centre forward to shoot in to the side netting.
But there was no stopping Aldershot and their tiny inside left Parnell popped up on the right wing to fire in a great shot which rebounded from an upright.
The ball fell at the feet of newly signed centre forward Richards and he slipped it into the net.
Minutes later Tyrer blasted in a splendid shot on the run and Walls made a great one handed save, putting the ball over the crossbar.
The only sign of the United revival came about 13 minutes from the end when Hails put the ball through for Ray Smith to crack it home. The referee, however, ruled that Ray was offside and the goal was not allowed.
With only ten minutes left for play Aldershot seemed to be tiring and the United forwards scythed through in their best move of the game.
Even then it seemed as if they would be thwarted when McNamee’s final shot was blocked on the goal line. Emery rushed in and thrust out a long leg to push the ball home for an equaliser.
Posh almost got a winner, when McNamee forced his way through the middle only to shoot just wide.
Aldershot too had a final fling but Jack Walls was equal to the task and he made a couple of good saves to crown a splendid afternoon’s work.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Gerry Graham, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.
Aldershot: Brodie, Bannister, Jackson, Mundy, Shipwright, Tyrer, Taylor, Kirkup, Richards, Parnell and Lawlor.
Goals: Posh – Dennis Emery. Aldershot – Richards.