Bradford Park Avenue v Posh 20 Apr 61
Venue: Park Avenue, Bradford
Score: Bradford Park Avenue 1 v Peterborough Utd 0
Referee: Frank Cowen.
Just when Posh were getting into their stride in the second half the home side raced away to score the only goal of the match and end United’s hopes of returning from Yorkshire as champions of the Fourth Division.
United had an early shock when Bradford were awarded a second minute penalty after Norman Rigby had handled.
Spratt took the spot kick but his tame shot was easily stopped by Posh goalkeeper Jack Walls.
Bradford, bidding strongly to join Peterborough in the Third Division, had a “blow” before the game when their player manager Jimmy Scoular went down with flu.
Determined Bradford did most of the early pressing, and Walls was tested by Atkinson and Spratt. Rigby and especially Dick Whittaker, did good work in the Posh defence, and a timely tackle by the right back saved United when Reilly burst through.
Peterborough settled to show their paces midway through the first half and threatened the home goal with a series of delightful moves.
Emery shot over the bar from a good position, and only desperate saves by Gebble kept out efforts from Billy Hails and Peter McNamee.
Ripley ran back to clear after Buchanan had lobbed the ball past Walls, in another menacing Bradford raid. Bradford had the most of the first half attacking, but the Posh were dangerous near goal.
Peterborough put on strong pressure after the interval, and took control for a lengthy spell. They were held up by a stubborn home defence, and Hails came the nearest to scoring with a cross shot from the wing which hit the crossbar.
Just when Posh looked the likeliest side to score Bradford swept away to take the lead in the 71st minute.
Buchanan centred from the right and a Gibson shot was blocked by a defender on the goal line. As the ball ran loose Reilly ran in to score at point blank range.
This encouraged Bradford for a spell and a Buchanan header scraped the crossbar before Reilly headed against an upright.
Peterborough rallied to make it a thrilling finish but Bradford held out. It had been a close and a fluctuating game throughout.
The official attendance was 20,461, Bradford’s highest for almost four years.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Jimmy Dunne and Peter McNamee.
Bradford: Gebble, Walker, Baker, Atkinson, McCalman, Dick, McCallister, Gibson, Buchanan, Reilly and Spratt.
Goals: Bradford – Reilly 71 mins.