Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 3 v Accrington Stanley 0
Officials: H. Hackney, R. Pearce & R. Bedford.
United came to the threshold of their first Football League championship at London Road with a 3-0 victory over Accrington which not only atoned for their shock 3-2 defeat in midweek but enable Terry Bly to get the goals necessary to set up a new Fourth Division scoring record.
With two first half goals Terry took his total for the season to 44 which is two more than the existing record held by Cliff Holton.
But that wasn’t United’s – or Bly’s best performance by a long chalk.
Accrington fought hard it is true but Posh should have had a hatful of goals. Many chances were missed and despite his two goals before the interval Bly completed a disappointing display by missing from the penalty spot after McNamee had been chopped down.
Most of the honours go to the United defence, and to Jim Rayner in particular, Jim played with confidence and assurance and showed some delightful touches in his distribution of the ball. He was also well in command in the air.
But little was seen of the Posh wing halves in attack. This is probably a tribute to Accrington’s brilliant centre forward George Hudson who had to be watched closely throughout the game.
It was Hudson who very nearly gave his side the lead in the opening minutes of the game. Twice Jack Walls had to make daring saves from the visitors leader.
But just when it seemed as if Posh were going to have a tough task on their hands the forwards produced a flash of brilliance which brought the first goal after five minutes.
Smith and McNamee cleverly worked a short corner on the left wing and when Ray rounded two defenders to flash the ball low across the goalmouth Bly had only to put his body in the way of the ball to turn it over the goal line.
Posh didn’t score again until four minutes before the interval and once again it was Smith who set the ball rolling for Bly to run in and beat the goalkeeper for possession.
In the second half United came out with a lot more of their usual fight. They completely dominated the play and it was only the brilliance of Hudson which occasionally put Accrington on the attack.
Hudson carved himself at least two good openings but in each case put his final shot hopelessly wide.
With both wingers back in defence Accrington fell away and for long periods United were “shooting in”. But the shooting was poor and it was left to Peter McNamee to get the best goal of the game after 66 minutes.
The United left winger raced on to a neat header from Bly and appeared to have over run the ball when he reached backwards and hooked it into the net.
Thirteen minutes later McNamee was brought down inside the penalty area by his opposing full back. Bly stepped up to take the kick and the hung his head as his strong shot hit the wrong side of the upright and bounced to safety.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Denis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.
Accrington: Willie McInnes, George Forrester, Joe Walton, Bill Smith, Jimmy Harrower, Alex Hamilton, Lawson Bennett, Mile Ferguson, George Hudson, David Sturrock and Willie Devine.
Goals: Posh – Terry Bly (2) 5 mins & 41 mins and Peter McNamee 66 mins.