Posh v Chester 1 Apr 61
Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 4 v Crewe Alexandra 1
Officials: F. Reid.
A brilliant display of attacking football by United’s two wing half backs, Keith Ripley and Jim Rayner, was the highlight of this Easter Saturday game in which Crewe were a very poor second best despite the fact that one or two of the home forwards had an off day.
Ripley scored two goals, and Rayner also delighted the crowd by getting his first League goal with a rising shot through a tightly packed goalmouth.
In recent weeks Rayner has had atrocious luck in trying to emulate the scoring feats of his fellow wing half Ripley. His goal on Saturday was a beauty and, of course, the first to congratulate him was Ripley.
But United’s left half was determined to have the last word and he followed up his first half goal with another after the interval.
For more than half an hour the Posh attack battered away in vain at a stubborn defence in which goalkeeper Williamson was on top form.
Twice goal worthy efforts were kicked off the line by full backs and United’s forwards appeared to lose some of their spirit.
Then Ripley decided to take a hand. He had one fierce drive blocked in the goalmouth, but after 37 minutes his strong ground shot fairly whizzed into the net.
It was left to Rayner to put Posh further ahead three minutes after the start of the second half and two minutes later Billy Hails made sure of the points with a well taken goal from Bly’s pass.
After 78 minutes Ripley came charging through the centre again. No one could knock him off the ball and although Williamson got a hand to his final shot he could not stop the ball going into the net.
Crewe got a consolation goal five minutes from the end when Keery converted a penalty awarded for a foul.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.
Crewe: Williamson, Keery, rest unknown.
Goals: Posh – Keith Ripley 37 mins & 78 mins, Jim Rayner 48 mins and Billy Hails 50 mins. Crewe – Keery 85 mins.