Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 6 v Chester 0
Referee: J. Hemingway
It took Peterborough United only 30 minutes of their game against luckless Chester to become the first club in the country to reach a century of goals, and appropriately it was top scorer Terry Bly who blasted in numbers 99, 100 and 101 just in case the statisticians made any errors of reckoning.
These goals of Bly’s represented the quickest hat-trick of the season by a Peterborough player, and in that glorious six minutes spell Bly not only took Posh to the century but put paid to any hopes that Chester may have cherished about the outcome of the game.
But in the first 20 minutes of the game it seemed as though Posh would never get going.
All the forwards were guilty of some glaring misses with the goal at their mercy, and when Ray Smith’s header seemed destined for the back of the net the ball rebounded from the crossbar into the goalkeepers arms.
The ice was broken in the 22nd minute by Billy Hails who waltzed round his full back and cracked home a great left footed shot which the goalkeeper found much too hot to hold.
Then came the deluge. With the fans roaring them on to the century United’s forward line responded as only Posh can respond to the cheers of their own fanatical fans.
After 28 minutes a mis-kick threw the Chester defence into a panic and Bly nipped in to steer goal number 99 into the corner of the net.
Who would get the 100th goal? Last minute bets were laid as the large crowd tensed itself for a special roar.
The fans were not kept waiting very long for within two minutes Bly took a great pass from Rayner and flashed the ball into the net. The century was up, and how the fans cheered.
But there was more to come and only four minutes later Terry Bly rose head and shoulders above the Chester defence to head a “picture” goal from Smith’s accurately placed centre.
Chester battled on gamely but they had no answer to the poise and confidence of Posh.
All five forwards ran rings round the visitors defence and only some great saves by the goalkeeper and some intelligent anticipation by the full backs standing on the goal line prevented United from reaching double figures.
Goal number five came after 51 minutes when Chester’s right half Clempson couldn’t get out of the way of a strong cross from Hails and in his attempt to clear the ball put it into the roof of his own net.
To crown a brilliant display of centre forward play Terry Bly came back into the goal scoring picture five minutes from the end. He chased the ball from the halfway line and ended a great solo effort by crashing an unstoppable shot from an acute angle.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.
Chester: Brown, Clempson, Kelly, rest unknown.
Goals: Posh – Billy Hails 21 mins, Terr Bly (4) 28 mins, 30 mins, 34 mins & 85 mins and Frank Clempson (Own Goal) 51 mins.