Posh v Stockport County 17th September 1960
Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 0 v Stockport County 1
Referee: A. Holland.
United supporters who shouted “Come on Mansfield” as Posh struggled to get a goal against Stockport at London Road had to eat their own words two minutes from the end when the visitors inside right Anderson whipped the ball into the net to give his side two surprise points and bring about a repeat of the 1-0 defeat suffered by Posh at Mansfield only seven days previously.
The two games were almost identical. United outplayed Stockport for nine tenths of the game but were unable to get a goal.
Stockport scored with their only worthwhile shot of the match just as United were trying to turn a ‘certain’ draw into the victory they so well deserved.
But it’s goals that count in football, and for some mysterious reason United’s forwards showed a reluctance to shoot which angered their supporters to such an extent that they began a slow handclap so seldom heard at London Road.
All the forwards were guilty of bad misses. They carved out opening after opening with some brilliant football but when it came to shooting they were hopeless.
The pattern of the game was set after only five minutes play when Smith had only the goalkeeper to beat and failed to put the ball into the net.
Then it was Bly’s turn to hang his head when he shot straight at the goalkeeper from only five yards out. And so it went on. Posh played delightful football. The defence broke up everything Stockport tried and at times it was a question of one way traffic towards the Stockport goal.
“They’re bound to score” said the fans, but those who were at Mansfield the previous week began to wonder.
The stars in the United team were again wing halves Rayner and Ripley, and it was Ripley who seemed to sense the danger as he joined the forwards in attack.
He tried one or two powerful long shots but these were eagerly snapped up by the confident Stockport goalkeeper. And still United dribbled the ball up to the six yard line before either tamely surrendering it to the keeper or allowing a defender to boot it to safety.
A shot from Emery looked to be a winner but even this was charged down by the defence. Rayner had a shot blocked and he was desperately unlucky when another long shot beat the goalkeeper only to rebound from the legs of a full back standing on the goal line.
United piled on the pressure towards the end and Smith seemed certain to score as he raced in from the left wing with only the goalkeeper to beat. His shot was not strong enough, however, and the Stockport keeper was able to cut it off.
Then with the swiftness of a cobra, Stockport struck, – and it was all over. The ball came up field to the unmarked Anderson. He raced in towards goal and the first thing Walls knew about his fierce shot was when the ball bulged the back of the net.
Stockport did not deserve to win. They did not even deserve a point for a draw, but United must learn that it’s goals that count.
Posh: Jack Walls, Ellis Stafford, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Jimmy Dunne and Peter McNamee.
Stockport County: Lea, Ashton, Webb, Bennion, Hodder, Porteous, Wilson, Anderson, Fletcher, Murdock and Davock.
Goal: Stockport – Anderson 88 mins.