Venue: Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Score: Wrexham 0 v Peterborough Utd 1
Officials: A. Jobling, G. Readle & H. Richards.
In the nick of time…That was the goal scored by Peter McNamee three minutes from the end of this dour struggle for supremacy at Wrexham. It gave United two hard earned, well deserved points and kept them well in the race for the Fourth Division championship.
Just when it seemed the game would end with both teams taking a point as a reward for their grim defensive battles McNamee took a good pass from Ray Smith in his stride and scored from close in.
And on the run of play, Peterborough just about deserved their victory.
United were the best side although the forwards spoilt a lot of their approach work with poor passing moves.
The strength of both teams was in their defences. Wrexham did well to Hold United until the last five minutes of the game, but they began to tire towards the end and paid the penalty.
Peterborough’s defence was well marshalled by skipper Norman Rigby, and was competent in every department. Jack Walls made a number of good saves and the full backs kept two dangerous wingers almost completely subdued.
Both sets of forwards came off second best and it was soon obvious that a single goal would decide the issue. United played attractive football but the home defence blotted out nearly every promising move.
Peterborough’s defence also gave the home forwards very little scope but at the same time wing halves Jim Rayner and Keith Ripley found few opportunities to go up with their forwards.
Ray Smith and Dennis Emery tried every trick they knew to get the better of Wrexham’s commanding centre half Alan Fox, who gave Terry Bly a very lean time.
When it came to shooting, however, the Posh inside forwards brought the best out of goalkeeper Charlie Hughes.
It seemed as if he would never be beaten until McNamee took advantage of the hesitating defence in the 87th minute to give Peterborough the points.
The game was played at a fast pace throughout and it is a tribute to the rigorous training routine of the Posh players that they finished the game the much fitter of the two sides.
Had Wrexham been able to match Posh for fitness then they might have saved a point.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.
Wrexham: Charlie Hughes, Peter Jones, Ally McGowan, Fred Davis, Alan Fox, George Evans, Gren Jones, Arfon Griffiths, Harvey McCreadie, Mike Metcalf and Ron Roberts.
Goal: Posh – Peter McNamee 87 mins.