Venue: Bootham Crescent, York
Score: York City 0 v Peterborough Utd 1
Referee: N. Hough.
It took Peterborough United only 18 minutes of their match at York to get the goal that put them in the Third Division, but what a battle they had to hang on to their lead.
Goalkeeper Jack Walls played the game of his life to keep out the eager York forwards and Posh will never have to fight harder to win a League match.
This was a memorable occasion for United, and the whole team responded with a splendid display of football which made this an excellent match to watch.
The run of the ball certainly went United’s way and had it not been for York’s bad luck, poor shooting, and some great goalkeeping by Jack Walls in a 20 minute spell in the second half York may have stayed where the deserve to be – well in the running for promotion.
Now they are “outsiders” in the race for the top four places. Yes they remain one of the best sides Peterborough have met this season and if the Posh defence had cracked under intense pressure in those second half attacks this story would have been much different.
Walls was in tremendous form and his saves from York’s best forward, Wilkinson, had the crowd rising to applaud him. Once he had the luck his skill deserved when he dropped a high ball only to find it came down within his reach as he struggled to his feet.
The fans took this as part of Jack’s skills – and applauded it. But earlier their applause was all for their own goalkeeper Peter Forgan.
He stood between United and a four goal lead in the first half. He made some brilliant saves especially from Terry Bly who gave the home “idol” six foot Barry Jackson a lesson in centre forward play.
It was Bly who raced up to Ray Smith’s pass in the 18th minute to score the only goal of the game.
Bly mis-hit his shot, but he caught Forgan off balance and the ball rolled into the net with the goalkeeper full length on the ground.
The match delighted United’s contingent of loyal supporters. It made their journey a pleasure. Bly’s goal was the greatest moment, but those United fans will long remember the work of the Peterborough defence in the second half.
Bly has been named the player who put Posh in the Third Division, but he did not do it alone.
As well as making certain of promotion United attracted York’s highest attendance of the season – 12,525.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.
York City: Forgan, Binglay, Howe, Woods, Jackson, Fountain, Hughes, Wilkinson, Ramsey, Weir and Gould.
Goal: Posh – Terry Bly 18 mins.