Posh v Rushden Town 2nd Qualifying Rd Replay 20 Oct 1938

Venue: London Road, Peterborough

Attendance: 4,167

Score: Peterborough Utd 3 v Rushden Town 1

Referee: G.R. Hodson

Although lacking the thrills of the first game this match provided plenty of incident in the first half and there was great excitement when Rushden took the lead inside three minutes. The scores were level at the interval, but in a dour second half the Posh ‘stayed the course’ better and thoroughly deserved their win. It was Rushden’s first defeat this season but they went down fighting.

The Posh, without Bowater, who had an injured knee, and Haden went from left half to left win, Warnes coming in to fill the vacancy. Rushden dropped Peacock for their regular centre forward Hinson, who was unable to play in the previous game owing to illness. Mantle, a reserve appeared at left back instead of Patenall who was unable to leave his work.

The game opened sensationally, for within three minutes Rushden went ahead. Endeavouring to clear from Jeffery, McDonagh put the ball behind his own goal for a corner, and from the flag kick Dickens was forced to concede another corner on the opposite side, when he turned a header from Hinson over the bar, Burgess dropped the ball beautifully into the goalmouth, and although Dickens gathered smartly, he swung round on his heel and carried the ball over the line to give Rushden a goal.

Burgess repeatedly threaded his way through, and following one of his runs Hinson fired the ball perilously near. It was ten minutes before Posh launched their first attack, and after a smart breakaway Macartney

lifted the ball over. Eventually Posh asserted themselves and Rowbotham, receiving from a throw in, hit the top of the bar with an oblique dropping shot.

After a quarter of an hour Posh drew level, when, following a forward scramble Olney failed to gather an awkward bouncing ball, and Macartney followed up to put the ball into the net.

Macartney should have scored again when Haden raced down the wing and presented him with an open goal. A free kick to Rushden saw the ball flash from McNeill to Hinson, and Dickens had to go full length to turn the latters shot round a post.

Seven minutes after the resumption, Posh forced a corner on the right, and although Fielding positioned himself to take the kick, Haden decided to take it himself. The move was a fine piece of strategy, for Haden hooked the ball in beautifully with his left foot, for Macartney to give the Posh the lead with a wonderful header.

There were fewer thrills in the second half, and although the Posh seemed to be gaining command of the situation, they failed to take full advantage of their chances. A remarkable shot by Fielding from the touchline had Olney guessing, but a clearance was effected.

In an effort to smarten up the attack, Posh made a couple of changes, Haden and Sharp changed places, but the move was not successful, and later Haden resumed on the left wing and changed Sharp and Bott over.

After half an hour Posh increased their lead when Fielding made a perfect opening which led to Macartney completing his hat-trick with a screw shot into a corner of the net.

Receipts for the game were £202 12s; car park £4 17s 3d; programmes £5 9s. After paying £30 5s 2d tax Posh received £81 as their share of the gate.


The Posh: Edward Dickens, Charles McDonagh, Jack Smith, Sam Rowbotham, Harold Smith, Sam Haden, Horace Fielding, Arthur Sharp, Charlie MacCartney, Eric Bott and Fred Warnes.

Rushden Town: Olney, Inwood, Mantle, Bland, Markham, McNeill, Burgess, Harrison, Hinson, Hillyard and Jeffery.

Goal scorers: The Posh – Charlie MacCartney (3) 15 mins, 52 mins & 77 mins. Rushden Town – Burgess 3 mins.