Crewe Alexandra v Posh 12 Nov 60
Venue: Gresty Road, Crewe
Score: Crewe Alexandra 3 v Peterborough Utd 1
Referee: J. Bullough.
Crewed… That’s the way of describing this Fourth Division ‘battle’ and the team which took advantage of a none too strict referee to match United’s soccer skill with rough tough tactics and bulldoze their way to their ninth successive League victory.
And when Posh saw that class wasn’t going to pay off what happened? Two of the team had their names taken for rough play, the crowd booed, and Crewe walked off with the points.
Crewe had their biggest attendance of the season and the fans who came to see some football from the Posh were not disappointed in the opening stages.
United’s forwards had the home defence reeling with their clever moves but slowly and surely they were clogged into near immobility by the tough tackling Crewe defence.
Posh must take a share of the blame for persisting with their close passing moves when a snap shot might have paid handsome dividends.
A goal or two in the early stages might have made all the difference, but miraculously, Crewe managed to hold out. Goalkeeper Williamson made a number of fine saves and when he was caught unprepared there was always a defender to block the ball on the line.
Crewe had their moments and twice Jim Walker had to come to the rescue when Jack Walls was beaten. But for the first half hour Posh hammered away without scoring.
It was against the run of play when the home side went ahead. Three United defenders muffed their attempts at a clearance and Stark cracked the ball home from close in.
Four minutes before the interval Crewe went further ahead when Wheatley headed a good goal.
Despite their two goal deficit United looked capable of pulling the game out of the fire, but in the 55th minute came a penalty shock from which they never recovered.
The referee saw the ball cleared from the United goalmouth, but a linesman flagged and after a consultation Crewe were awarded a penalty from which Keery scored.
The referee them appeared to lose control of the game and the home side took full advantage. Posh went to pieces, but they got a consolation goal through Bly two minutes from the end.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Roy Banham, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.
Crewe: Williamson, McGill, Campbell, Keery, Barnes, Shepherd, Coleman, Riley, Stark, Wheatley and Jones.
Goals: Posh – Terry Bly 88 mins. Crewe – Stark 35 mins, Wheatley 41 mins and Keery 55 mins.