Match 50
4th May 1985
Peterborough (a)

Goal Shy 
Posh 0-0 Exeter City 

Posh's dismal home run continues and it was once again their lack of confidence and accuracy in front of goal which cost them victory. 

It's now three months since Posh won at London Road and they have tasted victory only once in 16 games. And unless they can improve their woeful finishing, that run will continue. Exeter will look back on this game and wonder how they came away with a point. According to caretaker manager John Hore his players were "chuffed to bits" with the result and no wonder.

For the first 45 minutes the game was played entirely in the visitors' half but the drought at the London Road end continued. Before the match manager John Wile had urged Gary Worrall to push further up the left wing and it was Worrall who set up the early chances. After eight minutes his cross was met by a brave diving header from Greif Shepherd but his effort was straight at 'keeper Lee Smelt, who was once on loan at Posh. A couple of minutes later and another Worrall cross reached Trevor Quow whose shot was beaten out by Smelt and as Phil Chard ran in for the kill, Nick Marker stuck out a leg to clear the danger. Other chances fell to Shepherd and Chard before the interval but both were saved. It had been an enter- taining first half, marred only by the mindless booing of John Wile every time he touched the ball. The more sympathethic fans in the crowd of 1,464 setting another all-time low for a Posh League game drowned the booing with applause for Wile. And it was well deserved because the player- manager had another fine game. The second half saw Exeter tighten their marking which had been suspect to restrict Posh to far fewer opportunities. Most of their efforts on goal came from outside the area although an excellent chance fell to Worrall in the 57th minute. He was inside the six-yard box when Errington Kelly worked the ball to him but he delayed and found his path to goal blocked. In the end he turned the ball back to Martin Pike who shot wide. Turner was brought into action for the first time in the 62nd minute when Mar- tin Ling was put through but the keeper did well to parry his shot. Minutes later and Kevin Smith was clean through but Wile recovered to make a timely intervention as the striker prepared to shoot.

Turner, Quow, Pike, Cassidy, Wile, Holmes, Shepherd, Klug, Kelly (replaced by Johnson after 66 mins) Chard, Worrall

Smelt, Kirkup, King Burgher, Marker, Viney, Ling, Harrower, Smith (replaced by Clifford after 76 mins), Howarth, McNichol.

Referee J. Ball (Leicester)


Posh: Worrall (dissent);
Exeter: Kirkup (foul).


Paul F



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