Match 43
1st April 1989
Peterborough U (h)

1st APRIL 1989


An action packed game that had everything. goals, chances, bookings, a sending off and plenty of incident. Chris Banks certainly had an eventful afternoon. He was back in the team after being substitute at Hereford, a punishment for turning up late for the team coach. It was Chris who scored our first goal after five minutes when he finished convincingly with an excellent shot into the far corner that left ex-Torquay keeper Paul Crichton diving despairingly. He was also involved with the second goal when a superb City move involving Banks and McDermott finished with Neville side-footing the ball home (how good it was to see Steve back in the team after an absence with an injury). City continued to dominate and lan Benjamin headed just over whilst Tommy Langley should have done better when he shot tamely past the post with just the keeper to beat. However, credit to Peterborough, they battled back well and what was looking to be a big win was becoming a hard fought match. The visitors were recovering from losing striker Dave Longhurst with an injury after two minutes, but the Peterborough number twelve nearly scored with a volley that produced an excellent save from Dave Walter. In fact after the break Boro began to create chances, although most of these involved piling all their tall players into the box on set pieces. It was from one of these that Keith Oakes got a goal back just five minutes into the second-half, his looping header left Dave Walter stranded. The same player spent fifteen minutes of the first-half in the changing rooms being treated for another injury. However, Peterborough's defence always looked dodgy and City substitute Richard Young scored two minutes after coming on with a powerful header from a perfect cross from the impressive Bryan McDermott. There was more drama to come later. With just six minutes left Boro broke clean through and with the defence at sixes and sevens, Dave Walter was forced to chop the player down, a feat which unfortunately earned him the 'big red'. Chris Banks (or Gordon Banks as the Cowshed insisted on singing his name) was the player to take over the green jersey. Luckily he had nothing more dangerous than a couple of back passes to stop, although with Shaun Taylor in the back four these aren't often as easy as they seem ! Even these 'saves' were greeted with a crescendo of cheers, goodness knows how the fans would have reacted had he saved a goalbound Peterborough effort! 

Overall an excellent match producing plenty of entertainment and incident and a City win.





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