A touch of Cas

Last updated : 05 October 2002 By Notts County Mad
Notts County's Paul Bolland holds off Peterbrough United's Graham Hyde
Peterborough still fail to win a leagu game at Meadow Lane, ever. It's now seven wins and seven draws for the Magpies at Meadow Lane in the last fourteen games, between these two sides.

And Peterborough must have thought that that record would have come to an end today especially after 53 minutes when Simon Rea got the second goal of the afternoon for Posh.

In the first half, County simply didn't trouble the goalkeeper. The best effort came from Paul Bolland but he missed an open net, surprisingly, skying the ball into the Kop End.

Notts County's Darren Caskey is tackled by Peterbrough United's Matthew Gill
Notts kept the ball well in the first half and their work rate was high in the first 35 minutes. But, as I've said before I don't think this team is good enough to get promotion, I don't think it ever will be now, I'm sure most of you agree with me.

The side worked hard in the first half, and you can work hard for ninety minutes throughout a game, but if the quality isn't there, then there's not much use of that hard work, obviously. Most of the players we have are average in Division two now and today, like Peterborough we were an average second division side.

Mark Stallard in the first half came close to scoring, he fantastically curled the ball into the top right hand corner, but the flexibility of Posh Goalkeeper Mark Tiler, prevented the Magpies from taking the lead.

Peterbrough United's goalscorer Bradley Allen is congratulated by Marc Joseph
Against the run of play, on loan striker Bradley Allen broke the deadlock for Peterborough. He found himself in the area and he simply fired the ball to give the visitors the lead on the stroke of half time. It was sloppy defending by Notts, careless marking you might say. But Posh were one nil up as the two sides went into the interval.

Half Time: Notts 0-1 Posh

Peterbrough United's David Farrell goes past Notts County's Danny Stone
Adam Newton was leaving Kevin Nicholson dead when the former Notts player went on a run. It was him who got a free kick for Peterborough which led to a goal. This time even poorer marking as Simon rea was allowed a free header at the back post to head the opponents into a two nil lead. It seemed that Notts would be destined to lose four at home on the trot as heads went down.

As the heads went down, Bill Dearden raced down to the touchline from the Directors box, he was clearly frustrated that his side were behind, as we all were.

Peterbrough United's Simon Rea celebrates scoring their second goal
But could Notts come back? They did, and it was a bit of sloppyness from Tiler, on his part that led to the comeback goal. Tiler kicked the ball at his own defender, he then came out to collect it and Mark Stallard got in on the act. Unlike Tiler and his defender though, Stallard was not in a pantomime, as it seemed. Stallaed finished from outside the box cooly. It was a goalkeeping embarrassment.

Peterbrough United's Simon Rea outjumps Notts County's Ian Richardson to score the second goal
Stallard went down for a short time after the goal for some reason and Fenton decided to kick the ball out of play. He didn't tap it aside though. He stupidly kicked the ball for some reason high and hard towards the Sirrell triangular sign thats says "Notts County Football Club, Founded in 1862". And the ball hit the OU in Founded, and it came off, and it also hit the U in County. The three letters simply fell of the sign and Posh fans were laughing their Hats off.

Peterbrough United's Adam Newton comes away from Notts County's Richard Liburd
But then came on Marcel Cas later in the second half. I could see that the winger's confidence had been boosted, you could just tell. He might an immediate impact. Now Cas never scores ordinary goals, he doesn't score tap ins, when he scores you soon know about it. The Dutchman raced into the box and fired a wonderful shot past Mark Tiler, the Posh goalie, and the three stands around the Meadow Lane end goal errupted. Cas had given Notts the equaliser they craved.

Peterbrough United's Simon Rea argues with Referee Ron Pearson after a dissalowed last minute winner
And then you could sense that a final goal was coming from somewhere, you could sense that the ball was going to driven into the back of the net, and it was. Infact Posh put the ball in the net in the last minute of extra time, it didn't count though.

Apprently after Francais Green was penialised for pushing Micheal Brough in the back. Peterborough fans were horrified. And protested at the Referee their utter disgust.

The whistle then went soon after, and there were sighs of relief but also sighs of disappointment, this because of Notts now, the only team in the Division failing to win at home.