A youthful Posh development team suffered a narrow 1-0 loss at Portsmouth on Tuesday morning.

A Peterborough United development team containing five first year scholars, five second year scholars and a player from the under 16s suffered a narrow 1-0 loss at an experienced Portsmouth side on Tuesday morning.

Cole Kpekawa’s first half header was the difference between the two sides, but Posh can take heart from their display against a Pompey side that included several players with first team experience.

Pompey goalkeeper Michael Poke made two excellent stops to deny a Posh trialist, although club officials were convinced that the latter effort had crossed the line before Poke clawed it away to safety.

Keano Robinson saw a shot smothered by Poke while Joseph-Buadi struck the outside of the post for the hosts. Posh goalkeeper Dion Henry was only called upon to make one serious save during the fixture which he did expertly.

Kieran Scarff, in charge of the Posh side, said: 'I was really pleased with them. We had a very young side out but they competed very well against a decent Portsmouth side with first team experience and we created chances as well.

'I felt one of our chances was over the line, but that is football. I think the lads can be pleased with their efforts today, they played some decent football and caused them a lot of problems.'

Posh: Henry; Robinson, Maslen-Jones, Marshall, Luto; Da Silva-Lopes, Keating, Hood, Adebayo-Rowling; Friend (Lee 67), Trialist. Subs not used: Ravas, Humphrey, Ford.