The latest from the Posh Scholarship programme can be found here.
On Wednesday 3rd October, the Peterborough United Sports Scholarship played their second game of the season away at Norwich. The Scholarship were fortunate enough to play at The Nest, Norwich's new £10m community hub.
Norwich, who won the league last season, took an early lead, scoring a couple of times in the first 20 minutes and dominated the first half, showing their class. After changing the formation at half time, Posh started the second half well and competed for the first 20 minutes after half time but Norwich's class eventually came through, scoring a couple more in the process.
Posh play their first home game on Wednesday 10th October vs Millwall looking to kick-start their season.
Squad: Grypicz, Braid (c), England, Wilshere, Goymour, Mulholland, Saywell, Bayly, Munns, Hoult, Baig. Subs: Penman, Howarth
Posh started the game vs Stoke in a sloppy manor, lowering ourselves to their standards as we were by far the superior side. Despite this Posh scored 2 well worked goals through Cook and Denton. Posh went into the second half 2-0 up knowing they needed to up their game as the standard was extremely poor. Sure enough the boys stepped up and scored a further 2 goals through Cook and Denton once more.
As Stoke begun to force their way back into the game, Posh GK Baronwicz spotted the Stoke GK off his line, and scored with an audacious effort from his own box. Cook then added his third and Posh's 6th. 6-0 up and firmly in control, Posh ultimately took their foot of the gas and within a matter of 4 minutes and 2 Posh time outs, Stoke forced their way back to 6-4. Posh then knew they hadn't won the game, and then began to step it up once more and scored a 7th through cook. A push by Baronwicz gave stoke another lifeline from the spot which they took. The impressive Denton and Cook then secured the game late on to make it 9-5. An impressive score line however a slightly underwhelming performance.
M.O.M – COOK
Following on from our previous outing against Stoke, Posh knew our performance vs Mansfield needed to be cuts above what it was vs Stoke. We started the stronger team playing some good futsal leading to Cook opening the scoring. Mansfield begun a fight back which Posh dealt with in spells, however the Mansfield pressure paid off with a breakaway goal to level the scores. Posh knew they had been playing well, and fought to earn their lead back, good work by the posh 5 lead to a chance for Cook which he took with ease.
Following on from that high, Posh increased the pressure once more and good work again from Cook ended in a cool finish to increase the lead to 3-1. At the half way stage Posh looked comfortable and the better side however as we found out against Stoke, we could not rest on a lead. Mansfield as expected came out strong, leaving themselves slightly more open than normal, However Posh could not capitalise on this, knowing the next goal was vital. Mansfield would be the ones that would get that all important next goal. Posh then became slightly nervy and under the cosh, giving away a cheap free kick which could have been avoided. Mansfield made Posh pay for this error and the game was quickly brought back to 3-3. With not long on the clock, both teams looked likely to score, however it was Mansfield who completed the turn around with a tidy right footed strike into the bottom left corner. A disappointing result for a game that Posh applied themselves in a very good way and without the late collapse, more than likely would have been walking away with all 3 points.
M.O.M - COOK
Squad: Baronwicz (c), Ellen, Brittain, Cook, Denton, Harlow, Melton