The Posh youngsters were beaten 3-1 by Stevenage at the weekend.

Peterborough United under 18s have been in excellent form of late, form that has propelled them to the top of the Youth Alliance League table, but after taking the lead at the weekend, they found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 score-line against Stevenage.

Adler Nascimento continued his impressive form in front of goal with the opener, but the home side turned it around in the second half to run out winners. Manager Matthew Etherington was disappointed with his side’s second half showing and is seeking an improvement when they face AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

“We started off okay and in the first half we did all right, but it got progressively worse as the game went on if I am completely honest, which is a shame after we had taken the lead and created one or two decent opportunities in front of goal.

“It was just a poor showing, out of possession especially, and as a result of that we were poor on the ball as well, I think the two go hand in hand. We conceded three poor goals and it was a bad day at the office. We need to get that performance out of our system quickly.

“We addressed it on Monday, we dropped off our standards and we need to find that consistency. We had been on a good run, but you can’t afford to put in a bad performance and expect to get the right result,” Etherington said.

Posh: Pickard, Mensah, Tonge, Bodie, Thomas, Harris, O’Connell, Gyimah, Keane, Hickinson, Nascimento.