Posh v Crawley Town

A look ahead to the Bristol Street Motors Trophy tie with Crawley Town.

Peterborough United welcome Sky Bet League Two side Crawley Town to the Weston Homes Stadium on Wednesday evening (7.30pm) as Darren Ferguson’s men return to Bristol Street Motors Trophy action with a last 16 clash against one of the in-form teams in the division below.

Crawley have won three out of the last four games, including an eye-catching victory on the road at Bradford City last time out. Posh go into the game on the back of a first defeat in 15 at the Weston Homes Stadium with Championship side Leeds United running out 3-0 winners in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.


Posh goalkeepers Nicholas Bilokapic and Will Blackmore are both on the side-lines through injury, while striker Jacob Wakeling is cup-tied. Jonson Clarke-Harris has a calf injury and is ruled out with the Posh boss leaving his selection until the last minute to assess his squad after a punishing schedule.

Crawley have lost the services of midfielder Aaron Henry, who has been recalled by parent club Charlton Athletic. The Reds are unlikely to make wholesale changes to their starting line-up as they look to make it into the quarter-finals of the competition.


Danilo Orsi (pictured below) is the man in the form. The striker has netted four goals in his last five including a brace at Valley Parade last time out. He has 13 goals to his name this season and one assist and is a firm fans favourite. He has spent most of his career to date in non-league with a spell at Grimsby Town prior to signing for Crawley.

Danilo Orsi


“Crawley are a good side. I have watched them a few times, they are expansive, they are a dangerous side to play against and they have enjoyed some good results in recent weeks. This competition is one that we want to do well in, we have enjoyed success in the competition nearly 10 years ago and it was a special day for everyone connected with the football club. I will assess the squad in terms of fatigue, but they looked good in training today,” Darren Ferguson said.


The Deskgo Stand and the Weston Homes London Road End will be closed for this fixture. Crawley supporters will be accommodated in the away section of the North Stand with around 100 sold. Tickets are available at www.theposhtickets.com or via the Weston Homes Stadium Box Office.


You will be able to watch the game domestically and worldwide with match passes available for £10. Alternatively you can purchase an audio pass for £5 with commentary from Nilesh Patel and Chris Dowsett.


There have only been five meetings between the two sides with Posh coming out on top in three of those fixtures including a 4-3 success back in 2015 when Michael Bostwick netted a brace and Conor Washington (pictured below) grabbed a late winner.

Posh v Crawley Town


There have been a few connections down the years between the two sides including Tom Nichols, Sergio Torres and Gwion Edwards.

Among the others to have featured for both include; Nicky Ajose, Michael Doughty, Alex Davey, Anthony Grant, Scott Griffiths, Paul Jones, Jack Payne, Dion-Curtis Henry and Josh Simpson.


If the tie is level at the end of the 90 minutes, it will go straight to penalties.


Simon Mather is the match referee.