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 Tuesday 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 five games, including an eye-catching victory on the road at Bradford City, but they were beaten 1-0 by Salford City last time out. They were without a game at the weekend as their fixture fell foul to the wintry weather.


Posh goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic is making excellent progress as he looks to return to action following a spell on the sidelines. He is likely to be fit for the clash at Lincoln City should his progress continue this week.

Will Blackmore remains side-lined while Kwame Poku is another that won’t be involved after suffering an ankle injury in the win at Charlton. Ricky-Jade Jones has been declared fit after picking up a knock in the win over Shrewsbury Town. Jonson Clarke-Harris is unlikely to feature with Posh boss Darren Ferguson believing a week’s training will be more beneficial at this stage following a calf problem.

Crawley will be fresh after no game at the weekend, but they are unlikely to make wholesale changes to a side that has been in decent form.


Danilo Orsi is the man in the form. The striker has netted four goals in his last five including a brace at Valley Parade. 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.


“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. There are a few players that need match action and I will balance that when selecting the side,” 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.