Benjamin Arthur

Posh U18s settle for a point against The Royals.

Peterborough United U18s were held to a goalless draw to Reading U18s on Saturday afternoon in the Under-18 Professional Development League, with goalkeeper Jake West saving from the spot in the first half.

The hosts were awarded a penalty inside the opening two minutes of the game as Harley Mills was penalised for tripping up their forward. The Royals’ man stepped up to take the spot-kick, but West guessed the right way to save his effort.

Posh had a good opportunity on 19 minutes as Harry Titchmarsh advanced into the box before squaring the ball to Reuben Marshall, who worked the ball onto his left foot before forcing the keeper into a low save. 

Dennis Kelmendi went close to finding the breakthrough just after the break as his effort from the edge of the box glazed the side-netting. However,  neither side could find a breakthrough in the second half as both teams settled for a point, leaving Posh third in the table and six points behind second-place Sheffield United.

Speaking on the game, Campbell-Ryce said: “We are happy with the point on the back of the previous result. Slightly disappointed with the first half, although they didn’t hurt us but we were a bit apprehensive and loose in possession. 

“After the break, I thought we were really good and looked more like what we are about, controlled the game, created chances and had loads of energy, so I came away with the game very happy about that but obviously disappointed to not win the game in the end.”

Posh XI: West, Dornelly, Arthur, Rose, Mills, Marcon, Titchmarsh, Unwin, Ntege, Marshall, Kelmendi.

Subs: McCann, Winters, Toynton, Beech, Changunda.