Ryan Semple

Posh U21s face The Hornets at Vicarage Road on Friday afternoon.

Peterborough United U21s travel to Vicarage Road on Friday afternoon (2pm) to face Watford U21s in the Professional Development League, with the under 21s looking to pick up their first victory in the league.

The under 21s suffered a heavy defeat to Queens Park Rangers Development Side on Tuesday afternoon, but U21s Lead Professional Development Phase Coach, Ryan Semple, is looking to see how the players respond ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road.

Semple said: “We will just look to put Tuesday’s result to one side and look to pick up a positive performance against Watford. It will be interesting to see how the players who were involved on Tuesday respond to the performance against QPR, we have spoken over the last two days about the areas we need to improve on, but we have drawn a line underneath it and are looking to put it right on Friday.”

The Hornets, who compete in the Southern region of the Professional Development League, have failed to win in their opening three games, picking up a point in a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City.

Semple is expecting another difficult tough test on Friday afternoon. He said: “It’s another tough opponent, they are very dynamic and got players that can cause a lot of team problems. However, like every game we approach, there are areas we have looked at that we feel we can exploit and we will look to achieve that on the day.”

James Dornelly, Harry Titchmarsh and Harley Mills all made their professional debut for the first team on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup victory over Portsmouth and could return to the under 21s side for their trip to Vicarage Road.