Aaron Powell

Posh U21s secure victory over The Railwaymen in their penultimate game of the season.

Peterborough United U21s made it three consecutive victories in the Professional Development League on Friday afternoon after a 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra, lifting them to fifth in the table.

Posh carved out an excellent opportunity on nine minutes as Trialist D had an effort from inside the box, but the goalkeeper pulled off a fantastic save to claw the ball off the line. Ryan Semple was forced into an early change as Oscar Tonge replaced Johnson Gyamfi.

The hosts' first chance of the game came on 28 minutes as Matus Holicek released Rhys Allport and he fired a first-time effort wide of the far-post. Holicekl then fired his effort over the bar after good build-up play from the hosts.

Heavy rainfall delayed the start of the second half before Trialist D had another fantastic opportunity in the opening stages of the half, his close-range effort was parried away by the goalkeeper.

Posh broke the deadlock on 60 minutes as Trialist A fizzed a low cross into the box and Trialist C was there to tap the ball home from close-range. Following a quiet period after the goal, the hosts had a few opportunities to find the equaliser.

Sean Lawton’s powerful effort was tipped around the post by Wil Lakin before a first-time effort from Nathan Robinson went narrowly wide. The Railwaymen were inches away from nicking a point in injury-time as Robinson’s volley from a corner was cleared off the line by Aaron Powell.

Speaking on the game, Semple said: “Being honest, there wasn’t much quality in the game but when there was, I felt we had the majority of it. There were times when we had to defend well and apart from one or two moments, we never felt troubled. 

"It was a scrappy game and we had that one moment which got us the goal, that was enough for us to claim the three points. From a results point of view, it’s three wins on the bounce, six goals scored in the last two games and back-to-back clean sheets, which was an important factor especially if you don’t play well.”

Posh U21s: Lakin, Trialist A, Dreyer, Fox, Trialist B, Powell, Chiha, Van Lier, Trialist C, Gyamfi, Trialist D.

Subs: Laycock, Tonge, Harris, Hickinson, Thomas.