Lawlor Scargill Celebrate

Posh Women settle for a draw with MK Dons in their latest pre-season friendly.

Peterborough United Women were pegged back on two occasions as they settled for a 3-3 draw with FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division side MK Dons Women on Tuesday evening in some tricky conditions at the Abbey Lawn.

The visitors carved out the first opportunity on two minutes as a low-driven effort from the edge of the box curled wide of the far-post. Cassie Steward played a lovely ball over the top to Keir Perkins, whose touch sets her through on-goal but her effort was weak and easy for the goalkeeper.

A corner from the visitors found a player rising the highest at the back-post, but she sent her header over the bar. Jess Driscoll had a great opportunity to break the deadlock on 14 minutes as Alex O’Neill played a lovely ball through to Driscoll, she advanced into the box but her effort was well-saved by the goalkeeper’s feet.

Neive Corry was called into action, getting down to a low save to her left after their forward got behind the Posh defence. A low-fizzed corner from Lawlor found Steward at the front-post, however, she couldn’t direct her header on target.

Posh broke the deadlock on 31 minutes as Driscoll advanced into the box, saw two effort blocked by the visitors’ defenders but she showed composure on her third attempt to calmly slot the ball home. Lawlor doubled their lead just three minutes later as Driscoll set Perkins down the left-hand side and her low cross was met by Lawlor at the back-post to tap home.

The visitors pulled a goal back just a minute later as their forward got behind Posh defence and she found the bottom corner via the inside of the post. Driscoll was close to her doubling tally on the stroke as a low-fizzed ball found the forward, but she sent her close-range effort over the bar.

MK Dons found the equaliser on 51 minutes as a pass into the box was collected by their forward and she calmly slotted the ball home. The visitors had a good chance to take the lead a few minutes later as their forward raced behind, but Charlotte Hastings did well to deny her from close-range.

The MK Dons goalkeeper was called into action on two occasions, getting a strong hand on a powerful effort from Driscoll before a good save with her feet to deny Katie Middleton. Posh reinstated their lead on 70 minutes as a brilliant defence-splitting pass from Middleton set Perkins through and her original effort was saved, but she forced the ball home on the rebound.

The visitors brought the scores level once again on 79 minutes as a cross was dropped by Hastings and their forward was on hand to tap home. Posh searched for a winner in the closing stages as Driscoll played a lovely flick to Middleton, her cut-back found Perkins and her effort was tame and comfortable for the goalkeeper.

Posh XI: Corry (Hastings, 46min), York, Copson, Driscoll-King, Scargill (Osker, 75min), Steward (Brown, 46min), O’Neill (Trialist B, 65min), Trialist A, Lawlor (Middleton, 58min), Driscoll, Perkins.

Photo credit: Darren Wiles (@Darren_wiles)