On the day England qualified for the World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years, Posh had their second match of pre-season.
Just like the first match at Stamford in midweek, Posh fielded two separate sides in each half. Goalkeeper Conor O’Malley and new striker Matty Godden were missing from that win through slight knocks with midfielder Jermaine Anderson still out injured.
The half-time scoreline was also the same as that at the Daniels with the only goal of that half coming from an impressive strike from debutant left-back Tyler Denton.
Posh soon doubled their advantage when Sirike Dembele [pictured above] scored his second goal in two games with a second stunning strike! The midfielder was brought in by Evans from Grimsby Town but has plans to convert him into a forward and you can certainly see why with the two goals he has scored so far why Evans wants to try to do that.
Just before the hour mark, trialist Anton Rodgers got his name on the score sheet with a delightful freekick. Posh Chairman Darragh MacAnthony had tweeted earlier in the week that Rodgers was only at the club for fitness purposes and based on comments from the fans of his previous clubs, it was assumed he was only here to get match fit. Could that situation change based on his two performances so far in a Posh shirt? Having already signed four central midfield players, do we really need another one even if he is a threat from set pieces?
After seeing Denton score in the first half, Colin Daniel [pictured below], Denton’s half-time replacement, wanted to get in on the act but despite getting the ball in the net, he was ruled offside.
With O’Malley out injured and third choice goalkeeper Josh Tibbets having trials at Boreham Wood, goalkeeping coach Mark Tyler stepped in for the second half but he was to be beaten twice in those second 45 minutes. The first was from a good strike by Bedford’s Harriett from outside the box with Gyasi grabbing their second just three minutes before the end. In between that, Danny Lloyd tapped home from close range after more good work by Dembele.
Results at this stage of the season are meaningless as it’s more about getting match fit and this certainly helped the Posh players along the way. It is good to get wins along the way which Posh have done so far and it’s also good to see goals being spread around the squad. So far Posh have scored nine goals in their opening two pre-season matches with seven different players grabbing the goals.
Up next is a very local match on Tuesday evening against Peterborough Sports.