The Hatters slipped to defeat at Ely Way on Saturday morning
Luton Town Youth 0
Peterborough Youth 1
The Hatters youth team were defeated by Peterborough on Saturday as the entire outfield Town team that started against Dagenham & Redbridge last Thursday were rested.
That gave a chance to the subs of that match to get game time and a number of Under-15s and U16s to get some experience at U18s level in their Youth Alliance fixture at Ely Way.
The only goal of the game came for the visitors in the second minute with a close-range finish from a right sided cross into the box, but the game was an entertaining and open affair.
Both sides looked good going forward and both keepers made several excellent stops to keep the scoring down.
The Hatters best chances came down the right side with Scott Belgrove a constant threat and his first cross was met by Connor Tomlinson, who put a strong header goalwards but the Peterborough keeper made a superb save to keep his side in front.
For the Hatters, Tiernan Parker made two smart saves, the best an acrobatic tip over from a close-range shot.
Luton Team: Parker, Sorunke (Jones 60), Panter, Peck (Burge 75), Richardson, Byron, Phelan, Shamalo (Vukoje 60), Craig, Belgrove, Tomlinson.
Under-16s Lead Coach, Joe Deeney was in charge of the team on the day, to allow Paul Driver and Andy Awford to focus on watching the younger players and afterwards Driver spoke to lutontown.co.uk about how the game had gone.
He said: "We all thought the younger lads did really well as a group and the senior boys in there looked after them well. We certainly felt that we deserved something from the game as we more than matched Peterborough throughout the contest but, ultimately, paid for a slow start and going behind so early.
“There are some good lads in the U16s which I am looking forward to working with next season and Avan (Jones) and Stefan (Vukoje) from the U15s acquitted themselves really well and I can see them both getting more game time for us this season.
“We will be looking to the league games more and more to test the schoolboys while the older youth boys play in the U21s games so that they are similarly pushed".
Luton Team: Parker, Sorunke (Avan Jones 60), Panter, Peck (Burge 75), Richardson, Byron, Phelan, Shamalo (Vukoje 60), Craig, Belgrove, Tomlinson