Five Peterborough United players with first-team experience, one new signing and some under 18 players went down 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at Bedford last night (July 18).
Bedford, who play in the Southern League central division, were crushed 9-0 by a full-strength League Two Luton Town at the weekend, but kept a clean sheet against a Posh team who fielded senior squad strikers Aaron Williams and Joe Gormley as well as new 18 year-old forward Matty Stevens.
Gormley did strike the woodwork with a header from a Jack Payne corner as did substitute Cameron Stump, but despite enjoying plenty of possession in the stifling heat and humidity.
But it was Bedford who broke the dealock in the 68th minute direct from a free kick.
Williams was denied an equaliser by a stunning late save.
The Posh senior side are back in friendly action tonight (July 19) when a West Ham XI are at the ABAX Stadium (7.30pm start).
Bedford: Harpur, Roberts, Hawkes, J Peters, O. Peters, Irish, Brito, Williams, Bamford, Boland, Morgillo. Subs used: Watson, Knight, Draycott, Sawyer.
Posh: Henry, H. Anderson (sub Ferrier 57min), Connor, Cartwright, Piesse, Penfold, Payne (sub Alban-Jones 79min), L. Maddison (sub Baldry 60min), Williams, Gormley (sub Gow 60min), Stevens (sub Stump 60min).