MATCH REPORT: A fine display of Matt finishing

Mathew Stevens announced his arrival as a Peterborough United player with a hat-trick in a Central League fixture at the Mick George Training Academy today (October 11).

Tuesday, 11th October 2016, 5:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 3:48 pm
Mathew Stevens.

The teenager has found life hard at a League One club following his summer transfer from Barnet, but he made a big impression on first-team boss Grant McCann after a 5-2 win over Swindon for the Posh development XI.

McCann said: “It was a very good team performance, particularly in the second-half, but Matty’s display was the highlight.

“He has found the step up in standard difficult, but he’s persevered and he really looked the part today.

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Nathan Oduwa scored for Posh against Swindon.

“Nathan Oduwa also did well again. He is scoring goals and playing well. He’s pushing for that first-team start.”

Dave Farrell’s men were always in control of the contest and opened the scoring in the opening moments through the impressive Ricardo Almeida Santos who brushed off a defender and calmy finished.

Stevens opened his account with a fine 35-yard lob after robbing the sleepy goalkeeper who had advanced from his goal to try and play a pass into midfield.

Swindon reduced the arrears just before the break when a trialist striker cracked home a close-range volley.

Nathan Oduwa scored for Posh against Swindon.

Adil Nabi hit the crossbar with a powerful effort after linking well with Nathan Oduwa while Deon Moore was then denied by the keeper.

After the break, Stevens made it 3-1 with a close-range finish after a low centre from George Moncur and had the chance to complete his hat-trick when Oduwa was brought down in the box. Stevens squeezed home the spot-kick to extend the advantage.

Jerome Binnom-Williams was denied by good goalkeeping after bursting through while Almeida Santos side-footed wide as Posh continued to dominate.

Oduwa added a fifth with a low finish before the trialist striker for the Robins provided a late consolation goal.

Posh: Henry, Almeida Santos, Bostwick (sub Freestone), Cartwright, Binnom-Williams, Nabi, Chettle (sub Penfold), Oduwa, Moncur (sub Jarvis), Moore, Stevens.