Peterborough United were beaten by Rushden & Diamonds on penalties in the Maunsell Cup Final at the Dog & Duck ground in Wellingborough last night (July 21).
The match finished 2-2 before Aaron Williams and Glen Ferrier missed spot-kicks in a shoot-out that was won 4-2 by the Diamonds.
Williams had headed Posh in front in the first-half from a fine cross from 16-year-old Lewis Freestone.
Freestone then scored a second-half equaliser after Diamonds had surged into a 2-1 lead with a terrific strike from the edge of the area.
Posh dominated the game for long periods, but couldn’t find a decisive third goal. Williams and Joe Gormley both went close, while Matty Stevens saw a ‘goal’ harshly disallowed for offisde.
Transfer-listed former skipper Jack Payne was taken off injured in the early stages.
Posh: Henry, H. Anderson, Cartwright, Connor, Freestone, Payne, Hart, Baldry, Williams, Stevens, Gormley. Subs: Elsom, Fieldhouse, Stump, Noble, G. Ferrier.