Match Report: Peterborough United 1-1 Leek Town

Posh Women Strike Late to Earn A Well-Deserved Point. Keir Perkins netted an equaliser in the final 10 minutes to secure a point for Posh Women against Leek Town Ladies in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands.

The goal was her 20th goal in all competitions this season, maintaining her excellent goalscoring form for Posh Women, arguably one of her most important goals this campaign as her late strike earned Peterborough United Women a 1-1 draw with Leek Town Ladies at the idverde training ground.

The visitors opened the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes, but Posh showed great character to get back into the game, dominating the majority of the play for 85 minutes, just lacked that killer instinct in front of goal. However, the pressure finally took its toll as Perkins fired home from close-range in the closing stages to seal a well-deserved point.

Posh Women moved one-point closer to safety with six games to go in the FA Women’s National League, but with Solihull Moors’ victory over Bedworth United see Dan Lawlor’s side drop down to seventh on goal difference and eight points clear of the relegation zone. Leek Town Ladies remain in fifth, three points ahead of Posh.

Kayleigh Aylmer nearly opened the scoring after just two minutes when her low cross recohered off the Leek Town defender and onto the post. At the other end, the visitors broke quickly in numbers, Mollie Garner raced clear on the right-hand side and tried to pick a teammate at the back-post, but was too far in front of the on-rushing forward.

Leek Town broke the deadlock on nine minutes, Cassie Hyde rising the highest from a corner to head home from close-range. Posh responded well after going behind, Perkins won the ball back on the right and looked to find Aylmer at the back-post, her effort was blocked superbly by the defender on the floor.

The two linked up once again in the closing stages of the first half, this time the roles were reverse as Aylmer played a lovely ball in behind for Perkins, who tried to loft the ball over the keeper but failed to get enough weight on her effort. Leek Town keeper produced a fine fingertip save to divert Cassie Steward effort over the bar.

Minutes before the break, Posh sent another opportunity begging as Aylmer played it across to Katie Lowder inside the box and she sent her effort well over the bar. Steward saw a long-range effort force the Leek Town keeper into a routine save in the early minutes of the second half.

Lawlor made his first change of the afternoon as he replaced Hannah Hipwell for Beatriz Borque. Amy Butler was forced into her first save since conceding the goal on 72 minutes as she got down low to push a close-range effort onto the post before smothering the rebound.

Kayleigh Aylmer was the next player to make way as defender Niamh Connor entered the pitch for the final 15 minutes. The visitors did have the ball in the back of the net once again, but the referee blew his whistle for a foul in the build-up.

Destiny Makanjuola replaced Parrett as Lawlor made his third change on 80 minutes. Posh found the leveller they fully deserved on 82 minutes, Lowder’s corner forced a scramble inside the opposition box as both Connor and Jess Driscoll had efforts blocked before the ball fell into the path of Perkins and she converted from close-range.

Posh Women return to action on Sunday (3 pm) as they welcome Leafield Athletic to idverde training ground in a FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands fixture, while Leek Town Ladies welcome strugglers Bedworth United to Harrison Park.

Posh Line-up: Butler, Aylmer (Connor, 75min), Copson, Driscoll-King, Hurst, Parrett (Makanjuola, 80min), Driscoll, Hipwell (Borque, 71min), Lowder, Steward and Perkins.

Subs Not Used: Marson and Powell.

Photo: Gary Reed