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Report: Town make it three on the bounce after their Posh win

14 February 2023

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Fleetwood Town made it three wins on the bounce on Tuesday evening after coming out on top in their league clash against Peterborough United at Highbury.

It wasn’t the prettiest performance the Cod Army has seen but it was still a job well done by all on the pitch as Promise Omochere’s first-half header, from a Phoenix Patterson cross, turned out crucial in the 1-0 midweek win on the Fylde Coast.

It was an even start to the game, with the ball staying in the middle of the park for the majority of the first 10 minutes, but there was one chance for the visitors in that time as Jay Lynch had to be at full stretch in the eighth minute to deny Jack Taylor’s venomous effort from the edge of the box.

The game went a bit stale after that until the 19th minute when Patterson beat his man on the left before playing in a deep cross into a dangerous area, where Omochere was able to beat his man in the air and nod the ball past Will Norris in the visitor’s net.

It seemed to be a chance that would come every 10 minutes in the game as the next one fell on the half-hour mark. This time, the visitors’ winger Nathanael Ogbeta played a ball in from wide towards the head of Jonson Clarke-Harris who tried to guide it towards Jay Lynch’s goal but the effort went wide.

Peterborough ended the first half strong as they managed to create a couple of gilt-edged chances, the first coming from Ephron Mason-Clark who dragged his effort from close range wide just before Ogbeta ran straight through the defence, but Lynch was on hand to stop his driven effort.

Not long after the restart, Town worked two quickfire chances as Scott Robertson tried his luck with a first-time shot from the edge of the box, which was deflected out for a corner. From the set piece, Jayden Stockley came short, but his strike was high and wide of the target.

Chances were at a premium once again after this as supporters had to wait until the 70th minute to see the next chance. Jack Marriott tried his luck on the spin inside the Posh box, which Norris was able to stop before Hector Kyprianou struck one from range at the other end, which didn’t trouble Lynch.

With six minutes to go, midfielders Lewis Warrington and Robertson linked up well for the last chance of the game inside the Posh half, with the latter turning his man well before unleashing a powerful effort from range, which flew over Norris’ bar.

Town XI: Lynch (GK), Wiredu, Ndaba, Stockley (Nsiala 79’), Robertson, Warrington, Holgate, Omochere (Marriott 46’), Patterson (Hayes 66’), Rooney (C), Macadam (Mendes Gomes 66’).

Unused subs: McMullan (GK), Johnson, Dolan.

Posh XI: Norris (GK), Edwards, Kent (Knight 86’), Taylor, Clarke-Harris (C), Mason-Clark, Poku (Tshimanga 77’), N.Thompson (Burrows 60’), Ogbeta (Butler 86’), Kyprianou, Ward.

Unused subs: Blackmore (GK), Fuchs, B.Thompson.

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