Swansea City v Posh Worthington Cup 1st Rd – 21 Aug 01

Venue: Vetch Field, Swansea

Attendance: 2,347

Score: Peterborough Utd 2 v Swansea City 0

Referee: M.R. Warren

The Posh cruised into the second round of the Worthington Cup for the first time in three seasons as goals from Neale Fenn and Andy Clarke sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over third division Swansea City in saturated conditions at the Vetch Field.

Fenn scored his first goal in competitive action for Posh with an unstoppable 15 yard strike in first half stoppage time, before Andy Clarke sealed the victory with a cool finish after Francis Green had slid the former Wimbledon striker through on goal.

The home side started brightly with Argentinean midfielder Nicolas Mazzina dribbling his way into the Posh penalty area with just two minutes gone, but the impressive Gary MacDonald timed his tackle to perfection and cleared the danger.

John Williams was involved in the home side’s next attack, showing skills on the right flank before delivering a pin-point cross to Steve Watkin, who was unlucky to see his powerful header fly marginally over the crossbar with seven minutes on the clock.

Swans’ defender Lee Jenkins had to be alert as Posh pressed on 16 minutes, turning a Green centre behind for a corner with Clarke lurking at the far post.

The flag-kick came to nothing, but Barry Fry’s men did go close on 21 minutes when Jon Cullen let fly from 25 yards after Tom Williams’ swift free kick, although the effort sailed over the bar.

Watkin headed another Williams cross just the wrong side of the post on 25 minutes, and Swansea went even closer five minutes later on when John Coates saw a delicate chip fizz inches wide of the target with Dan Connor stranded.

There was further bad news on the injury front for Posh, as David Farrell limped off with a niggling injury to be replaced by new boy Neale Fenn, with Clarke moving to the left wing position.

Roger Freestone was called upon in the Swansea goal as Richard Forsyth looped a header towards the target, but the highly rated Welsh international was helpless to prevent Fenn from powering in his first goal for the club. The recent arrival from White Hart Lane latched onto a Williams through ball before cutting inside and pulling the trigger to give Posh the advantage on the stroke of half time.

The visitors, eagerly in search of a second, went close again as Richard Forsyth’s 20 yard strike was deflected behind for a corner. with an hour gone.

Posh opened up the home defence again on 82 minutes when Green put Clarke clean through with just Freestone to beat, and the Wembley hero of 2000 was able to keep his composure and steer past the Vetch Field goalkeeper to make the score 2-0.

Posh were still hungry for more and with five minutes remaining Green went close when he tricked his way into the box before unleashing a blistering shot that soared just too high, but the damage had already been done and Posh eased into the second round.

Teams:

Posh: Dan Connor, Marc Joseph, Andy Edwards, Gary MacDonald, Tom Williams, Jon Cullen, David Oldfield, Richard Forsyth, David Farrell (sub Neale Fenn), Andy Clarke and Francis Green.

Unused subs: Luke Steele, Richie Hanlon, Jimmy Bullard and Dan Murray.

Swansea: Roger Freestone, Lee Jenkins, Kristian O’Leary, Chris Todd (sub Nick Cusack), Michael Howard, David Romo (sub Ritchie Appleby), Nicolas Mazzina, Gareth Phillips, Jonathan Coates (sub Mamady Sidibe), John Williams and Steve Watkin.

Unused subs: Leigh DeVulgt and Jason Jones.

Goal scorers: Neale Fenn 45 mins and Andy Clarke 82 mins.

Bookings: Gareth Phillips (Swansea). Neale Fenn (Posh).