Peterborough travelled down to Herne Bay to face Herne Bay United (HBU) in their third game of the season. HBU were back in the Premier League after spending time in ND1. Peterborough is a much-changed team from that what started the 2021/22 season with the majority of the team 18 or younger.
HBU had some young players also that they have brought through the ranks but some older more experience players were still available for them and one player in particular Brendan Barker we knew could be a hand full for our youngsters.
The first half was a closely fought game with Peterborough scoring first through Harry Hillam. HBU scored the next three goals which at the time felt was harsh on a young but spirited Peterborough team but a goal by Ewan Cann before the break halved the deficit with HBU leading at the break 3-2.
With two young goalkeepers Peterborough always play one in each half the second half saw Anthony Willaims come on for Captain for the day Tyler Salmon who played well in the first half making key saves at key times. Contentious penalty was awarded to HBU early in the second half which Brendan scored to put HBU 4-2 up. Peterborough however got a direct of their own which Harry missed the direct but coolly put away the rebound. Another dubious penalty was awarded to HBU but this time Anthony came up with a big save to deny Brendan Barker, Game on! 4-3 HBU.
The rest of the second half was a closely fought event with goals going in at both ends of the rink Peterborough equalized before HBU took the lead again but three goals, one to complete Harry Hillams hat-trick and another for his fourth of the game on his Premier League debut saw Peterborough go 7-5 up. Another goal in the last 5 mins by Brendan Barker (5 for the game) made the game on a knife edge for the final few minutes but a young Peterborough team held strong and held on for a deserved 7-6 win.