Second string sunk by Posh

Encouraging debut for new signing Poku

Godfrey Poku made his first start in a Luton shirt in the reserves' totesport.com Combination clash with Peterborough on Tuesday afternoon.

The recently acquired youngster partnered coach Kevin Watson in the centre of the Luton midfield during the 2-1 dfeat at London Road.

And Poku gave glimpses of why he is highly rated among the Hatters' hierarchy with a decent showing in a contest where Ben Wright's strike and an Asafu-Adjaye own goal negated Adam Newton's second half effort.

The visitors fielded a mixed bag of a line-up with the first team trio of Newton, Asafu-Adjaye and Nwokeji all getting a run out ahead of the weekend's trip to Gateshead.

Alan Neilson was joined by triallist Radanfah Abu Bakr in central defence and Craig Nelthorpe, on trial from York, started wide on the left.

Following a long period of inactivity, it was unsurprising that the Hatters looked a bit rusty against a Posh side that contained a fair sprinkling of experience.

That said, the visitors had their moments in the first half without creating much in the way of goalscoring chances.

Nelthorpe's, who was impressive throughout, header from Nwokeji's cross just before the half hour was the best of them.

The wideman wasted a chance to send Nwokeji through on goal with a weak pass shortly after and Poku fired a free-kick straight at James McKeown in the home goal.

Shane Gore had little to do until five minutes before the break when he was oicking the ball out of the net when confusion on the edge of the box enabled Wright to slide his shot inside the far post.

Two minutes into the second period, Luton were on level terms when Newton fired home with his left foot following a decent build up and Ryan Charles was the next to try his luck when he turned his marker neatly before shooting wide.

Gore reacted well to turn Wright's strike over the bar and Asafu-Adjaye's knee deflected Tommy Rowe's firm shot into the terracing.

Lee Frecklington then blasted over when well-positioned, but Posh's dominance claimed its reward in rather fortunate circumstances when Watson's close-range clearance cannoned off Asafu-Adjaye and into the net.

Substitute Danny Mills should have put the game beyond Luton when one on one with Gore, but he could only drag his shot wide of the left-hand post and Wright tamely steered a free-kick into the Luton keeper's arms with time running out.

In added time, Nelthorpe was given the opportunity to cap his display with a goal when a free-kick was awarded on the edge of the hosts' area, however, his effort lacked venom and it was easily taken by McKeown as Posh hung on to their advantage.

HATTERS: Gore, Asafu-Adjaye, Neilson (Lacey 65), Abu Bakr, Beavan, Newton, Poku, Watson (Patrick 70), Nelthorpe, Nwokeji, Charles.