4As played out a physical game with Potters Bar on the water on Saturday. It was a real test for the young 4As team but they battled on resiliently, creating a significant number of chances, but without ever quite breaking through.
The first 15 minutes passed by in a blur, not least because the low sun made it impossible to actually work out who was playing for each side. Gradually chances began to emerge but the relentless pressing and shooting of Zac, Sohan and Chris came up against a fine keeper.
The first goal came against the run of play, just before the break, when the oppo centre forward doggedly pushed through some weak tackles to slot home.
Gate knew they could come back and started the second half brightly, lining up short corner after short corner, but the tight defence held and struck a sucker punch on the break with a fine tomahawk.
4As pushed to get back into the game but were stung at the death by a scrambled goal following a rare short.
It could have been a draw or even a Gate win but the young team will learn from the experience and come back fighting next week in Cambridge.
MOM was a fine Fergus, who was quite literally everywhere, receiving great praise from the opposition along with Sajiv, who was once again a positive presence at RB.
The James-Jon axis was generally solid and was well supported by some crunching tackles by Steve at LB. Will and Raj held the midfield well. Justin was his usual strong self in goal and Aryan made a very promising debut in a rampaging box to box role. Special thanks also to Duncan who stepped in mid game when the team were reduced to ten by a freak head injury to Sohan and a knee injury for Fergus.