Joint managers Savas Caliskan and Russell Giblin can have every reason to feel pleased with the performance of thier young side if not the result.
They lost 4-2 to thier counterparts from Cockfosters in a hugely entertaining game at Herns Way. Not least of all by some over zealous refereeing and two very soft penalties given against their side.
Bouyed by the addition of first teamers Joe Croft, Craig Arnott and Sean Brettell the U-25's gave a good account of themselves and certianly deserved at least a draw from this game.
In Robbie Steadman (son of former Citizen's manager Dave) they have a central defender with poise and composure and more than a little ability and who gave Man of the Match performance on the day.
Falling behind to a very soft penalty City surged forward but found the visitors goalkeeper in fine form. Efforts rained in for both sides which gave the 50 plus crowd plenty to cheer about, not least of all the young contingent in the home support whose, singing and general support were a joy to behold. Credit to the young lads who got the rest of the home fans joining in with the singing and chanting - they were a real credit.
City pulled a goal back when Craig Arnott sent over a low cross which the hapless number 2 for Cockfosters could only turn into his own net.
City scored a second to make it 3-2 through a fine strike by Ross Evans to round of a good move by the Citizens.
A second dubious penalty was duly despatched before City pulled a goal back late on in the game to make it 3-2 through a fine strike by Oliver Richardson to round of a good move by the Citizens. This made for an exciting final few minutes and despite both teams having chances niether side coul add to the final score of 4-2.
In summary, this was a great game to watch, however it came as some surprise there were more yellow cards shown than there were goals scored as it was far from an dirty game of football, on the contrary, it was open, freeflowing and the ball was played on the floor far more than any first team game I have seen this season.
The support was fantastic, there were goals aplenty and (oddly) a brief scuffle between the visiting sides substituted player and his manager - which totally went against the grain of this match. All in all, the spectacle of this game will leave to 50 plus crowd greatly looking forward to the next U-25 home match.