It was an honour to play on the main show-pitch on Saturday against mid-table MK Dons 3s and having buttered up the designated umpire with our mutual love of the picturesque old town of Amersham, we started the match in beautiful sunshine. The great thing about the MBBO Division 2 is that there are no easy games and, like Premiership football, everyone can beat each other on their day. The 4s have prevailed by a single goal in their previous three games and like number 36 buses to Lewisham, another one predictably followed on Saturday. The only goal came courtesy of Rob Manson, who we welcomed back after his return from potentially secret ‘exercises in the US’ but it was a goal superbly well made by our youth policy of our under 16s Ed W and Laurie C; both had great games and were influential throughout. They contrasted nicely with our more ‘senior’ enforcer, Gary Mahon in centre midfield, recently returned from Germany with England Vets, who refused to be intimidated or beaten by younger protagonists as he shored up the centre of the park. Chris M was full of running, while Neil made his presence felt alongside him, while skipper Dave Cook rained down his usual bombardment of aerials. Jasper was his usual self and like an expert sniper, bodies appear to crumple around him after he’s hit the ball onto a stray knee or ankle – there are few people that hit the ball harder. At the back, Jonny F, Jules, Rodders and Tom Harris ensured Atkins in goal was rarely troubled, though he managed to produce a masterclass in kicking techniques; our only blemish was the hilarious sight of the usually placid Rodders losing his rag and whacking the ball away and having an enforced two minute sit down. 1-0 the result then and MK can’t have too many complaints – you need to shoot to score goals – and we lie 5 points off Harrow the leaders but with a game in hand, although so do Wycombe 2s and Thame 1s. All to play for, as John Motson probably said on Saturday’s MotD. Thanks to Geoff for his usual calm approach as the non-designated umpire.