The sign of a good team is winning ugly and you only need to watch Chelski week in, week out to see that. That is what the Mens 4s achieved on Saturday as they overcame a talented and dogged Wycombe 3s team at John Hampden School, alma mater of chef Heston Blumenthal. It’s pretty windy on the top of Marlow Hill and coupled with the noise from the M40, the 4s started incredibly sluggishly. Wycombe were far the superior side in the first half – quicker to the tackle and seemingly having more desire than us. No surprise then that they scored first, following a clear cut chance seconds earlier, when our marking was poor and they were able to pass the ball into the net. Their youngsters caused us problems up front and their experience told at the back, as we got increasingly frustrated. Luke created our best chance with a short corner strike just over the backboards. 0-1 at half time and some harsh words were spoken, particularly from ‘the Enforcer’, who demanded more intensity. This seemed to work as we started the second half much better and suddenly we were 2-1 within a few minutes, first from a classic drive down the right wing and along the baseline by the tireless Chris Maidlow, who found Charlie P on the P spot and he bundled the ball home; then Laurie Cooke drag flicked in a penalty corner at a really awkward height between the keeper’s left hand and pad/kicker and we were suddenly in the ascendancy. In truth, this was a really even contest, with few chances at both ends, yet our defence snuffed out any problems from the home side, despite losing Will Cairns to a nasty head injury, and we held on to win 2-1. Special mention to the two Wycombe umpires were officiated to a consistently high standard and weren’t afraid to bandy cards out to both teams. A gritty win then for the Mens 4s which takes them to third in the league.