Barnet’s 2-1 defeat to Peterborough United in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy was immaterial with both sides already out, but there were numerous positives for the Bees – not least Justin Amaluzor’s first professional goal.
The young forward, who only turned 20 last month, has played 140 minutes across all three of the Bees’ Southern Section Group F fixtures and scored the equaliser against EFL League One opponents Peterborough on Tuesday night.
It was a night where Barnet’s young players did their bit to suggest the future at The Hive will be bright with full-back Dwight Pascal becoming the youngest player in the Bees’ history at just 15.
Elsewhere there were strong showings from Wesley Fonguck, Nana Kyei, Fumnaya Shomotun, Ephron Mason-Clark and Joe Payne – all of whom have come through the club’s Academy setup at various stages.
Speaking afterwards, Amaluzor could not contain his pleasure at registering his first professional goal for Martin Allen’s side
"I’m happy to get a goal and hopefully I can get more," Amaluzor said. "I am excited to be up-and-running.
"For the last ten minutes we were all over them. We wanted to take the win but it was a good team performance.
"It was a good experience for a few young players to play together. In the Youth Team days we were doing that, so it was good to get out there altogether.
"It helps that there are a few of us who have grown up together and played together because we have got chemistry."
You can watch Justin’s full video interview below: