Former West Brom and Bangor City goalkeeper Matthew Hall was in magnificent form for Cardiff City in their under-23 fixture against Watford away.
West Midlands-born Hall, 21, saved a penalty during the goalless draw at Wingate and Finchley FC.
Hall made a series of big saves and kept out a Dan Phillips spot-kick when he made a low stop after 15 minutes.
Stuart O’Keefe went close with a close range shot which flew over the bar, while the midfield player also had a free-kick saved by Hornets’ goalkeeper Adam Parkes.
Towering defender Ben Tricker, aged 18, was a key player in Watford’s back four, while Ben Margetson did well for the Bluebirds and made a crucial block to deny Watford after 83 minutes.
It was a close-fought match which could have gone either way.
Watford: Parkes; Mullings (Suckling 87), Tricker, Mukena (capt), Leighton; Phillips, Yamfam, Adebiyi; Bennetts (Sankoh 62), Bennetts, Wise (Sesay 77). Subs not used: Bani, Kealey
Cardiff City: Hall, Coxe, Evans, Pryce, Margetson, Armstrong, Jones, O’Keefe, Clarke (Pinchard 80), Moore, Ochieng. Subs: Williams, Burwood (gk), Colwill, Griffiths.
Cardiff City under-23 remaining fixtures:
Saturday 6 v Birmingham City (away, at the Autotech Stadium, Noon)
Monday 15 v Bolton Wanderers (home, Cardiff City Stadium, 7pm)