A Beardo blast gives Jets a deserved 1-0 lead
Wayne Gladdy is slowly building his own team at Jets and it's getting stronger match by match as today he had the luxury of starting with top scorer Lee Armitt on the bench along with Andy Brennan, Jamie Speer and Anton Collins. Add to this Phillips, Daily and Killer not available there was still no room in the squad for himself !! The warning of things are changing was evident an hour before kick off when the team went up on the board, firstly the lads who did training on Thursday then the rest as the staff start to show the squad size is increasing choices for selection.
Jets went out the blocks fast today and for the first twenty minutes our local visitors did not get a look in. Tom Kennedy had the first big chance and to the delight of Jon Daily who was watching suspended (which is actually his most effective position for Jets!), managed to miss a complete open goal with the keeper stranded by his own error.
Jets problem was not to get frustrated as Colney Heath brought masses back behind the ball then Tom Kennedy played a back pass ball to Luke Beardsworth who perfectly picked his spot to beat the diving keeper to put Jets in the lead 1-0 (19 mins).
This would be the launch point it looked for a super performance as Beardo unleashed a super strike that the keeper did well to save and deny Jets opening a lead, as Warren Gladdy and Beardo dictated the probing passes with Sim Armstrong, Terry Smith and Tom Kennedy doing their running to keep Jets well on top.
Moments of slackness swung the game as Colney in a rare hunt forward provided the perfect counter just three minutes after Jets notched. Colney sprung forward and Will Baker did well to save from Lawrence but the ball fell kindly and Lawrence netted to level the game 1-1 (22 mins). This shook Jets and it became an even contest and the visitors should have netted twice with good chances squandered whilst Jets were outstanding up to the edge of the box but fizzled out on the killer ending.
Half time 1-1
The second half saw no immediate changes but Beardo had informed Gladdy that he was feeling sick, so Gladdy altered his intended change as he prepared top scorer Lee Armitt and instead replaced Beardo and went with a twin strike force up top and it paid immediate dividends as Armitt was immediately played in and rounded the keeper to score his first time on the ball 2-1 (59 mins) . With Jets now in front tinkerer Gladdy who loves a formation change switched again taking off Tim O'Mara and going for the extra midfielder and solo striker, bringing on Andrew Brennan for his return to the fold.
AGAIN Gladdy pulled it off as Brennan played in Lee Armitt with his first ball and the canny striker went round the other way to net his second of the match 3-1 (73 mins).
Armitt was now bursting to get the ball and get his second hat-trick of the week after his comeback from suspension on Wednesday in the reserves saw him net a first four minute hat-trick at Wodson Park. Through ball to Armitt and hat trick on... but hang on a new Armitt emerged and, with the keeper drawn, he squares across the box for Sim Armstrong to wham a shot home from the edge of the box 4-1 (75 mins).
It was clinical by Jets now and the final say went to Lee Armitt who did complete his hat-trick with a cheeky chip over the keeper 5-1 (87 mins).
Jets were clinical and effective today and the squad pressure will only help Jets rebuilding which is gathering some pace as a new Jets emerge ready and hopefully for the next season.
Man of the match was hard today. Warren Gladdy was nominated by himself but disappointed that he was over looked in favour of the energetic Tom Kennedy who covered the pitch while Warren and Beardo provided the artistic play for Jets. Luke Lloyd was put into a strange starting position and his distribution was good all day, Terry Smith was again ever pushing and grafting Jets while the debutant Daryl Brown was outstanding and calm and controlled at left back.
Of course the other Gladdy tinker man Wayne did two substitutions and two formation changes and each time got a goal within seconds, BUT the final decision saw debutant Daryl Brown and Tom Kennedy get a bottle of Carlsberg each as Jets moved onto the dizzy heights of two on the trot in the league.
Beardo's strike is too powerful for the diving keeper
Immediate impact. Lee Armitt gives Jets a 2-1 lead just a minute after coming on
Lee Armitt rounds the keeper and gets his second for 3-1
Armitt's strike heads for the net
Sim Armstrong fires home to make it 4-1
Lee Armitt beats the keeper ...
..and completes an excellent second half hat-trick
Jets set the scene with a dominant first twenty minutes
Tom Kennedy shared the Man of the Match honours ..
..along with Daryl Brown.
Colney clear off the line
Tommy Smith flying for Jets
Beardo and Sim keep control of midfield
Almost a second for Beardo as he tormented Colney in the first half
Another strong game from Sim Armstrong in an all round team performance
Adam Lowton puts Jets 3-1 ahead
No first team football this week with the grounds again waterlogged, and Hadley had to call off as the Potters Bar Town pitch was heavily puddled.
The reserves managed to get two games in this week a 1-1 Draw at Cockfosters on Wednesday night, and a good 2-4 away win at Totternhoe on Saturday in a massive run of away games that see the Reserves without a home game until at best April !! Lets hope none of the lads get travel sick and that the fuel prices keep dropping!
The 1-1 draw at Cockfosters was a drab affair spoiled more in the second period by just abysmal refereeing, the youngster didn’t miss much in the first period but his over busy lectures and free-kick pacing and non stop earache to the players really ruined the second half and as he lost himself and the game completely the cards flowed both ways but the damage for Jets was the dismissal of Sam Phillips for a second yellow for letting the inept officials whistle get at him and voice his opinion on it.
Jets took the lead against the run of play in the first half and it was in stoppage time when the referee went to the spot for a foul and Luke Wells looked as if he was joining the first team's award nominations for awful penalty misses, but literally 30 seconds later a hand ball took Jets back to the spot but this time Alexis Bernal scored for the first half lead.
The second half, as we said, was a mess and against the run of play a mistake by Horwood and Steve Duce was punished fully for the equaliser. In fairness a point each and get home for a warm cuppa was the best bet asap as with this referee you were just glad to hear the whistle before more players got into trouble. Scott Pugsley and Alexis Bernal shared the star player.
On Saturday the opposite was to be as an outstanding referee controlled and allowed a perfect game in the reserve cup quarter final and it ended in a superb 2-4 away win for Jets against a very good Totternhoe team.
Joe Horwood and Lewis Cook had put Jets into a 1-2 half time lead and Adam Lowton looked to have made things safe until the 90th minute, when a Duce clanger in goal led to a goal back and a edgy feeling but straight from kick off an attack and a headed killer by Alexis Bernal secured it 2-4.
It was encouraging to see young Ellis Brown coming on for his debut and doing so well which means we know now where the ability in the family has been hiding all these years !! (Big Brother is First Team Centre Hump Tyler Connor!) Jets only have themselves to blame for the late edginess as a hatful of chances were missed by the misfiring attack today.
A sensational display from the Totternhoe keeper frustrated Jets
Scramble! Brave goalkeeping denies Jets
Alexis Bernal wraps it up for Jets with a fine header
16 year old Ellis Brown made his Jets debut
Ellis shows who got the pace in his family
Wiggy was a big influence on Jets performance
Sheppy back in action
Two good games this week from Alexis
Steve Kiing mops up for Jets
Craig Gorrie added more pace in the second half
Godfrey breaks forward for Jets
Is that our keeper in the Totternhoe half?
Late edginess for Jets as Totternhoe pull it back to 2-3
Ellis Brown and Steve King
Tough midfield battle
Luke Wells nuts the keeper but the offside flag denied the goal
More great work from the Totternhoe keeper
Midweek action vs Cockfosters
Alexis Bernal scores from the spot against Cockfosters
Jamie Speer fires over the bar
Alexis Bernal under pressure
Jets go wild as Beardo strikes an added time winner
St Valentine's Day, well this is why we just love football, wow what an end to end thriller.
I said after the game at Harefield on Tuesday that we will play worse and win, and today for 45 minutes we were a lot worse but in an inspiring fight back and awesome battling performance Jets dragged themselves back from the brink of defeat to take all the points in a 4-3 thriller that again sees unpredictable Jets take points from a top six side.
warren Gladdy was held up in the tragic M40/M1 disaster so had to be replaced in the starting line-up by Terry Smith returning to the club after a previous short stay a few seasons back.
Jets lost Chris Killer immediately after the opening goal when keeper will Baker came a long way outside the area to save Jets bacon with a super tackle following lacklustre defending, but he seemed to freeze and stay there and after three opportunities to lob him were not taken, the visitors finally did to lead 0-1, courtesy of a good Kevin Ashwood goal. Within the scramble young Chris Killer was left flat out, and clearly in concussion and total confusion as he was talking total sense, the trouble was he was asking the same things every two minutes and Chris has never been that sensible for that long, so he was withdrawn immediately.
Enter another debutant Tom Kennedy and like Terry Smith what an impact the pair had fitting in with Jets from the off as Jets clawed their way back into the game. It was difficult because Bury are a good, strong organised side and for long periods Jets were pegged back, and the back line had their work cut out holding Jets just a goal down as the front attack faltered in the tight visitors defence. Right on the stroke of half time Jets had a spell and many thought they had levelled as a period of pressure looked like the ball had crossed the line, but the post had stopped it and the keeper scrambled, as Jets celebrated and returned to the centre the referee blew HT and on checking with him no goal was given, a correct call photographs proved.
Half time Oxhey Jets 0 St Margaretsbury 1
As soon as the restart whistle went Jets looked doomed as an awful decision by the officials left Jets floored, a blatant push right under the assistant's nose (maybe too close) went unpunished and the break left Jets protesting and struggling to regain shape and Tyler Connor flattened the clear forward. Jets supporters held their breath as the referee went spot and yellow, it could have been red but maybe he knew in his heart his mistake caused it !! Ashwood 0-2 and on form Jets were dead in the water and the injuries will start to tell suddenly.
Now Gladdy Senior (Wayne) threw on Gladdy Junior (Warren) and things swung on their head immediately as Warren, Beardo, Sim and Tim started to combine smoothly with Smith and Kennedy and Jets had a rampant probing purpose all of a sudden with exquisite free flowing passing that leaves people chasing shadows. Tom Kennedy went on a super run and the defender finally gave up and nailed him, but unlike Tyler no yellow from the inconsistent official. Jets have a horror record from the spot this season, so this might have been a boost for the visitors BUT up stepped Sim Armstrong to strike Jets back into the hunt 1-2 (74 mins).
Now Jets went supersonic and just three minutes later after a scramble of shots from Beardo, O'Mara and Smith the over worked keeper finally ran out of saves and Sim Armstrong smashed home the rebound 2-2 (77 mins).
Jets just streamed forward now smelling the win, but this ended in defeat in similar circumstances at Harefield on Tuesday, but the bench staffs pleas for sanity were completely ignored of course by the attacking biased squad and then Tim O'Mara hit a long distance strike, but seemingly routine for the keeper that had been safe all day, but a bounce caught him and he could only tip it into the net 3-2 (85 mins).
Oxhey Jets defensive column has been amongst the worst in the league this season at times and they showed why when they again failed to close up a winning position, switching off again from a throw in, while Jets players day dreamed and watched right on time Lee Roberts shot hard and low across our keeper who despite a hand could only watch it hit the side of the net 3-3 (90 mins).
With the game getting competitive the inconsistencies continued when Beardo got a yellow for an innocuous tackle yet minutes later was cut in half from behind with no card, that why people get upset !!
Both sides would have been happy with a point I guess and disappointed too, but there was to be a decider and it came to Jets. There was a hint of a hand early but then Luke Beardsworth struck a stinger low into the net that was to give Jets the win (92 mins).
Even so, Jets still had to survive the last couple of minutes as now St Margaretsbury went for broke and there was a furious goal mouth scramble that ended with a Bury forward flat out and the referee going to the spot, but he finally saw the assistant's flag that had been up since the original ball into the box, finally after a long, very very long discussion the offside was given and followed by a card for the arguments that followed the final whistle, but Jets had the points.
Man of the match was picked by the coaching staff and it was unanimous to Terry Smith, but it was really a team performance but Warren was also quick to point out he can't keep coming on and saving the games for them.
The Reserves were off but the A Team continued their good run winning 0-3 away at Baldwins Lane against Croxley Community centre reserves. Tony Marren's old crocks were in the driving seat with goals by the legendary goal scorer Gary Page but this time a rare header, number two by his chasing no2 in the goal chart Ian Holdom, but it was a young puppy who finished it off. Charlie Cole at 16 years was twenty years younger than the next youngest player in the team, and about double that behind the next closest so beware lads the puppies are coming for your crowns, but for the record Charlie has about 350 more goals to go to catch the legend.
A good day for the club, happy St Valentines Day don't you just love footy on days like this!
Jets start the comeback with Sim Armstrong's converted penalty
Sim Armstrong levels it at 2-2
Tim O'Mara fires Jets into a 3-2 lead
Beardo's dramatic added time winner
Kevin Ashford strikes St Margaretsbury into a deserved first half lead
Jets thought they had levelled on half-time but the post and keeper denied
The ref had to confirm it was no goal as the teams walked off at half-time
Jets go 2-0 down as Kevin Ashford converts for Bury
Tom Kennedy made his Jets debut, replacing the concussed Chris Killer early in the game
Tom Kennedy turns the Bury defender ....
.... and is brought down for a penalty
The Jets defence had to work hard in the first half to keep the score at 0-1
Terry Smith was Jets Man of the Match on his return debut
Tyler Connor heads for goal
Tim O'Mara led the Jets attack
Beardo celebrates his winner
Last minute scramble in the Jets area but no penalty as an earlier flag for offside
Jordan Gutteridge's strong header brings Jets back to 1-2
First of all we must pay tribute to a gentleman, former Harefield Chairman Keith Ronald was laid to rest today, and both clubs and a large crowd paid tribute with a minutes applause before the game. Football has lost a true gent to the game.
This was a true cracker, Harefield badly wanted revenge and said so on their Twitter for their 'humiliating defeat before Xmas' and the third place side wanted to show why they are riding so high in the table, while Jets had to go without top scorer Lee Armitt (who has talked himself into a suspension, denting his aim for the leagues goalscorer award) and Andy Brennan, while Warren Gladdy was kept in at school so arrived late !!
The changes meant that it was a fortunate instant recall for Luke Beardsworth and Chris Killer who both missed Jets win over Leverstock Green on Saturday. The first twenty minutes was end to end with neither side generally hitting target, but the football from both sides was slick and outstanding at times, it really was a football tribute to Keith that the emotionally fuelled crowd was treated too.
Luke Lloyd had two good chances just wide and Beardsworth and Armstrong both came close, whilst at the other end young Godfrey was getting a severe test and rising to it, and Chris Killer was in the thick of all the action proving what a huge asset he has become to the club over the years.
It was a jolt for Jets when they went behind. You couldn't say it was against the run of play, but you could easily feel hard done by going behind. The goal was a good one in Harefield's eyes but Jets will be disappointed with it, a ball to the wing caught Ashley Fongho off guard, and the winger as he burned off the defender sent in a dangerous cross low and hard that was slotted by Ricky Pither (28 mins) who had left Godfrey drifting off guard. It was a blow but Jets kept going and it really was a throughly enjoyable football match, and what a blessing a referee who didn't need cards to control a game.
Jets had some super chances created by some really good football but tonight the edge up front wasn't there, that killer touch player to nudge home the advantage, they were all just inches away. At the break the staff praised the side more than I've heard all season. Gladdy singled out Beardsworth for the pivotal role in opening up Harefield's defence while coach Rolfe was proud of the effort and football being played. We're losing here notice and not a negative word in earshot !!!
The second half continued the end to end good football theme, but a bitter blow to Jets was a hopeful cross that was poked past the keeper into his own goal by Tyler Connor (62 mins) and Jets now had a mountain to climb.
Warren Gladdy was immediately put on to try to retrieve the situation and Jets switched to an all out attack formation, then Beardsworth looked in but partially stumped the ground on the final shot and was left in pain jolting his back and was immediately replaced by winger Anton Collins to add extra speed to the all out attack.
Collins has been out of football for six months and needs to control his rehab/comeback but, wow, the difference was instant and transformed Jets who scored two in three minutes to draw back level. Collins direct approach earned a corner and Jordan Gutteridge headed home 1-2 (72 mins) and three minutes later an absolute stunner from Anton Collins at the end of a probing run burning off the defenders levelled the game 2-2 (75 mins).
Jets were buoyant and Sim Armstrong was denied just by the crossbar and the Harefield keeper's legs, then denied on the line, the money was on Jets now. Maybe just maybe the only mistake was the switch back to the original formation now it was squared up, but it was still Jets dominating, then a few moments of silliness in the desperation, a few yellows were shown as tempers and commitment raised then a high boot that left over six foot tall Jordan Gutteridge with a cut above his chest was given a straight red, it was correct but in fairness to the player and all the players it was a one off moment and not a reflection on any part of the game.
Jets were streaming for the win but then Jets switched off in the last minute, a harmless throw in on the line was not given any urgency by Jets defence and an absolute peach was struck by Kyle Matthews over Will Baker's head at the near post and into the net for the winner. Without doubt brilliance for the Hares but big questions for some Jets players to ask themselves.
Harefield, as we would have done, ran the clock down for a very very hard earned three points. Jets will feel absolutely gutted to lose this one, they will play much worse and win, and they did last Saturday against Levi. It was a night where you went home feeling really sorry for your players.
Man of the match would have been easy had it been both teams, the Hares goalkeeper would have romped it but the Jets MoM was given by Wayne Gladdy who went for the priceless loyal little gem at full back, Chris Killer, who only knows one way, it's 100% all the time. He takes the bangs and gets up brushes himself down and starts all over again.
On this one grassroots football was given a treat.
Anton Collins lets fly with a stunner to level it at 2-2
One of many good saves from the Hares keeper
Luke Beardsworth played a pivotal role in midfield
Chris Killer gave another 100% all out effort
Sim Armstrong almost makes it 3-2 but his header hits the crossbar
The Hares keeper saves again as Jets press hard
Beardo so close but denied by the alert Hares keeper
Ashley Fongho looks to get another Jets move going
Luke Lloyd breaks through for another Jets attack
Tyler Connor looks for support
Another view of Jordan's goal
Anton Collins' stunning shot heads for goal
And the keeper has no chance as Anton's shot flies into the net
The Hares keeper really did have an outstanding night
Lee Armitt flips the ball past the Levi defender
Jets completed the league double over Leverstock Green in a narrow 1-0 victory at the Boundary stadium.
Jets had all the best chances in the first half and Lee Armitt fresh from his 'legs job' at the gym/ beauty parlour will be disappointed he only had one goal to show for his attempts, but happy that his 44th minute strike was the winner.
Sim Armstrong laid a cutter to 'leggy' in the first few minutes but he beat the keeper then the post by inches and his second 1-on-1 was well saved by Levi keeper Kieran Jimmy, but it was third time lucky when in the 44th minute Tim O'Mara found him clear to hold his cool and slot what was to be the winner.
Jets had no Warren Gladdy, Phillips, Brennan or Killer available today and were further knocked back by the on the day withdrawal of Beardsworth so the three points will be very welcomed by the staff.
As much as Jets should have been out of sight at the break, the possession meter would have shown it massively in Levi's favour in the second as the spluttering game disintegrated as the wind increased and in honesty it was quite poor as Jets really could not get on the ball but Levi staff I'm sure will be hugely disappointed that so much possession was not transformed into a single worthwhile goal attempt.
It was all quite silly late on when a nibble at Jets keeper Will Baker received an over reaction with all the players whining, then a dreadful tackle on Armitt only got a yellow, and Jets Jon Daily saw straight red for an awful two footer minutes later.
Jets held out the final ten with ten for all three points. It wasn't pretty but it was very hard earned in a game where you could see both teams needed some football after all the lay offs of late.
Man of the match was not easy, Luke Lloyd and Sim Armstrong had good first periods but the final word went to manager Wayne Gladdy who shared it between the solid centre backs of Jordan Gutteridge and Tyler Connor who, particularly in the second half, helped secure the points for Jets.
Strong first half from Luke Lloyd as Jets dominated
Last gasp block from Godfrey
Lee Armitt slots the 44th minute winner
Almost for Lee Armitt, but the Levi keeper makes a good save
Goalbound - longshot of the game's only goal
Lee Armitt puts Jets into the lead
You could just sense the relief as Jets at last got a win under their belts, but boy Holmer Green made them work for it.
Jets started quite brightly and the early indications were better than previous games although in a game that was barely breaking an egg the petty referee looked as if he was on FA commission somehow finding about five yellow cards a side which had both benches in despair at the ridiculous situation, respect ?? Not when it's like this you won't !!
Anyway back to what we were there for, the football, not the man in black show. Jets and Holmer exchanged end to end chances, Holmer playing fairly direct, at times too long, Jets the more inter play, but at times too many touches and slow delivery, so 0-0 after twenty minutes but five yellows already branded.
Armitt went through on seven minutes but just hugged the wrong side of the post, and Baker twice had to be nippy to cut out dangerous back post balls, but on 22 minutes young Godfrey Kalemera got his position all wrong and pushed out allowing a clean break for Dean Allen to strike the hosts into the lead 1-0.
Jets wobbled a little and Holmer belied their relegation place position and took the game to Jets, just like they had on Saturday to leaders Kings Langley before going down just 2-0, so Jets had to bolt down and not let any more damage be inflicted. Lee Armitt had a chance just over then Chris Killer did superb run and provided his manager Wayne Gladdy with a glorious chance to square things up, but you know Wayne in the air, shut eyes and hope, if he'd opened them he would have seen the brilliant save by the keeper.
For some unknown reason a little flare up followed and two more Jets and one Holmer player saw a yellow card, quite incredible considering two of the players were not even involved in the incident !!
Anyway again back to the football, Beardo was off the field after rolling his ankle and ten men Jets again looked to have levelled it when Armitt beat the keeper but the ball hit the inside of the post and came out, and the referee blew for half time. Holmer Green 1 Oxhey Jets 0
Jets really improved second half but a clattering tackle by Godfrey saw him get a deserved yellow and coaches decided enough for the youngster and put Anton Collins on for his debut.
Jets went up another gear and the pressure paid off when Anton Collins cross found boss Wayne Gladdy to net a blister 1-1 (67 mins). Now Holmer had a wobble and Jets pressed but it was from a Holmer attack that Jets got the lead, a bad ball was intercepted perfectly by Chris Killer and his Killer ball first time to Lee Armitt set the leading scorer away clear and he calmly slotted 1-2 Jets (77 mins).
Jets tails were up and Holmer, you sensed, had that gutted feeling you get near the bottom when things just kick you, and a super long kick from Will Baker in goal sent Lee Armitt clear again and he slotted 1-3, but got a yellow for his goal celebration, the same one he's done every time he's scored for ten years !
The final word of course to the man in black as three minutes into stoppage time at 1-3 up Chris Killer got a yellow for the most ridiculous of the night award, for time wasting, not spoken too, or warned or told to hurry, no just ping a yellow card. The odious lectures after every free kick took far more time out of the game for sure. Full time Holmer 1 Jets 3 and 5-5 on yellows (I think).
Man of the match was picked by the coaches who praised the team performance and wouldn't commit to a MoM but on pushed and me issuing two yellows to them in the spirit of the evening, they dithered, wasted time and finally picked Chris Killer for the bottle of Carlsberg, cos if Carlsberg did yellow cards his was deffo the craziest of the night.
Holmer jolt Jets as they take the lead
Wayne Gladdy put himself into the starting line-up for a rare start
Chris Killer put in a fine MoM performance
Lee Armitts shot heads for goal as Jets go 2-1 up
Wayne Gladdy's strike from out wide beats the keeper to level it at 1-1
Chris killer in full flow
On the break, Lee Armitt turns the Holmer defender...
..and strike home Jets 3rd to seal the win
Point blank save from gladdy's header
Lee Armitt goes close again, denied by keeper and post
Lee Armitt denied by the bar before he went on to score his double
Anton Collins came on for his Jets debut
Lee Armitt puts Jets into a 2-1 lead just a minute after being brought on as a second half substitute.
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