Oxhey Jets 3
St Marys Cup Semi-Final: 11th March 2014
Lee Armitt gets Jets off to a great start
Jets have suffered heavy defeats three times this season to Berkhamsted, twice in the league and once in the Premier Cup, but they still approached this game with renewed optimism from their recent run.
And what a start Jets made! For the first twenty five minutes Jets were just immense and blitzed Berkhamsted with three spectacular goals, two from Lee Armitt and one from Luke Beardsworth.
Berkhamsted are the current holders of the St Marys Cup and they worked hard to get back into the game and defend their trophy, but Jets were in no mood to be denied and the confidence that comes from having only one defeat in their last eleven games showed through. berkhamsted managed to pull one goal back but that was it and Jets, in what has been a major transitional season are now in the St Marys Cup Final! Great performance, great result.
Berkhamsted manager Micky Vippon was generous in his praise of Jets performance, particularly in those opening 25 minutes and was also quick to congratulate Wayne Gladdy and the Jets team on the progress that has been made this season.
Full report/pics to follow.
Luke Beardsworth's 25-yarder hits the net for 2-0
Lee Armitt's high lob beats the keeper and drops in for 3-0
Berkhamsted pull it back to 3-1
Jets defend their line
Delighted Wayne Gladdy celebrates Jets making the St Marys Cup Final
Oxhey Jets 3
Leverstock Green 1
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 8th March 2014
Mark Richards glancing header gives Jets the lead
At last the sun comes out to play and the sunshine has brightened up Wayne Gladdy’s improving Jets side as they extended their good run to just one defeat in ten games as they got the critical win in the relegation fringe game against our friendly rivals from Leverstock Green.
These two teams have been piling on the points since their dreadful and unplanned interruptions in the pre season. The changes made are now showing positive results as Green, since their manager change, had lost just one league match and with the advantage of the convenient tie up with Hendon they will be well away from trouble I'm sure by the season end.
Gladdy had more problems today with Beardo and hot striker Armitt missing along with skipper Macca. Gladdy recalled youth academy star Harry Beaumont and former hot shot Lewis Putman continued his injury comeback with his 300th appearance for Jets and got his 175th goal to celebrate the landmark,
Birthday boy Mark Richards made his first start for the club and he notched the opener to remember the day by too.
It was a tight and scrappy stroll in the sunshine at first and neither side took control in a even and slightly nervous start, but with half time approaching a peach of a corner from Joe Kelly, who was having his best game since joining, was met with a perfect glancing header by the birthday boy Mark Richards to break the stalemate (1-0 35 minutes).
Jets knew it was critical goal and played tight to hold the lead to the break but the big bonus came in stoppage time and again it was Joe Kelly who put the pin point ball this time to the back post and Skipper Ashley Fongho rose to put off the defenders and the ball dropped to leading goalscorer Sim Armstrong to nudge over the line (2-0 45 minutes). Half Time 2-0
The second period started quite tame as neither side stamped real control. Then a howler by keeper Will Baker let the visitors back in the game, after a good clear call ‘Keeper!’ Baker rolled a dreadful pass straight to the unmarked forward to gently stroke from 25 yards into the net despite Baker’s frantic attempts to make amends and catch the ball before it went in the net. 2-1. 53 minutes).
Leverstock Green now battered at Jets as the game swung on a sixpence and thought they were level as a corker of a shot smashed the underside of the bar and came out with the keeper not seeing it, it was all the visitors now.
Wayne Gladdy changed the formation and sent Sam Phillips on to try to harden up the rear guard and settle under fire Jets, but Levi just kept on coming and again Baker was a spectator as the ball again smashed the cross bar and came out but this time the ball was picked up and ran at the Jets goal and Baker’s horror spell was to get worse as he brought down the attacker. Everybody held their breath as the referee went to his pocket but the official who had been sensible all game quite rightly judged the distance and position and went yellow.
Everybody fancied Levi to win it now, but on the penalty take Will Baker went from Zero to Hero and his diving save kept Jets in front. Surviving this Jets smelt the win and you could just see it coming. Sim Armstrong and Adam Lowton had to work tirelessly and Jets went for broke as Gladdy seems to favour the reckless all out attack system, and it paid its rewards when Lewis Putman took a free kick from a full thirty yards and it went up and over and straight down past the full length diving keeper into the net to sensationally mark his 300th appearance. (3-1 68 minutes). This was a killer blow for the game and it petered out to the end and it was sixteen consecutive points for the Gladdy boys.
The man of the match was contested keenly. Harry Beaumont came in at full back and did very well, provider Joe Kelly with deffo his best game for Jets and Sim Armstrong was effective all day as was the tigerish Andy Brennan in midfield, but the Carlsberg Bottle goes to skipper for today Ashley Fongho whose strength and work rate is an inspiration to this buoyant Jets side.
Manager Wayne Gladdy took his kids to Disney in the week and the young boss is now turning the tables on the people who took the Mickey at the start of the season, as he builds and turns this young side around and the atmosphere is bubbling for the team.
Mark Richards glancing header goalbound
Sim steps in to double Jets lead right on half-time
30 yards? This is going in!
Putman's 30 yard free-kick gives the keeper no chance
Happy Days. Putman scores his 175th goal for Jets in his 300th game
Vital penalty save from Will Baker at 2-1
Adam Lowton on the attack
Skipper for the day Ashley Fongho led by example
Academy star Harry Beaumont came in and did well
Joe Kelly was Jets provider for the first two goals
Another strong performance from Jets leading scorer Sim Armstrong
Lewis Putman back from injury
Joe Kelly had his best game yet for Jets
Killer uses his head?? Dangerous!
Lowts gets in on the dance act
Gladdy relishing the teams commitment
Bushey Rangers 2
Oxhey Jets Reserves 6
Herts Intermediate Cup Semi-Final : 1st March 2014
What a fantastic result for Jets Reserves!!
Jets have made the final of this competition once before but have yet to win, so what a great achievemnt from this year's squad to storm into the final with a 6-2 win over Bushey Rangers., following up on their tremendous quarter-final win away at Royston town last week.
Louis Bircham sent an inch perfect cross in for Hobson to open the scoring after 12 minutes, but Bushey equalised 10 minutes later.
Jets, though, were in a fierce mood today and determined to win. Hobson was the provider this time with his corner causing problems for the Rangers defence who failed to clear and Dominic David slotted home to restore Jets lead in the 30th minute and it stayed that way until half-time.
Full of confidence, Jets came out in the second half determined to make the final. It was Hobson the provider again as he set up young Jermaine Heron on the edge of the box and he fired home his second goal of the week to make it 3-1.
On 75 minutes it was Jermaine Heron storming down the wing and sending in a cross for Dom David to hit a first time volley into the net for 4-1.
Rangers showed their spirit by pulling it back to 4-2 in the 80th minute, but Jets then took advantage of an open game to slot two more goals in the final ten minutes. Dom David completed his hat-trick in style in the 84th minute and then was the set up man for Karl Penny to add the sixth in the 90th minute from 12 yards out.
A confident and committed team performance but the man of the match decision was given to Jordon Payne for another solid all round game.
Stu Atkins and his players deserve a lot of credit for getting to this County Cup final in what is Stu's first season with the club. Jets opponents will be Enfield Town u-21's
London Lions 2
Oxhey Jets 2
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 1st March 2014
A peach from Beardo - a top corner curler for 1-0
Jets groundsman Graham O'Brien worked wonders to get this game on a and a good surface for the away game to be played at Jets vs bottom club London Lions, but how they can be at the foot of the table with this team I just can't understand. Lions said they had their best side of the season out (boardroom quote) and if they keep it I'm sure they will get many more points to add pressure to the relegation struggle.
Jets today will be disappointed with themselves and so they should be as they personally produced a way below recent performance, but the positive of that story is we are still unbeaten in five league games and one defeat in nine games total, so let's not punish ourselves too much.
London Lions were at us from kick off and a skillful team of flare and excitement unsettled the Jets defence. Former Wingate winger Josh Kerrett was superb and Chris Killer will have nightmares this week remembering the nippy winger coming at him time and time again, but the lad held his cool and did well against the experienced player.
Jets thought they had the lead when countering possession good inter play was tucked home by Joe Kelly but the celebrations were cut short by the assistant’s flag. Lions continued to do the pushing and Jets were lacklustre all around the pitch, I wondered if maybe a few thought the game would be off on Friday night ?!
A spectacular goal did break the deadlock on 20 minutes when a brilliant curler into the top of the net by Luke Beardsworth gave Jets the lead 1-0, and hopefully settle the jitters today. The game continued in the sunshine and again the danger man Josh Kerrett tore Jets apart to level 1-1 (36 minutes).
Jets had a golden opportunity to take the lead right on the break when hot marksman Lee Armitt was played clear through and drew the keeper but, for him, inexplicably nudges wide of the post and his frustration was clear. Half time 1-1
The second half was much the same and Will Baker was the busier keeper as the middle did not stamp any authority on the game, only Andrew Brennan's tigerish battling offering much combat against the free flowing opponents.
Lee Armitt, clearly having an off day in front of goal, turned provider delivering a superb ball onto the goal line for Adam Lowton to bundle the ball over the line and give Jets real hope of the points (70 minutes).
The lead lasted just one minute and again it was a waltz in the park as Josh Kerrett cut Jets to shreds to slot for 2-2 (71 minutes).
Jets actually looked more likely in the last twenty minutes but on the day a point was a fair and justified result and at the end I think the Jets staff were more than happy to hear the whistle as late on Lions netted but despite their protests the flag was up a long long time before the goal was scored, and at the whistle Jets have a point further away from the drop zone that the others have to get.
Man of the match was difficult as not many had a good day at the office and only two nominations were received. Luke Beardsworth who was looking the only person able to pick a telling pass for long periods and without doubt Andrew Brennan who supplied more grit and determination than most today. Manager Wayne Gladdy had the final say and shared it between them unable to split the pair, although a mention should be made both for keeper Will Baker who was faultless under much pressure, and the three match officials who provided a calm afternoon, not the over eager card waving annoyance we have seen sometimes this season.
A flat day was, however, brightened by the fantastic news that filtered from the Herts Intermediate Cup Semi Final that Stu and the lads had won and got Jets to a fantastic final in his first season, today they are the stars of the club and take centre stage.
Will Baker was the busier of the two keepers
Skipper Sam Phillips worked hard to try and muster his troops
Adam Lowton was the man on the spot to edge Jets into a 2-1 lead
A full 90 minutes from Beardo including his stunning goal
A rare one on one miss from Lee Armitt just before half-time
Late pressure from Jets to try and snatch the winner
Joe Kelly completes a good counter attack from Jets but the assistant flagged it away
Good job from the match officials
Oxhey Jets 3
London Colney 2
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 25th February 2014
Jets Man of the Match Sim Armstrong makes it 2-0
Wayne Gladdy's boys are flying now with their fourth league win in a row and seven wins in the last eight including cup matches for the young guns. Gladdys enthusiasm is infectious and the way the young manager is rebuilding his beloved side is a credit to him and the attitude of his players who are clearly giving their all for the boss.
This was a big test for the side as London Colney are a top five side and beat Jets 3-1 earlier in the season.
Jets were without Macca which meant a first start for Michael Green at centre half since his transfer from Tring Athletic and the lad did by well. Jets at the start were under pressure and the visitors had the upper hand, but on the break the Lowton, Beardsworth, Armitt combo is terrorising the defences. Beardsworth picks out pass after pass and Lowtons non stop running gives the options with the hot striker Lee Armitt pulls them out the bag from all angles and distance at the moment.
In the 31st minute a special hammer strike from thirty yards stunned the keeper and most in the ground to give Jets a remarkable lead for the break, and at the back Sam Phillips bearing the skippers armband was marshalling the tight back four restricting the Colney attacks and killer and Fogho forcing the nippy wingers wide and out of danger. Half time 1-0
Jets injuries mounted with Brennan, Armitt and Beardsworth all taking knocks early and it was starting to look difficult but then a corner was swung in and Sim Armstrong was at the back stick to drive home the second 2-0 (54min)
In fairness to Colney they came at Jets with venom then a mistake by Baker in Jets goal let them back in when he let a Hartley low shot into the net. Daily and Beardsworth were lost to injury so a debut for new signing Mark Richards in midfield and young Harry Beaumont and what an onslaught they faced as the visitors were rampant at the Jets goal,,while on the break Jets sprung and attacked to a reckless point. But the visitors got the goal when Harry Beaumont was beaten in the area and Clark-mardle equalised (78min) London Colney were now favourites but Jets don't lie down these days and Lee Armitt took on the defence and was brought down for a clear penalty and got up to convert off the post for the winner.
Both sides stormed at each other in a pulsating game but Jets held fire and took three points that breaks the 30 points barrier which was Jets pre season target to hopefully beat the drop.
Manager Wayne Gladdy said “the boys give all they have on the pitch, I can ask for no more of them, their brilliant attitude and support is bringing the club back to life”.
Man of the match was picked by the match officials and it went to Sim Armstrong, good midfield support and a good goal strike a bonus.
Superb effort from Lee Armitt opens the scoring
The Colney keeper makes a brilliant save from Armitt's curling shot
The Jets defence hold strong
Jon Daily called up into the middle
Armstrong rises high
Beardo winning in the air
Two more goals for Lee Armitt made it 100 up and counting
Good Jets debut for Mark Richards in midfield
Sim decoys as Beardo goes for goal
Jets celebrate in what was a great, gutsy performance
Olney Town Reserves 3
Oxhey Jets Reserves 3 (after extra time: Jets win 4-3 on penalties
Reserves Floodlight Cup : 25th February 2014
On and eventful night at Olney Town Reserves in the Floodlight cup Stuart Atkins team had to come back from two down at half time to stay in the competition, Karl Penny put Jets back in the hunt then young Jermaine Heron levelled in the 90th minute.
Dom David gave Jets the lead in extra time but the hosts levelled and Jets ran out 4-3 winners from the penalty play off to top a great night for the Jets.
Oxhey Jets 4
Biggleswade Utd 1
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 22nd February 2014
Lee Armitt 's accurate shot beats the United keeper to open the scoring
Jets fine league run continued today with a blistering four goal first half onslaught against Biggleswade United to set up Jets for three league wins on the bounce for the first time under young boss Wayne Gladdy and it's now six wins in seven outings for the fast improving side.
The opening minutes were very scrappy and Jets were needing to dig in a little as mistakes were looking as they might cost the side an early advantage, but right on cue Lee Armitt latched onto a tremendous curler from Adam Lowton and he gleefully rounded the keeper to slot from an acute angle 1-0 (17 minutes).
Jets were buoyant and you could sense the confidence oozing back into the side and suddenly things were flowing with some neat football across the pitch, and on 26 minutes it was Lee Armitt who supplied a super back post ball and Ashley Fongho had covered the fall back to centre forward run to strike over the line from a few yards 2-0.
It was really all Jets now and the rewards and maybe the points came in sight when the cross of the match was swung over by Andrew Brennan and Adam Lowton was on the back post to head home 3-0 (40 minutes). But that was not it as a minute later Joseph Kelly struck a 35-yard peach into the top of the net for the goal of the game and to wrap things up for flying Jets.
Gladdy was bubbling and his eleven consecutive league defeats seemed a long time ago as instead he insisted only the last three are in the memory bank, but it was hard to keep the players mind on the game as I suspect both changing rooms were planning for the second period knowing the game was up on this one. Half time Jets 4 Biggleswade 0
Gladdy celebrating his 500th appearance today was not to be as happy with the second period and Jets did not rise to it as much and an early goal against them ruined the clean sheet hoped for and the second period was all Biggleswade to be fair and twice keeper Will Baker in Jets goal denied but most the time the defence stayed tight and despite Biggleswade possession the goal was not threatened too much.
Gladdy withdrew the forward line with injuries and with Armitt and Beardo off there was little attacking threat, only London Heathrow’s flight path was infringed when Sim Armstrong tried to become a forward again, but after ten minutes or so the ball boy did return with the ball! Sim said to manager Wayne Gladdy "I only had eyes for one goal" unfortunately it was the pair in Wembley stadium going by the shot.
Man of the match was contested by Armitt with a good goal and a assist but the second half wasn't as good for the striker and the usual back line and middle performers but on this occasion it went to Ashley Fongho for a good all round performance and a goal to put the cherry on the cake.
A great day for the Reserves with a superb win away at Royston Town reserves in the Herts Intermediate Cup Quarter Final. First half goals from Dom David from a George Hobson ping and Karl Penny converted a keeper lob after Bircham had lobbed the defence to set Penny up and it was a 2-0 first half lead.
Despite a goal back in the dying quarter Jets battled out the victory, they play Bushey Rangers in the semi final next weekend.
Lee Armitt beats his man and supplies Ashley Fongho for Jets second
Strong running from Ashley Fongho before finishing to make it 2-0
Andy Brennan pings in a great cross for Jets third goal
Adam Lowton makes no mistake in heading home Jets third goal
Joe Kelly lets fly a peach of a shot for Jets fourth
Kelly's shot gives the United keeper no chance and plants itself in the top of the net
Joe Kelly in the mood to celebrate
Jets do the Egg
Another hard working performance from Adam Lowton
Man of the Match Ashley Fongho powers forward
Header Photo:Jets clear their lines in another determined performance.
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