Lee Armitt opens the scoring from the penalty spot
Jets romped to a big win at home to Ampthill, but there is a lot of sympathy for their visitors plight, as they find themselves in the same position as Jets were after the one exceptional season just a year ago.
Ampthill, last season’s FA Vase semi-finalist and league runners up, lost their whole set up for the start of this season so are in the same rebuilding mode as Jets, but their young team gave their all, but Jets have moved on a lot from the ashes Gladdy had to rebuild and today pre match he threatened his team that he wanted more and they delivered on cue.
Ampthill are an honest young side and Jets were pushed back at the start by the youthful running, but as Gladdy’s reshuffled side settled into their new positions they started to look more dangerous and the inevitable looked close.
The break through came in the 11th minute when Eoin Casey, who has been a superb partner for strike master Lee Armitt, went for a header but was shoved well on his way, with the referee well placed he had no hesitation going straight to the spot, and Lee Armitt converted, 1-0.
Jets looked dominant but play was interrupted for some ten minutes after a tackle had left Beardo flat out and with a break feared the match officials gave all the time needed to sort the situation out. Karl Bull replaced Beardo in midfield and Jets continued to pile on the pressure until Bull, Casey and Lowton combined on neat play to feed Lee Armitt for number 2 on 22 minutes,. Ten minutes later Bull again played in Lee Armitt for an angled strike, 3-0 and Jets were rampant.
Eoin Casey got his reward for three good games since his return by smashing a dramatic 4th in the 38th minute and Jets were home and dry for the break.
The second half was, in the heat, played to a slower pace, but it was Warren Gladdy being the play maker picking out the passes and holding the ball to control the middle as Jets were in full control and the visitors looking a little disheartened.
Some incredible personal skill by Armitt was rewarded with only the bar denying him, as was a Warren Gladdy drive, but neutrals say this one was over the line had the Lino been more speedy to get to the line, but no damage done as the points were secure at this stage.
Lee Armitt was also lost to injury and it was nice to see Alfie Hatch and Michael McRoberts thrown into action and doing well.
Jets added a fifth from a smart header from Adam Lowton. Jets in fairness should and could have had more, but final word today on the match goes to our visitors, and we say we know how you feel, it was done to us, but it's a learning curve now, and the lads there now want to be so stick with them and things do improve with experience, we showed that after Christmas last year.
Man of the match was difficult and four different nominations were received, Joe Kelly ,who is becoming industrious in his wing back role, Warren Gladdy who in the middle was a class act today, Lee Armitt on a first half hat-trick and the non stop work rate of Eoin Casey. In the end the decision was a shared split between the hat-trick leading scorer Lee Armitt and the artful Warren Gladdy.
A good day at the office for Wayne Gladdy’s lads today, but it's not going to be without its ups and downs over the season as Jets are not the finished article yet.
Lee Armitt blasts past the keeper for 2-0
Lee Armitt completes a first half hat-trick
Eoin Casey fires in a well deserved goal for 4-0
Adam Lowton (No7) is first to react to the cross for Jets fifth goal
Lowts smart header finds the net
Joe Kelly was inspirational again at wing back
Lee Armitt shared the Man of the Match honours
Long stoppage for Beardo leg injury
Karl Bull covered well for the injured Beardo in midfield
Lowts back in the starting line-up
Warren Gladdy took control of the game
Lee Armitt gets his shot away for the second goal
Michael McRoberts pushes forward
White Board Wayne - with added player movement!
Match officials: Oxhey Jets vs Ampthill Town
Lee Armitt puts Jets into the lead.
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