A cutting through ball from the returning Beardo
Jets so so nearly got a point from championship chasers Wembley to go with their three gained at home in October. This time it was a Lino's flag that lost them it, where in the home game a ignored one won them it !! Wembley in their programme printed the photo of Lee Armitt's winner at home when the Lino raised his flag, but not interfering said the referee, today Jets were unlucky that a '3' referee took the line and was right on the spot to give the decision that the ball had crept over after hitting the post and running along the line, so a flag has got and cost us both three points in a game this season against each other, so no complaints.
Personally I thought it was a good game. Will Baker in spells kept Jets in it with superb saves as Jets defensively struggled today, but looked far better attacking, but the normally reliable Lee Armitt was a little off aim as some good chances went high over the bar that would normally snuggle in the net. In one period in the first twenty Baker made a triple save as he kept the rebounds out to deny the hosts and when they took the lead in the 27th minute Baker must be furious that he had made a cracking save while his static defence watched the rebound prodded home.
Jets responded well and Warren Gladdy and Luke Beardsworth were combining well on Beardo's return from his elongated Sunday caused ban, extended by their Sunday's off then weather postponements turning games into months. Also returning from a long trip to Thailand was Jon Daily who found no buyers which isn't surprising really so he came home alone.
Beardo fed Armitt who sprung the offside trap twice, one hit over and the second the keeper denied but Jets were threatening. Two free kicks were dangerous, Basrdo's just going the wrong side of the post and Armstrong's drive blocked well by the wall, in between it was more Will Baker saves keeping Wembley out. Half time 1-0
It was quite an agitated changing room. Rolfe and Gladdy not quite happy with some people's commitment to the cause and preparation for the game, and a change of tactics to a basic football lay out paid dividends as Jets were more in tune second half and went at the hosts. It was far more even and Baker was at least less busy, twice the Beardo/Gladdy combination nearly paid off but Armitt was caught offside, then a superb cutter from Beardo cut the back line to shreds and Lee Armitt hit high into the net 1-1 (53 mins).
It was end to end now but the decisive goal was in the 65th minute when after a scramble the cross goal shot hit the post and rolled along the line to Baker, but his crafty pull back was spotted and the assistant gave the winner, in fairness it looked the right call.
Jets brought on Joe Horewood to try to stabilise the wobbling defence and Wayne Gladdy and a debut for the old head Nathan Roberts himself as Tyler Connor and Jamie Speer were replaced but it was not to be today but at least it was better. The frank talk was clear, we are nearly a side because we are preparing like a nearly team and it's not good enough at this level to complete the job.
Man of the match was easy, but others did well, Daily, Beardsworth, and Gladdy all had plus points but the decision was miles clear for Will Baker.
Warren Gladdy got a lot of attention
Will Baker saves Jets again
Lee Armitt fires home to bring Jets level
A chance for Lee Armitt but his shot goes over
Wembley keeper just beats Beardo to the through ball
Will Baker saves again
Sim and Jordan join the attack as Jets press forward
Strong sliding tackle from Tyler Connor
In the shadow of Wembley stadium
Lee Armitt goes close again
Jon Daily - back from Thailand - failed to score!
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Lee Armitt denied by the post.
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