Greg Usher strikes Jets into an early lead
This is surely the most critical match Jets have played for many years, more than the cup finals, more than the record breaking, arguably more than the FA cup and FA vase matches over the years, they were fantastic earners, fun and travels but this was our status at stake.
Jets froze on Thursday night and today somehow the lads who have dragged us from bottom of the league to the safety post had just 90 minutes to complete the job for ourselves. Bob Wyatt called on his friend and superb football advisor to help, and again Paul Waites experience and calmness was an inspiration to Jets young side.
Jets recalled Adam Lowton and Andy Brennan to put some fresh legs into the tired side as the heavy end of season and small squad, like most teams at the moment, has taken its toll.
Jets today started superbly, they were controlled and patient and did their jobs very well. The skippers' arm band went to one of the seasons most committed players, Jamie Speer, and again he didn't disappoint and led his troops with fantastic dedication to his club.
Andy Brennan was an aerial dominance which really helped Jets today but it wasn't all Jets way. Broxbourne had shuffled their pack and got better as the game went on, but it was Jets who struck first.
'Jets win when I play' Yorkshireman Greg Usher did what his team Leeds can't do, he put together a goal and a victory in a must win game. Warren Gladdy was inspirational and imaginative and his teasing cross was pin point after just twelve minutes and found Greg Usher completely unmarked to 'sort of deflect' via his shin into the roof of the net. 0-1 and Jets had that all important edge.
Jets in fairness dominated the first half and were only troubled on the break because, in normal combat today, the back line was solid and secure. Jack Halcomb was having possibly his best game for his new club in the centre half role and Jamie Speer was again outstanding. The full backs Fallon and Kalemera were up against very tricky wingers and they stayed tight to snuff out the threat and twice in the second half goal line clearances by Kalemera saved Jets. At the other end Chris Blunden, who was tightly marked throughout, looked to have scored but a late and tight flag ruled out the celebration.
Jets then got the breathing space they needed on 57 minutes. Again the Northern pest was in the centre of things battling out of the pack to set Chris Blunden away and WOW what a smash and dipper it was flying past the keeper for 2-0 Jets.
Tired legs were replaced and John Smith, having had his ankles battered last week, was winning everything in his deeper role. Then, with just ten minutes to go, the hosts struck and it was squeaky time for the must win Jets.
Broxbourne threw everything at Jets and Jets got nervous and pinned back into a safety first role, and on the breaks they headed for the corner flag, a role Chris Blunden played superbly running the clock down.
The home side from a corner absolutely smashed the cross bar and Jets scrambled clear. Usher had a good chance to clinch it but he only does a goal a game so Jets had to battle it out and on the whistle their joy was obvious as we saw, fantastically, a set of players who cared and badly wanted that safety line crossed.
Man of the match was difficulty today, it was a unit who played, fought and battled together and together they did the job. Pushed on the subject the staff shared the sponsors bottles between Andy Brennan and captain marvel Jamie Speer.
A word of praise for the match officials, outstanding, calm, no over reactions and difficult to think of a wrong call, outstanding performance by the third team.
Now I must add a tribute to retiring official Liam Walsh, an outstanding official who is joining the clipboard brigade before everyone says he should have years ago. Liam was and is an outstanding official, not a new card happy breed but an official who understands players' commitment and passion as well as the 'book'. Unlike many he makes himself available for pitch inspections and does not ask a fee, no matter how many times he comes back to look.
I wish Liam well. He is a loss to the league, but a great leader to the people he will assess, and we can still moan at him when we say 'he only did that cos your here with ya bloody clipboard." Good luck Mr Walsh.
Greg likes that!
Chris Blunden makes it 2-0 and Jets are looking good!
Reece Fallon handled his tricky winger well
Harry Smart - sharp when called upon
Jamie Speer - Captain Grit - led his team to victory
Impressive game from Luke Lloyd
Chris Blunden was heavily marked
Warren was superb in 1st half but then injured in the 2nd.
Jack Halcomb - secure at centre half
Bob called on Paul Waites experience to help in the crunch match
Andy Brennan was called in for fresh legs in a tiring month
Superb clearance from Godfrey Kalemera at 1-0 Jets
Chris Blunden nets but it's ruled out for offside
Well Leeds did have one winner today - Greg Usher!
Brennan provided some aerial dominance in midfield
Boro pull one back to give Jets a nervy last 10
Jets defend in numbers, determined to hold their lead
Jack Halcomb battles to win the ball
John Smith came on despite his sore ankles to help Jets battle through
Smart saves as Boro search the equaliser
That's it! JETS ARE SAFE!
Superb set of match officials
Liam Walsh with the managers
A busy sod to the end!
Not yet mate - Not till Walshy says so!
Martin Netzer's defelection is goal bound to give Jets a flicker of hope
Jets froze on the night.
Following the expected defeat at London Colney on Tuesday as they head for the runners up spot behind champions AFC Dunstable, Jets had their fate in their own hands on Thursday when a home win over a strong Holmer Green side would ensure the clubs premier status. Jets froze and, assisted by dreadful luck and an awful truly disgusting goal decision by the officials, Jets wilted and died away almost without a whimper.
Jets went one down when a shot going to the right of the goal took a wicked deflection to the other post with the keeper committed in the other direction, with that luck you are in trouble but the second goal that ripped the heart out of Jets was truly a disgrace. Smart made a decent save and the ball was returned and put in by a player behind the keeper with his hand !!! Holmer did not even celebrate expecting the goal to be ruled out and were as surprised as Jets when it was given. How, oh how, two officials can miss and allow that is beyond me but it's the assistant more than the referee who should both visit Specsavers and read up on the rules of the game as his interpretation of first phase second phase and interfering is clearly confused when the player scores and, to rub it in, with his hand. Shameful decision.
At the break not a word in the changing rooms, you knew Jets were beat on the night.
The third killed the game and although Martin Netzer's deflected goal did cause a small rally Jets paid the price of all out attack and the superb Holmer front line countered on the break and killed Jets off. To be fair this is an excellent Holmer Green team who, themselves, a year or so back just escaped the drop and if we can do the same and rebuild to become as they are now we will be more than happy.
Talking of escape it's still in our own hands. Win Saturday and we are safe and tonight's poor performance doesn't matter. if we lose then we rely on Colney Heath or Harefield losing. St Margaretsbury and Bedford are also in the pot which sees 2 from 5 able to go down in the last weekend.
Smart save from Harry
Holmer finish Jets off
Luke Lloyd's brave header pulls Jets level at 1-1
At this stage of the season every point counts in this tight relegation battle, but oh how Jets could rue the late chance to take all three points that could have put Jets all but safe.
London Tigers are a handful in powerful form at the moment so a trip to their stadium was always going to be difficult to handle and the need for rewards desperate.
Jets incredibly had to scratch around for cover today as work and suspensions and injuries added to the problems that were left for stand in manager Ben Alexander and Karl Bull as boss Bob Wyatt headed for the 'what happens at .... stays at ....' annual weekend trip with his former Sunday vets team.
Jets on a difficult pitch had more possession in the opening twenty minutes but it was a very scrappy affair, with Jets at times almost crazy trying to play touch football on the surface, where the more direct play of the hosts was causing Jets back line some concerns.
Midway through the half and almost on the first serious threat by either team Tigers struck. A heavy Jets challenge was let go on the half way line and the player managed to twist and sprint through everybody to slot powerfully past Harry Smart, who returned from injury today. Harry got fingers to the shot by Jabir but the power took it home, 1-0 first blood to the Tigers.
Jets pushed for a reply and Adam Lowton came close but was denied by brave goalkeeping on one occasion, BUT, then the keeper came a long way out again to deny Lowton but the ball went to Reece Fallon who pinged a great ball from the touch line to the back post and Luke Lloyd was on hand to head home and wrap himself around the post painfully for his troubles.
Harry Smart twice had to be on his toes and the Mr. Magnificent today was Jamie Speer who was making so many critical last gasp tackles as the home side time and time again slung the long ball at Jets. John Smith was the midfield powerhouse involved in most moves but today his ankles must have been black & blue as he took some wraps today.
Half time 1-1
The second half continued much the same but while the loss of possession on the half way line was very sloppy, defending the quick flick and stunning shot was top draw as Smart almost saw it on the way back out of the net. Blistering shot by Betts to give the home side the edge again.
Enter Paul Waites, there supporting Jets, and the words of wisdom to Jets back line massively helped counter the long ball threat and steady Jets and it paid immediate rewards as a through ball to Chris Blunden sent the striker wide but a stunning volley flashed past the keeper and into the net via the other post again pulling gutsy Jets on terms again.
Now with Alexander and Waites screaming encouragement Jets swarmed forward and with just a second to go the one point nearly became three as the home keeper made an error and with the net beckoning just yards in front Halcomb overstretched and the ball went up and over the bar as the referee blew full time.
Full time London Tigers 2 Oxhey Jets 2
Man of the match was easy and by a country mile, Jamie Speer.
A special mention for a gent of football being lost by Tigers and the SSML as Secretary Mick Wilkins is leaving to live in Oxfordshire. Mick is an outstanding organiser and a true gent to football. I think all clubs in the SSML will miss his outstanding hospitality and friendly welcome. Good luck Mick.
Another mention for Jets 'other' first team keeper Rob Partington who went back to his former club Kings Langley today to be part of what was a fantastic promotion day for them as they went up for the third year in a row. Rob has been outstanding during the half a dozen games while Harry has been injured and it was great to see him and his former team mates claim the championship.
On the day the result of the day went to the reserves with a superb 3-0 home win over London Colney Reserves as Pat Fallon had to work hard to fulfil the fixture with at one stage ten players just hours before kick off, but some of the injuries and work problems cleared and a super result gained.
The A team fell as the Thursday midweek final took its toll and the legs failed, but they got out there and played but the 6-3 defeat all but ends hopes of a league runners up medal. But how about this for three former first team top scorers names still notching for them, Ian Holdom, Wayne Gladdy and the legend all time top scorer of Jets himself Gary Page.. There waiting for you Lewis Putman !!
The keeper rushes out to beat Lowts to the ball
Pat Fallon picks up the loose ball and fires in a super cross for Luke Lloyd to head home
Chris Blunden blasts an incredible volley from a tight angle to bring it back to 2-2
The Tigers keeper can only watch as Blunden's volley fires past him
John Smith got several ankle tackles today
Harry got a finger to it but this Tigers shot blasted into the net for 1-0
Confident handling from Harry Smart
Chris Blunden surging forward
Jamie Speer takes a bad knock as he and Harry collide in denying the Tiger's forward
Good job Chris Blunden got out of the way of the Tigers keeper
Ouch! Jack Halcomb in an on the ball collision
No chance for Harry as Tigers go 2-1 in front
Jets got some calm support from Paul Waites and Ben Alexander
Last seconds, Jack Halcomb stretches and the ball goes over
Clear man of the match for gutsy Jamie Speer
Marc Ayres hits the bar as Jets push for an equaliser
Jets Vets knew they had their hands full going into this Webster Cup Final, up against the undefeated Harefield Saints who have taken all before them this season and were looking to complete a full set of trophies.
Although they went down 1-0, the old legs of Jets Vets did the club proud in a thrilling cup tie at Hemel Town's ground.
Jets, after just eight minutes, thought they had the lead but were denied as the notch was ruled out as a foul on the keeper. They then went behind midway through the first half.
Jets never gave up and rattled the bar three times in the game as their experience as players helped combat the tired legs and they needed to make full use of the roll on roll off subs to involve the whole squad as one team to rest and shake the legs down.
Jets Vets gave their all and even as the medals were laid out and the cup prepared with red & black ribbons they rattled the bar twice and nearly had the committee putting it all away again as they tried to take the champions into extra time.
But tonight it was not to be for Jets most loyal bunch of players that any club could dream of having. Tonight they did our club and its name proud and even committee members complimented them on their behaviour and sportsmanship.
A great tribute went to "The Cat", keeper Gary Crossley, who was presented with the Michael Piatek memorial man of the match award.
A special mention from us to referee John Feenstra who was refereeing his last game before hanging his whistle up. This man is a superb referee and a gentleman in football and his services will be missed. I hope the authorities don't let him go from the game.
A clearance off the line denies Jets
Ian Holdom thinks he has given Jets the lead but there is a foul on the keeper
Keith Woodgate in an aerial battle
Another fine clearance from 'the Cat' Crossley
Jets puts some pressure on Saints
Sharpie rollin' back the years
Another effort rattles the bae and bounces clear
Vets Cup Final team
Start of match line-ups
Last match for a superb ref, John Feenstra
Jets 'youngster' Jamie Prouten
Saints score the decisive goal
Saints tested Jets legs
Jets legend Gary Page in the thick of the action
Jets wall stands firm
Beaten by a very good Saints team, Jets can be proud runners-up
On the losing side but Jets keeper Gary Crossley picks up the Man of the Match award
Eoin Casey fires over Jets best chance of the night
While the Vets were giving their all and performing heroics the same could not be said by the first team who just didn't turn up tonight and gave their worst performance in recent weeks.
As a team, players just could not get going and on a night they could have almost buried relegation fears they instead slipped back into the five team melting pot. Late withdrawal and, incredibly at this level, a no show for the match didn't help but tonight performance wise many failed to turn up, it was one of those nights.
0-0 at the break and just as bad with twenty of the second period gone. Wyatt tried to spark some life putting on the workaholic and goal a game man Greg usher and defender Gary Yerby. Unfortunately Yerby was caught stone cold on that side and along with Fallon burned off for Ross Maddox to score the winner, and Yerby's game and season was over as he damaged his Hami and had to come straight off.
Jets with four minutes to go could and should have earned a valuable point as Eoin Casey won the ball in the box for Jets one and only chance in the ninety minutes, he steadied, shrugged off the defender and...... blazed high out of the ground and that about summed up Jets night.
Jets man of the match was easy and unanimous - Godfrey Kalemera.
Four to go and we need to get back on our game.
Gofrey Kalemara was a clear man of the match for Jets
Quiet night for Warren Gladdy
Chris Blunden looks to make something happen
Good performance from John Smith
Quiet night for Luke Lloyd
Stotfold were happy with the result!
Bill Clayton came to watch his son Mally play for Jets in the U-16 league 39 years ago and now he's still here voluntarily helping, now doing pre match hospitality and the bar for Jets.
Today wife Pam and the family sprung a surprise, turning up at Jets to celebrate his 80th birthday because Bill would not miss his shift.
Happy Birthday to you Bill, a true Jets supporter, and we wish you many more to come.
Greg Usher fires a super strike past the United keeper to score the winner
Jets continued their best run of the season when they completed their first double of the season beating Biggleswade United at the Boundary Stadium 3-1, following their 0-1 win in Bedfordshire during Wayne Gladdy's reign.
Incredibly, with the situation Jets are in still, manager Bob Wyatt had to shuffle the changes with people unavailable, it really has been the 'annus horribilis' of the seasons story for Jets. Thankfully the input of new, more committed blood has steadied the side and helped Jets build on a four match unbeaten run.
The first half was quite a drab affair and the biggest battle seemed between Warren Gladdy and a referee who seemed determined to get his man and it was always a battle Gladdy could not win as I, with my own ears, heard the referee threaten while treating an injured player 'next time you even speak to me I will caution you' and he did but not for talk, incredibly the referee got in Gladdy's way crossing his path and they collided and the referee cautioned him for the collision, oblivious to the fact his frequent poor positioning was getting him in the way quite a few times and that he had caused the collision.
Neither side established any real control over each other and it was honours even at the break. The journey into the changing room had us trying to calm both the referee and the match official, but as hard as I tried I feared a situation that would blow up on Jets.
Half time 0-0
Well like buses you can wait and wait then two come along. John Smith tried to out do Tuesday's stunning goal with an equally exquisite volley that the rooted keeper could only watch curl into the net. 1-0 (46 mins). Then, virtually straight from the kick-off, Jets got the ball and attacked and Chris Blunden's hard work was rewarded as he struck number two 2-0 (47 mins).
Biggleswade were stunned and I think Jets were too as you did not see this coming. United's response was fast as substitutions were made by the Spanish bosses and the game swung on its head. First of all Rob Partington made a couple of brave saves before United grabbed a lifeline slotting low past the keeper 2-1 (52 mins).
Jets really wobbled and it was last gasp defending for long periods. Partington made three excellent saves to help hold his sides lead.
Then Eoin Casey, who had come straight from work installing for Sky TV, broke the sky commentator and Biggleswade director of football's heart Guillem Balague as he opened up the defence with a super through ball that the resident northern pest Greg Usher hit with power and accuracy normally reserved for decent players to hammer into the net for what would be the winner. A glorious goal that we were to hear about non stop for several hours to follow.
The referee seemed intent on confrontation and Gladdy seemed content to join in and in the end the obvious happened when Warren responded to a player's question to the referee of how long is left ref by saying six minutes. The referee thought the remark was sarcastic and decided it was enough for a second yellow and red card!
With Jets reduced to ten United streamed forward and two minutes into stoppage time Jets weak attempts at heading clear after the sloppy loss of the ball in midfield allowed the visitors to slot calmly (3-2 90+3 mins).
Another six minutes were added (no pun Warren but another six to go somehow) but Jets dug in for three super and important points, as the relegation fight hots up with incredibly all the bottom five winning except Bedford who drew.
Jets man of the match. I witnessed the manager crossing names off on the white board trying to decide in a hard situation, in the end it was shared between John Smith and Jack Halcomb who got a bottle of Carlsberg each. New blood is really making a difference to the team.
It was a fantastic day for Jets and a rare one as all three sides won. #JetsPride
Toast of the day to Tony Marren's Vets side who reached the West Herts League final with a 1-5 away win in the semi-final over much fancied Harpenden Engineers.
The Reserves went to Baldock Town Reserves with only ten men due to let downs, disgraceful let downs by players, young players who had confirmed to play. Manager Pat Fallon and vets GK Gary Crossley were in that ten and they can hold their heads high as they won 0-2. They might not be able to walk in the morning but they can at least hold their heads high with pride, which is more than some young hopefuls can. (Match report below)
Another John Smith special puts Jets into the lead
Chris Blunden strikes Jets second as they start the second half on fire
Blunden celebrates an important goal for Jets
Rob Partington was in good form again
A good comeback from the injured Godfrey Kalemera
Tremendous save from Rob Partington
Biggleswade strike back and make it 2-1
Somehow Godfrey Kalemara cleared off the line at 2-1
Greg Usher strikes the decisive third goal
A triumphant Northern Pest
Warren Gladdy ends up with a red card
A nervy end for Jets as Biggleswade pull back to 3-2 in the 92nd minute
Another man of the match for Jack Halcomb
Chris Blunden has made a big impact since he joined Jets
Jets joy as the unbeaten run extends to 4 games
Super Vets make it to the West Herts League Cup Final
Oxhey Jets Reserves had to make the long journey to play their game at Baldock Town Reserves with only 10 men and this included Manager Patrick Fallon who started his first competitive game in 15 years as a right midfielder at the young age of 50 years old, rolling back the years with a non stop running performance:
There was also a call up for Gary Crossley at the young age of 52 who performed heroics in goal.
Basically from start to finish it was all Baldock doing the attacking, hitting the crossbar and woodwork about 6 times. The back four were tremendous with their brilliant defending and the whole team from the front to the back were a credit to how you show so much heart by rolling your sleeves up. The attitude of Jets ten men was one of total determination and a desire not to be beaten no matter what Baldock threw at them.
Jets went 1-0 up with a fantastic move which started with James Henney and within 4 passes TJ finished exquisitely to put the Jets 1-0 up at Half Time.
Player Manager Pat Fallon could just about talk to do the Half time team talk due to a lack of Oxygen
So the 2nd half started just like the 1st half with Baldock camped in Jets penalty box where Tommy, Mark, Jemel and James defended magnificently for the whole game.
When Baldock did finally get through with 2 one and ones Gary Crossley was there to pull off two unbelievable saves!
In the midfield Harry Blagden had a fantastic game holding the midfield together and winning Jets so many balls.
With about 5 minutes to go James Henney played a long ball to the young striker TJ who went through on goal and was blatantly taken down for a penalty.
Yonas took the penalty and sent the keeper the wrong way to win the game 2-0!
Manager Pat Fallon was proud of his players emphasising that it did not matter which players were unavailable or just couldn't be bothered to turn up to play away, that team spirit will always conquer and that individually brilliance doesn't win without hard running, a strong work ethic but most of all guts and loads of heart!!! The players who turned out for Jets today had all of that and that's why they won.
New player manager Pat also said this would definitely be his last game due too exhaustion and having no legs left!
A great job from a team that consisted of 6 16/17 year olds, Mark Lambert who had been out for two months and cramped up near the end of the game, James Henney, Pat Fallon (50 years old) & Gary Crossley (52 years old) giving a combined age of 102 and played the whole game a man short. #JetsPride
John Smith lets loose an inch perfect lob to give Jets a 1-0 lead
Jets got their longest undefeated run of the season going, stretching to three now, when after two draws on the road at Hadley & St Margaretsbury tonight they went one better getting a 3-1 win over Broxbourne.
Bob Wyatt made changes, some enforced as Brennan surrendered to an ankle injury and Chennour to work. John Smith made his debut in midfield and what a debut he had. the North/South divide was eased when Greg Usher was recalled to just be a nuisance as always, and he didn't disappoint. The other change was Warren Gladdy returned from his birthday antics up north and the lad gave a master class in the midfield.
Jets started slowly and were again let down by sloppy passing at the rear that could have cost them dearly. Luckily they defended in numbers and were able to block out the errors and when all else failed in goal Rob Partington was razor sharpe and alert.
First big chance went to Luke Lloyd after just ten minutes but he shot wide, then minutes later Lloyd again beat the keeper with a skilful chip but the centre half saved the day heading off the line with the keeper beaten.
John Smith then got an exquisite debut goal lobbing and curling up and over the keeper for 1-0 (15 mins). It was truly inch perfect.
Broxbourne rallied and missed two big chances with headers, one superbly saved by Partington and then Partington denied a one on one, but Broxbourne's biggest enemy was their continual offsides, a line Jets tonight played superbly.
Broxbourne set their pacy winger at the full back and a few times he broke clear, but luckily Yerby recovered well and Jets survived. It became an end to end game of chances and denials. This time Lowton was excellently denied by the keeper, then he thought he had stretched the lead but a late flag denied him as did the same flag deny Chris Blunden.
Partington again pulled off a super save then Jets broke and a stunning shot by Chris Blunden rattled the bar so hard it came back out of the penalty area. Jets, with the interval close, broke clear and after some superb inter play put Greg Usher clear but the the northern teacher fluffed his lines and allowed the keeper way out of his box to get a tackle in and deny him, in true Leeds United fashion, 'almost but not quite' !!
Half time Oxhey Jets 1 Broxbourne 0
After the break Jets were simply dreadful again for fifteen minutes. It's a problem we have after the break (maybe Wyatt needs to start screaming and throwing tea cups around the changing room to keep people awake). Time and time again as we fail to get going again and it was all the visitors streaming forward. In the end the inevitable happened and again the wide ball again found the space and the unmarked winger nipped and tucked the equaliser 1-1 (60 mins).
Manager Bob Wyatt was livid and Jets were reeling and struggling to stay on par with the visitors, Wyatt brought on Jamie Speer, who was trying to rest out with a sore knee, to contain the speedy winger threat and it worked as Jets cut the supply and pushed back and the visitors saw a yellow for a bad foul on Partington.
The move of the match came from Warren Gladdy doing the shoulders drop multiple times and weaving all the way around the box and unleashing for what looked like being a super goal, but the keeper pulled a worldly save out of the bag to stop him. Then at the other end Rob Partington matched it with an incredible save to hold the match all square.
The writing was on the wall and the next goal critical, and it went Jets way, Gladdy opened the defence up with a splitter and Luke Lloyd drew and skilfully curled round the keeper for 2-1 (77 mins).
Jets put on Netzer for Lowton, who had worked tirelessly, and Jets had the goal advantage to pull the visitors out. Then Chris Blunden fired in a powerful free kick which the Broxbourne keeper, who had been outstanding all night, spilled while under pressure from Luke Lloyd and like a flash Greg Usher pounced keeping up his record of scoring in his starts. 3-1 (80 mins).
Jets played out the final ten but Broxbourne did not give up and Jets had to,work very hard. John Smith took a heavy tackle that split his boot and the visitor took a yellow for it and Scott Pugsley replaced him for the final few minutes, but he managed to get a booking for a small side swipe off the ball in those couple of minutes just when a clean discipline sheet looked on for Jets tonight. The game ran its course and three very, very precious points for Jets relegation fight.
Oxhey Jets 3 Broxbourne 1
Man of the match was contested. Warren Gladdy was awesome and frankly was instrumental in the victory, when he plays like this Jets just tick more, I think it was one of Warren's best games ever in a Jets shirt. Luke Lloyd was nominated for a good overall performance, a very important goal when Jets were wobbling and the assist in the third, but today the bottle of the sponsors special brew went to debutant John Smith who looks a classy player fitting in well with Gladdy in the middle. It's hard to impress on your first game and he did it for his 88 minutes on the pitch, big work rate and a very skilful player and for that reason he took the nod from a protesting Warren Gladdy to the delight of the changing room who enjoyed his never ending protest and pains at the decision.
Special mention for the match officials, calm and not over reactive and helped make it a good game.
Smith's lob starts to curl towards the goal
Luke Lloyd's strike beats the keeper and puts Jets 2-1 up
Jets celebrate going 2-1 in front
Greg Usher is the first to pounce as the keeper spills the ball
It's there! Jets turn to celebrate as Usher finds the net
Greg Usher celebrates his goal that sealed the win
Jets defenders put everything in to keep Broxbourne out
Luke Lloyd so close at 0-0
Jets Man of the Match John Smith
Tremendous save denies Lowts
Confident Rob Partington acts as sweeper and heads clear
The Broxbourne keeper comes way out to deny Greg Usher as he breaks through
Lowts thinks its No2 but denied by the offside flag
Gary Yerby had to work hard against a speedy attack
Broxbourne level at 1-1 as Jets wobble
Safe Hands from Rob Partington as Jets come under pressure
Usher takes a painful hit
Jets denied by the crossbar
Brilliant save Rob Partington
The move of the match as Warren 'what do I have to do to be MOM' weaves through
Great save by the Broxbourne keeper to deny Warren
Northern jobless numbers helped as Usher given role
A master class from Warren Gladdy
Good job from the match officials
Chris Blunden fires a super strike past the St Mags keeper to give Jets the lead
Jets gained another precious point on the road to survival with a 1-1 draw in this dare not lose game at St Margaretsbury.
The conditions were difficult for both sides as the pitch had dried out very fast and it was dusty and bobbly after all the rain had cut so many pitches up. St Margaretsbury were boosted by their new signing at no9, a strike forward on loan from Borehamwood for the rest of the season, as all the teams desperately try to boost for the final month of the season.
Jets were also for the first time able to field Jackson Hall, the RAF hot shot whose debut has been delayed by the British inter services cup, and with big brother James in the squad it was a trip from Wales (Swansea) for young Kingston and Savannah to watch Dad and Uncle debut in the first team. Kingston was really liking the Chelsea blue of the kit although trying not to admit it..
Jets were not quite as sharp as in the credible 2-2 at Hadley midweek. Eoin Casey, Warren Gladdy, Beau Shulman, John Smith and keeper Harry Smart missing so continuity is difficult.
Rob Partington took the sticks and was outstanding all day and massively instrumental in Jets getting anything from the match. Another bright spot was Jack Halcomb who had an outstanding match as the stand in centre half. Jets played Hall and prolific Chris Blunden upfront but the middle didn't really get a grip today as the home side loaded the centre and effectively cut off the front two who had to work their socks off on scraps.
The best Jets chance of the first half came when Adam Lowton juggled his way through and beat the keeper but just clipped into the side netting. If he'd just beat the post two were running in for the tap in but it was too tight. At the other end Bury were denied three times by Partington who was lively and on one occasion very brave at the feet to deny the Saints debutant.
The second half was much the same with the home side enjoying a little more possession but Jets countering on the break, then on 60 mins the breakthrough came as a cutting ball to Chris Blunden was sprung, controlled and a rasping shot smashed into the net giving the Saints keeper no chance. It was disputed by the home side but the honest club secretary informed me he was dead level and it was onside, tight but on.
Jets pushed a bit better but it was more battling and knuckling down today. Rob Partington was dreadfully kicked in the head as he collected bravely, a yellow was issued by the referee which again shows the craziness of our system when you think it's the same punishment as shown to Lowton for a ridiculous accidental handball in the early minutes.
Jets held out but dreadful defending and a total switch off was to cost them two points. A free kick was planted into the box and a neat header cross goal hit the bar, but the one man wall and all the defending players were static as four home players had gone to the other side of the box, then it was time to control on the chest, put down and place in the net while still Jets stood and watched.1-1 (84 mins) it was a dreadful lazy goal by what had been a hard work effort.
Jets really had to defend hard for the last six minutes and the extra six somehow added. There was time to caution Halcomb for dissent wondering why Luke Lloyd had been shoved virtually to the ground in front of the ref and assistant yet nothing given, and as always when officials screw up someone gets cautioned !!
Jets were more pleased than the Burys to hear the whistle, it was a good point earned on the road.
Man of the match was contested. Blunden's superb strike gave him a shout, but the keeper Rob Partington kept Bury at bay all day and Jack Halcomb had his hands full all day to deny the Borehamwood lad, so Rob & Jack shared a bottle each.
We have to keep the fight up and regroup for Broxbourne at home on Tuesday. It's all still very very tight.
The reserves suffered a heavy defeat at Welwyn Garden City reserves 5-0.
Tony Marren's A team Vets got a superb win away at Oxhey FC 1-2 with two goals from the legend Gary Page to add to his impressive total, now close to the 400 mark. Good to see the Vets doing so well, a team of loyal irreplaceable players that have done and do so much for the club.
Blunden's strike hits the net as St Mags appeal in vain for offside
Jubilant Jets celebrate their lead
Superb game from Jack Halcomb who shared the Jets Man of the Match
A finger tip save denies Jets
Rob Partington made some critical saves for Jets
Lowts beats the keeper but his shot hits the side netting
Reece Fallon was a solid part of the Jets defence
Good debut for RAF forward Jackson Hall
Brenners outjumps a pyramid of players
Aaron putting pressure on the Saints defence
Partington tips onto the bar as 4 Saints players go scavenging ..
.. The ball bounces back and Saints have their equaliser
Jets were hanging on in the final minutes
Thats our Dad/Uncle! - Jets get some Welsh support
Fast thinking Rob realises it's a pass back
Jamie Speer covers well
Super save Rob Partington
In a enjoyable and high quality reserve game, Jets and Hadley reserves matched their first team counterparts the previous night in an even 2-2 draw at the Boundary stadium.
Jets goals came from Scott Pugsley and James Henney and Academy skipper Jemel Laazizi earned the Jets Man of the Match with a strong performance.
Plenty of game photos have been added to the Jets Facebook page.
Back in it! Chris Blunden converts from the penalty spot to make it 1-1
Jets battled out a good point against former Tottenham hero Mickey Hazard's Championship hopefuls Hadley but in all honesty the changing room mood was gutted and like a defeat after having the win snatched from them with a 95th minute equaliser.
If before the match you could have gone with a point you would have jumped at it after the two defeats and one thrashing earlier in the season by Hadley. Hadley have it all to play for with stacks of games in hand that could put them, if all won, within the mix for the pot, but with three games a week it's a big ask.
Jets, as always, had to shuffle the pack but started really well and had most of the territorial advantage and that was frustrating Hadley. Despite that, Jets really only had one chance in the first period when Eoin Casey just failed to connect on a loose ball in the box. Then, unfortunately for Jets, the first real save that keeper Harry Smart had to make ended in an injury and a goal. With all eyes on the watch and Wyatt planning a positive team talk Shulman and Smart went to cover a good chance at the back post and it looked like the young keeper had it, but he went down a sand hole and landed heavily on his elbow and shoulder and while he lay stricken Jermeel Jno Baptiste capitalised, from a tight angle, and hammered the ball into the net (44 mins) . Half time Hadley 1 Oxhey Jets 0
Jets lost Warren Gladdy injured so he was replaced by Luke Lloyd. Jets keeper Harry Smart carried on even though he was feeling uncomfortable (Unfortunately for Harry he subsequently had to go to hospital and it has been confirmed that he suffered a rupture of the rotator muscle). Minutes later, however, Smart pulled off a super save at the post as Hadley pressed hard and took the upper hand for fifteen minutes and it looked like this was the storm point of the game.
Jets had the non-stop work of Eoin Casey and Chris Blunden up front and Aaron Chennour looked more comfortable than of late in a wider role. Then it paid off as, a little against the run of play at this point, a defender stuck his hand out and as the loud appeal went up the referee went straight to the spot. Chris Blunden converted and Jets were level at 1-1 (60 mins).
This spurred Jets on and the pendulum swung and Jets went onto the attack. New signing Jack Halcomb was starting to shine in the midfield, contesting everything, and then Jets, with ten minutes to go, got their noses in front as Chris Blunden went clear and beat the keeper 1-2( 80 mins).
Jets at last looked a unit and celebrated and worked and played as one and only a superb save by the Hadley keeper denied Blunden his hat-trick and a goal that would have taken Jets out of reach.
Then deep, deep into stoppage time came the heartbreak as the very final Hadley attack was an excellent pin point cross from a free-kick that was met powerfully by Saidou Jarju to head into the top corner for a perfect white board goal and a point that really broke Jets' hearts. 2-2 (95 mins).
It really felt like a defeat but really it was a superb point and Jets must get over the disappointment and build on the brilliant performance.
Man of the match was tight. Gary Yerby had one of his best games and debutants Eoin Casey and Jack Halcomb did well as did Chris Blunden who is always a threat, but today the man who controlled the outstanding wingers and gave his all for the 95 minutes got the nod and, if he was an inch taller, he may even have stopped the equaliser too, Jamie Speer.
No mistake from Chris Blunden as he beats the Hadley keeper to put Jets 2-1 up.
Eoin Casey goes close as his shot hits the side netting
Jets go down 1-0 when keeper Harry Smart falls badly and Hadley step in
Great to have support with us tonight
Jubilant Jets as they celebrate Chris Blunden's second goal
Gary Yerby put in one of his best Jets games
A great save from the Hadley keeper denies Chris Blunden a match winning hat-trick
Eoin Casey's return made a big difference
Warren's been on the weights
Aaron enjoyed his wider role
Jets put on some pressure
The Hadley keeper takes control of another cross
Chris Blunden giving Jets a finishing threat
Eoin Casey driving forward
Chris Blunden providing the cross ball
Delighted Jets celebrate taking a 2-0 lead.
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