Ant Shepherd rises at the far post to head home Chris Killer's corner
It wasn't just the weather that made it a Black Wednesday night in Oxhey. Jets poor performance was also a downer after the improvement in recent games.
This was Jets second defeat this season to bottom of the table Bedford. Not what Jets were looking for at all with points so precious as we try to pull clear of the relegation battle.
Manager Bob Wyatt was hoping to build on recent successes but was knocked back by three late withdrawals which certainly unsettled his plans.
Jets hadn't even settled into the game when they went behind in the opening minute, a Bedford free-kick was only partly parried by Jets debutant keeper Inch who then had the horror of seeing it loop back down and into the net for a bizarre own goal. Typical Jets luck this season.
The game never sparkled with neither side really looking at their best, and Jets seemed to lack power up front with players seemingly playing more individual roles and running into dead ends rather than combining to unlock the Bedford defence.
Jets did finally pull it together in the second half and it was no surprise that it was Ant Shepherd, who showed the grit and spirit Jets needed, who came up with the equalising goal. What a great header too. Under pressure from both keeper and defenders Shepherd still was first to Chris Killer's corner and headed home with power and direction at the far post.
At 1-1 it really looked like Jets were going to pull this round, particularly with Warren Gladdy now on causing Bedford real problems in the midfield with the traditional drop of the shoulder. Three points really looked possible.
It was not to be, however, as Jets came apart at the back. A sloppy clearance from Josh Dowling ended up going out for a Bedford corner. The resulting corner kick didn't look too dangerous but Bedford put in a shot that took a slight deflection to deceive the keeper and the ball bounced in off his chest for another O.G.
Jets couldn't rally. The goal knocked them down and that was it. A disappointing result given the improvement in recent games.
Manager Bob Wyatt was disappointed but still feels the team has what it takes: "It's a battle down there but there is a long way to go and I am confident we have enough around us to lift ourselves up the table. I believe we will pull clear of the bottom over the course of the season. There was actually not a lot wrong with the performance. We made the running but just didn't take our chances. Our finishing was not good enough but that's why we are down near the bottom."
There was a clear Jets Man of the Match and that was Ant Shepherd. Grit and determination throughout. Just what Jets need at the moment.
Ant Shepherd gets his power header on target despite plenty of pressure
Jets celebrate their equaliser
Awful start for Jets as Bedford score from a free-kick that looped in off Cameron Inch
Sam Clark isolated in attack as Jets failed to combine
Superb goal saving tackle from Tyler Connor as Bedford looking 1-on-1 with the keeper
Ben Alexander- one of Jets few good performances tonight
Faultless match officials - Well done gents!
It was a Black Wednesday for Jets as they failed to build on recent improved performances.
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