Beardo starts the comeback, 3-1 on 71 minutes
Oxhey Jets pulled off a remarkable comeback from 0-3 down with twenty minutes to pay to grab a point and be disappointed it wasn't three against London Tigers.
The staff were having nightmares today losing Lloyd, Lowton, O,Mara, Gutteridge, Killer, Bull, Kelly and Bwomono from the line up then unbelievably young Greg Usher was rushed to hospital on Friday with a suspected stroke while driving which really shook the team up and worried the lads fearing for their team mate. Debut was given to Jake Grace, little brother to a Jets ‘deserter’ Lee and Carl Wigg and Jamie Speer had shuffled positions as the staff tried to formulate a line up with the restricted players available to them as Jets also lost Sim Armstrong to the bench with his sore ribs picked up when he was nailed by his own team mate at Levi Green on Tuesday.
Jets really were out of salts, and chasing shadows for much of the first half that was dominated by the Tigers with good fluent football, the match not showing any of the aggression of the previous meeting, in a game excellently refereed by an official that got perfect control,without a single card in the game, an example I wish others could follow and the respect would fly up the scale!
It took just 12 minutes for Jets creaky side to crack when Speer was beaten at the bye line and the perfect cross met unchallenged when Fongho appeared to drift until it was too late and the thunder shot almost took the net off 1-0.
Three times the post/ bar denied the hosts and Jets attacks were rare as the midfield battle was well lost and the three up front were trying to forge their own chances but with Beardo the likely opener Lee Armitt was having a bit of an off day over playing on the ball.
20 minutes gone and Jets fell further behind and it was looking even worse when what looked to be a horror injury when four players crashed in the air moments from the break, Speer and Beardo plus two from the Tigers all collided and Beardo’s head crashed back in a terrible whiplash movement and a long stoppage as teams from both clubs tended him fearing a serious injury. One that after treatment during the half time the striker was to recover from and become the architect to Jets recovery. Half time 2-0 but it could have been six.
Jets were better in the second half but the game looked lost when a stupid loose ball broke down a Jets attack and the counter went in via the post, but you could not mutter bad luck as Tigers had again twice in this half been denied by the bar and posts.
Gladdy decided to risk his midfield battle ram and try to stop a rout and Sim Armstrong was put on along with a formation change. Many Jets strung into life with Armstrong immediately injecting bite into lacklustre Jets. Then with twenty to go they opened the defence but Armitt shot wide, moments later the goalkeeper kicked the ball straight to Armitt and left him to slot an open goal, but the striker went the wrong side of the post.
Jets looked doomed then Armstrong neatly played in Beardo to strike a curler into the net on 71 minutes for 3-1 and breath some hope into Jets.
On 75 minutes madness almost as Beardo was brought down but the advantage played clearly by the referee, then a whistle from the pitch behind the hedge sounded and a Tigers player picked the ball up protesting the free kick and the stunned official pointed to the spot, the only thing he could do and Eoin Casey slotted 3-2.
Jets were now rampant and doing all the pushing but Tigers were very dangerous on the counter, then Armitt went clear on the keeper this must be it, Beardo peeled off ready for the square but on a mare of a day in the box for Armitt he went for it and missed and frustrated Jets were still one down.
They pushed and pushed then a free kick on the edge of the box was played Beardo to Armitt and the rather off target attempt was absolutely hammered goal bound into the net by a defender 3-3.
Tigers and Jets went all out but the whistle went 3-3 and not a caution in sight and a remarkable display by all three teams, a credit to everyone.
Jets were poor today until the comeback and they now have a break until next Saturday and they look as if they need it.
The Carlsberg Man of the match was quite easy today, nobody looked over destined to get a bottle but the edge was going to Beardo, but in the end with the very sore neck and determination he was the architect of the come back along with Gladdy’s formation change and substitution, but spare a thought for Sim Armstrong he was so close to getting it as his twenty minutes swung the game Jets way.
Jets reserves got another good win in a 3-1 win over Cockfosters, coming back from a goal down. Luke Wells levelled for Jets before the break, then Dean Ellicott put his new club in front of his old with a goal and a man of the match performance and Lewis Cook sealed it with the third, but a mention for Steve King who was the chief assist man today.
The West Herts side won an exciting 4-2 match against Wriggle Rangers and that old legend Gary Page netted the lot.
Beardo free-kick to Lee Armitt ends with an equalising own goal
Carl Wigg making his second seasonal start
Sometimes its not your day - Lee Armitt piles up the misses
Eoin Casey denied at the post
Big late penalty shot for Jets as they look for the winner
Young Jake Grace made his seasonal debut
Sim Armstrong came on and changed the game
Long stoppage for a four player collision and what looked like a bad neck injury for Beardo
Lee Armitt shoots wide whilst Beardo looks for the square ball
Eoin Casey scores from the spot to bring it back to 3-2 and the comeback is definitely on.
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