Oxhey Jets 3
Royston Town 2
South Midlands Floodlight Cup 1st Round: 3rd December 2013
Luke Beardsworth beats the Royston defence to fire the winner from a tight angle
It was the best result of the season so far for Wayno's team against calor gas central promotion hopefuls Royston Town in the Spartan Floodlight cup at the Boundary Stadium.
We know from experience when Royston were conquering our league they give nothing up and have inflicted many cup defeats on us over the previous seasons when we fancied our chances! Tonight it was a game between league games and the no pressure approach to Gladdy’s rebuilding side relaxed the team and they went for it. The balance of the team was good and it settled straight away and it was a superb cup battle for the supporters to watch with all three teams putting on a great show. I say three because the officials help make it such a good battle as the petty over reactions were missing and a true competitive battle was allowed to be played out with an experienced set of officials working to keep on the players not get them off as we've seen so often this season.
David Jacks was an emergency call into goal when Will Baker broke down in the warm up and the keeper, playing in Jets West Herts sides on Saturdays, had a superb match and was solely responsible for Jets staying level after just four minutes when he dived full length to deny a superb free-kick giving the visitors the lead, "how the hell did he get that" I heard from the visitors bench!!
Jets battled well led by Michael McRoberts for the first time proudly fluttering under Gladdy’s guidance this season. Ryan O'Sullivan, playing by far his best game of his comeback so far, went clear and was brought down in the first talking point of the evening, yellow for the defender (right call I'd say, it was tight but he wasn't quite away) and Beardo's free-kick just tickled the bar.
It was an end to end battle and the visitors broke the deadlock when a solo run by the defender carved Jets open and his perfect pull back was slotted with ease by Bryant (35min). it was harsh on Jets but it lasted seconds as from kick off the sweetest of passing moves was blasted from the edge of the box by ageless Karl Bull into the net for his first goal since his return to the club. 1-1 (36min).
There were then chances and outstanding saves aplenty at both ends in this Christmas cracker but at the break it remained 1-1.
Gladdy was bubbling and his enthusiasm is what is making this rebuild exciting times again as he breathes such life and belief into the inexperienced side, and the hobbling and tired got treatment and wanted to stay on for him not come off, so battle recommenced and it was a wonder strike from Jamie Moran that for the first time put Jets into the lead when again the inter play as Sim, Beardo, Bull and Brennan so superb all night, rolled a perfect ball for the midfield hard man to strike a 25-yarder into the net when normally the Heathrow flight path would had been at risk!
It was deserved and Jets nearly extended it when Beardo again linked superbly with O'Sullivan and the nippy pup was brought down and it seemed a bolt on penalty but this was not given. Normally all hell would have broken out as moments later Edwards chipped half the Jets defence and Jacks for an truly outstanding goal that got the deserved applause from both sets of supporters. 2-2 (59min).
Jets lost their heads a little and this is where the more experienced referee helped the game as he worked hard to save players of both sides who were close to the dissent lines as frustration, not malice, took its toll, but in a display of calm authority he pulled the game into line and both sides and the game gained from it.
Harry (Beaumont), Santa's working Elf on loan from Lapland, replaced injured skipper Michael McRoberts and Gladdy himself replaced the injured O'Sullivan in a move that doubled the average age of the side as the two sides threw on all the allowed fresh legs and went for the kill.
David Jacks made three superb saves and then it was the bubbling Jets who nailed it. Karl Bull supplied the articulate ball for the superb on the night Luke Beardsworth to net a cracking winner from a tight angle and set off wild bundles from the Jets players.
There was still twenty minutes to play and it was end to end but Jets got their deserved win against their more senior opponents, a rare win over a strong and skillfully prepared Royston Town side.
Man of the match was shared. Brennan, Beardo and Armstrong were outstanding, Dave Jacks in goal was well in the hunt, and McRoberts had played his socks off but the impossible job of the decision went from the boss Wayne Gladdy who went with Chris Killer and from the outstanding officials who went with the artistic Karl Bull.
Outstanding match and performance all around, well done all three teams.
Karl Bull levels for Jets a minute after Royston had taken the lead
Karl Bull's shot on the way to goal
Jamie Moran sscores from outside the area to give Jets a 2-1 lead
Joy for Jets as they bundle onto Jamie Moran
Beardo's winner from the tightest of angles
Super save from David Jacks in the opening minutes
Ryan O'Sullivan played his best game of the season
Hard working Sim Armstrong created opportunities
Great game from Andy Brennan
Beardo at his best..and he notched the winner!
David Jacks receives well earned congratulations
Jets celebrate a great performance and win
The match officials played a big part in making it such a good game
Oxhey Jets 3
Spartan Premier Division : 30th November 2013
Ryan O'Sullivan gets Jets off ot a great start with an early goal
Well the respect programme earns more doubters as another Premier fixture is left with scratching heads and anger at the scenes of utter disbelief witnessed on another ruined Saturday.
Jets and Stotfold know how to batter out one hell of a high scoring match, 6-5 at Jets, 4-3 today but from Jets point of view a match that left a bad taste and more of the dreaded respect table points totted up against them following what Jets saw as incompetence. We either keep quiet and suffer or speak out and no doubt suffer more as the suits who judge us protect the mistakes and promotions and double promotions that leave so many people so unhappy on a Saturday.
Jets took the lead on their first attack only two minutes in when young Ryan O'Sullivan was slotted clear and with his first attempt save he picked up the rebound to score his first goal in the first team and Premier division. He nearly doubled it but was denied in the first bit of controversy just outside the box, but nothing was given by the referee in a trend setting move that was to, throughout the game, upset both benches at various times.
It was the end of O'Sullivan’s game as the youngster was having chest problems and his ten minute appearance had at least been rewarded with a 1-0 lead for Jets. Stotfold levelled and frankly there is only disbelief at it (see photo) as Jets’ keeper Will Baker comfortably gathered a cross but was elbowed and bundled over the line, no real celebration took place and Jets dug out chatted on waiting for the blatant and so so clear free kick, but horror struck in as the match official seemed to be pointing to the half way line, no can't be, oh he is so all appeals break out so he at least consults his assistant, wow calm down lads, nope with a nod similar to England's finest Wembley moment he confirms that the ball crossed the line and the goal is given.
Utter disgrace and it affected Jets who quickly went 2-1 down as the team faltered and lost their way as heads were lost. Equality was restored as Sim Armstrong worked hard and battled down the line and cut into drive home at an angle. It was not to last, however, as the old history books say never more vulnerable than after scoring and the home side somehow sprung the defence within a minute and despite Will Baker’s save the rebound fell nicely for the finishing touch 2-3 against Jets at the break.
The walk to the changing room was an honest exchange of views with the match official and I can say even if you don't agree it was at least honest and explained what was seen and not seen on the goal, an explanation that whilst unhappy with I was more than happy to respect the honesty of the explanation.
Jets brought Kev Dee on for the suffering Jon Daily as again Jets needed to cover the Friday night. As much as the opponents and the game was still looking winnable, Jets sprung clear but the 3 on 2 in Jets favour was spoiled by Karl Bull on this break and minutes later when Jets sprung 5 on 2 Lowton found the defender and his own horror and frustration was clear.
Jets again rallied and the clear man of the match was again young Harry Beaumont with his overlaps and work rate exceeding all. It was Harry who was to get round the defence and put a hot shot in that the keeper could not hold and Sim Armstrong was on hand to tap home the rebound for 3-3 with twenty still to go.
It was end to end but as the last throws of the dice came in it was again a soft goal that killed Jets as a fairly tame header was steered into the net low across the goal into the side of the net past the outstretched hand of the keeper.
The final stage was ruined when the crazy explosion of stupidity cost both teams a player and the respect programme more doubters. Skipper Sam Phillips fully committed slide tackle was blown as a foul, ok maybe but a Stotfold player three times pushed Phillips in the chest and the mass confrontation was to produce, as both benches said, a red for the pushes and a yellow for the tackle.... No, the official just had to top off his day and put a knife in the respect programme again as two reds set off another howling ruck, and manager Wayne Gladdy’s dismissal from the dugout adds more points to the stupid tally and more explanations because of course the clubs fault. Yeah right !!!!
Outrage for Jets as Will Baker catches the ball but receives an elbow smash - but Goal for Stotfold!
The ref and assistant don't see it and give the 'goal'
Sim Armstrong levels it at 2-2
The Stotfold keeper can't hold on to Harry Beaumont's shot .....
.... and Sim Armstrong steps in to slot home the loose ball for 3-3
Chris Killer sends in a testing cross as Jets try to salvage a point
Great hard working game from Harry Beaumont
Beardo's free-kick is deflected off target
Adam Lowton fires on target
Jamie Speers in an experimental midfield role
Oxhey Jets Academy 6
Marlow Academy 2
Academy League : 27th November 2013
Jacob Joshua's 25-yarder opens the scoring
Jets romped home in this league fixture against Marlow at the Boundary stadium but, had the visitors had a bit better luck and finished better, it could have been very different.
In the first few minutes a thumping shot flashed past Jono at an angle in Jets goal but the ball struck the post so hard if flashed back and out of the penalty area beyond the forward attempting to latch onto the rebound. It was Ja big let off for Jets and they responded immediately by netting at the other end but that was ruled out correctly by a linesman’s flag.
Jets reshuffled tonight and leading goal scorer and skipper Danny Warwick was pulled deeper into a midfield role, but it was he who was instrumental in killing of the visitors with a superb chest down for Jacob Joshua to hammer home his second twenty five yarder plus into the net having done the same a few minutes earlier to put the home side 2-0 in front and give Marlow a mountain to climb.
Jets attacks were fairly limp at this stage and it took the two thunder bolts from the midfielder to show Jets the way, coupled with two outstanding saves by Jono in Jets goal to allow Jets the luxury of a two goal advantage at the break.
Harrison was again to be in scoring form after the break and a second half hat-trick was to power him to the man of the match award and bury a spirited Marlow side. Just minutes into the second half the tall striker was to prove his worth on the deck as he smashed home the early chance for Jets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Jets then produced a wonderful break down the right from the superb Callum O'Connor who cut through and slottedfirmly past the Marlow keeper for 4-0.
The visitors, however, ruined the clean sheet party when a neat break was slotted home for 4-1 but it only sparked Jets and Harrison was on the mark to make it 5-1.
That was not it for the night, however, as O'Connor lashed three times at the ball in the area and each was looking goal bound but feet, toes and desperate arms and legs denied until Harrison completed his hat-trick and Jets scoring with a scorching drive into the net.
Jets could have got more but the visitors grabbed a consolation and faced the long trip home having fallen 2-6 to a Jets side that got stronger and played better stuff as the game progressed. It was an effective demolition by Jets and they played some very good stuff and upped their game and left their visitors chasing more and more as the game went on.
Man of the match went to hat-trick hero Harrison and a good shift was turned in by Callum and Jono in Jets goal again, just behind the in form striker in the decision.
A repeat performance from Jacob Joshua makes it 2-0
Harrison gets his first and Jets turn on the style in the second half
Hard working Callum O'Connor finishes his run with a firm strike....
..that leaves the keeper stranded and makes it 4-0 to Jets
Harrison makes it 5-1
No mistake again from Harrison who fires home his hat-trick
Young Lewis Goodyear had a fine performance at left back
Skipper Danny Warwick drives forward
Jono made some incredible saves
Danny fires in a cross
Louis Bircham in control
Harry starts another Jets attack
Danny Warwick in the thick of the action
Harry Beaumont drives forward
Oxhey Jets 0
Colney Heath 2
Spartan Premier Division : 23rd November 2013
Sim Armstrong's drive gets deflected wide
Saturdays arrived so manager Wayne Gladdy wakes after a night shift to the, “can't play because ...... “ and the multiple of excuses rain out, so the calls start and your duty to the ones that can be bothered becomes your priority.
So changes over, fourth place Colney Heath are at the Boundary stadium and with the much changed side Jets battled well in a game were possession was 70/30 against them.
Jets had the best first half chance when a superb first touch move between Wayne Gladdy and Karl Bull put in Adam Lowton but he misjudged and the chance went, but that chance aside neither keeper had to touch the ball in anger, mainly back passes and catching practice and the half ended 0-0 in thrills, spills and excitement, so good job done by Jets.
The second half was much the same. The difference on last week’s outstanding performance by the side in the Vase defeat was that in honest reflection some Jets players had frustrating games and were below their personal ability and effort. Jets continued to hold but in goal Will Baker was forced into two good saves. For Jets, Sim Armstrong had the first shot at goal that looked goal bound until a deflection for a corner.
With only twelve minutes to go the visitors had a bit of luck when a looping shot come cross from wide was out of reach for the keeper and ended up in the net off the post, a real gutter for the brave Jets resistance fight.
Jets huffed and puffed a little but it wasn't pretty by either side. In a hard nosed battle the match officials were very sensible in allowing a hard but fair battle to be played without the mandatory petty flashing of over reactive cards, well done you three !!!
The last minute confirmed the result for Colney when, following a sloppy attack, they countered and slotted for 2-0 and game over.
It was a dogged brave effort by under strength Jets, and you can't blame any of the lads who played. At least they were here to try, and gave their best. It was always going to be a difficult season but it could be easier if everyone pulled their weight but we will regroup, dust ourselves down, and start all over again.
Man of the match was chosen by Ali Taylor and he picked young Harry Beaumont at full back.
Adam Lowton attacks
Karl Bull stepped in at short notice to help Wayne
Andy Brennan working hard
Wayne Gladdy dangerous on the break
Good job by the match officials who let the game flow
Holyport Academy 0
Oxhey Jets Academy 4
Academy League : 20th November 2013
A minutes silence for Tom Lake was well observed by the two young sides
The evening commenced with a minutes silence in proud memory of fallen hero Tom Lake on the anniversary of his death, killed in action, in Helmand Province on 20th November 2011.
Jets thrashed bottom club Holyport in the opening game of the season at Oxhey 9-0 and they travelled the long haul to this fixture on a dreadful wet and wild night and the difficult muddy slippery conditions coupled with some moves when personal ambitions seemed to overtake the team effort and it dragged this performance down. It was not a vintage Jets performance, but it was difficult to be in the conditions but it was all Jets for the first twenty minutes but the goalkeeper was on top form denying Warwick and Harrison, before a long range effort clattered the bar but Harrison failed to nod in the dropping ball with the keeper rooted.
O'Sullivan had two good chances hit wide and Jets were getting jittery until captain and leading goal scorer Danny Warwick hit a firm drive to put Jets a goal to the good. It was an earned reward for Warwick who tried to play in his teammates and worked hard to rally his side tonight.
Too often there seemed a disjointed approach to Jets tonight as too many chances were wasted as personal glory went before the team effort as shots, long range, bad angles, and blocked positions were gone for as the basement club were expected to fold, but they didn't, they put up a fight and the keeper was having a blinder and held championship hopefuls Jets to the single goal lead at the break.
It really had to be better second period but as the weather deteriorated it really wasn't and probably couldn't be now as the surface had become a skid pan. It's no excuse though for some of the squandered chances. Then, right on cue, Harrison netted a nice little curler on the back post and it instantly lifted Jets and killed off Holyport's hopes for a second point of the season.
A double substitution was done to try to rattle up the Jets pace but Holyport nearly pulled Jets back when a dreadful mix up at the back almost and maybe should have let the home side back in but the forward blazed high over the bar with Jets frozen keeper trying all he could to fill the frame and make life as difficult as possible. '
You could see the hope drain out of the home side and the weather really got dreadful and with everyone wondering if the game would finish Callum O'Connor skillfully netted from a tight angle and it was game over and Jets had the points so badly needed after last weeks home defeat.
Ryan O'Sullivan jinked and weaved and netted a fourth late on as supporters were heading for their cars to shelter and warm up and the referee ended the contest thankfully with the ninety minutes completed and the result in the bag for Jets.
It was not a classic but points count and in these conditions anything could happen. But the warning as so often happens in these type of fixtures, it doesn't matter who scores them, stay a unit and make sure we fulfill our potential!!
Final score Holyport 0 Oxhey Jets 4 is really what matters.
A battling first half from Harrison
Skipper Danny Warwick worked hard to get Jets moving
Danny Warwick's shot heads goalward for Jets opener
A flying save from the Holyport keeper denies Harrison
Ryan O'Sullivan frustrated with this close range miss
Harry nipped in to deny Holyport's rare attacks
Harrison scores to make it 2-0
Callum O'Connor (far left) makes it 3-0 from a tight angle
Jordan Payne drives forward through torrential rain
Ryan O'Sullivan smashes his shot past the Holyport keeper to wrap it up at 4-0
Header Photo: Luke Beardsworth scores the winning goal.
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