Wayne Gladdy makes it 2-1 - going in off both posts
Jets responded perfectly to the pre match chat to put the grit and determination back into this display, but only Lady Luck denied them of the three points at a ground that is always difficult to get anything from.
In fairness there was little between the two sides in an even fought match that had spells where both sides had their moments on top. The Jets management team gave a seasonal debut to Tyler Connor in place of the injured Ashley Fongho and he rewarded them with an outstanding display at centre half that was to earn him the Carlsberg man of the match award.
Jets opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when some good inter play was to open the Jets midfield for Sim Armstrong to send a peach through for the non stop Eoin Casey who drew the keeper and slotted 0-1 for a buoyant break, in what was quite a touchy half that the officials had to keep their eyes on in general.
The second half luckily lacked the high temperature and only football was the combat, but the home side equalised with what felt like one of the biggest cons and worst penalty you could witness an official being fooled into giving. A long ball was chased and clearly beating the forward and as he slowed in front of Will Baker both watching the ball head for a goal kick, Baker made the slightest of contact with the player who three steps later at least did the death roll that a hungry alligator would make to drown his prey, almost embarrassing had the official not embarrassed himself more by pointing to the spot even if it looked reluctantly. The official had impressed to that point but this decision offset all of that good work.
The kick was coolly converted 1-1 (69 minutes). Jon Daily was ill and Steve Rolfe decided it was Wayne Gladdy (who rarely favours choosing himself to be the sub over anybody in his squad) who needed to swing the game again that, at that point, was on possession tilting the home sides way. The result was instant when, after three offside attempts, the first proper touch in play fell on the edge of the box for a little shimmy and a strummer that hit the post, rolled along the line and pinged the second post before just creeping over the line 1-2 (76 minutes). Jets went mad as it was a nice bit from a tender week for their boss.
Jets defended well and countered the home team pressure with good counters and keep balls that saw long periods in the corner flag and the bundles coming from both sides battling for the ball. Then fate, and the referee again, played to slap Jets in the face as I'm sure the referee only gave the free kick against Chris Killer fearing the rather competitive combat that was being battled out in the corner flag quadrant but the long long punt upfield was headed on and a super calm slot in the 94th minutes tied it all up 2-2.
The ball went to the centre spot and ended the contest. Jets will feel more than a little aggrieved on this one as the long added time and outcome coupled with the penalty is hard to not look like a "homer" but it clearly wasn't that, but I admit a good referees mark was lost in some of the rather out of context decisions from the general display. Jets put on a team performance and Wayne's sidekick Steve Rolfe said the star players today was the teams joint effort, but the bottle goes to Tyler for a full hearted display of commitment to his team.
'Bury convert a highly disputed penalty
Fearless Jets Wall of Steel
Kng Fu moves from skipper Sam Phillips
Killer finish ... late free-kick leads to last touch 'Bury equaliser
Sam Phillips clears Jets line
Eoin Casey strikes Jets into the lead
Seasonal debut and Man of the Match performance from Tyler Connor
Jon Daily came off unwell after completing a good pass to a teammate
Big midfield shift from Sim Armstrong
Lowts worked his socks off
Lewis Cook fires a rocket to complete his hat-trick
Welcome back Bob
Bob Wyatt returned to manage the reserves, this time with a new experienced Jets back room staff of Former first team Skipper Marc Ayres and Steve Pugsley from the original Academy set up a few years back, and has remained committed and with Jets since. Bob was the architect of some of Jets reserves highest honours twice capturing the South Midlands reserve league and also adding Cups and Herts FA honours to the list, so after some turbulent moments it is a pleasure to see him back at the helm.
Bob got the perfect start from his new side with a 4-1 home win over Codicote Reserves at the Boundary Stadium.
Jets took the game straight to the visitors and quickly established a two goal lead through Lewis Cook (one via a deflection from the defender) but Codicote hit back when a nippy forward weaved and hit a scorcher that Michael McRoberts was judged to have handled, and the referee went to the spot and cautioned the centre half for his contribution.
Jets reaction was straight from the off to get a third from Luke Wells that took the wind out of any revival. Half time 3-1 Jets
The second period was much calmer but Jets really did play some good stuff in this game and the quick passing football was a joy to watch. Lewis Cook hammered a spectacular fourth for his hat trick, and in the final minutes the visitors were reduced to ten men after an elbow led to a second caution and a red for one of their substitutes who managed quite a speedy dismissal.
Final score 4-1, but Bob was brought down to earth rapidly finding out that seven can't play this weekend !!
Welcome back Bob !!
Wells felled but no pen
Codicote pull one back from the spot
Lewis Cook scores his first via a deflection
Luke Wells scores with a superb header
Gary Yerby came on and did well
Lewis Cook, on fire tonight, turns to celebrate his second
Tim O'Mara - always a menace
Rough on McRoberts - yellow carded
Trickery from Andy Amoah
Solid performance from Steve King
Scott Pugsley drives forward
Codicote reduced to ten
Wayne Gladdy enjoys the moment as he puts Jets 2-1 ahead
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