Jets Repel Wally Onslaught
Wallingford Town 1 Oxhey Jets 2 (after extra time)
Buildbase UK FA Vase – 2nd Prelim Round
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Jets got a nice win on the road in the Buildbase UK FA Vase against a strong Wallingford Town side. Wallington may be one league status lower than Jets but they showed what a good side they are.
Jets young side had three-quarters making their FA Vase debuts. Some will be a bit disappointed with their form today. Jets passing, in particular, was below recent high levels.
But let’s have no heads down here. Jets got the lead in a fairly even first half. They then absorbed continuous pressure in the second before finally conceding an equaliser. Many a team would have folded against a then buoyant home team. Jets, however, pulled themselves back up to go on and win it in extra time.
The youngsters should be proud of the way they handled a little off day in the heat to keep their heads over 120 minutes and earn a hard grafted FA vase win. Jets are in the Wembley velvet bag on Monday for the first round proper.
The Jets Reserves continued their fine form in the Herts County League div one with a 1-0 penalty winner in stoppage time at Lemsford, Matt Goodman getting the winner.
The Jets Vets also recorded another win on the road at Harpenden Rovers, Wayne Gladdy netting a brace, the winner on the stroke of time.
Jets never had the territorial advantage but countered with swift interplay that was just not quite as tight as normal. In one superb counter, though, Dan Taylor picked out Nick Kerley with a superb through ball. Nick ran, controlled, drew the keeper and slotted 0-1 (24 mins) to boost Jets and dent “the Wally’s” ambitions.
The first half was more even than the second but it was still the home side pushing forward with Jets countering. Both sides lacked that final quality ball that could do the sort of damage that the Jets opener inflicted. It remained 0-1 Jets at half-time.
It looked as if Jets had sealed it early in the second half when Josh Noyes tapped in at the back post. A late assistant’s flag, though, ruled it out for offside.
Jets went totally into their shell and it was the home side who dominated both territory and possession. In credit to the Jets defence not much reached the keeper. Jets battled, bumped and stuck anything in the way to block the oncoming wave after wave of attacks. It was hard graft and a new experience for the Jets youngsters.
The staff must be proud of how they stuck to their guns and battled out the game. It looked like they would see the game home but a late equaliser headed in at the back post (87 mins) brought Wallingford level.
Momentum was with Wallingford now and Jets could have easily suffered a heartbreaking defeat. Jets held out, though, to take it to extra time and the break gave them the chance to regroup. Full-time 1-1
Jets found more, and it became more like the first 45minutes. Antoine and Ned came off the bench to add something different to Jets and it worked. The tide was turned and Jets forced the Wally keeper to make the best save of the match.
Then on 99 mins Jets got the game’s decisive piece of luck. A good block from the Wally keeper kept Jets at bay. As Josh Noyes, our skipper for the day went into pounce on the rebound, a defender got good hard contact on the ball as Noyes swung the peg. The ricochet went goal bound past the keeper for the winner.
The goal lifted Jets and the home sides legs just wilted a bit as they could have done no more than what they had thrown at Jets.
The second period of extra time was wide open as the Wally’s threw everyone forward. Right on 120 it looked settled as Petru hit a thunderbolt and, as it went past the keeper, the official blew to end the game 1-2.
It was hard work today, not a sparkler. A different experience for many Jets lads and we can only congratulate every one of them for being able to battle 110% to see us through.
Man of the match went to Issac Ebelebe on his FA Vase debut.
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Jets Denied By Wares Late Leveller
Oxhey Jets 2 Edgware Town 2
Spartan South Midlands Premier
Tuesday 16th September 2017
Jets were disappointed to concede a late equaliser to Edgware Town, a stoppage time free-kick levelling the game at 2-2. In honesty, it was a deserved point for the Wares who battled hard with ten men for thirty minutes after a two yellow card dismissal.
Jets, based on recent high-level performances, were below par today. To put it in perspective, though, a month or two ago, or last season, it would have been a good point.
Although Jets had less of the possession early in the game, they came up with the best chance. A peach of a move looked to be finished by Patru, but somehow the curling ball defied science hitting the inside of the post and, against the curl direction, coming out again.
Then it was Edgware who opened the scoring after a high free-kick was only cleared to the edge of the box. A superb lob return left Jets glued and the ball in the net.
Jets started to play a bit better and a similar block on the edge of the box brought a blistering shot from Patru into the net, 1-1. (38 mins)
With half-time approaching Nick Kerley let another ripper go, and with the visitor’s keeper watching, the ball again hit the post and bounced back into play.
It was looking like a no luck day for Jets as the rain poured and the lush pitch became very slippery.
Jets manager went ballistic and some looked shell-shocked at the lashing from the normally mild manager.
Jets were better in the second half but nerves started to affect the side and did, to some extent, affect the young Jets side.
Edgware went down to ten on a second yellow card and Jets saw their chance. They looked to have taken it when a Matteo cross was pin perfect for a superb header by Petru, his brace and a Matteo brace of assists for 2-1 Jets. ( 72 mins)
Failure to complete passes, however, was putting Jets under pressure and Edgware rattled Jets post as Jets looked to see out the game.
With a minute to go Jets put on a defender for a forward but the move backfired when, in the 93rd minute, a free kick was conceded perhaps because the defender wasn’t yet in the flow of the game. Another peach of a shot into the top corner was both unstoppable and bang on for the point, in my opinion, a deserved point for the visitors 2-2.
Man of the match was chosen today by the Jets Academy players. We like to rotate the decision to various people and they had a tough decision. Jude Bell put in an almost faultless performance following on from his great performance Tuesday night. Vass Mandeville alongside Jude and Joe Patrick at centre midfield both had good games as well. The decision, however, went to Elijah Seymour for his stunning forward ball control and attacking flair.
In reflection, Jets disappointment was evident and there was a very critical postmortem in the changing room. It’s a huge reflection again about how much better it has been so far this season, and how much higher the bar is now set. Jitters, though, can kill and there are lessons to be learned today to help keep calm and put less pressure on ourselves as the minutes and game passed.
Jets Reserves were disappointed with the 2-2 draw away at Bengeo Trinity, a team that in the early 80’s broke Jets boss John Elliott’s heart, beating Jets 2-1 in the Hertfordshire junior cup semi-final, and we have never met again until today. Goals from Matt Goodman and Kieran Keating did earn Jets a very credible away point.
Jets Vets got a second win on the bounce this time against a somewhat younger Evergreen u23’s, a late winner saw Jets home 3-2 with Jets goals coming from Liam Arnold, Nick Debenham and, of course, the legend himself, Jets all time top goalscorer Gary Page.