Spectacular overhead kick from Ade Kilani for Jets makes it 4-2
Berkhamsted routed Jets 8-2 in a strong display at Broadwater, with Alex Campana helping himself to a four-goal haul before half-time.
It was 4-1 at half time with Berko's in form striker Alex Campana getting all 4 goals.
Jets showed resilience at the start of the second half and even threatened to make a game of it after Ade Kilani scored a spectacular goal, showing great skill with an amazing bicycle kick that gave the Berko keeper no chance and brought it back to 4-2.
Berkhamsted, however, ran away with it in the last 15 minutes as Jets replaced players to protect against injury or because of match fitness for new and returning players.
In the end, a convincing victory for a strong Berkhansted team that we wish well in the forthcoming F.A. Vase game.
Josh Dowling returned in a better batch of Jets players
Big save from Jacks as Jets looked to keep the score down
Luke Lloyd pulls one back for Jets
Scott Pugsley came on for Jets in the second half
Gary Yerby was also called up from the Reserves
Wazza felt this one
Former Watford player Alex Campana scores for Berkhamsted from the spot
Jets were punished for their errors, this led to Berkhamsted's 2nd goal
Campana adds another
Not quite everything went right for Berkhamsted - somehow Jets kept this one out!
Adam Lowton slots Jets equaliser
Jets really will wonder what they need to do to get a win after this game with high flying Hertford Town as the big gap between Town on the outskirts of the promotion race, and Jets in the relegation zone was not evident in possession and play today.
In fairness it wasn't too hard to spot the non trainers and people who had bunked recent games with the multi excuses, as their games in some cases were below what we know they can do, a lesson for them maybe to examine.
On the positive, Warren Gladdy's words are encouraging saying he believed the first forty five minutes performance was the best of the season, except we really need anyone who can net just a percentage of the many chances we had today.
Jets won't be overjoyed at the opening goal just as they settled into a decent rhythm when Rose chased down Jamie Speer who, like Jets often do, opted for good football not the bang out of play and was caught, robbed and despatched calmly and efficiently by Hertford golden scorer Rose.
Jets really upped their game and a superb curler by Warren Gladdy beat the keeper but, typical of Jets luck, came back off the post and the two follow up shots in the frenzied defending and shots scrambled clear for a corner.
Adam Lowton was played in clear but a dreadful offside flag pulled him back and even the Town officials who, like the two teams, played out an extremely sporting fixture were offering apologies, telling us from their better vantage point, 'well on' ... but as football knows, at the bottom you get very little luck.
Offside after offside did haunt Jets and numerous players had the chances to equalise but, make no mistake, on the counter and break Town's forwards looked very threatening but Jets back line today looked more solid and composed.
Tyler Connor, who played despite the pain self inflicted when almost severing his finger doing his morning 'cheese on toast' played superb against the hospital advice to rest, probably unaware he normally does on match day!
A special mention for young debutant James Henney who was outstanding, looking far from inexperienced and winning tackles and headers that some of his more experienced team mates would have been proud of.
Jets were licking their wounds thinking how unlucky they were to be behind going into the break when the break came. Ben Alexander, who really is a leader, drove Jets on despite often being felled, constantly rather than maliciously and why the visitors argued about a free kick the fast thinking skipper played a quickie to workaholic Adam Lowton who slotted past the excellent visitors keeper who was having a blinder with at least four superb and brave saves to keep his team ahead until now. 1-1 half time.
The second period was more evenly balanced. Town attacked far more and Jets definitely tired. Henney was rightly cautioned for a tackle as was a visitor. Then probably the most inconsistent bit of refereeing was to cost Jets their leader. Ben Alexander was taken down with quite a nasty ankle slug on the line but when no cautioned issued was clearly upset as he thought it was an ankle breaker, which as often does when officials 'balls up' the caution goes to the player whose been felled but is moaning about it !
Boss Bob Wyatt, dreading a red, pulled him and in honest reflection Jets lost some of their imagination and competitiveness with it. Warren Gladdy was now Jets main influence but the game became more solo than team orientated but it still looked like a very good well deserved draw and a super point for Jets, but a wrong decision and long ball was to break Jets hearts when the loose ball with a drop of the shoulder that lost Gladdy and a deflection wrong footed Boateng and Jets were all but beaten.
In the few minutes stoppage time that remained everything, but everything, was thrown forward and as often the case it's either 2-2 or 1-3 and for Jets it was ultimate heartbreak as a super finish literally finished them off 1-3. Spirited, much improved but still beaten. The harsh facts are if Jets don't find a scorer they won't survive. So be it whose there or who they might find something or someone needs to up their game.
Man of the match is much tighter, Ben Alexander was a real leader and worked tirelessly, Davis Boateng made some important saves and Warren Gladdy is looking more and more a class act again. Today it's being shared because despite the three goals Tyler Connor and young Puppy James Henney really deserved the nod, we just have to ensure James gets to try the new alcohol free bottles that were delivered by our sponsor !!
Bob and team, keep positive it's getting much better so don't give up hope yet.
Meanwhile, the Reserves had a good 2-1 away win at St Margaretsbury, the goals coming from Greg Usher and Gary Yerby.
Another class performance from Warren Gladdy
Reece Fallon strong in defence
Tyler was the cheese and toast today
Super debut from James Henney
Speersy gets stuck in
So close from Warren as his shot hits the post
Tyler played despit being told to rest up
Another determined, all-in game from Adam Lowton
Ben Alexander leads Jets in a great effort
Hertford open the scoring
Warren Gladdy was a class act for Jets
Missing players are the people who should shoulder much of the blame for this defeat, not the players who turn up and give their all. Jets were lacking forward power as four of Wyatt's young front hunters for various reasons either notified or not failed to appear for the fixture, and let's face it, this is probably the closest away game of the season !!
Sudden illnesses and injuries aside the people who did turn up gave their all in a close encounter for most of the game and Jets will without doubt feel that an out and out striker could well have made more of a game of this local derby.
One important but understandable missing player was birthday boy Ben Alexander who returned that day from an incredible 25km hike in the Arctic circle raising money for "Changing Faces UK", sleeping in wooden huts with only a candle for light and heat !! Fantastic achievement by Ben and he was still there supporting which should cause embarrassing moments for some! His rather large skipper's armband needed sock tape to reduce it in size for tonight's skipper Warren Gladdy's puny arms!
The pitch at the start was soft but all but perfect after all the rain, but they will have some repairs to do by the end but it was more than playable so fair play to Suns groundsman, great job done.
The early game was end to end and Jets didn't really look a side in as much danger in the table as they are, but with Wayne Gladdy and Luke Lloyd being made to start after such long layoffs the legs were going to suffer and the early touches difficult, but it was nice to see people who care back in the squad. Both sides had half chances then a talking point as Davis Boeteng was a little reckless in a lunge and the referee went without hesitation to the spot but Boateng made aments when he saved Penny's spot kick at the post, but questions really need to be asked about the defending just prior to the penalty that led to the problem.
The penalty incident strangely left Jets a little jittery and minutes later Dom David got the lucky break when somehow a strange bounce and part block weirdly bounced up and through the keepers arms and into the net, it was a horribly unlucky, strange mistake or what but all ways it was 1-0 to the home side.
Jamie Speers, pushed forward into a temporary more advanced role, had a chance as did Wayne Gladdy but Jets seemed reluctant to pull the trigger tonight and hesitation lost the moments while Sun broke at speed and looked dangerous.
Jets playmaker was Warren Gladdy in midfield who, while battling back to fitness, was outstanding and gliding through the heaviest area on the pitch, while at the back Andy Amoah was also having another superb game. Half time 1-0.
Bob Wyatt took off Gary Edwards, clearly struggling badly with a back injury, and introduced the returning from a long injury layoff Tyler Connor .He also switched things around, pushing Andy Amoah up front, and that alone injected pace and danger to Jets attacking and for twenty minutes it really looked as if Jets would get some rewards for their nights work. Partly denied by dreadful refereeing when Amoah was wiped out and how oh how no penalty can be given is just beyond belief, at times these blokes just leave us amazed !!
It was highly competitive. Wayne Gladdy was two inches short of the final touch so many times he was murdering those puny legs giving his all, and Lowton as normal was grafting all night, the effort was definitely there, but some fitness and a little extra player support was needed for those who do.
The killer goal was the price you pay for all out attack as the break out long ball out was played perfectly by Penny running the square line then turning for goal as a great through ball dissected the back line and Penny calmly slotted past the keeper to kill the game.
The game went dead as both sides knew it was game up but the referee somehow conjured up a flurry of late cautions in a match that hadn't warranted any.
Sun are a good attacking side and look solid and at home now in the Premier division, whilst jets do have a problem to face, staying there this season, and the facts are clear that they need the excuses and hiding to stop and for everyone to pull together to get us out of this mess.
Jets man of the match was easy to pick, Warren Gladdy for an outstanding performance but a massive special mention for young Andy Amoah who was also excellent. A final big boo for the late pull outs!
Great match from Andy Amoah
Tremendous commitment form Michael McRoberts to turn out for Jets
Adam Lowton grafted all night for Jets
Wayne just inches away again from scring for Jets
Jets concede a penalty as Davis brings down Penny as the ball runs away from him
Great penalty save from Davis to keep it at 0-0
Jets go down to a strange goal as a horror bounce beats Davis
Good game in defence from Beau
Combative Tyler Connor goes close on his return from injury
Andy Amoahis taken down from behind but no penalty given
So close from Andy Amoah as his shot tickles the post
Luke Lloyd showed his commitment in his first game since September
Penny seals the win with Sun's second goal
Great job by Ben Alexander fundraising in the Arctic
Ben and Arctic friend
Luke Lloyd pulls it back to 2-1 against Berkhamsted last Saturday.
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