Respect for the Shoreham aircrash victims
It's hard to do a report from Jets perspective in such a one sided game so I can offer barely a few facts on this inept performance that saw a strong London Colney side, who are clearly one of the few real championship contenders, outplay the lacklustre Jets side for all but the whole game.
Jets seemed to show so much respect to their opponents and some of their players that it was as if they did not want to tackle or compete or do battle with them and the game was truly one way. It was no surprise after a hatful of dreadful misses when finally really poor defending let an unchallenged cross drop at the back post to a totally unmarked forward to tap home, truly a dreadful goal to concede.
Somehow the score stayed the same until minutes from half time when Adam Lowton, who was one of the few to show some grit, hit a blistering shot that was to be denied by a stunning save by the until now totally redundant keeper who should have been charged a spectator's entrance fee.
From the resulting corner a very composed finish by Luke Beardsworth curled the ball into the side of the net and Jets had levelled at 1-1 when, on chances, they could and should have been six or seven behind. Would this spring Jets into action or at least get them to hold out to the break for a mega pep talk? No, No and No again as the defence went AWOL as a lone Colney striker was able to hit the post, then watch it roll across the goal, hit the other post and come back to his feet to tap home, lucky him ..yes.. but where were the Jets defenders still watching from as they left Will Baker in goal as stand alone artist time and time again. Halftime 1-2
The talk was quite constructive, was it our lucky night only being 1-2 down after a 45minute mauling. Luke Lloyd was brought on to desperately try to strengthen the static rear guard and Lowton pleaded with his team mates to stop showing so much respect to people and get in and mix the game up a little, but with three c2 cautions and an after match red it seems the only commitment in full operation was their frustrated tongues.
Lloyd lasted just ten minutes before a recurrence of his hamstring injury took him off again and a third killer goal went in early as the one way game continued.
Warren Gladdy went on for the injured Beardsworth and he and Lowton did try to offer some resistance and had a good attacking spell to support the mostly cut off front line, but late, very late goals when most Jets supporters had retired to the club house with a stiff neck having long given up put a wider but deserved score line of 1-5. In honesty Jets were outplayed from start to finish.
Jets man of the match was restricted as few performed to their own ability never mind that required tonight. Lowton wanted it and Warren Gladdy did more and found more blue shirts in fifteen minutes than most in ninety, and Beardo scored a classy goal, but the 'drowned his sorrow bottles of Carlsberg' went to keeper Will Baker who kept the score down, but he must like drinking alone as tonight he was on his own at the back most of the time.
Tom Inch back in the starting line-up
Great save from the Colney keeper
Beardo strikes Jets equaliser
Lowts was one of the few who showed total commitment
Luke Beardsworth was forced off through injury
Warren Gladdy brightened Jets up when he came on
Craig Gorrie was given a first team start
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Sim Armstrong heads the winner
Jets got off the mark with league points at last when 'Gladdys babes' beat high flying Tring Athletic 1-0 courtesy of a header in the second half by skipper Sim Armstrong.
Jets dominated the possession in the first half, with the visitors unable to break out often, but missed a glaring chance with a header just before the break. Jets were also kept at bay by a couple of outstanding saves by the Tring keeper.
Jets were threatening from the corners as both Beardsworth and Edwards were pin pointing them in on the blistering hot day that was to wear down the players as the game went on. Gladdy, unhappy with recent results, made changes today and Lewis Cook and Tom Inch got their first starts of the season as a new formation was introduced to try to stop the goals being leaked by the defence and, at the break, at 0-0 Gladdy's plan was working.
Jets luckily had the nice air conditioned gym to sit in and bring their body temperatures down in at the break and the big conversation was to counter Jets notorious bad starts to the second half.
It wasn't totally successful as Tring were far more in the game in the second half and after twenty minutes, if anything, they were getting slightly on top and were denied an opener when a linesman's flag ruled out a goal, but in fairness the flag was up a long time.
Then the big turning point. On a clean break by Tring Will Baker gave away a penalty wide out on the edge of the box, a foul that was to earn him a yellow card, the only disciplinary of the game in a very sporting fixture as always with Tring Athletic, a nice change after the disgusting exploits with AFC Kempston Rovers in midweek.
Baker made amends with a full length diving save to turn the firmly struck penalty away, and one minute later Jets had the lead. Tim O'Mara pin pointed a perfect free kick for the skipper Sim Armstrong to head superbly into the net for what was to be the winner.
Immediately following the goal Gladdy made a double substitution, bringing on the more gifted brother Warren and Ben Alexander.
Both sides huffed and puffed, and puffed more as the heat took its toll and the visitors were lucky not to concede a second when a blistering own goal shot was denied by the cross bar.
Full time 1-0 and Jets were off the mark in the league campaign and had their first clean sheet of the season.
Man of the match was picked by Karl Bull and he went for the industrious skipper and match winner Sim Armstrong, but it was by a whisker from the outstanding defender Carl Wigg who had one of his best first team games in a Jets shirt today.
Will Baker saves from the spot just before Jets scored their winner
Super solid performance from Tyler Connor
The Tring keeper made some great saves
And here's another great save from the Tring keeper
Jets took advantage of the gym's air conditioning to have their half time team talk
Another strong 90 minutes from Jamie Speer
Beardo was Jets play maker
Adam Lowton rises high at the back post
Tim O'Mara was in the thick of the action
The one bright spot for Jets was this first half equaliser from Luke Beardsworth against the run of play.
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