Risborough Rangers Reserves 2
Oxhey Jets Reserves 3
Spartan Reserves Floodlit Cup Quarter Final: 17th April 2014
Sean Tipper did well from off the bench
Jets snatched a last minute winner in this difficult away tie at Risborough Rangers to go head to head with Hoddesdon Town reserves in the semi final.
Jets reserves drew 0-0 a few weeks back at the same ground and a boring goalless it was too, but this was an end to end battle, in fairness there was nothing between the two sides and it looked destined to go to extra time and even pens to split the sides.
Jets took the early lead when Jamie Moran built on his comeback from his long lay off with a bullet header into the net. Jets didn't push on from this and midway through the half Jets defence stood still as Rangers found the net from close range, and that's how it stayed until the break.
Both Ben Poulton and Steve King were lost to injury but luckily Jets bench had the defensive cover. A stunning goal by substitute Sean Tipper fired Jets into the lead, a reward for Tipper who really helped up Jets game when he came on, but in an almost identical lapse Jets again stood and waited for an offside flag, that correctly never came, and the forward ran and calmly slotted past David Jacks 2-2..
Both sides went for the winner but there was nothing between the sides then Brennan hit a glorious free-kick to the back post and George Hobson was moving in blind to hit a glorious volley for the winner as the clock hit 90 !! Jets win 2-3
The men of the match were without doubt the impeccable defensive Joe Horewood and Andy Brennan who was industrious throughout the match.
Hard Working Hobson was to have a last minute reward
Dave Jacks clears uner pressure
A bullet header from Jamie moran gives Jets the lead
Jets retake the lead 2-1
Hobson blasts the winner
Jets defence get caught and Rangers level at 1-1
Rangers even it up again at 2-2
Oxhey Jets Academy 3
Windsor Academy 1
Academy League: 9th April 2014
Jets Man of the Match Lewis Goodyear opens the scoring
Jets under 18’s had their most critical game of the season, real life or death after a bad run of inconsistent results the two locked together on points (but a game in hand to Windsor) met head to head at the Boundary stadium.
Realistically defeat was game over for Jets so the pressure was on as Jets vs Windsor did battle. It was a scrappy start as both sides seemed nervous but the whole game in fairness to both sides was played in a very sporting way, with little disciplinary problems for the officials to deal with, and so a good night for them too.
Jets took the lead when one of the best players on the night Lewis Goodyear overlapped and hit a spectacular drive into the net from an acute angle 1-0 Jets.
Jets had chances to extend their lead, none better than Lewis Bircham who looked to have scored a sitter but the talented youngster put wide to the horror of the vocal Jets supporters. At the other end Windsor then skied a sitter too so big misses was one apiece, but it was a warning shot to Jets who had lost at Windsor a couple of weeks ago. The warning was not taken and a good run and shot across the keeper found the side of the net for the equaliser 1-1 and battle on for the second half with Jets knowing on this occasion a point was not really good enough.
The team talk must have worked as Jets came out and dominated the possession in the second half, but was getting twitchy as the deadlock was getting very well defended out, Jets were being restricted to long range hit and hopes and unfortunate overplay when the simple lay off would have been better, which ended in bundled and decisive clearances.
The break through came as an example of sheer hard work and determination and it was Luke Burkett who gets all the praise, he had made the ground to get inside the area and hit a stunning thumper of a shot that was denied by a post and the rocket flew back a pace with the keeper just a spectator, but getting on with the job, not pleading bad luck the lad hit the rebound in the net to break Windsor and edge Jets in the lead.
Windsor then had their best period of possession but it was now Jets defending and not allowing the visitors a decent shot on target. At the counter Jets were again getting caught on the ball and thus allowing play to come back at them.
A substitution was to change that as Callum O'Connor came on and Jets became more direct and the skillful winger pressured the Windsor defence more and it was to be the killer move that a break at speed down the wing was exquisitely placed in the net by Callum and the points for Jets. Big big points and Jets are now back in the championship hunt as they, Windsor and Brimsdown battle out the crown.
Man of the match, I'm not sure who got the changing room nod but from neutrals on moaner’s mount it went to Lewis Goodyear for a ninety minutes contribution that was to give Jets the edge and ultimately the important win they needed.
Luke Burkett (on the gorund) hammers home a rebound for 2-1
Windor fought hard and scored a good goal to equalise at 1-1
So close but wide from Louis Bircham
Jets celebrate Goodyear's opener
Oxhey Jets 0
Ampthill Town 0
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 8th April 2014
Airborne 'Blue Arrow' Andy Brennan
It was back to the goalless draw tonight for Jets but this one was definitely not a bore draw as Jets took on the long term league leaders who now seemingly after this draw will need to secure the runners-up spot.
Jets lost Lee Armitt injured early on and in honesty their threat to win the game went with him as there was no pin point striker to aim for with Armstrong and Beardo suspended and Lowton withdrawn to his normal midfield role to try to cancel the Ampthill threat in the middle.
Jets started stronger and the two sides were even in missing players, but Jets have massively improved and now are threatening all the time as they extended their unbeaten run to sixteen matches.
Lee Armitt playing his 100th senior game for Jets was a gamble at kick off with an injury picked up on Saturday but he was still a massive threat until a centre half clatter was a timely reminder of the injury, Armitt gave him one back at the first opportunity and with one a piece on the books both settled down and respectively played each other for the remainder of Armitt’s game, a good football battle.
Jets best period was midway through the first half with one scramble being cleared off the line three times with Jets thinking they had scored, but Ampthill were dangerous on the counter and Baker was having to be on his toes. Killer and Speers, the two young terriers at full back, really had their hands full with lively wingers and the touchline pull back was often the visitors aim.
The second half Moran also was lost to injury and in fairness it became a backs to the wall, defend for your life job as the non stop relentless attacks came at Jets like the London Blitz with wave after wave just keeping Jets completely pinned down. The problem was the middle dropped deeper as was needed to hold the attacks and with Armitt off there really was no relief to take the pressure off the battered Jets defence. Jets really dug in hard and boy they deserved the point and the fantastic run for Gladdy’s Jets continues.
Man of the match could go to any of the defenders and of course Brennan was one of the best, but tonight the bottle goes to Jon Daily who ran till he dropped as if running towards a "take away" all night until his legs could take no more.
Superb point. Well done.
Despair for Ampthill as a late chance goes begging
Jon Daily goes close for Jets
Ashley Fongho joins the attack
Adam Lowton surrounded by the Ampthill Mob
Warren Gladdy came on to reinforce the midfield despite hami problem
Goal line clearance
Lee Armitt gets some close attention
Jamie Moran back in the first team but lost to injury
Hard working Jon Daily gets his shot away
Oxhey Jets 9
Hertford Town 5
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 5th April 2014
Lee Armitt makes it 3-0
The difference a week can make. Last Saturday Biggleswade and Jets produced the most boring 0-0 draw possible, today Biggleswade lost 5-4 at Berkhamsted and Jets won their home game against Hertford Town 9-5!
The opening ten minutes at the Boundary stadium showed nothing of what was to come, then a 25 yard piledriver from Lewis Putman lit the blue touch paper for a sparkler.
Andy Brennan claimed three assists in the first four first half goals as Jets romped into a big lead, but Hertford bounced back with two goals of their own to make it 4-2 at the break.
Lewis Putman opened the scoring after ten minutes and that set the stage for a twenty six minute hat-trick by Lee Armitt to take over the leading goalscorer mantle from suspended team mate and season leader Sim Armstrong.
Armitt’s first was just on the edge of the box from a corner that was not cleared making it 2-0. He then did a solo run and shot to make it 3-0 on the half hour. Hertford Town then scored a 35 yard peach when Charlie Smith let fly and the visitors were pushing hard for a comeback, but then another lightning attack saw Putman miscontrol, beaten by the bounce, but the defender denied the lanky forward with his arm and Lee Armitt converted the penalty for his hat-trick and 4-1 Jets (43 mins). Hertford were still not done although Jets saviour Gladdy, and the mastermind behind the last three clean sheets, was not happy with the defending for this goal and Town grabbed the gift 4-2 at the break.
This madness surely could not continue, things would be sorted at the break. Well it did continue and it got worse if anything, would you believe good saves by the keepers kept the scores down, but howlers by them at times pushed it up again, the game was madness, good moves, great saves, bad goals, good goals it was all out entertainment by both sides.
Just three minutes into the second half Lewis Putman got his second, a super curler from a free kick 5-2, and then a brilliant run by Ashley Fongho was denied by a great save, but the resulting corner saw him just out jumped by Sam Phillips 6-2 Jets and still thirty five to play !!
A point blank save by the Town keeper denied Joe Kelly (to the delight of his mates), then an absolute class chip over the keeper while in the air by Warren Gladdy made it 7-2.
Lee Armitt, being watched by Sim and Beardo, took the lead for the goalscorers crown when he pounced on the loose ball in the box for his fourth and 8-2 Jets (65 mins).
David Jacks then had a silly few minutes in Jets goal, a howler of a slip 8-3 Leigh Rose, then a blinding save, then Tegan Jones made it 8-4. Hertford almost thought they could still do it when Adam Lawton made it 8-5 who also celebrated having the National winner, but before Hertford could blink a superb break and lob over the keeper wrapped it up for Jets at 9-5 and another Lewis Putman hat-trick, his first for this injury hit season.
Jets incredibly move to 44 points after the horror first half of a season, and the unbeaten run now stretches to fifteen for Gladdy’s young side, who now find themselves just a point short of the season total the Jets side gained the season before last year’s near miss in the league, which is a testament to Gladdy’s achievement on his first season, starting from almost scratch with just two full time players from the previous season.
Jets man of the match went to four goal hero Lee Armitt on his first game back since his operation (that happily only found a cyst). The hot striker now leads Jets goal chart for the season, but Sim, Beardo and the ever present Adam Lowton are hot on his heels, and Lewis Putman has his scoring boots on as well.
Jets reserves continued their good run and goal scoring with a surprise 6-1 away win at Kings Langley reserves. Jets romped into a 4-0 half time lead but also missed a hatful. First half goals from Karl Penny (2) and Dom David (2) put Jets in the driving seat. Two more after the break by Dom David and George Hobson wrapped up Jets six with Kings Langley scoring early into the second period
Full time Kings Langley res 1 Oxhey Jets res 6. Man of the match was shared between Dom David and Scott Pugsley.
Lewis Putman opens the scoring for Jets
Lee Armitt makes it 2-0 as Jets pile on the pressure
No mistake from the spot from Lee Armitt
A trademark Lewis Putman curling free-kick makes it 5-2
Sam Phillips is first to the ball to head home for 6-2
Cheeky chip from Warren makes it seven
Lee Armitt gets his fourth for 8-2
Lewis Putman kills off any hope of a Town comeback with a glorious finish for 9-5.
The save of the day keeps Joe Kelly off the scoresheet
Joe Kelly denied again
Putman's first in what was to be a recurring view for the Town keeper
Clear penalty as the Town defender handles the bobbling ball
Putman's free-kick curls round the wall on the way into goal
Determined Warren Gladdy makes his chip for his goal
Adam Lowton provides the cross for Lee Armitt to strike his fourth
Mixed game for David Jacks - some great saves but 5 goals conceded
Combative Andy Brennan had three first half assists
Ashley Fongho on the rampage
Adam Lowton was as hard working as ever
Man of the Match Lee Armitt
No nonsense from Killer
'Crouchie' Putman back with a hat-trick
Has Lewis lost his speed - outrun by lino John Chidley
Oxhey Jets Reserves 5
Kent Athletic Reserves 2
Reserves League Division One : 1st April 2014
Craig Gorrie slides past the keeper and slots for 1-0.
Jets reserves thumped five for the second game in a row, this time following up the 5-0 away win at Stotfold with a 5-2 home win over Kent Athletic reserves.
It was a scrappy midweek fixture but Jets gained the upper hand quite early and Craig Gorrie skipped over the keeper after a superb Pugsley pass to slot 1-0.
Jets had chances. A Steve King header was cleared and Gorrie almost scored again before finally the second goal arrived, this time it was again Craig Gorrie who doubled his and Jets tally, 2-0.
Jets controlled this period but some seemed to be strolling around leaving the others to do the graft in an unbalanced team of workers and shirkers !! In goal Jets keeper Craig McCreeth made some good punches from corners and one outstanding save before a slack goal and unlucky bounce let Kent Athletic back in to score and pull Jets back at the break 2-1.
Immediately Jets kicked off they scored and Craig Gorrie who was looking the only one who would score tonight completed his hat-trick 3-1.
Kent Athletic looked as if they gave up the match and two further goals by Dom David followed and a consolation goal for the visitors completed the scoring for the night 5-2.
It was a scrappy first half but much better second and Jets completed their task, but the work rate needs to be more evenly contributed to move the side on.
Man of the match by a country mile was hat trick scorer Craig Gorrie.
Fine finish from Dom David for 4-1
Craig Gorrie's second makes it 2-0
Dom David adds Jets fifth
Craig Gorrie completes his hat-trick in fine style
Pugs lets fly
Craig punches clear
'Whale' Kingsy rises like a salmon
Karl Penny attacks down the line
Biggleswade Utd 0
Oxhey Jets 0
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 29th March 2014
Superb game from Andy Brennan
Jets extended their unbeaten run to 14 games with this boring 0-0 draw away at Biggleswade United that had the excitement of watching gloss paint dry. Jets had more excitement watching Speersy parade his Herts Intermediate Cup runners-up medal around the changing room before the warm up than they were to offer up in the match.
With six first team regulars out today a point would have been bought before kick off, and the squad had now developed a real "will not to lose attitude" and dig in for their third clean sheet on the trot, and that's a team that had conceded 91 goals in the league this season before the “Gladdy all over" factor turned the side around.
In a first half that Jets, without all their normal strikers, failed to register a shot on target the highlights were Andy Brennan, who was awesome in the middle and Ashley Fongho, looking to put on an Elephant man performance after a head collision that left him more worried about his looks than the wave after wave of attacks he was helping fend off. Jets main problem was distribution and movement and not the determination and fight that was not in doubt. Biggleswade United were slightly better on the slope but there was not much in it.
Going with the wind and down the slope in the second half, Jets did much better and nearly did a smash and grab on the points when Adam Lowton worked well to get in a shot the keeper did well to keep out. At the other end Dave Jacks in the Jets goal bravely saved twice at feet, once in stoppage time, to deny the home side the points.
Jets lost more impact when Brennan was lost to injury but again it was distribution more than desire that let Jets down. At the final whistle there were five yellows between two teams who hardly committed a tackle which was further testament to what is ruining the game, the pointless flow of fund raising money cards for the FA as the officials clammer seemingly to stay in the assessor’s good books for promotion.
A good point for Jets as safety is almost mathematical certain now and the team can relax and enjoy the last month of the season. Tinker man Gladdy was more than happy with the defensive lock down and made multiple tactical changes throughout the game to ensure the deadlock held fast, but just could not conjure up the the winning move even during his final ten minutes on as a striker hoping to be the saviour once more, this time on the pitch not in his managers role !!
Andy Brennan was man of the match by a country mile and the team settled down to enjoy the top class hospitality offered by the Biggleswade club, and Speersy waited patiently for reserve mentor Stuart Atkins to come and escort his priceless cargo, complete with his medal, home safely.
Michael Green settling into the team
Good to see Luke Wells make his first start after a long injury
A typical battling performance from Adam Lowton
Biggleswade get the ball in the Jets net but the ref blows for a foul
Hard working Jon Daily
Sam 'Brick Wall' Phillips at the heart of the defence
Green and Jacks snuff out a stoppage time threat
Killer on the loose
Skipper Ashley Fongho surges forward
Speers safe in his mentor's company
Enfield U-21's 1
Oxhey Jets Reserves 0
Herts Intermediate Cup Final: 26th March 2014
Enfield score the only goal of the game
Jets proudly fell at the final hurdle in the Hertfordshire Intermediate Cup Final losing 1-0 to hot favourites Enfield Town U-21’s at the County Ground.
Jets were always underdogs against their hot Middlesex based opponents but can proudly hold their heads high today as they put up a stern battle against a very good, well coached and skillful side from Enfield Town.
Jets had some huge chances, the games turning points being the first few and last few minutes, when two glorious chances were missed. In the second minute Karl Penny, Jets leading scorer, broke clear and looked composed to net but pulled the chance wide and just three minutes later Enfield, after three consecutive corners all taken with precision, bundled what was to be the winner into the net. Just minutes from time a ball found skipper Hobson with time to control and slot but he lashed at the chance and blasted high over the bar.
Inbetween Jets were always battling again the better side, but were never out classed, and although some Jets players were looking below their best the effort and work rate of most made up for it and made it a compelling encounter.
Lewis Putman continued his comeback from his long injury and was looking most likely to score and did a lovely slot in the 15th minute but his celebration was cut short by the assistant’s flag, it was tight but a correct flag.
Inbetween Jets chances the defence were outstanding, none more so than Craig McCreeth in goal who pulled off half a dozen super saves at the feet of the attackers, and the centre halves were solid and outstanding all evening.
Jets second half was much better than the first and maybe with just a little rub of the green they could have pulled off a shock as Putman smashed a corker against the bar that the keeper didn't see. Jets just didn't quite have enough to pull off the result as on the night some just could not pull their game out when the team needed them too.
Congratulations to Enfield, they earned and deserved their win, maybe Jets only consolation is that we were the last Hertfordshire based side in the cup and we put up a hell of a fight against a superb side, and at least Enfield had to fight to the final ball for their spoils.
Jets Man of the match was Craig McCreeth but let’s salute a really great effort by the Jets reserve team, and remember there was only one aim this season, the first and reserves to survive their divisions, so the rest is a bonus and who can knock reaching a County Cup final.
Big chance early for Jets but just wide
It looks in but Karl Penny's effort goes the wrong side of the post
The Enfield keeper denies Bircham
One of several great saves from Craig McCreeth
A Putman rocket beats the keeper but comes back off the crossbar
Big penalty shout for Jets but nothing given
Long range shot from Scott Pugsley
Late chance for Jets but Hobson blasts wide
Jets can be proud of their performance in the final and through the competition
Oxhey Jets Academy 4
Slough Town 0
Academy League : 24th March 2014
The Jets Academy bounce back and get their title hopes back on track. Report and photos.
Windsor U-18s 2
Oxhey Jets Academy 0
Academy League : 19th March 2014
A poor night for the Academy on Wednesday with a lacklustre display at Windsor. Report and photos.
Colney Heath 0
Oxhey Jets 0
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 18th March 2014
Another outstanding effort from Sim Armstrong
Jets unbeaten run looked likely to be under pressure in this midweek trip to 4th placed Colney Heath in what was to be a clash between the leagues two form sides at the moment.
Jets had some players missing for this midweek fixture including keeper Will Baker, and David Jacks came in to take his place between the posts.
Colney looked like they had taken the lead after 15 minutes when they got the ball in the Jets net but it was disallowed for offside.
Meanwhile Beardo was already yellow carded and, after 20 minutes, he tugged back on a Colney player who was tugging him and, unfortunately, a busy linesman called the ref's attention to it and it was a 2nd yellow and Jets were down to 10 men with 70 minutes to play.
Despite being a man down Jets held Colney to only a few attempts on goal. HT 0-0.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first with Jets digging in, competing for every ball, and chances were few and far between.
Colney also went down to 10 men with 15 minutes to play when, again, the same busy linesman drew the ref's attention to something he had seen and the Heath player had to go.
Jets nearly caused their own downfall, however, when the normally reliable Ashley Fongho lost the ball in front of goal but Dave Jacks was there to make the save of the night, pushing the ball beyond the post, and preserve the clean sheet.
Jets then freed up Mark Richards for a 1-on-1 chance to steal the game for Jets but, to Jets great annoyance, he was seemingly taken down from behind but nothing was given. Almost immediately afterwards there was a flare up when some aggressive play from Colney was not dealt with and manager Wayne Gladdy, reacting to both incidents, got into trouble with the linesman who was having a busy evening, and found himself red carded and sent from the bench.
Jets held firm until the end to preserve their unbeaten run and can be well pleased with another strong defensive performance and clean sheet. Manager Wayne Gladdy may be building a reputation for all out attack but this is the 2nd clean sheet in a row and the team has only conceded 7 goals in the last seven league games - that's great progress from where we were at the start of the season.
Several contenders again for Jets Man of the Match but it got narrowed down to two outstanding, hard working performances from Sim Armstrong and Adam Lowton and, in the end, the nod went narrowly to Lowts.
Jamie Speer was a committed part of the Jets defensive resistance
Man of the Match Adam Lowton covered every blade
Dave Jacks turns to see his fine save going wide of the post
Jets hold firm
Mark Richards uses his head
Jets defend in strength
Andy Brennan pumps a cross into the Heath penalty area
Mark Richards dances his way through the Colney defence
Jamie Speer - a picture of commitment
A rare Jets attack on the Colney goal
Big talking point when Richards is pulled down when 1-on-1 but nothing given
Andy Brennan battled hard
Oxhey Jets 1
Hoddesdon Town 0
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 15th March2014
Done and dusted. Adam Lowton scores the only goal to make it 11 wins from 12.
TThree big points against a strong Hoddesdon Town side at the Boundary Stadium further enhances the big improvement in Wayne Gladdy's side as they have now beaten three of the top four in this twelve match run of results.
Today Wayne had to make changes as hot marksman Lee Armitt was missing following a minor op, and Macca & Sam Phillips were missing from the back four and Mark Richards from the centre, so it was starts for Harry Beaumont, who unfortunately pulled up with a muscle strain after only 15minutes, and Jon Daily, who came in and did a very good ninety minutes in the centre of the park.
Jets were beaten at Hoddesdon a few weeks back as the newly promoted side chase a top four finish but today it was Jets taking the points from what was, as it worked out, the goal from Jets first attack after just two minutes. Adam Lowton turned a player inside out like washing with a classy drag back and slot pass to Beardo who hit the line and delivered a perfect ball into the six yard box and Adam Lowton was still running to get on the end of it to bundle the ball in the net for the decisive goal.
Minutes later Joe Kelly curled a back post dipper that just went wide of the post and bar but after that it was the sturdy Jets defence that took the front row. The visitors had the possession but little penetration as Jets were solid, non more so than skipper Ashley Fongho who was dominant and an example to his troops all afternoon. Half time 1-0
Jets were content to play tight and play keep ball, frustrating the visitors who really failed to produce a goal bound attempt until the final ten minutes and then keeper Will Baker was on his toes to dive to the top corner to save.
A sitter was missed with a header and Lowton and Beardo nearly combined at the other end but a tight flag pulled that one back. Baker saved again in stoppage time and Jets got, and deserved, the three points to climb closer to the safety line now notching up 39 points, way above realistic expectations at season start.
It must be mentioned the referee was outstanding today, calm and in control and having good communication with the players.
Man of the match decision was again close today.. Jon Daily had an outstanding game, probably his best in a Jets shirt. Keeper Will Baker made important saves in the last ten minutes and Ashley Fongho was outstanding defending and leading his troops. Manager Wayne Gladdy nominated Luke Beardsworth for relieving much of the pressure on the defensive display and adding the attacking threat that was quite rare today. In the end the Carlsberg bottles go to Ashley and Beardo who the boss could not split.
It was also a good day for the Reserves with three good away points at AFC Dunstable. Goals from Dom David, George Hobson and Steve King ( yes at the right end) gave Jets a 3-1 half time lead. The final score was 4-2, with Hobson adding his second and Jets fourth. Man of the match was shared by Karl Bull and Sean Tipper.
Beardo lays on the winner
Superb game and work rate from Jon Daily
Another workaholic performance from Adam Lowton
High Flying Ashley
Welcome back Luke Wells after 4 months out with injury
So close Joe Kelly
Harry Beaumont started but was lost to injury after 15 minutes
Eyes wide shut for Sim
Michael Green was part of an impressive clean sheet defensive performance
Another tough defensive display from Chris Killer
Dominant Ashley led Jets strong defence
Lowts in the thick of the action
Sim having a big impact in midfield
2nd skill for Wayne Gladdy
Jets joy from a strong team performance
Another 3 points in the bag!
Good job from the officials
Burnham Academy 1
Oxhey Jets Academy 2
Academy League: 12th March 2014
Jets young academy team continued their winning ways with a hard fought win away at Burnham. Match summary and photos.
Oxhey Jets 3
St Marys Cup Semi-Final: 11th March 2014
Lee Armitt gets Jets off to a great start
Jets blitzed cup holders Berkhamsted out of the St Mary’s Cup Semi-Final in a blistering first twenty five minutes of goals from the top draw by Lee Armitt and Luke Beardsworth, and then the midfield and defenders took over the show to ensure Jets held onto it to claim a superb win after three absolute hammerings by the classy Berko side in our previous meetings this season.
Jets boss Wayne Gladdy changed things around and proved he knows what defend means by lining up a more defensive game against the free scoring premier high flyers to try to curtail their onslaught that Jets have suffered against in previous games., The problem was it seems that not everyone was listening as Armitt and Beardo ,supported superbly by Armstrong, Lowton and Kelly, just swarmed forward with quick fire football and probing balls that uneased the home defence, and after only five minutes it paid off.
Adam Lowton battled and busted by the home dug out to win the ball, Beardo split the defence with a terrific run and Andy Brennan’s perfect ball slid in Lee Armitt who went direct, controlled and waited for the advancing keeper before cheekily flicking with the outside of his foot over the keeper into the net, 0-1.
Just four minutes later, and not to be out done, way wide out near the touch line Luke Beardsworth belted a curler up, over and round the keeper into the far side of the goal that the keeper and the cameras could only watch in amazement 2-0 and not even ten minutes gone.
So is it time for the caution Gladdy had demanded pre-game? Nope. Jets still blistered forward and only the keeper saving superb from Kelly and Armitt denied Jets more goals, it was a full on attacking performance, then the big goal for Jets that extended the lead. Lee Armitt again latched onto a ball and burst through and as the keeper advanced opted for the high chip up and over and into the back of the net. 3-0 (23 minutes).
Jets were buoyant but the goal stung the home side and the tide was to swing like the wind, and now Gladdy's defensive plan at last was implemented. The holders started to come at Jets and the referees arm was tending to only be able to point one way it seemed to Jets players and staff, and the petty and cheap free kicks and corners were adding to the pressure being soaked up now. The Jets back line and the keeper were a brick wall to the pressure, giving nothing.
Then a turn and the breakthrough the holders wanted before the break. After a pin ball period in the area Jowell placed a good shot low into the net 1-3 half hour played. The home side took the possession now but Jets protected their keeper well and in fairness little got to him and when it did he was equal to it, once sprinting from his area to head away a threat that any misjudgment on his part would have meant an instant red card. Half time 1-3
Gladdy was full of praise but only half way there was the warning and now at last he insisted on the tighter formation, a rarity for the all out attacking manager, and in the second period that was how it was to be as Micky Vippon's side swung the possession gauge to about 70/30 but Jets were magnificent and it really was a brick wall performance with the back and centre grafting every inch of their energy and the threat up front always acting as the deterrent to Berko not to over push things.
Andy Brennan was his tigerish self in the middle but picked up a dreadfully harsh yellow from the official making his job more difficult as all he did had to be right, and it was as he shirked nothing even though the 50/50s all seemed to go the home teams way tonight.
It was a determined battle as Berko threw all they had at Jets, both sides knowing that if they got another goal it would be an onslaught. Jets were denied another break by one of the worst offside decisions I've seen for some time when a splitting ball to Beardo played him clear with the whole back line stranded and a diabolical flag against Armitt a full 40 yards at least away on the other side of the pitch walking back showing no interest in the attack. But luckily it was not decisive and Jets held firm, the back four in particular at their best.
On the whistle Jets were clearly thrilled, none more than Wayne Gladdy who has rebuilt a team and on his first season as a boss, straight in at this level, steered his team to a final, and no matter what happens now it's a night he will remember. Man of the match is almost impossible it was a truly team performance. The first twenty five the front two were awesome, the back line then took the mantle and it was the middle doing the grafting filling in both ends so it's decided its a full team performance with no star player,
There was an outstanding gesture from Berkhamsted boss Mick Vippon who came into Jets changing room after and congratulated and praised the side, particularly Wayne Gladdy, a former player for him, on the job he has already done turning Jets early season predicament around to a more positive end. A true sporting gesture that was very appreciated by us all.
A great night for Jets when everything went well - we even managed to bring the right kit this time!
Luke Beardsworth's 25-yarder hits the net for 2-0
Lee Armitt's high lob beats the keeper and drops in for 3-0
Berkhamsted pull it back to 3-1
Jets defend their line
Sim wins the aerial battle
Will Baker did well in a busy second half
Adam Lowton always in the thick of the action
Beardo drives forward again
Joe Kelly took time off work to make the game and had a big impact again
Sam Phillips - so important in Jets determined defence
Jets holding firm again
Tough tackling as Jets defended their lead
Armitt was a constant threat
Beardo nearly sealed it late on with a trademark curler
Beardo blocks as Berko try to mount more pressure on Jets
A happy Lee Armitt ready to celebrate the win
Delighted Wayne Gladdy celebrates Jets making the St Marys Cup Final
Oxhey Jets 3
Leverstock Green 1
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 8th March 2014
Mark Richards glancing header gives Jets the lead
At last the sun comes out to play and the sunshine has brightened up Wayne Gladdy’s improving Jets side as they extended their good run to just one defeat in ten games as they got the critical win in the relegation fringe game against our friendly rivals from Leverstock Green.
These two teams have been piling on the points since their dreadful and unplanned interruptions in the pre season. The changes made are now showing positive results as Green, since their manager change, had lost just one league match and with the advantage of the convenient tie up with Hendon they will be well away from trouble I'm sure by the season end.
Gladdy had more problems today with Beardo and hot striker Armitt missing along with skipper Macca. Gladdy recalled youth academy star Harry Beaumont and former hot shot Lewis Putman continued his injury comeback with his 300th appearance for Jets and got his 175th goal to celebrate the landmark,
Birthday boy Mark Richards made his first start for the club and he notched the opener to remember the day by too.
It was a tight and scrappy stroll in the sunshine at first and neither side took control in a even and slightly nervous start, but with half time approaching a peach of a corner from Joe Kelly, who was having his best game since joining, was met with a perfect glancing header by the birthday boy Mark Richards to break the stalemate (1-0 35 minutes).
Jets knew it was critical goal and played tight to hold the lead to the break but the big bonus came in stoppage time and again it was Joe Kelly who put the pin point ball this time to the back post and Skipper Ashley Fongho rose to put off the defenders and the ball dropped to leading goalscorer Sim Armstrong to nudge over the line (2-0 45 minutes). Half Time 2-0
The second period started quite tame as neither side stamped real control. Then a howler by keeper Will Baker let the visitors back in the game, after a good clear call ‘Keeper!’ Baker rolled a dreadful pass straight to the unmarked forward to gently stroke from 25 yards into the net despite Baker’s frantic attempts to make amends and catch the ball before it went in the net. 2-1. 53 minutes).
Leverstock Green now battered at Jets as the game swung on a sixpence and thought they were level as a corker of a shot smashed the underside of the bar and came out with the keeper not seeing it, it was all the visitors now.
Wayne Gladdy changed the formation and sent Sam Phillips on to try to harden up the rear guard and settle under fire Jets, but Levi just kept on coming and again Baker was a spectator as the ball again smashed the cross bar and came out but this time the ball was picked up and ran at the Jets goal and Baker’s horror spell was to get worse as he brought down the attacker. Everybody held their breath as the referee went to his pocket but the official who had been sensible all game quite rightly judged the distance and position and went yellow.
Everybody fancied Levi to win it now, but on the penalty take Will Baker went from Zero to Hero and his diving save kept Jets in front. Surviving this Jets smelt the win and you could just see it coming. Sim Armstrong and Adam Lowton had to work tirelessly and Jets went for broke as Gladdy seems to favour the reckless all out attack system, and it paid its rewards when Lewis Putman took a free kick from a full thirty yards and it went up and over and straight down past the full length diving keeper into the net to sensationally mark his 300th appearance. (3-1 68 minutes). This was a killer blow for the game and it petered out to the end and it was sixteen consecutive points for the Gladdy boys.
The man of the match was contested keenly. Harry Beaumont came in at full back and did very well, provider Joe Kelly with deffo his best game for Jets and Sim Armstrong was effective all day as was the tigerish Andy Brennan in midfield, but the Carlsberg Bottle goes to skipper for today Ashley Fongho whose strength and work rate is an inspiration to this buoyant Jets side.
Manager Wayne Gladdy took his kids to Disney in the week and the young boss is now turning the tables on the people who took the Mickey at the start of the season, as he builds and turns this young side around and the atmosphere is bubbling for the team.
Mark Richards glancing header goalbound
Sim steps in to double Jets lead right on half-time
30 yards? This is going in!
Putman's 30 yard free-kick gives the keeper no chance
Happy Days. Putman scores his 175th goal for Jets in his 300th game
Vital penalty save from Will Baker at 2-1
Adam Lowton on the attack
Skipper for the day Ashley Fongho led by example
Academy star Harry Beaumont came in and did well
Joe Kelly was Jets provider for the first two goals
Another strong performance from Jets leading scorer Sim Armstrong
Lewis Putman back from injury
Joe Kelly had his best game yet for Jets
Killer uses his head?? Dangerous!
Lowts gets in on the dance act
Gladdy relishing the teams commitment
Bushey Rangers 2
Oxhey Jets Reserves 6
Herts Intermediate Cup Semi-Final : 1st March 2014
What a fantastic result for Jets Reserves!!
Jets have made the final of this competition once before but have yet to win, so what a great achievemnt from this year's squad to storm into the final with a 6-2 win over Bushey Rangers., following up on their tremendous quarter-final win away at Royston town last week.
Louis Bircham sent an inch perfect cross in for Hobson to open the scoring after 12 minutes, but Bushey equalised 10 minutes later.
Jets, though, were in a fierce mood today and determined to win. Hobson was the provider this time with his corner causing problems for the Rangers defence who failed to clear and Dominic David slotted home to restore Jets lead in the 30th minute and it stayed that way until half-time.
Full of confidence, Jets came out in the second half determined to make the final. It was Hobson the provider again as he set up young Jermaine Heron on the edge of the box and he fired home his second goal of the week to make it 3-1.
On 75 minutes it was Jermaine Heron storming down the wing and sending in a cross for Dom David to hit a first time volley into the net for 4-1.
Rangers showed their spirit by pulling it back to 4-2 in the 80th minute, but Jets then took advantage of an open game to slot two more goals in the final ten minutes. Dom David completed his hat-trick in style in the 84th minute and then was the set up man for Karl Penny to add the sixth in the 90th minute from 12 yards out.
A confident and committed team performance but the man of the match decision was given to Jordon Payne for another solid all round game.
Stu Atkins and his players deserve a lot of credit for getting to this County Cup final in what is Stu's first season with the club. Jets opponents will be Enfield Town u-21's
London Lions 2
Oxhey Jets 2
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 1st March 2014
A peach from Beardo - a top corner curler for 1-0
Jets groundsman Graham O'Brien worked wonders to get this game on a and a good surface for the away game to be played at Jets vs bottom club London Lions, but how they can be at the foot of the table with this team I just can't understand. Lions said they had their best side of the season out (boardroom quote) and if they keep it I'm sure they will get many more points to add pressure to the relegation struggle.
Jets today will be disappointed with themselves and so they should be as they personally produced a way below recent performance, but the positive of that story is we are still unbeaten in five league games and one defeat in nine games total, so let's not punish ourselves too much.
London Lions were at us from kick off and a skillful team of flare and excitement unsettled the Jets defence. Former Wingate winger Josh Kerrett was superb and Chris Killer will have nightmares this week remembering the nippy winger coming at him time and time again, but the lad held his cool and did well against the experienced player.
Jets thought they had the lead when countering possession good inter play was tucked home by Joe Kelly but the celebrations were cut short by the assistant’s flag. Lions continued to do the pushing and Jets were lacklustre all around the pitch, I wondered if maybe a few thought the game would be off on Friday night ?!
A spectacular goal did break the deadlock on 20 minutes when a brilliant curler into the top of the net by Luke Beardsworth gave Jets the lead 1-0, and hopefully settle the jitters today. The game continued in the sunshine and again the danger man Josh Kerrett tore Jets apart to level 1-1 (36 minutes).
Jets had a golden opportunity to take the lead right on the break when hot marksman Lee Armitt was played clear through and drew the keeper but, for him, inexplicably nudges wide of the post and his frustration was clear. Half time 1-1
The second half was much the same and Will Baker was the busier keeper as the middle did not stamp any authority on the game, only Andrew Brennan's tigerish battling offering much combat against the free flowing opponents.
Lee Armitt, clearly having an off day in front of goal, turned provider delivering a superb ball onto the goal line for Adam Lowton to bundle the ball over the line and give Jets real hope of the points (70 minutes).
The lead lasted just one minute and again it was a waltz in the park as Josh Kerrett cut Jets to shreds to slot for 2-2 (71 minutes).
Jets actually looked more likely in the last twenty minutes but on the day a point was a fair and justified result and at the end I think the Jets staff were more than happy to hear the whistle as late on Lions netted but despite their protests the flag was up a long long time before the goal was scored, and at the whistle Jets have a point further away from the drop zone that the others have to get.
Man of the match was difficult as not many had a good day at the office and only two nominations were received. Luke Beardsworth who was looking the only person able to pick a telling pass for long periods and without doubt Andrew Brennan who supplied more grit and determination than most today. Manager Wayne Gladdy had the final say and shared it between them unable to split the pair, although a mention should be made both for keeper Will Baker who was faultless under much pressure, and the three match officials who provided a calm afternoon, not the over eager card waving annoyance we have seen sometimes this season.
A flat day was, however, brightened by the fantastic news that filtered from the Herts Intermediate Cup Semi Final that Stu and the lads had won and got Jets to a fantastic final in his first season, today they are the stars of the club and take centre stage.
Will Baker was the busier of the two keepers
Skipper Sam Phillips worked hard to try and muster his troops
Adam Lowton was the man on the spot to edge Jets into a 2-1 lead
A full 90 minutes from Beardo including his stunning goal
A rare one on one miss from Lee Armitt just before half-time
Late pressure from Jets to try and snatch the winner
Joe Kelly completes a good counter attack from Jets but the assistant flagged it away
Good job from the match officials
Oxhey Jets 3
London Colney 2
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 25th February 2014
Jets Man of the Match Sim Armstrong makes it 2-0
Wayne Gladdy's boys are flying now with their fourth league win in a row and seven wins in the last eight including cup matches for the young guns. Gladdys enthusiasm is infectious and the way the young manager is rebuilding his beloved side is a credit to him and the attitude of his players who are clearly giving their all for the boss.
This was a big test for the side as London Colney are a top five side and beat Jets 3-1 earlier in the season.
Jets were without Macca which meant a first start for Michael Green at centre half since his transfer from Tring Athletic and the lad did by well. Jets at the start were under pressure and the visitors had the upper hand, but on the break the Lowton, Beardsworth, Armitt combo is terrorising the defences. Beardsworth picks out pass after pass and Lowtons non stop running gives the options with the hot striker Lee Armitt pulls them out the bag from all angles and distance at the moment.
In the 31st minute a special hammer strike from thirty yards stunned the keeper and most in the ground to give Jets a remarkable lead for the break, and at the back Sam Phillips bearing the skippers armband was marshalling the tight back four restricting the Colney attacks and killer and Fogho forcing the nippy wingers wide and out of danger. Half time 1-0
Jets injuries mounted with Brennan, Armitt and Beardsworth all taking knocks early and it was starting to look difficult but then a corner was swung in and Sim Armstrong was at the back stick to drive home the second 2-0 (54min)
In fairness to Colney they came at Jets with venom then a mistake by Baker in Jets goal let them back in when he let a Hartley low shot into the net. Daily and Beardsworth were lost to injury so a debut for new signing Mark Richards in midfield and young Harry Beaumont and what an onslaught they faced as the visitors were rampant at the Jets goal,,while on the break Jets sprung and attacked to a reckless point. But the visitors got the goal when Harry Beaumont was beaten in the area and Clark-mardle equalised (78min) London Colney were now favourites but Jets don't lie down these days and Lee Armitt took on the defence and was brought down for a clear penalty and got up to convert off the post for the winner.
Both sides stormed at each other in a pulsating game but Jets held fire and took three points that breaks the 30 points barrier which was Jets pre season target to hopefully beat the drop.
Manager Wayne Gladdy said “the boys give all they have on the pitch, I can ask for no more of them, their brilliant attitude and support is bringing the club back to life”.
Man of the match was picked by the match officials and it went to Sim Armstrong, good midfield support and a good goal strike a bonus.
Superb effort from Lee Armitt opens the scoring
The Colney keeper makes a brilliant save from Armitt's curling shot
The Jets defence hold strong
Jon Daily called up into the middle
Armstrong rises high
Beardo winning in the air
Two more goals for Lee Armitt made it 100 up and counting
Good Jets debut for Mark Richards in midfield
Sim decoys as Beardo goes for goal
Jets celebrate in what was a great, gutsy performance
Olney Town Reserves 3
Oxhey Jets Reserves 3 (after extra time: Jets win 4-3 on penalties
Reserves Floodlight Cup : 25th February 2014
On and eventful night at Olney Town Reserves in the Floodlight cup Stuart Atkins team had to come back from two down at half time to stay in the competition, Karl Penny put Jets back in the hunt then young Jermaine Heron levelled in the 90th minute.
Dom David gave Jets the lead in extra time but the hosts levelled and Jets ran out 4-3 winners from the penalty play off to top a great night for the Jets.
Oxhey Jets 4
Biggleswade Utd 1
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 22nd February 2014
Lee Armitt 's accurate shot beats the United keeper to open the scoring
Jets fine league run continued today with a blistering four goal first half onslaught against Biggleswade United to set up Jets for three league wins on the bounce for the first time under young boss Wayne Gladdy and it's now six wins in seven outings for the fast improving side.
The opening minutes were very scrappy and Jets were needing to dig in a little as mistakes were looking as they might cost the side an early advantage, but right on cue Lee Armitt latched onto a tremendous curler from Adam Lowton and he gleefully rounded the keeper to slot from an acute angle 1-0 (17 minutes).
Jets were buoyant and you could sense the confidence oozing back into the side and suddenly things were flowing with some neat football across the pitch, and on 26 minutes it was Lee Armitt who supplied a super back post ball and Ashley Fongho had covered the fall back to centre forward run to strike over the line from a few yards 2-0.
It was really all Jets now and the rewards and maybe the points came in sight when the cross of the match was swung over by Andrew Brennan and Adam Lowton was on the back post to head home 3-0 (40 minutes). But that was not it as a minute later Joseph Kelly struck a 35-yard peach into the top of the net for the goal of the game and to wrap things up for flying Jets.
Gladdy was bubbling and his eleven consecutive league defeats seemed a long time ago as instead he insisted only the last three are in the memory bank, but it was hard to keep the players mind on the game as I suspect both changing rooms were planning for the second period knowing the game was up on this one. Half time Jets 4 Biggleswade 0
Gladdy celebrating his 500th appearance today was not to be as happy with the second period and Jets did not rise to it as much and an early goal against them ruined the clean sheet hoped for and the second period was all Biggleswade to be fair and twice keeper Will Baker in Jets goal denied but most the time the defence stayed tight and despite Biggleswade possession the goal was not threatened too much.
Gladdy withdrew the forward line with injuries and with Armitt and Beardo off there was little attacking threat, only London Heathrow’s flight path was infringed when Sim Armstrong tried to become a forward again, but after ten minutes or so the ball boy did return with the ball! Sim said to manager Wayne Gladdy "I only had eyes for one goal" unfortunately it was the pair in Wembley stadium going by the shot.
Man of the match was contested by Armitt with a good goal and a assist but the second half wasn't as good for the striker and the usual back line and middle performers but on this occasion it went to Ashley Fongho for a good all round performance and a goal to put the cherry on the cake.
A great day for the Reserves with a superb win away at Royston Town reserves in the Herts Intermediate Cup Quarter Final. First half goals from Dom David from a George Hobson ping and Karl Penny converted a keeper lob after Bircham had lobbed the defence to set Penny up and it was a 2-0 first half lead.
Despite a goal back in the dying quarter Jets battled out the victory, they play Bushey Rangers in the semi final next weekend.
Lee Armitt beats his man and supplies Ashley Fongho for Jets second
Strong running from Ashley Fongho before finishing to make it 2-0
Andy Brennan pings in a great cross for Jets third goal
Adam Lowton makes no mistake in heading home Jets third goal
Joe Kelly lets fly a peach of a shot for Jets fourth
Kelly's shot gives the United keeper no chance and plants itself in the top of the net
Joe Kelly in the mood to celebrate
Jets do the Egg
Another hard working performance from Adam Lowton
Man of the Match Ashley Fongho powers forward
Header Photo: Hobson's late winner blasts Jets Reserves into the Floodlight Semi-Final.
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