Oxhey Jets 1
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 22nd April 2014
Lee Armitt fires Jets into the lead
On a night where our playing strength was stretched to breaking point with FOUR club games on the same night including two semi finals, there were no wins for Jets.
The first team played a very good Hillingdon side, a very good football side and the 1-1 draw was a cracker with both sides having periods on top, keeper’s saves, misses, the lot, a credit to the league ding dong considering it was end of season and there was nothing at stake.
Jets had the better of the first half, although Hillingdon hit the bar in the opening seconds when Baker left the ball seemingly going out of play until a wicked bounce brought it back at goal.
Lewis Putman picked up a Warren Gladdy pass and Putman opened the defence with a turn of speed and Lee Armitt let fly to open the scoring 1-0.
Jets had some chances and more of them in the first half and will feel they let their visitors off the hook in the first period. Lewis Putman was lost at half time to injury and Adam Lowton replaced.
In the second period the overall balance swung to the visitors. Jets had a period when they could have extended the lead but Hillingdon got more and more on top and at the end Jets were happier to hear the final whistle.
Hillingdon thought they had won it when the ball hit the post after a goal line scramble, Jets meantime feel very aggrieved that they got no penalty when Lee Armitt was cut in half in the box late on. Hillingdon scored a similar goal to Jets when the home defence was caught when the defence went out and one stayed at home and played the lot onside and wham, 1-1.
It was a good point and of course the run, now 18 unbeaten for Gladdy's lads.
Man of the match. Wow a flip of the coin tonight. Baker made some important saves, Armitt worked and worked, and captain Fongho led with with passion. Boss Gladdy had the final choice, picking Lee Armitt for his work rate.
Gladdy also had the quote of the night on twitter stating "Just realised that I have now kept my job longer than David Moyes. The chosen one has gone. The thrown in one has survived !!"
The reserves lost at reserve league leaders Hoddesdon Town reserves 2-1 in the semi final of the South Mids floodlight cup. Jets put up a brave performance at the hot favourites ground. Town took the lead in the first half and Dom David equalised in the second. Jets playing an all out attacking line-up hit the bar in the first period, and had a blatant penalty turned down at 2-1 down, all around on both benches could not believe the decision, but that's why the respect league is there to stop us saying what we think !! At the end of ninety minutes Jets staff were quick to congratulate the winners as they deserved their victory on their second half performance.
The academy also lost their Allied Counties semi final at Didcot FC. Jets looked to be on their way to a cup final having opened the scoring after just six minutes when Danny Warwick put Jets in front, and extended their lead early in the second half when Louis Bircham made it 2-0. Didcot scored two in ten minutes to save the game and in extra time won it 3-2.
The A team fielded everyone that was left standing and did well to fall just 1-0 to promotion chasing Hadley in the West Herts league.
Warren 'Penfold' Gladdy had some eye trouble
Lewis Putman breaks through and goes close
Lee Armitt strikes
Sam Phillips in the heart of the defence
Wycombes Wonder - the toddler club taught him this move
Hillingdon kept Will Baker busy in the Jets goal
The Hillingdon keeper was quick to foil this through ball for Lee Armitt
Tim O'Mara plays for 'his dad's club'
Lee Armitt shows off his Egg Shuffle
You've Been Fongho'd
Another Jets crock - and Sam was injured too!
Oxhey Jets 0
Spartan South Midlands Premier : 19th April 2014
Cockfosters clear under pressure
Well, if the Biggleswade draw was like watching gloss paint dry, then this was matt paint because there was no gloss at all here today.
For Jets it was seventeen unbeaten and their defence is becoming as tight as treasurer Dave Fuller's wallet, but there was little else today to be positive about. For Cockfosters it was their fifth game in eight days so they had reason to be ragged, for Jets they can say no Armitt, Beardo, Macca, or Gladdy (x2) but the disappointment was that others did not. stamp their name on cup final shirts with the upcoming St Mary's final so close.
There were a few runs early on by Armstrong and Lowton, and a big miss in the second half by Lowton, but that was it really. The best chance of a decent strike was from the cricket matches on either side of the football pitch.
No man of the match today, nobody's ego should be boosted as this was substandard by recent form, but to end positive, the unbeaten run continues.
Adam Lowton beats the Cockfosters defence
Jamie Speers looking for support
Sam - hard as nails - Phillips
Mark Richards back in the line-up
Tight defence from Jets brought another clean sheet
Joe Kelly pushing forward
Luke Wells progressing well on the way back from injury
Open goal, don't lean back, aargh!
Just over from Sim Armstrong
Jon roly poly Daily
No way through today
The cameraman got more interested in the cricket
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
Header Photo: Lee Armitt turns to celebrate as his shot hits the net.
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