Late Penalty Decisions Deny Jets A Much Needed Win

Holmer Green 1 Oxhey Jets 1
Spartan South Midlands Premier

14th April 2018

A point but not enough with Tigers getting a win at Cockfosters.

Holmer Green has been on an excellent unbeaten run and again withdrawals made the task all but impossible, a further indication why things can’t stay as they are in the upcoming season no matter what happens in the relegation struggle.

Chris Blunden’s shot beats the keeper for 1-0

Jets grabbed an early lead on their first attack when the keeper could not hold a Chris Blunden drive, and the sheer power took it into, the net.

It wasn’t a sparkler, but with players playing their first game for months in some cases Jets were grafting well and got to just 90 seconds from the points again but were denied by a late goal and two highly contentious decisions by the match official.

Strong game from Jude Bell

Jets were getting pushed back more in the second half, but they looked to have sprung the offside when a long ball out of defence put Blunden in the clear. The young assistant, however, miles behind the play and caught match watching, caught up and put the flag up to deny Jets an opportunity to extend the lead.

Jets were defending more but it was comfortable, so it was surprising that two late substitutions were made in the final seven minutes to alter the back line.

Late pen for Holmer

Stil, though, Jets got to the last gasp when Brad Thompson was judged to have brought down the Holmer forward for a penalty, much disputed as it looked from the other side that it was Thompson himself that was brought down.

To make matters worse, Thompson got a second yellow/ Red for dissent to hit Jets survival hopes.

No mistake from the spot for a late Holmer equaliser

Holmer tucked it away to level it 1-1 but Jets went straight on the attack from the kick-off, and it was a bolt on penalty that saw Blunden upended as he composed to fire the winner (we hoped) but the ref said no.

Blunden in control and about to shoot

Then Blunden bundled over but no pen

So 1-1 a strong point but will it be enough, we are still in the battle to escape relegation, but it’s looking more difficult now.

Man of the match was going to Brad Thompson whose defence all game was outstanding and much discussion re still getting it after the red has taken place and yes he can, his red was a consequence of others’ actions.

Match officials

Jets Despair As Woods Strikes Late

Oxhey Jets 1 Colney Heath 2
Spartan South Midlands Premier

12th April 2018

Jets fell to two late goals against Colney Heath again showing when you are down you get no luck at all.
After long layoffs, Luke Wells, Andy Amoah and Luke Lloyd returned along with reserve skipper Scott Pugsley to give Jets more belief and caring in the side in the uphill battle to avoid one of the relegation places.

Andy Amoah strikes Jets into the lead

Jets were looking on for the points after Andy Amoah had put them in the lead just minutes into the second half, and they looked like holding it, but for a worldie from Jack Woods smashed into the net off the crossbar seven minutes from time to level at 1-1.

The sickening blow was a second from Woods two minutes later in off the post, and again Jets finish with nothing. Their luck summed right up with both going in off the woodwork while all of Jets that hit it come out.


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Jets Sink Into Relegation Zone

Hadley 3 Oxhey Jets 1
Spartan South Midlands Premier

7th April 2018

Another game, another defeat and now Jets are down in the relegation zone, and, on current performances, they deserve to be there.

Hadley was always going to be tough, but all opponents look tough when you are at the bottom. We need dig in and get points from these games.

Chris Blunden’s goal gave Jets the lead

Jets competed well in the first half although the team line-up did make them vulnerable in some areas through inexperience. It hindered Jets and directly led to both of Hadley’s reply goals for the 2-1 lead at the break, both goals in fairness to Hadley perfectly executed set play goals.

The second half though, despite a better-balanced team, saw Jets capitulate. They lost their heads, and all discipline went to pot as they argued and reacted to the line. The photos show Hadley outnumbered Jets on the ball in every area, which points to someone not doing their job !!

After the match, it’s fair to say there was a ‘clear the air’ crisis meeting. Without a doubt, all levels of the club had their say, and the simple conclusion is that it’s just not good enough everywhere !!

The proof of the reaction to the meeting will be the response, and for that, we wait to see who steps up to the task.

Hadley always had more players competing

Jets outnumbered in attack

Jets go close in a competitive first half

Jude Bell made a long drive from Cornwall to play

Blunden was tightly marked

Some important stops from young Vass