Jets Can Take Pride In Their Cup Run

Oxhey Jets 0 Tring Athletic 4
10th April 2024
Herts FA Charity Shield Cup Final

Jets fell to defeat in the Hertfordshire Charity Shield final at a blustery, bitterly cold County Ground, but with huge pride in the team for their efforts on the night and even reaching the final.

Jets were hit by three departures in deadline week as massive trial and job opportunities abroad opened for the lads. As a community club you can only support the lads on these ventures, and Jets staff did what they have done throughout this rebuild season, they brought more youngsters through to the team.

Big early chance just wide from Remell.

The first half was excellent from young Jets and with Tring a division higher and chasing a playoff position the ask was a big one. Football has defining moments and one big one was the big chance for Remell Stirling in the opening minutes that could and should have edged Jets in front and, who knows, spurred something more but agonising brushing the wrong side of the post.

It was end to end and a good football match to watch by two teams playing good football. Tring were very direct to fast attackers, Jets more touch football that the staff have encouraged all season.

Lewis made some top saves in the Jets goal.

Tring opened the Jets’ defence with a good header from a corner and it looked goal-bound but brought out one of three incredible saves by GK Lewis Lavin for the half while Jets in counter came close with shots across the line that just wouldn’t go the final inches.

The half looked to be even at the break but lady luck was not with Jets as Lavin made another three incredible reaction saves in a ping-pong session of saves and rebounds but football is cruel sometimes and on the final one he could not get a good punch as he was impeded by the player flat on the floor from the previous attempt, and the ball fell to Max Hercules on the edge of the box who executed a powerful drive into the net, 0-1 (42 minutes)

The second half proved too much for Jets lads and Tring got on top,  the game swung and done in a fifteen-minute session that ended the contest. The difference in the squads becoming evident as Tring were able to use substitutes who had been with step four Northwood and title-chasing Bedford last weekend while Jets used youngsters from the A team and Spencer Bellotti for his first outing of the season.

Almost a consolation goal from Spencer.

No complaints though from Jets, the stronger side on the day took the trophy. The only sour point from our club was the dreadful penalty awarded following a tackle on Hercules that was an incredible tackle which was clear ball winning and the badly placed official went to the spot, and then as always when they make a complete hash up started brandishing his yellow cards to cover it up.

The penalty was converted for 4-0, possibly a harsh scoreline on Jets but, no matter, the win and loss confirmed.

Joint Carlsberg Man of the Match for Jets were Remell Sterling up top who caused problems all night and the massive leadership and quality shown by Owen Ayres who, added to his own game, was supportive and inspirational to the youngsters.

Jets applaud the winners, Tring Athletic.

Defeat but after eleven years of absence Jets are back in Hertfordshire County Cup finals so a big step forward and huge pride in this young and inexperienced set-up that is once again putting Jets back on the local map and still supporting and passing youngsters through to higher levels chasing their personal dreams.

 

 
 
 

Jets At Their Best

Yateley 0 Oxhey Jets 2
30th March 2024
Combined Counties Division One

Jets put on a stunning display for the first half in their first trip to Hampshire for a league match as part of the FA’s pyramid formation to cut travel and give more local games !!!!!

Easter holidays saw Jets not struggling and praying for a reason not to play but fielding a very strong squad. It showed in a first half that was one of the team’s best for some time, against a strong Yateley side inside the play-off line and who had soundly beaten Jets at the Boundary 3-1 earlier in the season.

Jets were pinging the ball around and taking the game straight at their high-flying hosts, with Tom Inch’s words in their ears – ‘if you don’t enjoy playing you shouldn’t play, so go and enjoy yourself !!’

Super strike from Andre Lopes to give Jets the lead

Jets opened the scoring just 13 minutes in when on-fire Remell Sterling hit a powerful cross that Andre Lopes hammered into the net in style giving the keeper no hope.

Owen Ayres continues his goal-scoring run with Jets second.

Just seven minutes later Jets doubled the lead with top scorer Owen Ayres striking inside the penalty area.

Excellent game from Remell Stirling

Jets really went for this but, on the breaks, the defence had to be on its toes and “Nugs” and Jameel and the centre two of Chippy and Craig were up to it but it still took three top-draw saves from Lewis Lavin in goal to protect the lead, but it was by far the home keeper having to pull off the saves to stop Jets extending their lead further.

Lewis Lavin on top form when needed.



Kleyton wrestled down but given outside the box.

Half Time 0-2

The second half was a totally different game, with Yateley needing to preserve their top four place, and the possession switched to the home side but the excellent Jets defence restricted their sights of goal, they threw everything in and completed an excellent Easter trip to a very good Yateley team and club, that even in defeat made us all very welcome.

Super game from Luke Nugent

Man of the Match was almost impossible so good were the team performances with nominations plenty. Nugs and Remell were shortlisted, but the unanimous choice went to Jameel after a very long discussion.

Good Draw For Jets At Deportivo

FC Deportivo Galicia 1 Oxhey Jets 1
23rd March 2024
Combined Counties Division One

Jets came away with an unexpected draw against FC Deportivo Galicia who have been in excellent form since the start of the year.

Jets had to make eight enforced changes from the midweek win over Bagshot, bringing in some developing youngsters and players returning from long injuries to put together a side.

Both sides looked to play good football on the excellent artifical turf, and it was a fast end to end match.

Jets fell behind in the 14th minute following a defensive lapse and remained a goal down at the break.

The first half did have a major interruption when a freak torrential hailstorm brought the game to a halt as the referee ordered the players to get to safety. Jets did just that as you can see from the crowded dugout with not an inch to spare.

The heavens open up and the hail starts to fall.



The referee did a good job in quickly clearing the pitch for the safety of the players as the hail poured down.



Jets all huddled together in the dugout!

Jets were much improved in the second half following a very instructive team talk. The reward came in the 57th minute when Kleyton De Biazze hunted down the Deportivo keeper who was taking too long on the ball, broke free with the ball and walked it into the net.

Great to see Kleyton De Biazze back in the line-up.



Kleyton De Biazze walks the ball into the net.

It then was a pretty even end to end game with Jets having the edge. In fact, Jets thought they had a late winner when Remell netted but the assistant’s flag went up for offside with even the home supporters saying it was a wrong call.

Remell scores but harshly ruled out for offside.

Still though, an excellent point under the circumstances.

At 40 years old, Roy Byron again marshalled the midfield and looked as young on his feet as the youngsters around him. He was outstanding and fully deserved what is his second Carlsberg Jets Man of the Match of the week.

Runner-up has to be Kleyton De Biazze – an extremely good return, and a goal, after a lengthy layoff.

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Jets Battle It Out For 3 Points On The Road

Bagshot 2 Oxhey Jets 3
19th March 2024
Combined Counties Division One

Jets had to make a long, difficult midweek journey to Camberley to play Bagshot and were looking to bounce back after Saturday’s home defeat. Jets had beaten Bagsot 5-1 at the Boundary Stadium just two weeks ago, but this was a much stronger Bagshot side who had seven changes from that previous match.

Jets opened the scoring with a good goal on 14 minutes. Jameel Murshid, making a welcome return to the side, put in a super cross and Andre Lopes was on the mark with a diving header that gave the Bagshot keeper no chance. 1-0 Jets.

Jameel Murshid sends in a super cross


Andre Lopes is first to the cross and scores with a diving header

Olly Pope had to be substituted a moment later due to back problems and Roy Byron came on to marshal the midfield.

Bagshot pushed Jets hard and it needed several strong saves from Lewis Lavin to preserve Jets lead. HT 1-0 Jets.

Remell Stirling replaced James Kimber at half time as Jets looked to play on the front foot. Bagshot, however, continued to apply the pressure at the start of the second half and got their reward with a 54th minute equaliser. 1-1.

The leveller prompted a response from Jets and six minutes later Jets regained the lead. It was a superb individual goal by Dylan Hickman Singh. He attacked down the line, came inside, and finished with a reverse cut shot that zipped past the keeper. 2-1 Jets

Dylan Hickman Singh with a superb solo goal

Jets then made 3 substitutions in the 65th minute, bringing on Harry Brady and two of Jets young Herts County League players, George Rice and Vinny Wade – a real show of commitment from Tom Inch and Dave Barnes in giving opportunities to our young players even though the match was on the line.

Vinny Wade (No16) and George Rice (No15)

Roy Byron continued to marshal the midfield, getting crucial touches in, and stopping Jets getting overrun.

Jets then extended their lead in the 83rd minute. Remell Stirling was the quickest to react in a goalmouth scramble and fired home giving Jets what looked like a winning lead. 3-1 Jets

Remell Stirling makes no mistake and fires Jets into a 3-1 lead.

Bagshot, however, surged back at Jets and pulled the lead back to 3-2. In the final minutes Bagshot pushed us all the way and created chances but Jets held on, saw out the time with some corner flag ball retention, and can be pleased with the win.

Praise for the whole team tonight for their commitment and getting the job done. Our youngsters can be pleased with their first team league debuts on a winning night. Good goals from Andre Lopes, Dylan Hickman Singh and Remell Stirling, and a super assist from Jameel Murshid. The Jets Man of the Match, though, came down to a choice between Roy Byron with a strong midfield performance and Lewis Lavin for several crucial saves, and Roy got the decision for his all round performance.

League Leaders Gain Their Revenge

Oxhey Jets 0 Amersham Town 3
16th March 2024
Combined Counties Division One

Jets fell to the runaway champions-elect at the Boundary but for forty-five minutes Jets’ young, free but inexperienced side can be very proud of their battle.

It was evident from the first minutes that the game was going to be influenced by decisions and jets were no match in the influencing game, that was very evident.

It was an excellent battle. Clearly, the 6-1 defeat in the cup stung Amersham into a revenge attack and they were to be far too strong for Jets.

Early in the second half, a centre half came up to head home following a few minutes of head tennis after Jets had been sloppy in midfield and had to do a rear guard action.

Jets were the busier defensive side by some distance relying heavily on Gk Leven and he rose to the challenge.

The big turning point and nail in Jets hopes was one of the most dreadful decisions I have seen this season when an absolute gem of a cross-pitch ball was played through to Owen Ayres who actually ran past the referee and the defence who were nowhere near him to calmly slot past the keeper, now Jets most forward player ( asks o tight but onside you can see) was Dylan Hickman Singh who despite being many yards from Ayres was flagged offside, can’t hide it horrendous decision you should not see at the pyramid level.

Whilst a dreadful decision the remaining half hour was a one-way road as Jets went into their shells and surrendered to the defeat with two more goals added to the poor goals against week and for the second time in a week a non-competitive second half led to a conclusive defeat.

This could seem harsh given the contract player, and riches against them today, but Jets do need to stabilise their highs and lows and, at the moment, they are a poor side if things go against them but a superb side when buoyant.

Amersham are champions elect, well clear of anything else in the division. The chase now is for who claims the playoff places. February and early March form has made Jets well outsiders, but as the three-per-week starts, who knows what surprises are in store.

Excellent game from Lewis Lavin

The only two possibilities for the Jets Man of the Match award were the excellent saves by GK Lavin or a choice from the defensive line, and the very close nod went to James Kimber.

With a cup final looming Jets players need to do better to claim a place.

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Jets Run Ends Against A Strong Harpenden

Oxhey Jets 1 Harpenden 4
12th March 2024
St Mary’s Cup Semi-Final

Jets fell to defeat in the St Mary’s Cup semi-final at high-flying Step 5 Harpenden Town in a match where much promise was shown, but the hosts, in the end, were just too good for the inexperienced young Jets team.

Harpenden’s impressive brand-new stadium and artificial grass pitch was a perfect place to show ability and personal skill. Jets in many patches did that but could not match the intensity and desire that the high-flying step 5 side produced, so it was Harpenden who went onto the deserved place in the cup final.

James Barnett 1-0 Jets

Jets started brightly and created well, and kept level with some excellent stops by Lewis Lavin, and it was Jets James Barnett who calmly slotted Jets into the lead.

Jets produced some positive play and were well and truly in the tie, but you have to take your chances, especially when up against stronger sides.

1-1

Harpenden take the lead 2-1

Two goals in a minute swung the game as so often does happen to Jets, but the big disappointment must be that in both goals GK Lewis Lavin made excellent saves, but the rebounds picked up and scored from while Jets central defence failed to respond in their territory.

A chance to level for James Barnett but this goes wide

Big penalty appeal for Jets as Barnett is brought down.

Jets again started the second half well and looked to have a big chance when Barnett was brought down in the box, but unbelievably, no penalty was given, and right on cue, Harpenden increased the lead and effectively killed the match.

Jets never gave up and tried hard to make a comeback.

Deep into stoppage time, Harpenden added the fourth, but the game was long over, and only a man stand by the keeper and man of the match, Lewis Lavin, stopped an absolute landslide.

Big thanks to Harpenden for all the help in the monsoon season doing an on-the-day switch from Lake Oxhey to their magnificent new stadium.

Danny Fowler is Jets February Player Of The Month

February was a mixed month for Jets, with disappointing league results offset by two terrific cup wins over Amersham and Langley. We had five Man of the Match winners – Danny Fowler, James Barnett, James Kimber, Owen Deamer and Owen Ayres. Owen Ayres and Danny Fowler scored three goals, and James Barnett had two goals and an assist.

The Man of the Match award choice came down to two players, Danny Fowler and Owen Ayres. Danny Fowler got the decision because of his consistency throughout the month – he was the Man of the Match against British Airways, scored three goals in the two cup wins, and he was a close runner-up for the Man of the Match in the cup win over Langley.

Congratulations to Danny, well done!

 

Spirited Comeback From Jets

Molesey 2 Oxhey Jets 2
9th March 2024
Combined Counties Division One

Jets had to show a different side to their game at playoff hopefuls Molesey, having to come back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime against a team that had only lost at home once all season.

1-0 Molesey 4 mins

Unfortunately, Jets’ nemesis this season are personal errors, personal out-of-character blunders that put the side on the back foot, yesterday was no exception just four minutes in a dreadful cross-field ball was easily intercepted by the lively centre forward to slot. 1-0 (4 mins).

2-0 Molesey 36 mins

On 36 minutes the deficit doubled, again a mistake rather than a built goal as a defender was caught in possession in his own area and the same ending, slotting past Lewis Lavin, the Jets defence having two big assists.

Strangely at two up the home side was edgy with Jets amount of possession, and they went down to ten men, due to a sin bin offence, for the last few minutes of the half.

A superb positive team talk by the staff set a confident outlook in the second half, even at two down against such a useful side.

Jets from the start attacked with new belief. The only setback was a yellow for Chippy, but the home side hung onto the advantage while running out the sin bin ten.

It was, however, not long after going back to the eleven that Jets struck.
Craig Stephen-Lett and Danny Fowler were combining and piercing the home defence, then the target James Barnett went away clear, but although going slightly wide the defender charged him rugby style straight in his back and the referee went straight to the spot.

Rugby style foul on Barnett.

 

A well taken penalty from Owen Ayres brings the score back to 2-1

 

It had to be right in the corner or their excellent keeper would have saved it.

Owen Ayres took over as the leading goal scorer, slotting well despite the excellent keeper going the correct way 2-1 ( 56 min).

Somehow the Molesey keeper saved this bullet header from James Barnett.

Jets were now in attack-attack-attack mode, and a couple of defender yellows were for trying to peg Jets back. The leveller looked done when a peach from Danny Fowler was met powerfully by Barnett and we are still trying to work out how the keeper saved high at the bar post join, an incredible stop.

Andre Lopes shoots for goal.

 

Right in the top corner from Lopes and its 2-2.

Then the moment for the equaliser. It was a stunner from Andre Lopes who drew back the foot after a Barnett layoff to bend a rocket into the top corner from wide outside the area for a fantastic goal. 2-2 (80 mins).

Jets absolutely bundled forward, but a few chances were fluffed with scuff shots when surely composure would win the match. In a rare attack, frustration showed for Molesey with a straight red for kicking Chippy and with that, and stoppage time to play, the hosts retreated and held on for the point.

It was an incredibly disciplined and excellent point for Jets, a long trip but worth it for an exciting and thrilling battle between the teams.

Man of the match was given to the skipper Owen Deamer for his cool leadership in the middle, driving jets forward. Big congratulations to the whole team for the never-give-up drive all the match.

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