Jets Raise Their Bar
Potters Bar Town 0 Oxhey Jets 0 (Potters Bar win 4-2 0n pens)
Herts Senior Cup
12th November 2019
Jets raised the bar on their performance at Potters Bar Town on a cold Tuesday night in the Hertfordshire senior cup.
Jets who are having a good season so far have without doubt one of their best and strongest sides for a good few years and against a good step 3 side, two above Jets, they took the match to the FA cup heroes of just a couple of weeks ago from the off.
Missing four regulars Jets still have a full and dangerous squad, and it was nice to hear so many Town supporters saying we deserved to win it on the 90. Nevertheless, when you only go down on a penalty shoot-out after 0-0 you can’t complain, you see the pride the lads deserve in the defeat.
Jets missed two, Town had one, but the cruel bit was seeing a Town pen hit the bar, come down, bounce out, hit our keeper on the back of the head and roll over the line! That’s when you know you’re not going to have your glory night!
Jets man of the match was Ashley Lewis, but they all gave everything they had tonight, and we had a very proud management team.
Another Wet Saturday, Another Memorable Remembrance!
It was a victory for remembrance as much as jets on another monsoon Saturday, a bad habit that for the second year running the big match was in danger of being ruined by the weather, and again we woke the day after to blue skies.
The show must go on was the fantastic response by many, and again a new ground record of 399 was recorded, an attendance record by just three but a record all the same.
Parts of the day were lost to the weather. Still, the pre-match respects went ahead, the kids were the real stars, immaculately dressed in their teams’ kits, despite the bad weather, and all in their poppies.
The RAF, as immaculate as ever, honouring their event in no1s with the medals a stark reminder to us that these brave lads are more than a football team, they risk their lives for our freedom more than the general public will ever know.
The superb match officials all giving their time free and what a performance and example referee Ryan Morris was, all the way from Northumberland to become the first official ever from the services to be given the match and what an excellent match he had.
The Jets, ready to honour the Remembrance, rose again to the occasion, both on and off the pitch.
Respects over, on to the match itself, which is no friendly its pride (just as Tom Lake, who Jets do this event to honour, whose PWRR regiment motto “fierce pride”, reflects how the game is played.
The first half was very much RAF Icarus on top, and it was no surprise when a bullet header gave them the much-deserved lead.
Jets stayed in the match, and that was probably the RAF’s mistake that they did not set Jets a harder comeback target while they had the upper hand.
Top scorer Reece Cameron levelled, and Jamie Speer pounced to edge Jets a little fortunately in front at the break.
Jets are a good side this season and upped their game second half, after quite a roasting from the manager. Two excellent goals from Andre Lopes and a penalty from Reece Cameron took Jets away from the visitors, and an individual goal from new signing Louis Bircham wrapped up the scoreline that flattered Jets overall on the 90mins. The RAF didn’t destroy their targets while they were flying. 😊
Man of the match honours went to Scotty Bonner for the Jets and Fg Off Dylan Kay for Icarus.
The real winners were the Royal British Legion who will gain approx £2k thanks to everyone who braved the weather and donated.
Many thanks to our Friends, Partners, and opponents from Wing Commander John Hetherington, RAF Icuras we are proud of our association with these brave lads who are a respectable example to us all.
A selection of photos from the pre-match Remembrance observance and post-match presentations.
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Nick Kerley Wins October Player of the Month
Congratulations to Nick Kerley, on top form in October and a deserved winner of the RAF Sponsored October Player of the Month Award. Nick was a strong contender for the award going into Tuesday night’s game against previously unbeaten Colney Heath, and his 35-yard winner on the night confirmed the decision!
Oxhey Jets 1 Colney Heath 0
Spartan South Midlands Premier
29th October 2019
Jets surprised title challengers Colney Heath this evening with a deserved 1-0 win, the winner being a 35-yarder from in form Nick Kerley.
Colney Heath had won all seven of their league games this season, so Jets deserve a lot of credit with this win to back up a good point last Saturday against second placed Newport Pagnell Town, 4 points in two games against two of the main title chasers.
Jets Man of the Match shared between Nick Kerley and Jamie Speer, but it was really a strong all round team performance.
Full report to follow.