Anniversaries come and Go. But The Memories never Fade, they are held in our heads and Hearts for ever.
Steads is Jets Mr. December
Louis Stead is Jets December Player of the Month. Jets went undefeated in December, including a 10-0 home win against London Colney and a 2-1 win at league leaders Biggleswade Utd, so competition for this month’s award was fierce.
Louis, though, got the votes because of three superb all-round performances, his leadership from midfield, three goals and a superb assist for Lewis Putman’s opening goal against North Greenford.
Jets Win at League Leaders as league is halted
Biggleswade Utd 1 Oxhey Jets 2
Spartan South Midlands Premier
19th December 2020
A win at the league leaders to follow a 10-0 Tuesday win, cheers Santa, that’s the perfect way to go into the Xmas / lockdown break.
Jets went at Biggleswade from the start and incredibly had hit the bar, the post and the net, and that was the first 5 mins.
Jets were off straight away it was attack attack attack, and Lewis Putman looked to have given them the early lead, but the post saved the beaten keeper.
Jets kept pushing, and Putman’s next shot was tipped onto the crossbar, but this time Reece Cameron was on hand to thump home the rebound. 0-1 Jets.
Jets still went at the hosts, and more goals looked on, but a slack bit of attacking lost the ball and it was whipped down the slope for instant punishment 1-1, and it rocked Jets for a few minutes.
Stuart Atkins’s men then refound their form and stayed on top with their aggressive, attacking positioning and volume of runners across the pitch.
It was an all-out attack game and trying not to be biased, Jets did have the upper hand, but their big problem was five playing carrying injuries it was would they hold out, intensive work at the break kept them out there but the pitch was getting heavy, and it was could they last.
Going with the slope now Jets were a little wasteful and chances went begging but then the breakthrough as new boy Joe Haidar got on the end of Bircham’s slider and 1-2 Jets.
Jets could and should have put the game to bed, but the keeper denied Putman on a 1:1 then the expected frantic period as the hosts came hunting, then GK Rob Partington showed why he amongst the best to deny Biggleswade with a brave safe if not one incredible save.
Jets fully deserved the win and up to second three points behind two games in hand so a perfect Christmas 🎄 present for the flying Jets who have not lost on the road this season at the Christmas gap and hold the biggest home league win record at this point.
The staff refused to award a Man of the Match. They were keen to see it as the fantastic team and staff prep performance. It was, but luckily I get to hand out the sponsor’s Carlsberg bottle and not splitting the pitch lads at all it goes to Mr October himself GK Rob Partington, there right on queue when needed.
In closing, I would like to thank all the staff and players from the whole club for their contributions so far in this screwed up season, risking I know personal health also.
🎄🎄Merry Christmas and let’s hope 2021 gives us much more cheer.🎄🎄
So for the last time in 2020 JETSsssssaaaaaaaaa ✈️
Record Spartan League Win For Jets
Oxhey Jets 10 London Colney 0
Spartan South Midlands Premier
15th December 2020
Jets turned record breakers in this thumping 10-0 home win over local rivals London Colney at the Boundary stadium strangely almost five years after to the day that LC beat Jets 7-0 in a cup match, the ups and downs of football.
Let’s cover the statto stuff first. On the same date in 2013 Jets beat Hertford Town 7-0 and that was the same season Jets finished third. The previous best Premier result of the club was recorded in a 10-1 win over Hatfield Town, the scorers that night Lewis Putman 6, Tom inch 1 ( both of these lads played in this new record scoring match 7 years later ) Lee inch 1 and Luke Beardsworth 2. So a new record that firmly roots London Colney to the bottom of the table.
LC had no luck from the off as they lost a player to hospital with a dislocated shoulder after just 6 minutes, but they were incredibly a goal down by then after Sean Giordmaina played the ball back to Louis Stead to open the scoring 40 seconds.
Sean Giordmaina played in recalled Reece Cameron who did a one-touch turn and shoot low into the net 2-0 (19min).
On 27min LC made things harder for themselves after Lewis Putman skipped the keeper miles outside his area to be clear to run the ball home into an empty net, but the keeper tripped him and saw a no option straight red.
Just two minutes later the stand-in keeper was beaten, but to be fair he’d made two saves already in that time, but a superb ball from Andy Brennan found Sean Giordmaina at the back post who headed back superbly for a hat trick of assists for the Goal boy himself to smash home, Lewis Putman 30 mins.
A rampant Jets extended the lead further on 35 minutes when Louis Bircham played an excellent ball down the line to Lewis Putman who squared across for Louis Stead to smash home his brace.
The half time whistle was more welcome for ten men LC than Jets, but the Jets staff were fierce in their demands to push forward and hunt goals.
The second half got off to a good start when Gibbo, back from suspension, pressed high from full-back to the line and cut back and lay in Lewis Putman to hammer the second of his brace 5-0
What one full back can do the other can and this time Jamie Speer was the provider with a deep cross that the keeper could only get a punch too that went straight to Louis Bircham to control and plant into the corner of the net 6-0 (56 mins).
Jets took ten minutes to add no7 with the demanding management getting restless at Jets were now in a seemingly relaxed mood 😄.
Reece Cameron worked with skipper Louis Stead to play in Louis Bircham to complete the second of his brace 7-0 (66 mins).
With three players on two goals apiece, the question was who would be the hat trick hero tonight? with three on two. Well, none of them as it was the turn of Jamie Speer and Sean Giordmaina to get in on the scoring.
Sean Giordmaina’s shot was scrambled clear by a defender, but only as far as Louis Stead who plays in the overlapping Jamie Speer whose shot on goal was so decisively slow it was spilled by the keeper over the line 8-0 and a wry smile from Jamie on this one.
Then came arguably the goal of the night. Jets keeper Rob Partington gets in on the assists picking out Sean Giordmaina’s run and the nippy winger took this one solo and hit a 25-yard rocket into the top of the net 9-0. (73 mins)
On 78 minutes, the club record and double figures for the team as Sean Giordmaina high pressed and robbed a defender and chips the keeper for his second.
The action was not over as London Colney sealed a miserable night for themselves with a straight red for a stamp on Tom Gibson and had to play the final nine minutes with nine players, but Jets inflicted no more pain on them and played out and got in for the very welcome sponsors crate.
Plenty of candidates for the Jets man of the match with four players on a brace, Putman, Giordmaina, Stead and Bircham, and Giordmaina had three out of four assists in the first half to add to his and Stead’s.
Speer and Bircham chipped in with assists too, but manager Stuart Atkins made the final decision and went for the recalled Reece Cameron as the Carlsberg man of the match for a superb deep display and I recon Stu picking him also to add weight to the tactical move by him to play him in that role 😂😂 yes Stu point made mate!
So three points, ten goals and a club record Premier score line. What more could you want from a Carlsberg night.
Oxhey Jets 3 North Greenford Utd 3
Spartan South Midlands Premier
12th December 2020
Jets and North Greenford United did battle royal for the restart of this bedraggled season, and it was a real early Christmas Cracker, a hell of a battle between clubs that have respect and a real friendship for each other.
Jets knew they had to be sharp today as NGU had already been to us and won 1-3 in the FA Vase earlier in the season, and they’re still in the competition playing next weekend, and we wish them well.
Changes for Jets as even after the lay off there were suspensions to clear for Tom Gibson and Chris Blunden, and Brennan and Preedy not available, season debuts for two former players Tom Inch and Sim Armstrong and both did very well.
It was NGU who came out the blocks first and controlled the opening minutes and took the lead after 10 minutes with a fantastic left-foot strike by Charlie Mitchell.
Jets, though, got the spur from that and took the game to the visitors.
Lewis Putman latched onto Sweeney’s assist to match the strike at the other end with a superb strike on the half-hour.
Now Jets were in the mood, and Sean Giordmaina weaved and found Putman in the area, and he picked out Brad Sweeney to strike a thunderbolt into the top of the net 2-1 Jets (34 mins)
Jets then had a superb chance to extend the lead, but former player Kojo was there to deny us with a clearance off the line from Putman.
Then came a controversial decision that was to bite Jets. Skipper Louis Stead was taken down and the NGU player cautioned for the tackle that left Stead needing treatment. Now the referee decided that Stead must leave the field for the restart as treatment was long and, while waiting to rejoin, Kai Brosman volleyed an equaliser (39 mins), and he was Stead’s man! Now the question is if the tackle is that bad to warrant a yellow then why the surprise treatment needed !!!! And now the fouled injured player is off the field why the offending team score.
Jets had a seeming lucky escape when Jamie Speer looked to have brought down a striker for a bolt-on penalty but the referee went straight for his cards and yellow for the dive. Now on this one, our VEO camera and Mr Mason’s video proves the match official to be correct. Jamie got a clean ball, it was a great tackle.
Half time 2-2
The second half started not great for Jets as Jamie Speer was sin-binned, and North Greenford missed a sitter while Jets were down to 10 men.
The North Greenford keeper denied Lewis Putman in a 1-on-1 on the hour, and moments later a twist and strike from Giordmaina was saved and another cross hit the bar. Jets finally got the lead they deserved on 70 mins when Lewis Stead started a run and, as Giordmaina broke left and Putman right dragging the defenders, Stead superbly weaved before another superb strike struck gold 3-2 Jets.
Jets then lost substitute, Charlie Barton, with a concussion and had to reshuffle. It was an end to end ding dong now and Rob Partington kept Jets lead with a superb feet save 1-on-1 with Molyneux.
NGU kept the pressure on Jets and got the break with a penalty for a push converted by Mitchell 3-3 (84 mins).
Full time 3-3 both sides deserved the point. Both will feel they could have won, and both could have lost. A fair result fully deserved and a credit of a match to all players.
Jets man of the match would be hard to summarise as it could have been any of the team. It was a superb performance, the defence was beaten three times, but the performances were good, the front line got the goals but we only got a point, it’s mad, but that was today’s game. The edge for the Carlsberg MOM bottle, the only beer allowed out of the clubhouse in our tier two close down, went to Daryl Brown who was outstanding in his defending and his vision going forward.
DUE TO COVID19 GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS, WHICH SEVERELY LIMIT BOTH THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND THE ENTERTAINMENT WE CAN HAVE AT FUNCTIONS, WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO TAKE ANY BOOKINGS TO HIRE THE CLUB AT THIS TIME.