Garry Beadle’s stand memorial is unveiled
Appropriately on FA Cup day, a competition that Garry loved, Jets unveiled the naming of the Garry Beadle Memorial Stand. It was a heart tugging moment as the sign was revealed and his No.10 balloon sent to heaven with the message. 💙#10💙 always in our hearts.
Garry’s Mum, Karen, commented; “To all at Oxhey Jets FC, following yesterday’s unveiling of Garry Beadle’s memorial stand, as Garry’s mum, I would like to say what an honour & with much love & pride, that I had the privilege of unveiling his memorial stand on a very emotional day. I know my Garry will be chuffed to bits looking down on every game at Jets FC, the club he loved so much. Huge Thanks to John for initiating this lovely tribute for Garry, his memory will NEVER be forgotten now. “Fly high my beautiful (No 10) boy” Love ALWAYS Mum xxx”
Thanks also to all our players and supporters, and to our opponents Flackwell Heath FC and the match officials, for their support in this ceremony.
Oxhey Jets 0 Flackwell Heath 4
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
10th August 2019
Jets were blown away by the visitors, Flackwell Heath, in this extra preliminary round FA Cup tie.
Jets did not live up to the form of their previous two away games at Eynesbury Rovers and London colney, and Heath made them pay as they cruised to victory.
It was fairly equal in the opening minutes but Heath then took charge and were 2-0 up at the half hour mark with the game as good as won.
Jets were rattled but they did start the second half with renewed vigour. A big chance was missed inside the 6-yard box that could have seen Jets threaten, but Heath survived before settling the contest in the final minutes.
Heath sealed it in the 85th minute with a third goal, and then added a fourth for a comfortable win. Good luck to them in the next round.
London Colney 1 Oxhey Jets 3
Spartan South Midlands Premier
6th August 2019
Three superb points and four on the road in our first two games, both against sides fancied for the top battle, but feet on the ground for us, say 36 more points to that magic 40 point safety line!
The draw Saturday at Eynesbury looked even better looking at Tuesday’s 5-0 battering that they inflicted on Biggleswade United. For our opponents London Colney it was their first match as they were the odd side out on Saturday in our 21 team league this season.
London Colney has been mega busy this summer bringing in virtually a whole new squad from multiple clubs to chase that promotion spot.
The first half-hour was a tight affair. Jets had more possession, but LC were very dangerous on the counter. Gary Wallace kept Jets level after Matty Evans was beaten but Wallace was there to clear off the line.
It was a critical clearance because minutes later Reece Cameron crossed to last season’s top scorer Nick Kerley who, in the cheekiest of cheeky moves, back flicked the ball past the keeper and into the net (31 mins).
It was now end-to-end, and Jets pushed while on the downhill attack, but it remained 0-1 at the break.
The half-time war cry’s from both changing rooms for the local derby was expected. It was Jets, though, who changed the game with an early strike after Carlos Simao was brought down. Carlos took his own free-kick and that man mountain, Jets own “Duncan Ferguson” was on hand as Reece Cameron headed home 0-2 (48 mins) making up for his first half caution.
LC were rattled but still had the slope, but it looked all over when the nippy winger Carlos Simao made it 2-in-2 with a solo run and blistering shot 0-3 (70 mins).
LC, in a strange incident, were awarded a penalty after a foul on a Jets player! After the uproar that broke out the assistant rectified his mistake and Jets were given the correct free-kick, and it cost LC a sin bin offence.
The temperature rose somewhat and in an act of madness Luke Preedy raised his hands to push an opponent while the two of them were getting a lecture from the official. Now the push must have caught the LC defender off balance as somehow he found himself rolling on the floor holding his face, Now to be fair the miggies were out in force so I guess one went into his eye as the shoulder was pushed, but the outcome was the same either way and with little choice for the referee it was straight red for Preedy.
The hosts pulled one back in stoppage time from a wicked deflection, but the game was over, and Jets move onto the glorious FA Cup on Saturday, always an exciting thing.
Man of the match decision was close. A good team performance from Tom McConway who was excellent in the middle; Reece “Dunc” Cameron was, well typical Reece “Dunc” Cameron so well in the hunt; but the Carlsberg man of match award went to Jamie Speer who was faultless in a superb win.
Solid Point For Jets in Tough Opener
Eynesbury Rovers 1 Oxhey Jets 1
Spartan South Midlands Premier
3rd August 2019
Jets started the season with the honour of travelling to Eynesbury Rovers, our furthest trip of the season. Rovers are new to us (or returning to SSML after 80 yrs absence) following yet another FA reshuffle and predicted to be a top-6 side, at least, this season. What a pleasure it was, and the pitch is an absolute carpet, an early contender for playing surface award for sure.
Jets have their age-old August problems with so many teachers in the setup, causing availability problems in the holiday season. The impact of that along with manager Tim O’Sullivan’s recruitment push meant there were six Jets starting debuts on the pitch and two on the bench. The new boys did well as Jets earned a solid point away against forcible opponents in front of the biggest SSML crowd (168) of the day.
The match was competitive and end to end. Jets did pick up an early yellow for midfield debutant Luke Preedy, just 8 minutes into the game.
Later in the game, Ashley Lewis was our first “sin bin” sinner earning the pleasure in the 70th minute. The sin-bin set Jets back on their heels as he was the brick at the centre of the defence. His absence drew Jets back into their shell for the final period, leaving Wallace and another debutant Kyle Clifford with much work to do.
Up front two more debutants, Reece Cameron and nippy winger Carlos Simao were causing problems all day and, as their partnership grows, they look set to be a handful.
Midfield is the battleground and Luke Preedy and Tom McConway both combined well on their jets debuts so early season nerves were soon settled.
It was a battle, but Jets had to come from behind when a good strike in the 18th minute gave Rovers the lead. It was seen late through the bunch of players, and despite a diving touch that looked saved by Matty Evans, it crept to the post and in the net 1-0 (18 mins).
Jets took the game to the hosts and were furious when twice in short succession Simao was brought down when past the defender but no penalties were given.
Matty Evans was equally busy and old guard Speer, Gibson and Beaumont had to be on top alert as the pendulum swung back and forth. HT 1-0
Nothing changed in the second half. The humidity flew up, the pace stayed high, and players on both sides were looking tired, and the chances were aplenty, but Jets had worked hard and got on top.
Long shots came from Clifford, which went a little high, and Simao, who was denied by a super save and one just over, as jets pushed and pushed. It looked like Jets had got the equaliser when Preedy placed a superb header, but somehow a defender made it back to deny.
The breakthrough came when Carlos Simao, growing in confidence, used his speed to break clear and then place an excellent equaliser on 69minutes 1-1.
With 20 to go Ashley Lewis was “binned” and Jets dropped or were forced back. Even on his return, which coincided with losing Simao to cramp, Jets needed to rely on superb goalkeeping and defending, coupled with a bit of luck, to hold on for a great point.
Man of the match was, as you’d expect on this performance, a close decision. Ashley Lewis was right up there but can’t really with a sin-bin tick off. All the debut lads were on their game and Speer, and skipper Gibbo were giving it their all.
The deciding pick of the Carlsberg Jets Man of the Match award went to MOM sponsor Mick Walsh who singled out Harry Beaumont. So a bottle of the new Pilsner and a special gift from a Mick this year for Harry.
Coming Soon – F.A. Cup football!
RAF Football and Oxhey Jets Form Partnership
Following a meeting at MoD Whitehall Wing Commander John Hetherington announced the Partnership with Jets.
Hetherington commented: “RAF football has an excellent relationship with Oxhey Jets who, as a Club, are outstanding supporters of the military community. We look forward to working closely over the coming years.”
John Elliott added: “We are delighted that the partnership between RAF football and Oxhey Jets has been formalised today. The relationship has grown and we have both enjoyed working together on football and charity projects. We now want to build on what we have achieved and take this partnership further.”
A number of events will follow including Family days, youth and senior club RAF base visits, fitness PTI events, player integration into high level RAF officer matches, an armistice day special event Royal British Legion match and the RAF hosting a return fixture at England’s St George’s park training base.
We are also delighted that RAF Icarus, as well as playing in this year’s Remembrance Day charity match, will play some of their home cup fixtures at Jets.
Much more info on events to follow.