Another Bigg Result for Jets
Biggleswade FC 1 Oxhey Jets 1
Spartan South Midlands Premier
12th January 2019
One week on from the terrific last gasp victory at 4th placed Biggleswade Utd, and Jets headed back up the A1 to play, arguably, the Spartan Premier Champions Elect Biggleswade FC. For the second week running, and for the 4th time up the A1 this season, Jets came home very happy with another Bigg result, this time with an excellent point against an impressive Biggleswade FC team.
Jets knew this trip back up the A1 again to face FC fresh off the back of their fantastic FA Vase result last Saturday was to be very testing. Jets had injury problems today, and the injury list got worse when a list of calamities caused the very late withdrawal of leading scorer Nick Kerley. Jets reshuffled and went with the youngsters, and they did not disappoint.
Jets did well with Sean Giordmaina operating solo up front in Kerley’s slot and by sheer graft created Jets first two chances. The first was saved by the keeper at the post and the second, after he steadied and took what looked to be the opener forced an incredible last gasp toe save, deflecting it for a corner.
Enter Matty Evans the Jets keeper who was not feeling well as he entered the pitch but was all but perfection with two stunning saves to hold Jets solid against their classy opponents.
FC then had a let-off as the bounce beat their keeper and for Jets, it rolled inches the wrong side of the post.
Jets knew they could not slip, FC are one of the quickest slickest speedy attacks in the division, and the point was proved when disappointingly sloppy play discipline cost them, their own throw-in lost far too easily and the fast break and calm slot and FC were on their way (26mins).
It was competitive and played in a great spirit which was a credit to both sides and at the break and just one goal it was still anyone’s game. Now if we needed reminding that last year we were 6-0 down here at HT and 7-0 at the end then one of their supporters kindly !! reminded us on a tweet. We thank them as it was a reminder of how far we’ve come since those grey days and this season’s wins at Potten and Biggleswade United and a good draw at Baldock. This all helped to boost the rally call by the boss.
The second half started end to end, Jets matched their possession, but FC were building the shots and chances ratio more, and Matty Evans more than once pulled off the stopper.
Jets, however, were slowly edging more and more into the game. Sean Giordmaina was then lost to a precaution injury protection, and George Hobson was changed for a young debut.
Then with just four minutes to go, it was super-sub Ollie Lawford who rose high to head homewith perfection from a Luke Jones cross (86 min).
Would Jets settle for a point? Nope they went for it, and a stunning save from the FC keeper from a blistering Luke Jones shot denied Jets the three points. FC then could have won it as in the 93rd minute of the 93 they headed a chance onto the crossbar when scoring looked bolt on.
The whistle came to mark an excellent point for Jets. FC will be disappointed not because Jets were lucky, but because their standards are high which is a testament to how well new Jets did today.
Jets are showing, as Tim always says, work in progress and they sit with some big budgets behind them at the halfway mark.
All still possible so far and too early to predict who will be up and down, but if I were having a sportsman’s bet I’d say we took a brilliant point away at the champions-elect today, so with both matches for the season played, we may not meet again for at least a couple of years.
In closing, we must as a club wish Biggleswade the very best of luck against Windsor in the FA vase as Wembley is getting very much in view as they are the last team flying the SSML colours.
The Reserves bounced back from last weeks defeat in style coming back from a goal down at the break to win 3-1 against a strong Hoddesdon team who worked Jets all the way.
Jets equaliser at 9:55
Jets Produce The Goods At Top 4 Biggleswade
Biggleswade Utd 1 Oxhey Jets 2
Spartan South Midlands Premier
5th January 2019
What a day for Jets head coach Ryan Jackett as both his clubs, Oxhey Jets and Portsmouth ( managed by former Watford hero Dad Kenny Jackett), smashed home 96th minutes winners, Jets at high flying Biggleswade United and Pompey in an FA Cup giant-killing win at Norwich.
Jets started the day with a further reminder that no effort games like the feeble one last week won’t be tolerated and a tough test was to follow at high flying Biggleswade United who were on form and bubbling with confidence.
Tim demanded and then demanded what he demanded but could the lads produce?
Well let’s make it harder shall we, they said and sloppy defending failed to cover and clear for Jets keeper Matty Evans after a point-blank save. The defence ball watched as Sam Holmes smashed home the loose ball. (5 mins).
The remainder of the half was even, end to end and competitive, but right on the whistle Sean Giordmaina almost snatched the lead pouncing on a save but just in the side netting. This chance came after a 35th-minute penalty equaliser by Nick Kerley after Scott Bonner was brought down.
The first 15mins of the second half uphill was arguably the best I’ve seen Jets play this season. They chased, hassled and had real attacking options and quality against much-fancied opponents too, but United were defending superb, and the no5 was truly outstanding, an absolute magnificent defender.
As the half went on and both sides made changes, it was a thriller with both sides creating but rarely missing chances, because it was outstanding defending, blocking and goalkeeping that kept the sides level.
With the final ten minutes on the clock, the game was swinging the home sides way then with minutes to play a stunning save from a Matty Evans was a turning point. It was a stunner changing direction to stop the for sure winner.
Jets were for the first time hanging on a bit and when the referee indicated a minimum of 5 mins added I think many Jets hearts sunk.
Jets dug deep then with 94 on the clock skipper Tom Gibson intercepted and charged uphill and into the safety zone deep in the home sides half then cleverly took his foot off the pedal and won the throw in.
George Turner collected and hassled and turned it into a corner, and it must be the last chance. George Turner pumped in a fierce corner, and Nick Kerley headed across goal and off the opposite post for the winner (96 mins) just as Ryan’s dads Pompey side scored their FA cup winner.
Jets went mad, not because it won the league or a cup, but the team was looking for redemption, and they held their heads high and went higher than expected just when it counted. They bounced back from a lousy performance with a dogged hard earned one against a top-four side.
Man of the match. Nick Kerley got two goals, Sean Giordmaina’s shots on target were high and work rate superb, at the rear guard all were solid against excellent players and Scott Bonner and George Hobson, asked to play different roles, were excellent. With all this, though it was one moment that made the win possible for Jets, not the goals but the Matty Evans save.
Biggleswade have made their intentions clear this season with impressive results. Jets today for the first time beat a top-four side, showing their work in progress rebuild, is very much showing progress.
Go to 21:00 to see the winning goal!