Makeshift Jets No Match For Salamis

New Salamis 10 Oxhey Jets 0

Spartan South Midlands Premier
14th September 2021

New Salamis scored a double figure win over a makeshift Jets side as Jets struggle through this period without a manager and several first team players.

Due to the wholesale changes Jets had to make it would be unfair to put a detailed report up on the loss, when the team put together, including several young players, was inevitably outclassed by one of the stronger sides in the league.

We are grateful to the commitment shown by players willing to turn out in such an adverse situation, including the young players who came in knowing they were stepping up to a level beyond their experience.

It is a fixture fulfilled. We take the loss on the chin, and we continue to progress our plans to come through this mess that we find ourselves in. Our next competitive fixture is on the 25th so we have 11 days from this game to work to make a lot of progress in our rebuild.

Wembley Defeat For Depleted Jets

Wembley 5 Oxhey Jets 1

FA Vase 1st Round Qualifying
11th September 2021

Wembley took full advantage of Jets problems, running in five goals with Jets only response being a converted penalty by Harry Beaumont.

Respect observed for the victims of 9/11 on the 20th anniversary.

Harry Beaumont converts a penalty

No way through for Sean Giordmaina from this indirect free kick inside the Wembley penalty area.

Kingstonian Show Their Quality

Kingstonian 8 Oxhey Jets 1

FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Replay
8th September 2021

Jets defended valiantly in the first half and almost kept it goalless to half-time, but a 43rd minute goal from Gus Sow broke the deadlock and gave Kingstonian a 1-0 lead at half-time.

The goal itself was unfortunate, a Kingstonian cross was turned on to the post by Jets, Sow followed up but his shot was weak and Partington parried but it deflected off a Jets defender into the net.

In the second half, though, Kingstonian showed their quality and Jets tired as the goals went in. Kingstonian remain unbeaten this season in league and cup with 5 wins and the draw against Jets last Saturday. Next up for them in the FA Cup is Horsham on the 18th September. We wish them well.

Full Time: Kingstonian 8 Oxhey Jets 1

Although the result was a disappointment, the attitude and desire this group of players showed for Jets was outstanding. To resist such a good side for 3 halves of football with a makeshift line-up was a credit to everyone involved.

Full match report to follow

Phe-nom-enal!!

Oxhey Jets 2 Kingstonian 2

FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
4th September 2021

A draw against Kingstonian, the Isthmian Premier Division leaders who are targeting promotion to the National League South and making the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup this year, would always be a fantastic result for Jets, but given that the turmoil this week has made it one of the worst weeks in Jets history, this result can only be described as phenomenal.

The spirit of Oxhey Jets and the South Oxhey community shone through to make this such a tremendous day. The players and the management and coaches who came and gave everything for the club today were just outstanding. Also, to everyone who turned out today to support the team, create a fantastic atmosphere and to show how they felt about the Jets – all we can say is THANK YOU. It means a lot.

Officials and Captains line-up at the start, with Tom Gibson back with the Skipper’s armband.

Jets made 6 changes from the midweek loss against Arlesey Town for players who are no longer with the club. The team, however, came together superbly under manager for the day, Andy Lomas, and kept the game tight and goalless at half-time.

Outstanding header from Lewis Putman that beats the keeper to bring Jets back level.

Kingstonian, however, jumped into the lead straight straight after the break when Murrell-Williamson scored after a strong run in from the right wing, and it looked like it might be tough from then on for Jets. The management and team, though, did not falter and stuck to the gameplan, and a great header from Lewis Putman brought Jets level just 4 minutes later.

Kingstonian regained the lead on 65 minutes, a great cross setting up a simple tap-in for Murrell-Williamson to get his second.

Lewis Putman is bundled over in the penalty area.

Putman makes no mistake from the spot and it’s 2-2.

Jets levelled again though, Lewis Putman converting from the spot in the 79th minute after he had been brought down in the area.

Rob Partington just manages to scramble this close range effort away, although there were strong appeals that it had crossed the line.

Kingstonian had claims for a penalty and thought they had scored when Declan Skura’s shot was scrambled off the line. It was difficult to tell, but both the referee and his assistant thought that it hadn’t crossed the line.

Jets then held firm and the tie goes to a replay at Kingstonian on Wednesday night.

At the end everyone stayed in the ground and gave the team a massive cheer and clapped the team off with a standing ovation.

Great day, Great result, Great support!

Brilliant support

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Jets Self Destruct After Bright Start

Oxhey Jets 4 Arlesey Town 6

Spartan South Midlands Premier
31st August 2021

Jets poor start to the league campaign continued against Arlesey Town, losing 4-6 at home. A disappointing 5 points from 12, including only 2 points from 3 home games, from the talented side tipped to be within the promotion mix.

Jets found themselves a goal down in just two minutes when a thumper of a shot from fully 40 yards hit the underside of the bar leaving GK Rob Partington with no hope, but static defending allowed a simple tap in to complete.

Jets rallied and showing a superb football display, and John Smith levelled (12 mins), then Andy Brennan shot ( 15 mins) Jets into the lead after getting on the end of Putman’s low ball.

The visitors pulled it back 2-2 (28 mins) when a free-kick was not dealt with and again the follow up was not challenged.

It was turning into a goal fest as on 40 minutes an excellent save denied a long-range effort from Stead, but Lewis Putman was on hand to follow up with a rare header to put Jets back in front 3-2 at the break.

Seven minutes into the second period floodlight failure on one side delayed the match but on the restart, Jets extended the lead when Mr reliable Tom Gibson headed home from a corner 4-2 Jets.

The visitor’s job got harder when reduced to ten men as the game got very touchy and discipline was lost all over. Jets in the final few minutes were also reduced to ten men when Andy Brennan saw a straight Red.

After achieving what looked like a winning lead, Jets were then torn apart by an Arlesey comeback, conceding four goals within a sixteen-minute spell of poor play and ill-discipline, going from 4-2 in front to 4-6 behind, a total collapse that led to this disappointing league defeat.

Another floodlight blackout was sorted to allow the game to complete, and Manager Stuart Atkins threw on all three subs in the last ten minutes to try and salvage something. The game, though, was already lost. A disappointing home defeat after such a bright first half.

Following the match in the changing rooms, manager Stuart Atkins resigned from his post. It appears that Stuart’s staff have also withdrawn with him. We thank all involved for their time with the club and all the efforts they gave to us. There are many long term friendships involved amongst staff and players, and we will not be making any further comment on the situation.

Disappointing Jets Hold On To  a Point

Oxhey Jets 1 Crawley Green 1

Spartan South Midlands Premier
28th August 2021

Crawley Green may have been bottom of the table at kick-off, but it was Jets who were more relieved to hear the final whistle and hold on to a point at the end of this game.

In form Brad Sweeney goes close early

Jets had early chances, the best falling to classy winger Brad Sweeney, but things were more than a little off today as Jets produced an “after the Lord Mayor’s show” performance following last week’s giant-killing in the FA Cup.

Kenny Nobrega was called into early action

Jets were forced into an early substitution when Danny May clearly struggling unwell had to be withdrawn and Kenny Nobrega, who had made such an excellent debut last week, was thrown straight into the action with no reorganisation needed.

Jets were mindful defensively that they had no recognised goalkeeper available and were very grateful that pitch player Luke Preedy was willing to borrow some gloves and go in the sticks for the day. Jets long-timers will remember he did save a penalty last time he pulled on the golden gloves in Tim O’Sullivan’s reign. Jets did protect their goal, having most of the possession, and Luke was only called into serious action twice in the first half.

Louis Stead strikes Jets into the lead

Stead enjoyed that one!

Slowly you sensed the game swinging more and more Jets way and it was really no surprise when a perfectly weighted pull back ball from Lewis Putman was stabbed home 1-0 Jets (34 mins) by Louis Stead.

Jets settled and looked comfortable but just needing to be a little less wasteful and more clinical to take full control of the match.

Louis Bircham replaced Sean Giordmaina on the wing at the break and Crawley made changes and it was the visitors who took more control of the game straight away. Jets appeared to lose composure and patience which intensified once Crawley Green had equalised. It was no surprise when it came from a good touch and shot by Rhiney (57 min ) that gave the keeper no chance and you felt not many would have stopped it.

You just hoped that this would be the wake-up call Jets needed and the opportunity to take the win opened up more for them when the visitor’s goalkeeper got a straight Red, presumably for language as it was only a Jets corner. However, Jets flicks and continual overplay did not trouble the visitors and their stand-in keeper had only one real save to make as they shut up shop effectively.

Jets final shuffle was to take Kenny Nobrega back off and put Reece Cameron on as the extra forward hoping for the late break to snatch the points. Nobody, however, could get anything close to on target and the only net tested was the high ball net protecting the houses in what was a match to forget.

Phil Ifil in control at the back, but a late Sin Bin didn’t help our late push for a winner

Man of the match was easily heading to the experienced Phil Ifil who was pulling most of the important blocks and toes at the right time, but the award was lost in a moment of rare ill-discipline and a Sin Bin rant that lost Jets the man advantage for the closing minutes.

Based on that and the performance, the Carlsberg bottle goes to Luke Preedy for so willingly picking up the gloves and helping us out big time when needed.

Match officials