‘Nearly’ Jets Downed By Title Chasers
Jets are at the moment a nearly side. They nearly get a strong side out who nearly competes with the top teams, and nearly get something from the game. IF, and it is IF, the commitment was better from some areas they could be enjoying a better season that started so well. Just sort the heart and soul out and with some luck get back on track.
Late , very late, pull outs or late let downs left the manager calling from the already sparse on the day reserve team. It is unfair and completely unacceptable for the staff who make the daily effort for the team.
Jets competed in a feisty first half, and it was quite a game. Biggleswade could well earn promotion at the first attempt and played some excellent touch football and have a good understanding.
Jets will feel still very, very aggrieved that, on 11 minutes, what was a stonewall penalty was not given to them for a blatant foul in the box.
@BiggleswadeFc1 twittered “Penalty shout for the home team but more chance of West Ham turning decent than it being given”. Think they should go to Specsavers as the photos show the ball was gone and the defender taking the player out.
In an even and combative game, Biggleswade had an excellent shot just past the post and Nick Kerley was then denied by a super save.
Things started to go wrong for Jets, and nobody was to blame. No fouls, no opponents tackles, just Jets lousy luck at the moment. First, Reserves top scorer Matt Goodman, who is settling nicely into the first in the last two games, landed awkwardly and rolled his ankle. Despite hobbling badly, he tried to battle onto the break but was obviously in trouble and would be lost at the whistle.
With half-time approaching and two of the three teams on the pitch doing well, a misunderstanding amongst the Jets defence allowed Alex Marsh to open the scoring for Biggleswade.
With Goodman lost at the break Jets then suffered the loss of top scorer Nick Kerley early in the second half. Kerley fell awkwardly and with the loud crack heard both benches went straight on to help (many thanks to Biggleswade FC’s physio who not only helped but then covered Jets for the rest of the game while Jets people went with Nick). The stoppage was lengthy, but Nick was safely attended to, not requiring the abandonment so often seen these days.
Looking after Nick means the rest of the report relies on twitter feeds.
Six minutes later it was 2-0 Biggleswade, Marsh this time being the provider, and Lee Northfield finishing with his left foot.
There were then a few chances both ways but nothing to write home about. The Jets team, without a full bench, were now lacking step 5 experience and was too stretched to respond. The game went pretty flat towards the end and Jets finally lost 0-2.
The match kindly sponsored by Jets stalwart Phil Sharpe in memory of his Dad Peter awarded the man of the match award to Tom Gibson. Many times his great last gasp interceptions denied the visitors, but today available numbers, quality in depth and that dreadful no penalty decision finished Jets off.