Jets Break Through Against Strong Town
Jets earned another three points against a top-six team to continue their climb up the table remarkably against the big boys and maintaining an excellent record on the A1 matches.
Arlesey Town and Jets really did battle out a nose to nose tackle for tackle battle, you could not look your opponent in the eye and blink tonight. Chances were at a premium, and both teams had spells where they edged play, but it was edged not dominated, the defences were both tight and secure and little made it through to the keepers, but when it did both pulled out blinding saves.
The substitutions by manager Tim O’Sullivan swung it Jets way with both Jets subs having a significant hand in the goals.
With the game looking drawn at 0-0 a peach of a ball from George Hobson literally brushed the hair of the jumping centre half, but it was enough to put Kyle Johnson through on the keeper and he as calm as you like slotted 1-0 (81 min).
Jets now had a couple of chances as the visitors came out looking and at the other end, a double save by Jets Matty Evans held Jets lead.
Then the second substitute young Ollie Lawford drove a low cross in and with Lewis Putman central and Sean Giordmaina at the back post waiting to pounce the defender’s outstretched leg diverted the ball into his own net 2-0 (86 min).
The battle eased but three minutes into stoppage with a penalty appeal and a save the ball fell to the unmarked striker to drive home 2-1 (90+3).
The referee blew full-time on the restart.
It was a hell of a battle and a testimony to how far Tim has brought the club back in a short time.
Man of the match was unanimous Jamie Speer defensively superb all night against a very well organised and strong side.
Special mentions for all the backline. They were and had to be faultless tonight. Henry again outstanding in a midfield where all worked hard to win possession and create opportunities. A front line of Putman, Giordmaina, Kerley and Johnson, supported by Turner, Jones & Marku must be frightening for any defenders, and you just can’t let any of them out your sight or bang.
With players returning and injuries and suspensions clearing Tim has an excellent squad coming together now, and the atmosphere and fun are back.