Jets 3 Harpenden Town 3
Spartan South Midlands Premier
15th September 2020
The evening got off to a very positive start with SSML/FA official Peter Clayton coming down to present John Elliott with the Spartan Leagues Sportsmanship Trophy for the 2019/20 season. John Elliott expressed his thanks to the SSML committee, clubs and officials who voted for Oxhey Jets, and his thanks to Tim O’Sullivan and his players and staff for making this award come to Jets.
The Spartan South Midlands campaign got off to a tough start at the Boundary Stadium against a powerful Harpenden side and resulted in a 3-3 thrilling see-saw draw in front of another excellent crowd.
In a very even game Jets lost their keeper Rob Partington with a pre-match injury. Still, in goal, Filip did very well, and it was a blow for blow match with some slightly erratic refereeing but no bias, same for both just some confusing decisions.
Jets lost Nick Kerley with the dreaded hamstring ping very early, and Lee Armitt came on for his return debut.
The first break went Jets way when Ashley Lewis shot from just outside the box (37 mins) to put the home side in front.
Harpenden hit back before the break to take both sides in level.
Jets, a bit against the run of play, got back in front (59 mins). Lewis Putman on his league return doing really well, hassling the defender before nudging past the keeper in a typical “Putts” way 2-1.
This was Jets best period, but they paid the price for two big misses by Armitt when, seconds later, Harpenden levelled and then within a minute went 2-3 in front.
Now Harpenden will feel they should have finished things off, but jets were more dogged than anything and were pushing back.
Both sides had ? pens turned down then, with four minutes to go, Carlos was brought down, and Lewis Putman scored his second and Jets third from the spot 3-3.