Jets Surge Back Into The Battle
Edgware & Kingsbury 0 Oxhey Jets 1
Cherry Red Combined Counties Premier North
28th March 2023
Oxhey Jets, detached at the bottom of the Combined Counties Premier North league table since August, continued their recent surge in form with a shock 1-0 win away at in-form Edgware and Kingsbury.
This win takes them off the bottom of the table and gives Jets hope that they can avoid relegation this season. Three win in their last three games, the first time Jets have had three consecutive wins since January 2022, and all with clean sheets (the first time since February 2020), and Jets’ young side are showing what they are capable of.
Edgware and Kingsbury went into the game top of the league form guide and also had the benefit of playing on their 4G pitch.
Jets, though, had the advantage of the slope in the first half and attacked hard, creating several chances, including one sequence of shots where it looked sure that Jets must score.
The opening goal finally arrived in the 36th minute. Young Henry Dudley picked up the ball on the right-hand side and accelerated straight at the Edgware defence before powering home his shot from just inside the area.
The Edgware and Kingsbury Twitter at half-time said that it could have been more, and they were relieved that their side was only a goal down.
In the second half Jets had to cope with playing against the slope, and Edgware & Kingsbury, a good footballing side, pushed forward. Jets, though, coped with the pressure and the home side only created one really good opportunity that was saved by Lewis Lavin in the Jets’ goal.
Jets might have even got a second as, pushing forward on the counter, they had a shot that hit the bar.
A very good performance with the two Jets centre halves, Sam Scott and Ben Delicata sharing the Jets Man of the Match award.
Joint manager Tom Inch described the first 45 minutes as Jets best performance since he started his role in October, and that the second half showed control and a desire to hold onto the win.
Still a lot of work to do, but Jets have given themselves an opportunity to achieve their own ‘Great Escape’.