Jets Hot Shots
Hillingdon Borough 1 Oxhey Jets 3
Combined Counties Division One
9th September 2023
Three excellent points on this visit across the border to the Middlesex Stadium, but this was by far Jets worst performance of the season so far. Switching to our green kit to play a team in blue it looked for all the world like we were content to pass to a blue shirt all afternoon!!
Incredibly, it was after two saves by Lewis Lavin and four minutes gone that Jets grabbed the lead. Dylan Hickman-Singh beat his man with his incredible pace, and his shot beat the keeper but hit the post and looped across the goal, and Owen Ayres reacted first to steer over the line to open his goal account.
Jets were incredibly grateful to their own keeper as we looked leakier than Thames water today, and time and time again were cut open and Lewis Levin pulled off incredible saves to hold the lead.
With the home manager going ballistic that we only had one chance, we got our second sight of goal. Young Archie James won the midfield ball and immediately played in Lewis Putman, who beat the keeper with a dipper and a deflection 0-2 (15 mins).
Hillingdon tested Jets time and time again, and were clearly playing and handling the bobbly pitch and blistering heat better. Dylan had two weak penalty appeals turned down, and Jets were totally indebted to their GK to hold the advantage, and should have stretched it when Putman went clear, but a rare miss so 2-0 at the break.
Ice packs and water were the order of the break to try to lower the body temperatures.
Jets started as they finished, scrappy, and the managers quickly inserted fresh legs using all they’re allowed.
On the hour Hillingdon pulled one back and it was more than deserved. This, however, woke Jets from the heat slumbers and they reacted making more breaks although they had to play with ten men when too much trap led to a sin bin rest for one.
A clean break by Putman left a clear and loud penalty appeal, but the referee was not even over the half way line never mind near play, and said no but stopped the game to retire injured. The assistant took over with the unbeaten Joes Sunday manager Taylor Mitchell taking the line, and the inevitable abuse from the home support, for the last ten minutes.
Dylan and Atvo came close but, in honesty, my money was on an equaliser. Then a perfect corner and a rare good ball today was headed home by Owen Ayres for the killer and his brace. 1-3
The Jets Carlsberg Man of the Match didn’t even make a discussion point as there was only one man to consider, Lewis Lavin.
Three big points against a very useful team on the road in blistering record breaking heat, get to the bar to re-hydrate fast lads, a wins a win!!!
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