Survival Hopes Suffer A Blow
Broadfields Utd 3 Oxhey Jets 1
Cherry Red Combined Counties Premier North
15th April 2023
Jets stumbled badly on the hope of a relegation miracle against a very good Broadfields team.
Both sides needed changes after the ridiculous fixture list that so many teams are suffering.
Jets fell behind in only the second minute when a ridiculous penalty was awarded. This sent a rocky tone for Jets for the rest of the match and unfortunately gave me the first FA MOAS really bad report to do on a match official for some time.
The foul was obvious, but it started well outside the area, and all the usual cover-up scatter aside of first, second and cover-up phases of play a side it was a clear case of a clever forward too smart for the official, take the foul, hold up, get in the area and fall fast.
Jets got wound up by this and never really recovered. The first half was dreadful. Jets were given the run around from top to bottom and inexplicably just could not get in the game.
Broads opened the margined with a simple square and tap in. They were in full control and the Jets staff were just praying for the half-time break.
The second half was much better. Jets did pull much more together and slowly edge back in the game and it wasn’t really a surprise when David Levy slotted an excellent solo goal. Then it was a matter of could Jets pull out a positive result.
Kieran Patterson beat the keeper with a shot not quite on target but not quite in reach of David Levy and it went agonisingly wide.
An awful piece of bad luck summed up Jets season when the keeper was beaten, the ball hit the inside of the post, bounced up, hit the keeper on the back of the head and came out, not in, for luckless Jets.
In stoppage time, with Jets fully committed and trying desperately to get a point, the sucker punch third killed the match. With no time added in for the understandable but never less excessive time wasting the match was lost and Broadfields made it past the post to safety. We are happy for Broads, they are a very nice club and very good friends of Jets.
It was disappointing but the squad is tired, inexperienced and giving their all. It’s still difficult with the League Champions and Runners-Up to come this week, but these lads have come back from the dead to give it a go and our thoughts are the same. Whatever happens, these lads have done us proud.
Man of the match was given to Lewis Lavin for an excellent first half that kept Jets in the match and gave us the chance to make the attempted comeback in the second half.