Real Team Performance From Jets
16th August 2016
Jets got three superb points on the road at the new Silver Jubilee park stadium that promoted champions Edgware Town share with Hendon FC.
It was to be a difficult trip onto the 4G pitch that will offer a great home advantage to a good football side. Jets under Warren Gladdy and coaches James Hall & Nick Brewer while newly appointed Manager Lee Stedman continues to laze in the sun shine (insisting he is on a international scouting trip now SSML wages are so high)! made changes from the win over Colney Heath on Saturday as a more ruthless streak is demonstrated into the normally comfy club.
Leigh Stevens was recalled from his holiday weekend in Torquay, and at least he scored tonight which was an improvement on his weekend, and he took just seven minutes to strike Jets into the lead.
Two chances were missed, first Lowton shot wide after excellent movement to make the chance, then Tomi Essien could have netted, but a goal mouth scramble finally ran loose to Stevens to, by his description, ‘hammer home’.
Jets for twenty minutes dominated the chances as Luke Wells tormented the line but just couldn’t find the player to finish the job early, while at the other end Luke Lloyd was solid and skipper Jude Bell outstanding making more than one late intervention.
The back line with Thompson, Essien, Lloyd and Bell are as tight and protective as is humanly possible at the moment protecting the keeper Rob Partington who was rarely called into action, but when he was it was outstanding saves, well until the last few minutes when he dropped his first clanger of the season, but survived the drop.
The second period of the first half was even and Jets worryingly died off a little and for that the staff were on hand to deal some stern advise at the break. Jets started the second half brightly and again the magic seven as seven minutes in a spot on free-kick from Jude Bell found Mr. goals himself Adam Lowton to head Jets two clear and leave the hosts with a big slope to climb.
Scott Pugsley was injured and the solid Ben Collins came off the bench and two returning players, Tom Inch and last seasons leading goal scorer Martin Netzer came off the bench to play their part as legs tired.
Jets also signed Jack Robinson and Gary Warn this week as they continue to add to and strengthen the playing squad in this new era for the club and Gladdy was quick to point out the shirts and pressure on those shirts is increasing.
The Carlsberg Jets man of the match was difficult, the back four were faultless to a man, Lloyd had his best match of the season, Lowton keeps netting and it was a real team performance, but the nod went to Skipper Jude Bell and Luke Wells who at different ends of the pitch were outstanding.
Final word on the performance I think goes to a generous ‘Wares supporter’ who tweeted ‘@1972 jets very well done, very impressive performance, best I have seen at the Wares for a while’. After last seasons efforts this gent will not understand how much it means to us to hear those words.
So as Lee prepares to fly home and take the reins (subject to a vote of confidence :]) Warren Gladdy, Nick Brewer and James Hall have done a brilliant job and say follow that mate, no pressure !! But at least they are still around to steer him back to work.