Jets Unlucky Not To Steal A Point At League Leaders
Jets fought so hard at Leaders London Colney and will be gutted they returned home empty. The fixture list is being cruel to Jets at the moment as the last two league games were against first and second (Cockfosters) and the next is Hertford so the top three and all three serious championship contenders on the bounce.
Jets opened the scoring on ten minutes when a ball into the box had the slightest of heads from Luke Wells to beat the keeper and shock the long time league leaders.
Jets could and should have gone two up when Wells went clear on the keeper and the keeper denied, and Colney stayed in the hunt in what was a scrappy but even affair with neither side really getting any shots on goal away.
Jets didn’t really looked threatened at this stage but Hariely was caught dreaming on the ball and the hosts sprung a fast and immediate attack with Jets caught upfield waiting for Hariely to pass. Skipper Jude Bell, who was having a superb game, was skilfully beaten and two Jets players went in on the attacker who dramatically and loudly hit the deck and the referee bought it and went straight to the spot for a hotly disputed penalty. Converted by Greg Shaw. 1-1 (26mins).
It was blow for blow in a fairly dour midfield clash from there on. The only controversy being Sim Armstrong getting kicked in the area, but the striker, like most of Jets, really must learn to hit the ground and stop trying to stay on their feet that rarely brings a spot kick. Half time 1-1
The second half with the slope in their favour really saw the championship hopefuls and leaders take the upper hand and apply some pressure that, in fairness, Jets soaked up collectively.
Then a cutter of a threw ball was to open Jets. Baker came out rapidly but failed to get to the ball and the chip left him stranded and Archie Mac scored what was to be the winner. 2-1 (59mins).
Jets pushed and pushed in the final ten, after the pressure period from Colney, and they really pulled themselves together. Luke Jones was taken down and the ref cautioned and gave the free kick, but camera evidence was to show it was in the area and a penalty, but in fairness Colney had there own strong appeal denied after a foul by Jack Robertson.
Jets had a mass scramble and how oh how that stayed out I don’t know as Robertson and Armstrong were all over it, and a minute later another scramble also drew a blank and the final whistle went.
Jets will be gutted to be empty handed, and LC are dab hands at grounding out results and they are really in with a great chance in the SSMP three horse race, one of which Cockfosters can’t go up so realistically now London Colney and Hertford are battling out for promotion and it could go to the wire.
Jets had a lot of play and the team as a whole played well, with no Jets man of the match announced I asked a London Colney official for their nomination and they went for Jets Jude Bell in the heart of the defence.
Next league match is Hertford so Jets will be trying again to upset the title race, but first on Wednesday is the matter of the semi-final of the Hertfordshire Charity shield at home to Berko (7-30 KO).
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