Jets Self Destruct Then Salvage A Point
Oxhey Jets 3 Brook House 3
6th January 2024
Combined Counties Division One
Another Jekyll and Hyde performance by Jets on a very wet pitch, not easily playable.
Jets got off to a superb start win. Andre Lopes played a superb cutting ball for Dylan Hickman Singh to take on the full-back and square the perfect ball for James Barnett to steer home 1-0 Jets just four minutes played but slower than last week’s 15-second goal confirmed on the VEO clock.
Jets stayed on top possession-wise, but it was the visitors with many chances that on the day poor defending meant that Lewis Lavin was called upon more than once to deny and Brookhouse for sure would be rueing those misses later in the game.
It was again Dylan Hickman Singh who bamboozled the defender to cut back another perfect ball and again James Barnett was on hand to steer home 2-0 ( 31 min)
Jets were not at their best, with good attacking play in patches but easing away from the visitors thanks to good finishing and some luck on the visitor’s lack of that with chances created.
The pitch was cutting up badly on one side and heavy but the same for both sides and 2-0 was held to the break.
Brook House made three substitutions at the restart and it changed the game, with a goal just two minutes later by Harrison Woods.
Jets were in full retreat and being outworked, thought and played the visitors were all over them and streaming in at the Jets’ goal, unfortunately, the referee became a bit card-happy both ways and the fear of something more happening was a worry as he became more over-reactive, luckily nothing escalated into any colour change of the cards.
Jets were furious with a penalty awarded for hand ball a long delay as the ball was finally cleared but the referee suddenly agreed with the loud appeals and went to the spot and Jacob Adeyemi comfortably converted 2-2 (63 min)
Jets were clearly taken back and fell apart immediately a dropping corner caused chaos and there was a long scramble on the line before the ball finally was given as over the line by Harrison Woods and Brook House had deservedly swung the game on its head 2-3 (65min)
Even now Jets did not really respond and all looked lost we just like last week lost our way in the second half and neither substitutes nor instruction could fire us up.
Time was running out fast and all hope looked lost, then Jets started to respond and Dylan Hickman Singh was upended for a bolt-on penalty, but not given and as a pack of Jets players ran protesting towards the referee he brandished a sin bin yellow to Hickman Singh reducing Jets to ten men for the remaining stoppage time.
Jets now fully woke up and for the eight-plus minutes that followed Jets now threw everything forward it was corner after corner with Brook House protesting for the final whistle and everyone including the Jets keeper in their penalty area.
Then right on cue, a perfect corner by Olly Pope was firmly headed home by James Barnett for 3-3 and his personal hat trick.
There was not much praise for Jets for keeping going and snatching the point, more discussions around the poor performance and the second-half collapse again.
Man of the Match had a single contender – James Barnett for his hat-trick.
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