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First team report  

Sat 15th Oct 2016
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
Oxhey Jets 2-3 TAFC First team

TAFC goals: Jack Sunderland, Luke Dunstan, Adam Scotcher
Athletic just hold on to three points as a late Jets comeback saw two goals in the last 5 minutes and an injury time penalty miss.

When Athletic visit Oxhey Jets the games are never easy but today they came away with an incredible if not fortuitous victory. Athletic were again without a number of players but credit to those, including a number of young players, who came into the side for battling throughout the ninety minutes.

As expected the home side started the better forcing a couple of corners in the first few minutes but it was Athletic who created the first chance when Adam Scotcher, back in the side after a short
absence, had his shot scrambled away in the 9th minute. Oxhey then had a period of dominance in which keeper Jack Hopwood tipped a terrific shot by Ellis Brown over the bar. Athletics keeper was
called upon again shortly after saving brilliantly from Luke Wells’ shot from fully 30 yards. Athletic came back into the game and felt they should have had a penalty when Adam Scotcher was tripped in the area but the referee was totally uninterested. A further chance fell to Athletics Luke Dunstan, after Jack Sunderland's run and pull back found him, but his shot went straight at the keeper. Jets responded when Luke Wells was played through by Louis Mateus' pass but the ball hit the post. Athletic then had two opportunities near the end of the half when they had two on one situations but they were both wasted. Oxhey probably shaded the first half but Athletics supporters were looking forward to the second half as they are creating a reputation as a much better side in the second half. H.T 0 - 0.

Within 3 minutes of the re-start Athletic were two nil up.From Sam Joliffe's free kick home keeper spilled his shot but Jack Sunderland was on hand to quickly fire into the net. Score 0-1. A minute later a flowing move down the right side by Jack Sunderland saw Adam Scotcher's cross find Luke Dunstan 6 yards out to flick the ball into the corner of the net. Score 0-2. Athletic were living up to their reputation and were creating a number of chances, in the 62nd minute Athletic scored for the third time, however although Adam Scotcher took his goal well it appeared that he collected the ball in an offside position. Score 0-3.

Both sides brought on substitutes and Athletics Lanre Ladipo ran onto to an errant pass by a home defender but his shot went just wide. Still Athletic were limiting Jets to few chances while creating chances themselves. With just 7 minutes left Jets did score following a penetrating run by a defender who ran from inside his own half unchallenged before finding Luke Wells who then beat keeper Jack Hopwood. Score 1-3. Just 2 minutes later they scored a second. Athletic had lost some of their composure, they were unable to clear the ball a number of times before the ball again found Luke Wells to scramble the ball home. Score 2-3. The home side were very much in the ascendancy and keeper Jack Hopwood was called upon again to maintain Athletics lead in the 89th minute. In the first minute of added time Athletic again failed to clear their lines, a shot came in which rebounded from a post but then struck an Athletic arm, this time the referee did not hesitate to award a penalty. Up stepped Martin Netzer but his shot hit the post and rebounded to him to score into an empty net, however the referee ruled this out for offside. This clearly upset the home players as they maintained that keeper Jack Hopwood had got a hand to the spot kick, which he duly admitted after the game, but neither the referee nor his assistant who was standing at the side of the goal had not see this.

Full Time: Oxhey Jets 2 - 3 Tring Athletic Crowd: Not known

TAFC: Jack Hopwood, Jack Seaton, Chris Mason, Paddy Downes(Lanre Ladipo 72),Dan Steadman(c), James Banfield, Ryan Sturges, Sam Joliffe, Adam Scotcher (Callum Gregory 67), Jack Sunderland, Luke Dunstan (Chris Stapleton 58).

Oxhey Jets: Rob Partington, Louis Mateus, Bradley Thompson, Leigh Stevens, Jack Robertson(c) (Oliver Cole 67), Bart Hariely, Tom Inch, Scott Pugsley, Luke Lloyd, Luke Wells, Ellis Brown (Martin Netzer 58).

Jets Just A Fingertip Away
Oxhey Jets 2
Tring Athletic 3
Spartan South Midlands Premier
15th October 2016
Jets and Tring put on a super battle in the Premier Division today and as much as there was bitter disappointment, mega controversy and defeat it was fantastic to hear match officials say what a credit our players were, in that through all the arguing, explanation and exchanges there was not a single word that wasn’t polite, that makes us very proud just to hear that in such controversial circumstances.
The match, we are all biased to our sides but it is hard to see how we walked away pointless from this match, except being harsh if you don’t takes your chances and make big mistakes you lose, but when you hit a keeper in this form and hit the woodwork six times you do also wonder where Lady Luck was today.

In the first half Tring missed a sitter and really the rest was Jets, they bossed it but the chances were not taken, and the Tring keeper was fantastic to deny Leigh Stevens, Luis Mateus and Ellis Brown as Jets piled on the pressure, then Luke Wells twice beat the superb keeper and each time the post saves the day for the visitors. Half Time in a pulsating match 0-0

Jets are punished for a rare Rob Partington mistake 0-1.

Two minutes into the second period the game looked dead for Jets. Rob Partington who is consistently saving Jets gathered a mis-hit free kick and somehow it was dropped and Tring were on hand to accept the gift and get the perfect restart. Just one minute later young Mateus allowed the striker to get in front of him, just a little inexperience and bang 0-2 all over.

Tring now dominated and Jets looked startled and down and it really was no surprise when Tring added to the scoreline, all be it with a big hint of offside, that Tring officials level admitted to our official that it was ‘well off’ on 63 minutes 0-3 and the worry now was a thrashing.

The opposite happened. Jets lost skipper Jack Robertson to add to the home team woes and Stedman threw on two attacking players, Martin Netzer and Oliver Cole. Jets now went at Tring with nothing to lose and some credibility was recorded when a peach of a move and interplay was finished off by Luke Wells 1-3 (83 mins).

Now it was Jets turn for instant goals and almost identical play with an almost identical ending, Luke Wells 2-3 (87 mins).

Jets swarmed forward as Tring hung on and tried to counter to clinch the match then twice more the woodwork was thumped and more than once the keeper pulled them out the bag then Netzer was played in and unleashed a rocket, it pinged the post and shot out and Jets were in disbelief. Then in the rebound and scramble Netzer missed one, then hammering the rebound the Tring defence wilted and handled and the referee went straight to the spot, and for Jets the chance of a near miracle comeback point.

Martin Netzer placed hard and wide, the keeper touched onto the post and Netzer smashed home the rebound… Jets celebrated but the official ruled it out saying it was a double touch!! Everyone including the keeper and the visiting officials admitting the save but luckless Jets were left with nothing but fantastic pride at the way they responded and fought back.

It would be easy but both unfair to say this mistake and that mistake, that is part of football, what was fantastic was the fight back and only praise is deserved for that, and Tring taught us why they are up in 5/6th place, they take their chances and win the match, no one can deny or begrudge that in a very sporting battle.

Jets man of the match was Bar Hariely who was outstanding, particularly in the long second half period when Jets were wobbling.
Despite defeat there is today much praise.
Adam Scotcher makes it 0-3