Sat 24th Oct 2020
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
Sponsored by John Brannan
TAFC First team 1-2 Oxhey Jets

TAFC goals: Joe Naylor
For our first Saturday home game since Feb 8th we welcomed high flyers Oxhey Jets on what was a miserable autumnal afternoon.
Despite what was probably our best performance of the season we finished up pointless.

For the first 20 mins we played some good, flowing football and only an excellent save from their custodian who was their MOM, from a Callum Short strike which he tipped over the bar and then a double save again from a shot from the same source and a follow up Joe Naylor header. Ollie Butler then should arguably have done better from a cross to the far post. Then on 20 mins a sloppy Will Salmon pass resulted in a cross and finish from virtually the first time Oxhey Jets had seriously threatened our area.

With the way our season has been there was a visible drop of the shoulders, but we'd just managed to start to recover our equilibrium when on 32 mins a near post flick from a corner doubled the deficit.

At half time the players were reminded as to how much of the game they had and chances created in that first 20 and that belief together with the advantage of playing down the slope we started to get back in the game. We defended well as a unit and slowly began to create the odd half chance.
On 65 mins a smart turn and finish by Joe Naylor brought us right back into the contest. We were now mixing up our way of playing and then their full back was dismissed for a second yellow.

We continued to get the ball out wide but our best chance came from a well delivered corner which James Butler should have done better with, Joe Naylor then made the keeper work and Joe Chott blazed narrowly wide with a left foot half volley but unfortunately we failed to get anything from the game.

If we can keep the belief going we will begin to pick up points. We have played 7 out of the top 8 teams, 6 of them away from home and hopefully Lady Luck will start to smile on us.

Team
David Saunders, Paolo Bagatti (Jack Sunderland) Kevin Mcmanus, James Butler, Gareth Terblanche, Callum Shortt, Will Salmon ( Aaron Bryan) Harrison Cornick (Joe Chott) Joe Naylor, Will Foley, Ollie Butler

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The following report has been take from Oxhey Jets website. Visit their website for some excellent action photographs: www.oxheyjets.com


Tring Athletic 1 Oxhey Jets 2
Spartan South Midlands Premier
24th October 2020

Jets gained three points at the Grass Roots Stadium, and the result was good for Jets with all the teams around them dropping points. It was a disaster though for Tring as it was bottom clubs damaging their opponents, so the results and this defeat sent them back to the bottom.

The conditions were awful with the high winds and pouring rain being a real match spoiler. It was also a warning of how bad things could get with the Covid restrictions on changing rooms, but, today, the excellent hosts gave us both changing rooms and went to a portacabin to make room for us, total class by them.


LOUIS BIRCHAM GIVES JETS THE LEAD.


BIRCHAM SHOWS HIS MOVES

Tring dominated the opening first twenty, and it was keeper Rob Partington who kept us even. Then, totally against the run of play, Louis Bircham finished good work by Stead to nudge Jets in front 0-1 (22 mins).


ANDY BRENNAN BACK HEELS FOR 2-0

The lead was doubled after some pressure from corners when Andy Brennan back-heeled home 2-0 (32 mins).


SEVERAL GOOD SAVES AND CONTROL OF HIS AREA BY ROB PARTINGTON.

Jets were firmly in control of the game, even though they had needed good saves from Partington to deny Tring, but they had the advantage of the big slope, rain and wind in the first half so needed to have the lead at half-time.


TERRIBLE WIND AND RAIN CONDITIONS SENT THIS AWNING OVER THE FENCE FROM THE RUGBY CLUB.

One bit of luck for both sides was that an unwanted visitor from the rugby club hurt nobody. A big awning dropped in from high, taken over the boundary wall by the fierce winds and landed on the football pitch. It just wasnt the Rugby Clubs day since a visit from a Herts constabulary on Covid regulations was not good either.

Tring started the second half well and had two good chances, one missed and one saved by Partington.


TOM GIBSON PICKS UP HIS SECOND YELLOW AND MISSES THE LONG TRIP TO EYNESBURY NEXT WEEK.

Jets then went down to ten men as Tom Gibson was given a second yellow for a foul that only someone who has never kicked a competitive ball could possibly think was a foul. Anyway, a red it was so Tom misses the long trip to Eynesbury Rovers next Saturday where they have no showers and restricted changing facilities (are you sure you didnt do a deal on that second yellow Tom ?). Jets faced a tough final thirty minutes the hard way, with only ten men and the slope and conditions against them.


THE TRING KEEPER SAVES THIS 1-ON-1 WITH REECE CAMERON.

Tring missed a good chance missed, and then Reece Cameron went through 1:1 but the Tring keeper saved, pushing the ball over the bar and a chance to kill the match missed.


LATE SCARE FOR JETS AS TRING PULL ONE BACK.

As so often happens, moments later the hosts pulled one back.

Jets played game management tight, defensive and running the clock down to get this one over the line and three points. Tring were unlucky but Jets just had a bit more know-how to see this one home in dreadful conditions.

The Carlsberg Jets Man of the Match was decided between two nominations and Rob Partington deservedly got the nod for his series of important saves over the goal-scoring Louis Bircham.

Tring were Covid organised and perfect hosts but if this is a view at whats to come when bad weather moves in then in honesty I cant see how football can continue with basically no sheltered areas for players and preparations. We all want football but !!!!!!!!!

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