Tommy sends the Jets crashing
Spartan South Midlans League Premier Division
Tuesday 15th November 2016
Hertford Town 4(4) Oxhey Jets 1(1)
(Wade 5’, 7’, 27’, Taylor (pen) 9’)
Three goals inside the opening ten minutes effectively sealed victory for a rampant Blues team that has now scored eleven goals in its past two games. And at the heart of this emphatic win was Tommy Wade with a hat-trick and an assist, all before half an hour had elapsed.
With the Blues having beaten Colney Heath by seven goals on the previous Saturday and five players returning from suspension, manager Gavin Kelsey was faced with some difficult selection decisions. In the event he opted to take the bold decision of making only one change – that forced upon him by the injury to striker Mark Summers – and was rewarded with a performance that contained a scintillating opening spell that the visitors were powerless to resist.
The game was less than five minutes old when Adam Murad cut in from the right and found Ricky Light under pressure in the box. The ball broke to Brett O’Connor who looked certain to score but, fortunately, when his shot came back off a post, Tommy Wade was there to sweep the loose ball into the back of the net.
The Blues were now totally in command and only two minutes later a perfectly weighted ball into the box from Matt Thomson was chested down by Tommy Wade and drilled past the keeper from fifteen yards out.
Two goals down with only seven minutes on the clock, the Jets were under extreme pressure and it therefore came as no surprise when their keeper took a little too long in dealing with a back-pass and had his attempted clearance charged down by Tommy Wade. As the ball broke free he then pulled Tommy down and a penalty was duly awarded. Ed Taylor stepped up to send the despondent keeper the wrong way and the Blues found themselves three goals to the good with less than ten minutes gone.
Things could easily have gone from bad to worse in the 11th minute when Brett O’Connor again hit a post from an almost identical position to his earlier effort, the only difference being that this time the ball was cleared to safety. Moments later, Tommy Wade curled a shot just wide of the goal and chances coming so frequently it appeared that a cricket score might be on the cards.
In such circumstances, many teams would have disintegrated but the Jets are a better team than that and they duly stuck to their tasks and showed no signs that they might throw the towel in. They were posing no real threat, though, and, so, it came right out of the blue when they pulled a goal back in the 16th minute. Their Nathan Pooley ran fully 50 yards from deep in his own half before unleashing a speculative shot from way outside the area. The shot appeared to be well-covered by Jayden Purdue in the Blues’ goal but, unfortunately for him, the ball skipped off the wet surface and squirmed out of his hands and over the line.
Any thought that this might be the start of a comeback were soon quashed, however, when Tommy Wade completed his hat-trick and restored the Blues’ three-goal advantage. Ed Taylor fed the ball up the line to Brett O’Connor, he beat his man and pulled the ball back across the ball for Tommy to head unerringly past the keeper. A perfect hat-trick; one with his left foot, one with his right and the third with his head!
Although there was still more than an hour of the game remaining, it passed largely without incident. The Blues were always comfortably in control and looked the more likely to score but they were on one occasion grateful to Jayden Purdue for a decent save shortly before half-time. Ed Taylor almost added a fifth in the closing stages but his header from a Tyler Hatherly corner was well-saved at the far post.
This win consolidated the Blues second place in the league and moved them closer to the leaders, London Colney. They will now entertain Leighton Town on Saturday looking to complete a double over them having won 3-0 at their home, earlier in the season
Team:, Jayden Purdue, Ollie Sharman, Ed Taylor, Matt Thomson, Jack Bartlett, Dan Palmer, Adam Murad (Tyler Hatherly 56’), Phil Lowen, Ricky Light (Ben Andreos 68’), Tommy Wade (Stevie Tutalamo 62’) and Brett O’Connor.
Sub not used: Glenn Draper & Dan Ferrigno.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
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Photos © 2016 Dan Sinclair
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