Monday 28 December 2009


Langford V Oxhey Jets
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Kick Off 3pm

Forde Park is a lovely picturesque stadium with Langford being a very friendly welcoming club with a brilliant tea-bar that serves drinks in proper cups. Full Marks go to the club staff for getting the pitch ready as it was pretty severe frost overnight in Bedfordshire. Langford also deserve a pat on the back for reducing the admission prices for today's match to half price meaning it was only £2.50 entrance for what was a brilliant game of football. A gesture of good will for New Year!!

Above - Ex Southill Alexander player Adam Wombwell on the ball for Langford

Both team's are languishing in mid-table (12th v 13th) of the Premier Divsion with Langford recently adding ex Southill Alexander coach Tony Armitage to their bench along with ex-Bishop's defender Adam Wombwell who was making his 2nd appearance in the centre of defence for the home side.

Above - The frosty, snowy and Icy conditions at the edge of the pitch

This was a fantastic game with both team knocking the ball around playing some impressive football, Oxhey Jets soaked up the pressure from the home side and hit on the break racing into a 0-2 lead at half-time. Tim O'Mara playing on the left hand side of midfield impressed for the Jets dropping back into the hole behind the front two and showing some good pace when required. It was really against the run of play at half-time and most people thought Langford may get back into the game in the second half as they had had much of the possession but no real chances of note.

Mark Wright came on as substitute for Langford in the second half, He is a big tall player who stepped into the centre-forward position and caused Jet's back four and keeper all sorts of problems. Langford quickly scored a goal through Lee Harman and then Wright scored with a tap in following some great work on the left wing by Ben L'Honre. It was all Langford by that point but Oxhey broke and made it 2-3 again against the run of play. The temperature was dropping and it was getting very cold and frosty but the action on the pitch warmed everyone watching up and it was Wright again who made it 3-3. He then had another good header well saved by Steve Duce in the Jet's goal and a goal which was ruled off-side, If you look at the footage below you will see a Jet's player running back who probably played him onside.

Jet's rallyed and made it 3-4 with a quick break up field and it was looking like this was going to be the final score unitl Ben L'Honre scored by chipping the ball over the keeper from the edge of the box.

A superb game full of goals and incident played out in a sporting fashion by both teams who deserved a share of the spoils.


Above - Mark Wright taps in Langford's 2nd goal after some excellent work on the left hand side by Ben L'Honre

Above - Mark Wright head's Langford's 3rd goal

Above - Mark Wright again...this time a great save for the Jet's keeper Steve Duce.

Above - Mark Wright's disallowed 'offside goal'...Look closely and you will see a Jet's player running back which possibly played Wright onside

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