Match Preview: Oxhey Jets (H) – League
By Leon Waite – @leonwaite98
United’s winning run may have been halted by local rivals Biggleswade FC as the league leaders grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw at Second Meadow. However, Emilio Gutierrez’ men responded by prevailing in another local derby as they defeated Potton United 2-1 at The Hollow.
Two fiercely contested matches that would have had a fatiguing effect on a squad that has benefitted from no midweek fixtures recently and having the meeting with Potton on a Friday afforded the team eight days of recuperation ahead of this week’s clash with Oxhey Jets.
The Jets sit 13th in the table as they seek to improve on 19th, 15th and 17th place finishes in the past three years- they recorded the same number of points as last season’s bottom two with goals scored and goal difference respectively keeping them above those sides.
Tim O’Sullivan’s side most recent outing saw them beaten 3-0 at Colney Heath but they recorded a few decent results prior that and scored plenty of goals in the process. They thumped London Tigers 5-0 and knocked neighbours Oxhey FC out of the West Herts St Mary’s cup- courtesy of a 6-0 success- before picking up draws against Baldock Town and North Greenford United.
The latter game concluded 4-4 and encounters between United and the Jets could use an infusion of goals with both matches ending 0-0 last term. United claimed a 1-0 win at home the year before with the reverse fixture seeing them prevail 4-3. The Hertfordshire-club’s last win against United came in April 2016 as they completed a double over them that year with a 3-2 triumph at The Boundary Stadium.
Second Meadow is the venue for this Saturday’s meeting as United seek to maintain pressure at the top, KO 3pm.