Benny and his Jets down Saints

PUBLISHED: 10:20 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

City were soundly beaten by Oxhey Jets on Tuesday night

City were soundly beaten by Oxhey Jets on Tuesday night

St Albans City 0 Oxhey Jets 3 (Adam Lowton 47, 90+2, Jamie Arthur 80) ST ALBANS City s hopes of winning the Herts Senior Cup came crashing down last night as Spartan South Midlands side Oxhey Jets completed a fine win. City fielded a strong line up but w

St Albans City 0

Oxhey Jets 3 (Adam Lowton 47, 90+2, Jamie Arthur 80)

ST ALBANS City's hopes of winning the Herts Senior Cup came crashing down last night as Spartan South Midlands side Oxhey Jets completed a fine win.

City fielded a strong line up but worryingly they failed to threaten their visitors all evening, failing to register a single shot on target. The previously reliable defence is now looking shaky and the strike force was ineffective.

The Jets, who are enjoying their best ever season, were the complete opposite. Manager Benny Higham had his team playing a neat passing game and in Adam Lowton, they had a striker capable of delivering the goods.

Twice the in-form hitman was given the space to run at the City defence and pick his spot with precision.

The positive for City was the performance of Craig Mortimer, who spent the night teasing the Jets' left back and delivering crosses that nobody had attempted to get on the end of.

Mortimer engineered City's first effort, shooting wide from 20 yards and only the quick thinking of visiting 'keeper Chris Walker stopped Mortimer from getting on the end of Ben Martin's long pass.

Mortimer then fired in a cross that evaded Walker but Sam Hurrell was unable to connect with the ball.

City thought they had the lead seven minutes before the interval. Chris Seeby's high cross was misjudged by Walker and Hector Mackie bundled the ball into the net, only for referee Bernie Morse to disallow it for an alleged foul on Walker by Hurrell.

Calamitous defending from Ryan Frater presented Paul Turner with the ball on the halfway line, but Turner's audacious chip from all of 35 yards landed on the roof of the net.

Most fans were still taking their seats when Lowton gave the visitors the lead. Turner was the architect, releasing his strike partner in the left-hand channel and Lowton delivered, arrowing a shot past Jake Palmer and into the bottom corner.

The Jets now had their tails up but Lowton could only head Karl Bull's corner harmlessly wide.

Hurrell became more involved after the interval, crossing for Simon Martin before firing off a right-foot shoot but unfortunately for the Saints both times the final product was off target.

City went in search of an equaliser. Seeby collected Hurrell's crossfield pass and drifted past two Jets defenders but his 20-yard effort flew wide of the visitor's goal.

Three minutes later Oxhey effectively sealed their place in the semi finals. Nathan Roberts played a wonderful defence-splitting pass to substitute Jamie Arthur and the replacement striker showed great composure to round Palmer and fire past the retreating defender.

The visitors completed their wonderful win with a well taken third in injury-time. Arthur turned provider sliding the ball through to Lowton who placed the ball inside Palmer's far post.

The Jets only had three shots on target all night but they had a perfect 100 percent record. For City, their lack of shots on target looks like undermining their season.

St Albans City: Palmer, Seeby, B.Martin (Lamonaca 74), Frater, Everitt, Mortimer, Hunt (Effiong 57), Quilter (Semakula 74), Mackie, Hurrell, S.Martin. Subs not used: Asamoah.

Oxhey Jets: Walker, Bywater, Ayres, Brown, Grace, Ingham, Roberts, Gladdy (Wyatt 86), Bull, Turner (Arthur 64), Lowton (Jenkins 90+2). Subs not used: Page, Duce.

Ref: Bernie Morse (Royston)

Att: 70.

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