Greens aim for further cup progression

Greensnet Editor
Thu 29 Sep 2011, 16:16

The first team will be looking to extend their FA Cup run on Saturday afternoon as they make their first ever trip to the Boundary Stadium to face Oxhey Jets.

The Jets, who are currently 11th in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, with 11 points from 7 games, have only reached the second qualifying round on one previous occasion, and so this is one of the biggest games in their history.

That occasion was in 2006 when they travelled to Kingsmeadow to play AFC Wimbledon, going down to a 3-0 defeat. Former Green Steve Butler scored one of the goals for the Wombles, whilst Antony Howard and Wes Daly were also in the starting line-up. Byron Bubb, who is now back with the Greens for his third spell, came on as a 75th minute substitute for Daly.

The Jets have reached this stage of the competition by defeating Wodson Park 6-0 in the extra preliminary round, Great Wakering Rovers 1-0 in a preliminary round replay and Hertford Town a fortnight ago in the first qualifying round.

Last Saturday they progressed through the first qualifying round of the FA Vase by beating AFC Dunstable 3-2, and on Tuesday evening they drew 3-3 with Hillingdon Borough in a league fixture.

Their squad has a good mix of youth and experience, with the men to watch out for including leading scorers Spencer Bellotti and Lee Inch who have 9 and 6 goals respectively. Their squad also includes Lewis Putman, who made a couple of appearances for the Greens towards the end of last season.

Gary McCann and the squad will be keen to ensure that they don't slip up on what is a definite banana skin of a cup tie. Hopes are high that a few more of the injured players will be available for selection, and that progression to the third qualifying round can be secured.

Any supporters travelling by public transport are advised that the Metropolitan Line is not running between Aldgate and Harrow-on-the-Hill. We would advise supporters to use the London Overground service that runs between London Euston and Watford Junction and alight at Carpenders Park. This service runs every 20 minutes.

The ground is 15-20 minutes walk from Carpenders Park station. Directions can be found by clicking the directions tab on the menu, and then selecting Oxhey Jets on the list of club.

Admission at the Boundary Stadium is £6 for adults and £3 for concessions, and the game will kick off at 3.00pm.

Should a replay be required, it will take place at Vale Farm on Tuesday 4th October, kicking off at 7.45pm. Our normal admission prices will apply for any replay.