Jets are beaten by high-flyers
15 March, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Shaz Anwar scored for Hadley FC before being sent off
SHAZ Anwar had a Saturday afternoon that he will remember as he scored a goal and got sent off in Hadley FC’s 2-1 win away at Oxhey Jets in the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League.
The midfielder, who lives in Holloway, gave Hadley – nicknamed “the Bricks” – a half-time lead when he poked home from close range following a corner.
Archway striker Ned Clarke then gave the visitors some much-needed breathing space at the Boundary Stadium when he rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into an empty net to score what proved to be the winner.
The Hertfordshire-based Jets pulled a goal back through Sean Giordmaina to set up a nervous finale, and they came within a single kick of grabbing an equaliser six minutes into injury time when they were awarded a penalty.
Having been adjudged to have been upended in the box, Nick Kerley picked himself up to take the spot-kick, but blasted his effort well over the bar, sparking wild scenes of celebration from the Hadley players.
Still angered by the awarding of the penalty, however, Anwar exchanged words with referee Phil Wilkinson and was shown a straight red card.
“Shaz said he didn’t say anything to the referee, but we’re not going to appeal the decision,” said Hadley manager Anthony Clark, who lives in Highgate.
Focusing on the win – a result which leaves the shock title contenders level on points with league leaders Tring Athletic – Clark added: “Oxhey Jets are one of the form teams in the division, and have taken points off all the teams around us, so to beat them away from home is a massive result for us.”.”