Near faultless performance sees Slough Jets extend winning run

Near faultless performance sees Slough Jets extend winning run

Near faultless performance sees Slough Jets extend winning run


Zoran Kozic

Zoran Kozic was the inspiration as the Jets continued their unbeaten run with a near faultless performance at The Hangar on Saturday, writes Dick Bellamy.

With the team back to virtually full strength, the Jets owner led by example with four goals in a game that was far more competitive than the final scoreline suggests.

Kozic was joined on the first line by Ben Ealey-Newman and Alan Green and this trio accounted for most of the points in terms of goals and assists.

But there were valuable contributions from both the second and third lines, even if they did not have much to show for it at the final hooter.

That was largely down to the two Lee Valley netminders who were massively outshot throughout the game.

Somewhat ironically, it was defenseman James Sanderson who fired in from the point to finally break 11 minutes of stubborn resistance by the visitors.

Nathan Darmanin and Ealey-Newman completed the first period scoring and Kozic did not stamp his authority on the game until 23.32 when he netted the first of his four strikes.

Kozic went on to complete his hat-trick by the second interval as Aaron Mallet was overwhelmed by the Jets’ furious onslaught.

Both teams changed netminders for the final 20 minutes, Josh Milton taking over from brother Danny in the Slough goal – his second spell between the pipes having made his debut a week earlier.

Milton did well under pressure while James Tipple, at the other end, faced 30 shots, saving all but three despite being beaten by Kozic with just 35 seconds of the period on the clock.

Green, who was returning from suspension, completed the scoring for the Jets with a double.

A brief scrap involving Matt Webb and Joe Day preceded the Lions’ consolation goal, Joe Berry applying the finishing touch to captain James Hepburn and Jordan Turner’s play around the Slough goal.

The result gave the Jets their seventh consecutive league win of the season with an impressive goal tally of 48 and just eight conceded.

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