Jack’s House 7
Peels Arms 0
Rochdale Alliance League Division One
This was a critical game for the Jacks after last week’s below par performance.
With next week’s clash with title rivals Whitworth Valley imminent, a good result and a good performance was needed.
It was delivered with interest, with Jacks producing some of their best football of the season.
They started confidently passing the ball from back to front with ease and with the pace of Danny Brown and his new striking partner Sutcliffe running the Peels defence dizzy, it was a case of when not if for Jacks to score.
Peels were competing but never threatening, in part due to the strength and quality of the Jacks’ defence of Mathew Town, Craig Cochrane, captain Chris Barker and ever maturing Daniel Lively.
Jacks grew in strength in the game with Jake Goldie dominating the left of the field and the newly promoted Marc Walters growing in confidence on the right.
The middle of the park was controlled by Adam Causton and man of the match Ash Hignett.
Jacks first goal came after 25 minutes and was a header for Sutcliffe from his strike partner Brown’s corner.
It was followed five minutes later by a finish for Walters and a third was added just before half-time by Brown.
Jacks came out hungry for more in the second half and the quality of football now being played on a bad surface was worthy of many divisions higher.
More goals were added from defender Cochrane and another for Brown.
Town put his ghosts to bed with a confident penalty and then came the goal of the game consisting of a passing move starting with keeper Pete Goldsmith and finished of by Causton without a Peels player touching the ball.
The Jacks subs of Danny Birch, Anthony Heyes and Jamie Bull were brought on for the last 20 minutes.
They were starting to influence the game when it was cut short on 80 minutes due to a non Jack’s House related incident, otherwise it could easily have been double figures.
Manager David Williams said: “This is the sort of football I want us to play.
“The ball hardly left the floor from us.
“It now sets us up nicely for next week’s big game.”
Jack’s House play Whitworth Valley next Saturday in a top of the table clash at Walsden Recreation Ground and all support would be welcomed by the club.