Suddenly, it’s all about Jacks

Top save: Pete Goldsmith
Top save: Pete Goldsmith

Sudden Carling 0

Jack’s House 1

Rochdale Alliance League Division One

After last week’s vital win over former leaders Weavers Arms it was crucial Jacks followed it with a victory over Sudden.

Things were difficult from the off with manager David Williams having four players out from the week before and having to name himself as sub to make up the numbers.

With teams now stepping up their game wanting to take Jacks’ unbeaten league record, a battle was forecast and this is what prevailed.

Sudden came out strong and pressured Jacks, who were taking time to settle and had the better chances albeit coming from Jacks errors.

They should have taken the lead but for an outstanding point-blank save from keeper Pete Goldsmith.

After 20 minutes Jacks were starting to relax and open up playing some nice passing football creating some half chances for Danny Brown.

The Jacks back four of Chris Barker Mathew Town, Craig Cochrane and Wooler started dominating the Sudden attacking play which in turn settled the Jacks midfield of Jamie Bull, Brandon Shaw, Ash Hignett, Anthony Heyes and Daniel Lively, who led by a strong characteristic display from Shaw began winning the midfield battle.

Half-time came with Jacks starting to get frustrated and the younger players like Lively getting over excited.

But after a calming break Jacks came out ready for the fight and 10 minutes later took a deserved lead with a goal from Brown.

They could have added to it with man of the match Hignett and Brown linking up well creating more chances and Heyes having his best display down the right for Jacks.

A second goal would have killed the game but Sudden kept battling and a goal-line clearance from Barker was needed to maintain Jacks’ lead.

Young Tom Roberts came on for the injured Heyes for the last 15 minutes.

To a man Jack’s House dug deep and fought hard for 90 minutes and with strong displays from Shaw, Hignett and Heyes, battled through for a hard fought victory showing the different styles of football required to win games.

Manager Williams said: “It wasn’t pretty but it was effective.

“It was a good game to remind us how hard we need to work if we are to win this league.”