Team spirit proves crucial in another strong display

Jacks went into the game full of confidence again after another encouraging performance the previous week.

They welcomed back Sam Dunkley who was missing last week and Adam Causton, who has only played a handful of games this season.

Due to the non-appearance of ex-captain Danny Brown, Jacks had to reshuffle in several positions.

Marrow played up front alongside Sutcliffe, Adam Causton played in the centre of midfield with Dunkley and Chris Wooler had to switch sides and play on the unfamiliar right of midfield.

For the fifth week in a row, Jacks played with just 11 men.

Jacks started nervously, struggling to keep the ball and settle.

This gave Asia a few chances that keeper Pete Goldsmith was equal to. They continued to pressure the Jacks’ defence and scored from a defensive mix-up between Barker and Causton, leaving an unmarked striker to place the ball past the helpless Goldsmith.

This brought Jacks to life and within minutes they nearly equalised.

Marrow managed to escape down the left hand side, beating his man and drove the ball back across the area but Sutcliffe put it wide.

Jacks won a corner again from some excellent play from Marrow.

Daniel Birch took the corner and Harrison was there to head in from 10 yards.

Jacks continued to play the better football and eventually found their second, Marrow again feeding Sutcliffe, who smashed the ball in from 15 yards.

Jacks went in at half time 2-1 and were happy with their performance but knew that the next goal was the important goal and would settle the game.

Asia started the stronger and piled pressure on the solid back four of Rhodes, Causton, Barker and Harrison.

Again Causton was dominant in the air, Barker was man marking Asia’s normally prolific number nine, Harrison was proving to be a menace and Rhodes was solid and seems to be growing as a player the more he plays.

Jacks broke away against the run of play and scored the important goal.

Marrow, again was instrumental in the build-up, showing his strength and setting up Sutcliffe for his second.

The team spirit is the best it has been this season and is no doubt the main reason the team’s performances have been better lately.

The game was not over and a lapse in concentration let Asia back in.

They broke down the left hand side and seemed to outnumber the Jacks defence.

The ball was fired into the front post and under pressure from the Asia forward Barker’s clearance found the bottom corner.

Heads did not drop though and from an unfamiliar source Jacks found their fourth goal of the game.

Wooler, who had had a very quiet game, found himself free at the back post and smashed the ball into an open goal.

There was still drama though as Asia managed to score a third, from yet another defensive mix-up.

A seemingly nothing ball found their number 10 unmarked, calmly placing the ball over the helpless Goldsmith.

The keeper though had to be substituted as an attacker’s studs caught the top of his head and left him needing 14 stitches.

Barker went in goal for the last nervy two minutes, managing to stop a one on one and Jacks held on to win 4 – 3.

The excellent Marrow was given man of the match, closely followed by Rhodes with another impressive display.

Jacks have finished the season strongly and have turned in some much better perormances.

They have two games left and only need three points to guarantee safety from relegation.

They have no game this weekend.