Chances missed, but Jacks show they can compete

Jacks Seconds knew they were in for a tough game against a strong Wardle Thirds team, currently third in the table, but with a good squad who were optimistic of getting a result.

Wardle started the better with Jacks struggling to wake up and inevitably they took the lead.

After about 30 minutes Jacks started to play the football they know they are capable of and got back into the game when Smith rifled home a free kick into the top corner from just outside the box making it 1-1 at half-time.

Despite losing their captain Joseph McLernon at half-time with a stomach bug Jacks continued their dominance after the break and went 2 – 1 in front when a shot from Jamie Bull was put into the net by a desperate Wardle defender.

Jacks then had clear chances to get themselves well ahead with Nathan Rooks and Chris Ford coming closest but they failed to convert any of the chances and Wardle got the next two goals, one from the penalty spot to make it 4-2.

Bull got his second of the game to give Jacks hope late on.

They piled on the pressure and after good work from Jordan Gill, who had a good second half felt certain they had secured a draw when Nathan Ashman turned well and fired a good shot goal bound.

But it was tipped over the bar by the Wardle keeper with a save that would have graced the Premiership.

Despite not getting anything from the game it proved that if Jacks players turn up on a regular basis they can compete with the best in the league even when not playing their best.