Last-minute goal floors luckless House

Jacks House's Marc Walters
Jacks House's Marc Walters

Jacks House are yet to pick up a point at their new Todmorden High School pitch, having suffered a second defeat by a single goal margin.

The latest setback in the Rochdale Online Alliance was galling as Whitworth Valley seconds won 2-1 with a deflected shot in the last minute.

On a tricky surface, play was very even but the visitors took the lead after half an hour. Jacks House drew level with 20 minutes to go when Christian Head slid in to divert a Johnny Sutcliffe shot which was going wide.

Soon after the home side were convinced they should have had a penalty when Sutcliffe appeared to be brought down by the Valley keeper.

Instead it remained 1-1 up to the final minute when the ball was deflected past keeper David Brierley.

His brother Gary, the manager, said he couldn’t fault his side’s effort and he will be hoping for better luck when House tackle leaders Wardle seconds at home this weekend.

Woodhouse United are due to return to action in the Halifax FA Sunday Cup this weekend having suffered a second successive postponement in the Rochdale Sunday League.

United were optimistic of improving their modest Division One record at bottom side FC Players last weekend.

However, having met at 9.30, they were disappointed to hear that the pitch at Firgrove was unfit for play after a tractor had been used to fill in holes last Friday.

It means boss Marc Walters should have a fit and fresh squad to face Oddfellows.

Having beaten Halifax Sunday League top section outfit The Vine 5-3 away in the last round, Walters hopes that his men can account for section-lower rivals at home.