JACKS crumbled in the second half and were on the wrong end of a six-goal thrashing.
They conceded a goal after 15 minutes, but were competitive for the rest of the half, despite playing into driving rain and wind, and it remained 1 – 0 at the break.
But in the second half the sun came out and they conceded a second goal straight from a corner.
After that they crumbled and showed little spirit as the goals went in for the home side.
Manager Chris Barker, who formed a veteran midfield with Jonny Causton, was left feeling totally frustrated.
“The club’s lost up to a dozen players since we won promotion last season, so it has been a real struggle,” he said.
Jacks play second-placed Wardle at home on Saturday. “We drew 5 – 5 with them at home earlier in the season, so we have to use that as a yardstick,” said Barker.
“But we need more players and plenty of spirit. It’s all about character. I just want 100 per cent from everyone for 90 minutes,” he said.
l JACKS seconds ran out of steam in the closing stages of their home Rochdale Online Alliance Division Two game with with AFC Royton and squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3 - 3.
Jacks had started well and led 1 - 0 at half-time thanks to young Max Gale.
In the second half Nathan Ashman was on target twice to give them a comfortable three-goal lead, before things started to go wrong and they let in three late goals.
Best for Jacks were Mark Smith in midfield and Thomas Barnes up front.