Jack’s House 7
Whitworth Valley 0
Rochdale Alliance League Division One
Jack’s House continued their march towards the league title with a comprehensive demolition job of one of their main rivals.
Jacks knew this had the possibility of being the hardest game of the season
The win was more crucial to Whitworth’s title hopes than to the Jacks’ and the first 20 minutes showed this.
It was end to end committed football and, but for another outstanding save from Pete Goldsmith, Whitworth could easily have taken the lead.
The pace of the Whitworth wingers and strikers could have posed a threat to the jacks back four of Mathew Town, Craig Cochrane, Daniel Lively and captain Chris Barker, but their combined strength and experience showed once again their quality against a good team.
Backed up by the strength of Brandon Shaw and Adam Causton in centre midfield Jacks looked solid defensively.
It enabled their attacking players Daniel Birch and Marc Walters down the wings and the striking duo of Danny Brown and Sutcliffe more freedom.
It was from 30 minutes Jacks started to dominate resulting in them taking the lead from a Sutcliffe corner.
From this Jacks grew in stature and were 2 - 0 up five minutes later from Brown, showing off his new boots.
Half-time came with Jack’s House on top and manager David Williams asked for a big second half from all his team.
They responded well piling straight into Whitworth and were 3 - 0 up within five minutes of the restart when Brown was brought down in the box.
Up stepped the reliable Town to convert the spot kick.
Jake Goldie came on for Birch and the writing was on the wall for Whitworth who had no answers to the strength of Jacks’ midfield and the speed of their strikers.
Anthony Heys came on for Walters and immediately set up another Jacks score.
The goals kept flowing one from Cochrane, headed in from a corner to make it three in three from the big centre back.
Two more came from Sutcliffe completing a quality hat trick and another penalty from Town completing the scoring.
Credit must go to Jack’s House on another quality display on a deteriorating pitch against a good young team
Manager Williams afterward said: “I’d rather watch this team than the rubbish of Leeds, Liverpool and Man City!”
l Jack’s House seconds had a good 3 - 1 win away to Woodbank in Division Two