Jacks need four from six for title

Dan Birch
Dan Birch

Hargreaves 1

Jack’s House 6

Rochdale Alliance League Division One

It was crucial Jacks bounced back with a win after last week’s slip

But with three players out and two ill, Jack’s House’s strength in depth was tested to the limit in what literally became a game of two halves.

The first half was a sloppy affair and, with so many players in unfamiliar roles, Jacks could be forgiven for a lacklustre display.

A goal each at the break was probably a reflection of the half.

Jacks’ goal was scored by Sutcliffe and the Hargreaves goal came from another second ball not closed down in the box.

Manager David Williams told his team he wanted and expected more after the break.

A tactical change was made and within 10 minutes Jacks had created more chances than the whole of the first half.

The closest came from Adam Causton hitting the bar and the ball bouncing down on to the line for one of those was it over or was it not moments.

But with no technology available to decide the issue, the goal was not given.

Jacks looked a completely different team from the one in the first half.

The defence of Danny Birch, Craig Cochrane, Matthew Town and Daniel Lively shut up shop and keeper Jamie Goldsmith cleaned up any scraps.

Jacks midfield of Brandon Shaw, Ashley Hignett, Adam Causton and Anthony Heys were running the play and Marc Walters and Sutcliffe were linking up well up front.

Jacks looked like adding to their tally and they did five more times in a 20-minute period with goals from Hignett, Causton, Birch and two more from Sutcliffe completing his hat trick killing off Hargreaves.

Tom Roberts and Chris Barker came on for the last quarter and both came close to adding to the tally.

Jacks now need four wins from the last six games to clinch the title and with only one away game left Jacks must surely be favourites to lift the trophy, if they hold their nerve, and avoid Friday night temptations.

l Jack’s House Seconds lost 4 - 2 at home to Balderstone.