Jacks respond to manager’s call for more effort

Jacks responded to manager Chris Barker’s call for more effort with one of their best displays of the season in this 3-2 defeat at Wardle.

It was not easy at the Premier Division’s second-placed club, but Jacks were almost equal to it.

“There was a great team spirit, great effort and a great attitude,” said Barker.

Jacks started the game brightly and eventually took the lead on 30 minutes when Jonny Sutcliffe took the ball round the keeper and fired it in.

Minutes later Jacks’ keeper Pete Goldsmith, who had an outstanding game, saved a penalty to maintain the 1 - 0 lead at half-time.

early in the second half fullback Chris Wooller went off injured and Darren Rhodes came on to fill an unfamiliar position.

But the visitors soon went further ahead when Josh Krogulski had a tap-in from Danny Brown’s cross.

On the hour mark Goldsmith was beaten in a one on one situation.

Johnny Causton was injured and forced to move up front and was a passenger for the rest of the game.

The home side put Jacks under constant pressure for the remainder of the match and equalised with a header from a free kick.

Jacks tired but Goldsmith pulled off two fine saves and there were two clearances off the line before Jacks were beaten with a freak goal.

A clearance hit a home player, who knew nothing about it, but it rebounded over Goldsmith for the winner.

Despite the defeat Jacks still have a chance of silverware as the Premier Division’s bottom four club play off for a separate trophy.