Jacks take big step to silverware

Waggon Athletic 2

Jack’s House 7

Rochdale Alliance League Division One

Jack’s House took a big step to bringing some silverware back to the famous Todmorden pub on Saturday.

With their title rivals suffering a shock defeat, Jacks now require two wins from their last four games to finish top of the division.

As with the last few weeks Jacks knew they would have to battle to come away with the points.

Things started well with them taking an early lead after eight minutes, but they could not capitalise on this and were punished 10 minutes later.

The Waggon keeper launched a long kick into the Jacks box which caused confusion between keeper and centre back and the latter back headed the ball into his own net.

This was followed by 20 minutes of pressure from Jack’s House, who did everything but score with Mathew Town and Daniel Lively’s long throws causing particular problems for Waggon.

This frustrated Jacks and half-time came just at the right time with frustration impeding their game.

Manager David Williams refocused his troops on the job in hand and was rewarded by six quality goals.

The Jacks defence of Town, Craig Cochrane, captain Chris Barker and Lively all but strangled Waggon’s attacking play apart from one minor mishap gifting a goal.

The centre midfield pair of Adam Causton and Brandon Shaw made their presence felt in more ways than one in the middle of the park.

This allowed Jacks wingers Marc Walters and Jake Goldie the freedom to dominate both wings.

Jacks dominated the half and with the striking pair of Danny Brown and Sutcliffe terrorising the Waggon defence they were lucky only to concede six in the half.

Anthony Heys and Daniel Birch came on and continued to heap pressure on Waggon.

Brown put his nickname of “barn door” to bed with four quality goals.

There were two from Walters and one from Sutcliffe rounding off an emphatic second half for Jacks.

Manager Williams said: “We have a habit of doing things the hard way, but once we got the ball on the floor and started passing it there was only one team going to win this.”