Jacks host Inglewood United in PS4NPLWA Round Four

Jacks host Inglewood United in PS4NPLWA Round Four

Posted on March 10, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will be looking to get their season back on track when they entertain Inglewood United at the ECU Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon. (3pm)

The Jacks game v Stirling Lions last week was postponed because of the extreme heat in and around the Perth area, while Inglewood won their first game of the season with a 3-1 win against Subiaco. Jacks Scottish striker Daryl Nicol said calling a game of because of the heat is something that’s never happened to him before, and they were itching to get back on the park after the Armadale defeat.

“Yes that’s a first for me, having a game cancelled due to the weather being too hot,” he joked. “But coming off the back of two poor results, all you want is the next game to come as quick as possible to rectify it and so it was incredibly disappointing to hear it had been postponed, but it’s the players safety that is paramount and it looked the correct decision in the end.

“The Armadale game was hugely disappointing, regardless of playing with 10 men for most of the second half I thought we were very poor from start to finish and we the players must take full responsibility for that. Teams are now raising their game against ECU and we have to be prepared to deal with that.”

Nicol, who headed down under from Scottish Highland Champions Cove Rangers last season, said the players are up for Saturday’s game to get their season back on track. “The Inglewood game is one we’re all looking forward to, it’s probably the ideal game to have after the poor start we’ve had as they are a top team and we know we’ll need to be a lot better than previous weeks to even compete with them,” he said.

“It will no doubt be a very tight game but we’ve worked extremely hard in training this week and hopefully we can turn that into three points.”

Jacks Coach Dale McCulloch said they need to bounce back from their disappointing loss against Armadale in Round two. “The last game wasn’t the start we wanted to our first home game of the season, and it wasn’t the performance the coaches and I were looking for either,” he said. “We’ve spoken at length to the squad after the game and at training, and we will be looking for a response from the players on Saturday.”

McCulloch said Inglewood have some very talented players, and it will show him where they are at for the season. “Saturday will be a good test for us, against a good Inglewood United side, and they have started the season with two draws and a win last week against Subiaco,” he said.

“They have some very good players and we will need to be on our game and match them for desire and determination for the whole 90 plus minutes and if we do we will get the rewards.”

In team news Tommy Amphlett is suspended, but Kevin Moon is back from injury and Danny Milne and Rikki Smith are both pushing for a spot in the squad after recovering from injury, while Inglewood go into the game at full strength.

In other games this weekend – Dean Pickering’s under 18’s kick off at 11am against Inglewood, while Mark Scanlan’s under 20’s take on Inglewood at 1pm – Get along and support The Jacks – ‘The Pride of the North’