Jacks ready for a rumble in the jungle

Jacks ready for a rumble in the jungle

Posted on August 3, 2018 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup hit the road this weekend when the visit the Wildlife Safari Stadium to take on Forrestfield United on Saturday afternoon (3pm)

Last week’s big win in the derby against Joondalup United still has the Jacks in the mix for a Top Four Finals spot, while Forrestfield were beaten at home by Inglewood United, and have dropped into the relegation zone, so it’s a massive game for both sides.

It’s Forrestfield’s first season in the NPL and the sides have met twice, with Forrestfield claiming the points in the round10 game, with a 6-1 win, but the Jacks reversed that running out 5-0 winners in the FFA Cup.

Jacks young midfielder Tom Hough has burst onto the scene this season, and after making his debut at right back he’s come into his own and has been outstanding in the middle of the park recently.

He thought he was on the score board last week, but his goal was given as an own goal by the referee, but he said it was a good three points. “I thought we had a great performance as a team against Joondalup on the weekend. We knocked the ball around and controlled most of the game,” he said.

“I think it’s harsh from the referee to put my strike down as an own goal, but I’m happy we managed to get the 5-0 win.”

Hough is part of several youngsters who are making an impact in the first team squad this season, the likes of Cameron and Liam Murray, Paddy Doyle and Ethan Brooks have all contributed to the side.

Hough said it’s a great culture at the club, and the young players are learning off the likes of the experienced Steven McGarry, Gordon Smith and Daryl Nicol. ” I think the young players that have come through and played in the side have been doing a great job, “he explained.

“It’s great to be given the chance for me personally to gain more knowledge of the game playing alongside the more experienced players on game day.”

The trip to Forrestfield is a massive game for both teams, and Hough said it should be a great game, but three points are vital. “It’s a huge game against Forrestfield on the weekend,” he said. “They are a good team and a win for us is vital if we are going to make into the top four, so it should be a good game.”

Assistant Coach David Tough said Hough and the other young players have given the squad a breath of fresh air, but it’s about having an even squad, and he believes they are that now.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on the young players we have at the club. This season has been no different and in Tom, Cameron, Liam and Ethan we have three players that have incredible attacking ability,” he said,

“The coaching staff have been working them hard in training to prepare them for first team men’s football.  I’m sure they are bored hearing the coaching staff voices barking instructions at them, but we have seen a vast improvement to there all round game, which is required to be a success at the first team level.

“Tom (Hough) has come on immensely and seamlessly fitted into the first team squad. We rate the kid highly and If he keeps developing like we hope he’ll have a bright future in the game.”

Tough said Forrestfield are a talented side, and can hurt you if you let them, but he said they aim not to let that happen on Saturday as they continue their push for a spot in the end of season finals.

“There is a lot of football still to be played and I’m sure there will be a few more twists and turns before the end of the season, but we’ve just got to focus on what we do and I’m sure if we can keep winning will make the four,” he explained.

“I’m sure Rod would have looked at his remaining fixtures and targeted three points from us after their result at the Campus, and we’re well there are no easy games in the NPL so we’ll be full focused for this tough fixture. Both teams need the win so I’m sure it will be an entertaining game.”