Neil Marshall column: Jacob proved he’s got bright future in game

Neil Marshall keeps a watchful eye on Alistair Waddecar.
Neil Marshall keeps a watchful eye on Alistair Waddecar.

Jacob Davis did really well against Bamber Bridge on Saturday.

The funny thing is not only was he my new central defensive partner but he is kind of like a second cousin to me.

My dad and his mum are cousins so I’ve known him all my life and he only lives round the corner.

I know he’s been playing for Caton in the North Lancashire League but I hadn’t really seen him play much until he came in and played a reserve game a few months ago.

He was a bit quiet on the day on Saturday but that will come with experience and to be thrown into a derby like that away from home and keep a clean sheet just shows how good he can be and he’s only 19.

It was another big win and another good team performance at Irongate.

We went 1-0 up early doors and I’ve heard the gaffer (Darren Peacock) say it was like Darlington.

Whatever they threw at us we dealt with and they didn’t create that many clear cut chances.

As against Darlington we could have scored more on the break too.

It was our fourth win in a row and I think we’ve blown the play-off picture wide open.

We can go level on points with Farsley in fourth if we win our game in hand and they’ve got a tough run in.

It was looking like we were battling with one or two teams but we’re looking up now and there’s three or four involved.

It’s been a really good month so far when you consider that we had to go to Darlington and Bamber Bridge and some people weren’t giving us a chance of getting much.

Wakefield at Giant Axe are up next on Saturday and after a big game like the derby you’ve got to work harder to get yourself up for the struggling sides but we’ve got to make sure we get the three points.

We’re on a good run and confidence is really high so I don’t see why that shouldn’t be the case.