Barry Roche column: Jack and Joe showing real promise

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After five long, hard weeks of pre-season we knew how important it was to get off to a good start at Adams Park on Saturday against Wycombe.

We knew exactly what to expect from our opponents and that they were going to come out of the blocks very quickly and get in our faces. So to do completely the opposite of what we had worked on and go a goal down inside 10 minutes was bitterly disappointing.

From then on we faced an uphill battle and could have gone in two or three down at the break.

Having said that, we did create some decent chances of our own with Jack Sampson forcing a good save out of their keeper in the second. Towards the end when the game really seemed to open up the game could have been anybody’s but we just couldn’t make it count when it 
mattered.

One of the few plus points to come out of the loss was the performance of Jack who led the line absolutely brilliantly.

He barely lost a header, worked his socks off to bring others into the game and was a crossbar width away from opening his Shrimps 
account.

He really dominated their centre halves and was a real thorn in their sides for the full 90 minutes.

The emergence of Joe Mwasile really has seemed to excite the Shrimps faithful this pre-season, and rightly so.

The ability of ‘Roachy’ has never been in doubt but as can be the case with younger players it can take a bit longer to come out on a more consistent basis.

He has gone away over the summer and hit the gym hard to ensure he came back flying and it has certainly worked.

As long as he keeps up the hard work and keeps showing the right attitude there is no reason why he can’t have a very bright future in the game.