Jackson loving life at AFC

Jackson loving life at AFC

Defender Daniel Jackson is loving life at AFC Burnley and believes the side can go all the way this season.

Sean Horrocks’ men are third in Division Two of the Lancashire Amateur League after picking up 13 points from their opening six matches.

Their only loss came against leaders Lymm, who have a 100% record in the league.

“There’s no reason why we can’t go on and win the league,” said Jackson.

“We did slip up against Lymm but I believe that was more us not being at the races than them being a better team than us.

“So I do believe that when we play them again we’ll set that right, and hopefully they’ll drop the points needed for us to overtake them.”

Jackson joined the club over the summer, quickly becoming a key member of Horrocks’ starting XI before lockdown.

The former Barrowford Celtic man says he can’t wait to get back on the pitch.

“I’m loving it,” he added.

“I’ve known Shane (Hudson) and Sean (Horrocks) for a long while, and thought it would be an interesting adventure.

“I actually stopped playing for a little while and this is my first season back, and it’s really been enjoyable for me to get back into it.

“It’s a great set of lads. It’s a shame we’ve had to stop because we picked up some good form.

“We’re looking like we’re really progressing.”

The first team are playing and training at the state-of-the-art Stanley Sports Hub this season, and Jackson believes the facility has already had a big impact on the squad.

“It’s fantastic,” said the defender.

“Straight away it gives you an advantage over other teams. You’ve got a perfect pitch really and you never have to worry about any bobbles.

“The best thing about it is as a player you know your game is going to be on. You don’t have to be thinking, ‘it’s raining this week, we might not have a game’.

“It’s great knowing we’ve got a fantastic pitch to play on. We love to get the ball down and play football and it suits us down to the ground.”