Impressive win shows just what Scole are capable of
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
Scole welcomed a buoyant Mundford side, who were on a good run of form and sitting second in the league, to Ransome Avenue and recorded an excellent win.
A couple of line-up and tactical changes saw the return of Reece Lanchester at centre back and James Grant move into centre midfield.
James Harrison's pace was deemed the answer up front and 16-year-old new signing Luke Hunt took a place on the bench.
Scole started with purpose and carried out manager Jon Abbott's instructions to the letter. High pressing and quick forward balls to utilise the pace of their front three was the order of the day and this restricted Mundford's usual game.
The lead came when a great interception and forward pass from Ashley Baxter set Kieran Manning off down the left flank. He turned inside and let fly with a shot which the Mundford keeper appeared to have covered but he fumbled the save and Harrison put the rebound into the empty net. The Yellows carried on the game plan and although Mundford had the lions' share of possession they didn't really trouble Ben Buckmaster in goal.
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In the second half, as expected, the Stags came out fired up but this opened them up for the counter-attack and a deep cross from left back Lawrence Brown was superbly finished by Connor Kerry to double the lead.
An injury to experienced Nathan Ireland bought youngster Ollie Boardman on but this did nothing to change the flow of the game and Scole were on the front foot.
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Kerry came close with a one-on-one and Harrison hit one high after a Kerry run was stopped with what could easily been a penalty. Kerry did get his second with a superbly crafted goal following a twisty run on the right that made the game safe. Harrison, who had worked himself to a stand-still up front as a lone striker, was replaced by Hunt and late on Harry Rollingson came on for Manning.
A well-won three points and a deserved clean sheet showed that Scole can have a say at the top of Division One this season as long as they continue to work hard. With the average age of Scole's squad on Saturday just over 20 it bodes well for the future.
Scole are away at Hindringham on Saturday while the reserves have a big game at home to promotion rivals Belton.