Scole get the win they need for promotion
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Scole United 2 Mulbarton Wanderers 1
Scole recorded a win against the Anglian Combination Division One champions on the last day of the season to gain a second successive promotion.
Scole knew nothing but a win would do but with a lot of pressure on the home side, Mulbarton started the better and the evergreen Steve Bartram made an excellent block after only three minutes to keep the scores level.
After this, Scole saw more of the ball but Bartram was alert again to turn round a good shot for a corner.
Gradually Scole got more into the game but as so often happens, chances in games between top teams are few and far between. However after 30 minutes, Scole did take the lead when Ed Cussons put in an inswinging corner and with the Mulbarton keeper not claiming the ball, Ben Cussons poked home from close range. Ben was then taken off with a groin injury and Nyle Barker came on and was superb.
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Five minutes after taking the lead, Scole made it two. The goal was an replica of the first one with a corner not being dealt with and this time James Harrison tucking in from close range.
Mulbarton are a good side and deserved champions and came out trying to push Scole back in the second half. They put several good balls into the area but the Scole back four and Bartram behind them stood firm.
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With 15 minutes to go, Scole had a great chance to put the game beyond any doubt when Harrison broke free but he was denied by the Mulbarton keeper. Several minutes after this and Mulbarton got one back with a close range tap-in after a good cross hit the bar.
This left a nail-biting last few minutes and the injury time seemed to last forever before referee Roper blew the final whistle and sent the Scole players and supporters into raptures. Amazingly with so many games in hand for most of this season, this was the first time Scole had been in the top two all season but what a time to do it!
Scole are back in the Premier Division 10 years after being relegated from it. It's a fantastic achievement by a great bunch of players, with promotion, a quarter final in the Norfolk Senior Cup and a semi-final place in the League Cup showing the progress made.