Scole United turn on the style to thrash visitors 7-1
- Credit: Archant
Scole, looking to bounce back following last week's defeat at Sheringham, faced Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves at Ransome Avenue in the first part of a double header, with the Reserves facing Attleborough later in the day.
Scole were missing goalkeeper Ben Buckmaster as well as centre back Taylor Pooley and striker Tom Green.
This meant defender Nat Ireland donned the gloves and Ben Cussons and Harry Rolingson were promoted from the reserves.
Scole started really well and on 17 minutes James Harrison, who was tying his full back in knots, crossed for Nyle Barker to place a slide rule shot into the corner of the net through a crowded box.
Kirkley equalised almost immediately when rookie keeper Ireland was beaten by a wicked deflection but Scole kept pushing forward. Harrison was causing carnage every time he got the ball and when he went on a mazy run he was clipped and skipper Ben Norton-Hugman converted the spot kick to regain the lead.
A minute later Harrison was away again but his shot cannoned back from the opposite post to deny him a deserved goal. Hugman then played a lovely lay back for left winger Dave Coleman to get in on the act to make it 3-1.
The best move of the game resulted in goal number four. A long ball played out of defence by Reece Lanchester was superbly knocked on first time by Manning for Norton-Hugman to pick out Coleman for his second of the game.
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Harrison succumbed to injury at half-time and his replacement Chris Collins Reed scored Scole's fifth with his first touch, a flicked diving header from a Coleman cross. Coleman completed his hat-trick following a long pass from Collins-Reed and the scoring was rounded off by Norton-Hugman with a good individual goal.
It was good performance from the squad in which the back four of Boardman, Cussons, Lanchester and Grant protected their stand-in goalkeeper extremely well, allowing the attackers the freedom to do the damage.
Scole Reserves then lost 5-2 to Attleborough Reserves. This match was a lot tighter than the scoreline suggests as Scole pegged Boro back twice in the first half with two Will Goulding poacher goals. But as Scole pushed forward the strong Boro attack forced errors to claim the points.