'1st Team Show Great Spirit in Senior Cup Defeat'
By Alan Boulter
Thetford Town FC 3 v 0 Scole United FC
Despite some local & social media hype Scole faced a massive uphill battle to proceed in the Norfolk Senior Cup playing against Thurlow Nunn Premier side Thetford Town who themselves had been the subject of much media attention the previous attracting a big crowd of over 300 in the FA Vase last weekend. Scole's mission was made even harder when pacy attacker James Harrison pulled up in training midweek, scoring sensation Connor Kerry succumbed to a niggling knock and regulars Dave Coleman & Nyle Barker hadn't fully recovered enough to take part this week. So they started with against Thetford who play 3 divisions higher with four regular starters missing from the squad.
In the face of this, Scole changed formation and went with a back 5 with a narrower midfield 3 and starting youngsters Kieran Manning
& Harry Rollingson
Scole managed to frustrate their opponents from the off and although they didn't offer much of an attacking threat, through sheer hard work and positional discipline kept Thetford at bay until a deflected soft header in the 44th minute, wrong footed goalkeeper Ben Buckmaster
to give the hosts an undeserved lead. This shook Scole up to the degree that the 'Brecklanders' got a second a minute later to give them a very surreal and unforeseen 2-0 lead.
Despite coming in deflated and shocked Scole carried on in the second with a determination to match Town right across the pitch. Indeed Ashley Baxter
came close to pulling one back on 50 minutes when he was inches away from converting a Manning cross from the right. Indeed Manning himself had a couple of half chances. Although Thetford also had chances and hit the woodwork anyone who was watching the game as a neutral would not have known there was a such a gap in playing levels between these two sides. In time added on Thetford put the game to bed with a well worked third goal which gave an even more unfair scoreline from a Scole perspective.
However Scole can take a lot of positives from this game and all that performed worked their socks off and held a tremendously disciplined defensive shape for the whole game when it would have been easy to throw in the towel.
Another massive game next week when league leaders Sheringham visit Ransome Avenue 14:00 kick off.