A Scole side massively hit by injuries & unavailabilities travelled to the East Coast to face Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves with a playing squad including the manager, assistant manager, a debutant, 6 teenagers & a 20 yr old playing only his second 1st team game of the season. Add this to the pressure of the promotion race going to the wire and the odds were stacking against the 'Yellows'.
However any fears were dismissed by a great performance that saw 5 goals including a Hat-trick & a brace, 2 more disputed disallowed goals and some scintillating passages of play from a side that came of age and showed no fear in the bright seaside sunshine. With Manager Jon Abbott sitting centre midfield alongside skipper Ben Norton Hugman and young starlet Josh Lucraft playing in the number 10 role behind debutant centre forward Ryan Perry playing to regain fitness following an injury for Diss Town, Scole had some creativity to play with. With wingers James Harrison & Kieran Manning providing the width and defence of Isaac Watkinson, Reece Lanchester, Natty Ireland & Luke Hunt in front of keeper Kai Hewitt.
Manning had the early chances just missing a good deep cross at the far post from Harrison and having another effort well saved. When 2 minutes later Harrison opened the scoring taking the ball around the keeper from a lobbed through ball by Manning. Kirkley had the odd chance and Watkinson cleared one from the line after a corner and the game was fairly even up to half-time, Nat Ireland coming close from a corner.
After half-time and a slight tactical tweak, Scole went to town. Harrison had an effort ruled out for a disputed offside and Perry should have had a debut goal when he outmuscled his marker but was harshly adjudged to have fouled him. Harrison was not to be denied though and his deep cross shot cannoned off the left hand post into the back of the net with the keeper in no mans land to make it 0-2. Abbott came off for young Dan Ryland's 1st appearance since before xmas shortly followed by Ollie Boardman replacing the struggling Norton-Hugman. In between that Harrison sealed his Hat-trick with a stunning run from the right and a rifling shot into the corner. 0-3.
Scole's youngsters now began to turn it on and Lucraft set Manning free on the left for goal number 4 and in a stunning move that originated in a one-two at left back between Hunt & Lucraft and finished with a Ryland cross converted by Manning for goal number 5 and Manning's second.
Just a note, Assistant Manager Lewis Plowmanmade his competitive 1st team debut coming on for the very effective Ryan Perry late in the game much to everyones delight and he could have got a late when Ryland came close in the very last minute.
A really good performance from this Scole side that showed the future could be very bright indeed with this group of youngsters coming through.
Next game, Tues 24/04 home against Bungay Town 18:30 kick off