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First Team - Match centre

Scole United FC
Yelverton FC
J Harrison (53'), A Baxter (89')
Full time
Sat 14 Apr 14:30 - League

'1st Team suffer a very very poor day at the office........!'


Scole United Fc 2 v 5 Yelverton Fc

Scole faced a big, strong and physical Yelverton on a lovely spring day up at Ransome Avenue. With manager Jon Abbott away with his job it was assistants Lewis Plowman & Alan Boulter who held the fort in his absence. However they could not have picked a worse game to be in charge as Scole capitulated to their worse performance of the season by far particularly in the opening 45 minutes.
Yelverton took the lead in the 6th minute when they scored a header from a corner after overpowering the Scole defence. They began to dominate the game and every single Scole player looked out of sorts, misplacing passes and mis-controlling the ball. A tactical change to 4-4-2 bought a brief respite but Yelverton were then awarded a very harsh penalty when Ben Norton-Hugman made a goal-saving tackle in front of goal but referee Matt Hudson adjudged that he took the player 1st. Yelverton scored the spot kick and then got a 3rd on 33 minutes when a Yelverton midfielder ran with the ball unchallenged through the middle and scored with a good finish. This sparked Scole finally into life and they at last began to pressure the Yelverton goal and Ashley Baxter was unlucky when his effort was cleared off the line following excellent work from Liam Smith & James Harrison. However the good times were spoilt when just before half-time Yelverton scored their 4th with a carbon copy of their 1st.
This rounded off a miserable half for Scole and the challenge for Plowman & Boulter was to find a way to rouse their charges for the 2nd half to at least prevent an absolute rout at bare minimum. They achieved this and Scole were much better after the interval. Another change in tactical formation saw Josh Lucraft on for the very unfortunate Luke Hunt (one 16 yr old for another) and Scole went on the attack. James Harrison scored following a Brad Hunt through ball and although Yelverton complained of an offside the goal stood. Scole pushed on but Yelverton got a fifth and the comeback was killed off. Ash Baxter scored a late consolation with a pile driver of a shot but was then carried off minutes later after a robust challenge that might bring his brilliant season to a premature end! And Scole's promotion hopes took a massive dent as the put in this sort of performance they could ill afford.
A tough pill to swallow but probably for the 1st time this season Scole looked like what they are, a very young and inexperienced side at this level. A big job ahead with a massive midweek game away at Mundford on Tuesday night that will make or break the fading promotion dreams.

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Key moments

Goal James Harrison scores for Scole United FC
Goal Ashley Baxter scores for Scole United FC


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90:00 +2:00 Yellow Card
Reece Lanchester is yellow carded for Scole United FC
89:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ashley Baxter scores for Scole United FC
65:00 Sub On
Kieran Manning is substituted on for Scole United FC
65:00 Sub Off
Liam Smith is substituted off for Scole United FC
60:00 Sub On
Harry Rollingson is substituted on for Scole United FC
60:00 Sub Off
Bradley Hunt is substituted off for Scole United FC
55:00 Yellow Card
Alex Blakely is yellow carded for Scole United FC
53:00 Goal 1 - 0
James Harrison scores for Scole United FC
53:00 Assist
Bradley Hunt makes an assist for Scole United FC
45:00 Sub Off
Luke Hunt is substituted off for Scole United FC
45:00 Sub On
Josh Lucraft is substituted on for Scole United FC
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As it happened

  • Scole United FC
  • Yelverton FC
  • 0
  • Luke Hunt Sub Off 45:00'
  • Josh Lucraft Sub On 45:00'
  • James Harrison Goal 53:00'
  • Bradley Hunt Assist 53:00'
  • Alex Blakely Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Bradley Hunt Sub Off 60:00'
  • Harry Rollingson Sub On 60:00'
  • Liam Smith Sub Off 65:00'
  • Kieran Manning Sub On 65:00'
  • Ashley Baxter Goal 89:00'
  • Reece Lanchester Yellow Card 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Hewitt, Kai Hewitt, Kai
Ireland, Nathan Ireland, Nathan
Hunt, Luke Hunt, Luke
Lanchester, Reece Lanchester, Reece
Brown, Lawrence Brown, Lawrence
Harrison, James Harrison, James
Smith, Liam Smith, Liam
Norton, Ben Norton, Ben
Blakely, Alex Blakely, Alex
Baxter, Ashley Baxter, Ashley
Hunt, Bradley Hunt, Bradley


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