Scole United 2 v 0 Bradenham Wanderers (match kindly sponsored by CJP Images)
Scole got into the hat for the second round of the Norfolk Senior Cup by beating Anglian Combination Premier Division rivals Bradenham Wanderers at a showery Ransome Avenue. In what was a fractious encounter which saw 6 cautions only one of which was for the home side Scole showed a spirit and desire that was more in evidence than their usual pretty football. One or two of the visitors let their emotions run away with them towards the end of the game and on another day the away side could easily ended up with 9 men at the final whistle.
Scole started quite brightly and although they were scrappier than usual they dominated play and really should have had the game sewn up on numerous occasions. Bradenham had the 1st chance though when they hit the post in the lively opening minutes, Brad Hunt then had an effort cleared off the line and Ben Norton-Hugman then put the rebound over. Hunt soon made up for it though when he scored an absolute peach of a free kick straight into the corner of the net following a foul on Jordan Balls to give Scole an early lead. Callum Bray and Hunt both had chances in the 1st half to increase the lead but couldn't make their efforts count.
The second half followed suit and Scole again came close with Hunt hitting the woodwork for a second time and Bray & Joe Hooton both missing out on goals when one on one with the keeper. There was a fear that Bradenham would make Scole pay for this slackness in front of goal and they had one or two chances but again poor finishing and good defending fron the home side cost them. Things got a little out of hand when a Bradenham sub punched Man of the Match Reece Lanchester in an off the ball incident right in front of the benches but none of the officials saw this. A fired up Scole got revenge seconds later though when Connor Kerry doubled the lead from a Norton-Hugman pass. A deserved goal and the scorer was mobbed by the whole team in a show of defiant unity. The final whistle went almost immediately and amid the celebrations and animosity the realisation that the two meet again in the Mummery cup next weekend at Bradenham. A humdinger of a game it promise to be.
Man of the Match: Reece Lanchester who won more than his fair share of tackles & interceptions amid plenty of provocation and attention. (picked by Christiaan Partridge of CJP Images)