Back to winning ways!
By Alan Boulter
Scole pick up 3 valuable home points!
Scole returned to league action welcoming Blofield to Ramsomes Avenue looking to bounce back after two successive cup defeats.
Scole welcomed back Laurence Brown, Jordan Balls, Alex Blakely, Connor Kerry, Brad Hunt and called upon Duncan McAnally to help out between the sticks to deputise for the injured Kai Hewitt.
Blofield started the better of the two teams and came close to taking the lead after good work on the left hand side resulted in a scramble in the box that was eventually cleared by the Scole defence.
As they half went on Scole grew into the game, and created 3 good opportunities in a spell that saw the home side pile on the pressure.
First Connor Kerry saw his miss hit shot well saved after excellent work from Joe Hooton. Next up was the turn of Josh Lucraft who saw his fierce shot go just over the bar. Alex Blakely then saw his header come back of the post after a fine cross by Kerry.
Scole were now controlling the game and it was Connor Kerry who finally opened the scoring after a fine Ashley Baxter corner resulted in the striker flicking in at the near post to give Scole the lead they throughly deserved.
Scole saw out the rest of the half without any real scares.
The second half started much the same as the first with Blofield on top with the pace of Orren causing problems in behind the Scole defence.
Blofield had the first real chance of the second half after a good pass forward saw Orren hold of the Scole defence and fire a shot towards goal that McAnally has to be at his best to deal with.
This seemed to settle Scole down and they started to get a grip of the game once more. Only a fantastic one handed save from the Blofield ‘keeper’ kept the score at 1-0.
However Scole didn’t have to wait long before they doubled their lead, again another corner, this time from Lucraft, with Solley heading on for Ben Norton Hugman to tap in to an empty net to score his first goal of the season to put Scole well in control.
With 15 minutes remaining Scole gave an needless free kick away giving Blofield the chance to put the ball into the box for an unmarked player to score and give Blofield a way back into the game.
With 15 minutes minutes remaining Scole were now expecting Blofield to pile on the pressure, but it was Scole who looked to have killed the game scoring their third less than a minute after Blofield had got back into the game.
This time excellent work down Scole’s left straight from kick off allowed Blakely to cross for Brad Hunt to tap in from 5 yards to give Scole a 2 goal cushion again.
With time running out it looked as though Scole were going to run out comfortable winners but again another needless free kick was given away, that again allowed Blofield the chance to put the ball into the box, this time the free kick was misjudged and went all the way in to give Blofield hope once more.
With 5 minutes remaining Blofield had a player sin binned, which allowed Scole to hold out to claim an all important win and take them up to 4th.
In truth a game Scole deserved to win but a game that should have been over earlier. Credit to Blofield who kept going right until the end and on another day would have come away with a point for their efforts. It will only be a matter of time before Blofield string together some wins in what is already proving to be a very competitive league this season.
MOM - Chosen by match sponsor monsieursix was midfielder Ben Norton Hugman for a fantastic midfield display that saw him score his first goal of the season.
Next week Scole travel to Norwich Ceyems in what will be a tough test but an a game for the side to look forward to.