Scole traveled to a very wet & windy Weybourne Road to face Sheringham in the second round of the Norfolk Senior Cup. Beset by unavailability of seven 1st team players, some of the reserves were called up including keeper Josh Goodwin-Tallents, Jordan Foster (for his debut) & Harry Browne. Former Gorleston defender Paul Hunter was also drafted in for his 1st game in 5 years and Manager & Assistant Jon Abbott & Lewis Plowman were named as substitutes.
So Scole realised they had a tough challenge to beat a resurgent Sheringham side to get into the 3rd round. The weather conditions were always going to play a massive part as the wind whistled down the length of the pitch. Scole had the wind behind them in the 1st half and James Harrison who was bothering the 'Shannocks' defence with his pace, had 2 good chances to give Scole the lead but the keeper came out best on both occasions and Ben Norton-Hugman hit the post following a melee' from a corner. Sheringham also had a couple of chances but it was centre back Adam Solley who opened the scoring with a terrific glancing header from a Josh Lucraft corner to give Scole a slender 1-0 HT lead.
As expected Sheringham came out for the second half full of fight and if anything the wind seemed to got even stronger as they battered the Scole defence . 2 minutes in they got an equaliser and it looked as if it was going to be a long hard slog for Scole to gain anything from the game. Credit due though the away side battled valiantly against all odds with the home support getting particularly vociferous in an attempt to unsettle the young Scole team. It looked for as though the game was going to extra time and the respite from the wind Scole were looking for but in the very last minute of the game their resolve broke and Sheringham bagged the winner to put them into hat for the next round.
A battling performance and heartbreaking last minute defeat but positives can be taken by the fighting qualities the team showed by taking a very good side all the way despite the plethora of absentees.
Next game is a home league match up at Ransome Avenue next Saturday 14:30 kick off against Blofield United.
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