'Scole perform well but lose out away at Sheringham...'
By Alan Boulter
Sheringham fc 3 v 1 Scole United fc
Following a challenging couple of weeks off the field for the 1st team squad, the new years opening fixture was a tough away game in North Norfolk against Sheringham.
A strong squad travelled led by Caretaker Manager Alan Boulter missing only the suspended Adam Solley who assisted on the sidelines & unavailable Alex Blakely. Callum Olpin
replaced talented youngster Josh Lucraft who has decided to try his luck at Diss Town and there was a welcome return for top scorer Connor Kerry
back from injury.
Always a difficult place to visit Sheringham started the game at a very high tempo and Scole were startled by the physicality and desire the home side were showing. Scole had chances though and a Brad Hunt free kick shaved the post with the keeper nowhere and Connor Kerry
had a goal chalked off for offside. However 'The Shannocks' took the lead following a defensive error and carried the lead into half-time.
Scole were not cowed though and had shown enough that they knew they could cause the home defence problems and came out after the interval with a renewed vigour. Ben Norton
-Hugman shot just and the Sheringham goalie blindly stopped a rasping Brad Hunt volley without knowing to much about it. It was the home side that got the important next goal though! Once again lapse defending cost Scole as Sheringham followed up on a very good Kai Hewitt
save with the Scole defence nowhere to be seen. Sheringham got their third after they came out on top of an offside dispute and the game looked finished. However substitutes Cal Olpin & Kieran Manning
had other ideas. Olpin hit a sublime free kick just wide and then came very close following a mazy run & one on one. Manning got the goal Scole were chasing though with a super right foot finish after an Olpin assist. This made for a very nervous last 10 minutes for Sheringham and Scole pushed very hard and when the final whistle blew the home side were relieved they had survived.
A disappointing result but following the upheaval of losing their manager & one of his assistants,
Scole showed good spirit and their performance especially in the second half showed they are not about to roll over.
Another tough game next week at home to an in form Waveney.