'1st Team's final league game this season ends in abandonment due to injury!'
Dersingham Rovers 3 v 1 Scole United (at 71 minutes)
Scole made the long journey to Dersingham safe in the knowledge that whatever happened they were safe from relegation. However that did not really excuse the reality that once again the management team aided by reserve team manager Paul Head
were struggling to field a side right up to almost an hour before the meet time on Saturday lunchtime! In a problem that has affected this club and many like it all season the regular issues with commitment and a desire to play whatever the circumstances seem to be commonplace!
Scole did manage to field a side and name 3 substitute but those included veterans Nigel Manning
and Paul Head
who primarily were coming along to support their son's and last minute reserve team full back Jon Campion
. Many many thanks to those 3 for digging us out of a hole. Also Brendan Head
was making his 1st team full debut, Nathan Doe
his 1st start for 4 months, Ollie Boardman making a return from injury after 6 weeks and Nathan Ireland
filling in between the sticks due to the lack of an available goalkeeper!
So cowed but determined to make a fight of it Scole kicked the game off and for the 1st 10 minutes or so they were completely swamped by a Dersingham side that had to win and hope results went their way elsewhere to avoid relegation. It looked like it was going to be an embarrassing afternoon but Scole held on until an error in midfield led to rookie keeper Ireland missing a one on one challenge and Dersingham taking the lead in the 16th minute. 2 minutes later another defensive error left Ireland with no chance as Dersingham doubled their lead. This was the wake up call Scole required and all of a sudden they began to take the game to their opponents. The teenage front three of Browne, Boardman and Manning were causing Dersingham worries with their movement and pace and when Scole got the ball down and played their passing game the home side were at panic stations. However Scole couldn't trouble the scorer and Dersingham held their 2 goal lead at half time.
Scole started the second half very lively until some farcical refereeing led to young Ollie Boardman being cautioned for returning to the pitch before the ref was ready even though every one else in the ground saw the official wave him onto the pitch!!! This fired Scole up again and it was Nathan Doe
who pulled one back with his 1st senior level goal in what has been a frustrating season for him! Very soon afterwards though Dersingham broke away with Scole looking for an equaliser from a corner and got back their 2 goal cushion. Campion came on for his 1st team debut for Boardman and Scole were still searching for goals when in the 71st minute a strong & robust but fair challenge from Nyle Barker
in the centre of the park left Norfolk U18's midfielder Josh Hazell lying on the floor with what turned out to be a broken thigh bone. There wasn't a foul given and it was just a full blooded challenge from both players which nonetheless meant that the game was to be abandoned whilst everyone awaited the paramedic and eventually the ambulance. To further Dersingham's misery they learn't that Hindringham had beaten Mundford 3-0 to secure safety and relegate the downhearted Rover's side. Everyone at Scole wishes the young midfielder the best in his recovery and Dersingham luck in the new season.
A disappointing end to a ultimately disappointing season but hopefully things can be put right in the summer and a promising 2017/18 campaign can be fought.
Player of the Match: Nathan Ireland
for filling in between the sticks and despite the early mistake for the 1st goal showed very good handling skills and performed very well for the remainder of the match.