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Reserves - Match centre

Great Yarmouth reserves
Scole United Reserves
Sat 4 Feb 15:00 - League Full time

Reserves go down fighting

Scole reserves slug out a battle but came away with heads held high

Reserves travelled to Yarmouth having called off last weeks fixture due to a lack of players. It was always going to be a tough match as Yarmouth have lost just one game all season to date but drew strength from the inclusion of legendary Scole vets Graham Ruddock and Nigel Manning, Doc Partridge deputised in goal and Richard Wooton named as sub who only came to watch his son Jake!

The game was unfortunately played in a poor spirit from the first minute when Nigel Manning accidentally caught an opposing player as they ran across each other and the poor attitude of the opposing bench was laughable at times from then on in.

Scole played a 4-5-1 formation in the hope of frustrating the home side and with some strong tackling going in from the Scole midfield the Yarmouth frustration began to grow. However Yarmouth took the lead after 10 minutes when a fierce shot beat Partridge hit the underside of the bar onto the ground and bounced back into play. The referee looked at the Scole linesman who sportingly flagged for a goal. Scole continued to battle and Yarmouth could not find their normal passing game and 10 minutes later Scole levelled when a mix up in their defence let Brendan Head in for a open goal in from the edge of the area.

Graham Ruddock up top on his own was holding the ball up brilliantly and showed his quality throughout the game giving the Scole midfield a chance to get up and support. Unfortunately Head had to come of with a hamstring injury replaced by Ben Williamson for his first appearance at this level and he did not let us down putting in a spirited effort.

Scole were defending in numbers with emergency centre half Matt Heushneider having a great game alongside Jack Stevenson who was exchanging twitter feeds with the opposing manager throughout the game. Yarmouth took the lead again after 30 minutes with a well worked goal and a third came before the break from a long range shot that Partridge could not tip over.

The second half started in comical fashion as Yarmouth scored a fourth in the first few minutes, a throw on was incorrectly awarded to the home team and as Ollie Boardman went to retrieve the ball Yarmouth took the throw with another ball and found space for the midfield to hit a superb shot into the top corner.

Scole to their credit continued to battle and with Graham Ruddock opening the game up and the Scole middle trio of Sean Taylor, Nigel Manning and Nathan Doe starting to force Yarmouth back with several long range efforts going close. However it was Yarmouth who went closest for another though as they hit the bar. Kieran Manning was then taken ill and replaced by Richard Wooton and when Nathan Doe took a big knock soon recovered when he saw the manager get his shin pads on!

No further goals were added and the final score of 4-1 to Yarmouth was dissapointing but a huge effort put in by Scole, special thanks to the 4 vets who helped us out, Matt Heushneider who played superbly out of position, Nathan Doe who played despite being in the first team originally and to Kieran Manning who turned up despite the fact that he was ill and was taken off sick towards the end and to everyone who played for Scole. Yarmouth are a good team who really could do without the antics from the sidelines.

Man of the match: Got to go to Nigel Manning a 50 year old who was running the show in midfield.

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