Reserves lose local derby
Availability problems give reserves an uphill struggle
The reserves travelling the short distance to local rival Harleston saw them play with a bare 11 players including a debutant keeper young Oliver Howard, 2 vets and the manager as sub running the line.
The makeshift team with some players playing out of their natural position needed to keep the game tight from the start and see where that took them. Unfortunately Harleston had other ideas and in the early minutes opened the scoring as they sliced through the Scole defence. Scole were struggling to get any grip in the game as Harleston kept coming at Scole but they managed through poor finishing and some good defending to keep Harleston at bay. It was Scole who nearly grabbed an equaliser when Brendan Head beat the keeper beyond the far post with a header only to be clattered by him and the ball was acrobatically cleared off the line with the ref waving away Scole appeals for a penalty. Harleston scored a second just before the break to make the second half look likely to be a long period.
After the break however Harleston seemed to take their foot off the pedal and Scole found a bit more possession in the opposing half and created a few half chances themselves falling to Pascal Walker, Alex Hogg and Rob Fuller but were unable to make the opportunities count. The game was put to bed though 20 minutes in when a deflected shot beat Oliver Howard in goal to make it 3-0. Harleston scored 3 further goals towards the end as they made use of their full compliment of subs as Scole tired.
A plucky performance from a mixture of young and vets players but were beaten by the better team who have a few good individual players as well. A good performance from young keeper Oliver Howard who was not at fault for any of the goals
Man of the match: Pascal Walker - who worked tirelessly throughout