Reserves efforts brings no reward
Fitness pays dividends for Beccles under floodlights
The reserves travelled to Beccles for a floodlight fixture that always seems to bring a good atmosphere and a decent crowd in attendance and despite putting in a decent effort came away with no points. A 13 man squad was assembled and first team striker Will Goulding was brave enough to stick his hand up for the position between the sticks and a fine effort he put in as well.
Scole got off to a flying start with Lawrence Browne sliding Tom Green in on goal in the first minute but the keeper made a good save when one on one. It wasn't long however when the visitors did open the scoring when Nathan Brown's cross was met brilliantly at the far post by George Rout and he directed his header into the far corner. Scole were playing exceptionally well at this point and looked as though they meant business. Unfortunately Beccles are not a bad outfit and from their first corner that went high in the box and a Beccles head beat Goulding and the defenders with the ball dropping over the line for the equaliser. Scole continued to press though and with Green and Howard Preston-Bloom up top with their movement and strength were looking too good for Beccles. The next break through came after 30 minutes when Brendan Head's left foot cross found Green and he beat the keeper to put Scole in front again. Beccles were still looking dangerous themselves especially from free-kicks and corners that Scole were finding difficulty in defending. Half-time came with Beccles on top for the last few minutes of the half.
Scole knew that they had to keep up their work rate all over the park in the second half to ensure they came away with a win unfortunately Beccles upped theirs. After 5 minutes of the re-start a fierce shot from outside the box cannoned off Goulding and the Beccles forward was faster to react and he slid the ball past the diving keeper for the second equaliser. This gave Beccles extra belief and pushed Scole back again taking the lead in bizarre fashion as a cross pass from the left found Jack Stevenson facing his own goal and under pressure lofted a superb back pass over Gouldings head into the net. Scole had lost their momentum and despite a couple of changes could not grasp the initiative back and legs tiring all over the big pitch struggled to force the home keeper into too much further work. With 10 minutes remaining a rasping shot from outside the area flew into the top corner that a top keeper would have struggled to get anywhere near and that made the scoreline 4-2. Goulding then made a superb left handed save from a fierce shot but Scole despite an excellent first half came away with nothing.
A good effort all round but lack of fitness showed in the end really.
Man of the match: Lawrence Browne who showed his class throughout.