Reserves Derby Ends All Square
2 Harleston penalties deny Scole all 3 points
Scole reserves local derby with Harleston was not a game for the purists but what a derby is all about plenty of effort determination, goals and controversy.
The game started fairly even with Scole hoping their experience would get the 3 points but Harleston had other ideas and were putting in some tremendous hard work and stretching the Scole full-backs whenever they could together with some dangerous free-kicks and corners that Scole defended really well. Harleston should have taken the lead midway through the half but Josh Riding pulled his shot wide of the post when well placed in the area. Jon Abbot in the Scole goal was handling well and making some fine distribution from the back but Scole's own corners and free-kicks were not of the same quality as their opponents. Scole had to up their game during the half changing shape to combat the midfield and then a bit of Will Goulding magic on the edge of the box saw him turn and whisk his shot into the far corner probably against the run of play to be fair to Harleston. H-T 1-0
The second half was better controlled by Scole but they had to work hard to create any chances and Gouldings far post header was well saved by the visiting keeper. Then came the controversy with Harleston finding it difficult to open up Scole a poor pass let in their front man and Abbot saved with his legs as referee, the normally reliable Phil South, remarkably pointed to the spot for a penalty. Abbot superbly saved the penalty but Riding followed up the rebound for an equaliser. Scole went straight on the offensive and as Jack Stevenson launched a superb free-kick towards James Harrison, calls for a rolling ball at the kick were waved away and Harrison lobbed the on-coming keeper to put Scole back in front. Scole had a couple of penalty appeals turned down themsleves as first Harry Rolingson went down in the box and Brendan Head was seemingly pushed but Harleston came back again and another penalty was awarded as Ben Cussons looked as though the ball hit his upstretched arms in the box with the referee agreeing. This time Riding slotted home calmly for a second equaliser. By this point both teams were probably content with the draw and a fair result on the night.
Man of the match: Marcus Rolingson who was unbeatable in the air and on the ground.