Reserves hit the top
Anderson hat-trick helps Scole to top of the league
The reserves made the journey to Freethorpe in the knowledge that the home team had struggled so far this season and needed to get their attitude right on the day.
Another windy afternoon - this time straight across the pitch was going to make life difficult for both teams, it was a lively start however with Matt Anderson for Scole going close in the opening minute, the ball was cleared up the other end and stand-in keeper Christiaan Partridge , who hadnt played in goal for a while, managed to knock the ball off for a corner. A hard hit corner was met by a tall Freethorpe defender who planted his header firmly in the net to surprisingly put the hosts 1-0 up in the second minute. the lead lasted less than 60 seconds however as Scole hit back straightaway and an Anderson header went beyond the diving keeper. It was a great start for the game however the wind started to takeover and both teams struggled to come to terms with it with ball being up in the air quite a bit. When Scole did get the ball on the ground they made a few nice moves. Scole took the lead when a Tom Green cross found Anderson's head in the penalty area and he directed his header back across goal for his second. The home team kept plugging away but Scole were well on top now and were stretched only a couple of times. Anderson completed his hat-trick before half-time with a well timed shot although Scole's performance could have been better they were 3-1 up at half-time.
The second half started with Scole scoring in the first minute when the ball fell to Sean Taylor on the edge of the area and he drilled the ball home to put the visitors well in ocntrol. Shortly after a Brendan Head shot was spilled by the home keeper for Green to tap into an empty net. Freethorpe then had a break but partridge saved well diving to his right. Scole's sixth was a looping free-kick form Jordan Walters that evaded everyone in the box to make it 6-1. Freethorpe had a couple of chances with partridge saving again and sub Ali Bannon clearing off the line.
All in all a scrappy game mainly due to the wind and bumpy pitch but we got the three points. Thanks to Doc Partridge for being a last minute keeper and also to Max Turner and Jake Wooton who turned out, travelling some distance to help us out
Man of the match Ben Cussons who dictated the game from the back.