A big game ended in disappointment in a good battle against Belton who were well pleased with their win. Scole with a strong looking squad saw the return of Jack Payne and Matt Heuschneider.
Belton opened brightly and their game plan right from the start was to hit their wingers early. Scole got to grips from the visitors bright start and started to take the game to Belton and a couple of half- chances were created. After 15 minutes Scole took the lead when Tom Green's through ball was chased down by Jack Payne and he clipped the ball over the diving keeper into the net to put the home team 1 up. Belton were still playing their get the ball wide tactics and were putting Scole under pressure. Scole lost their way through the first half as they lost their shape and a goal-kick found their midfielders rushing through but a defensive mix-up saw the ball bounce off Marcus Rolingson just over the line for the equaliser. Belton had their tails up now and another under pressure mistake saw a Belton forward clip the ball home to put the vistors in the lead. Just before half-time Belton scored a third as Scole lost their discipline. The second half started with Scole pulling a goal back immediately as Payne ran through and his first time shot into the corner of the net and give the home team hope. That was short lived however as a poor defensive header was pounced on and punished as a fourth was conceded. Scole upped their game without really testing the keeper but were punished again from a poor goal-kick out and Belton were worthy winners on the day.
A disappointing result after early expectations and we need to learn from this and move on.
Man of the match: Jack Payne who looked a danger every time he got the basll - ably supported by Tom Green who put a good shift in.