Reserves Get Picked Off
Reserves lose ground in promotion race
After the Christmas and New Year break Scole entertained AC Mill Lane at Ransome Avenue but ended up on the wrong end of another defeat against promotion rivals which sees them at the bottom of the pack chasing for the jump up to division 4.
With keeper Harry Green out with injured ligaments it was left to Doc Partridge to fill the keepers boots. Scole started the game as the better team for the first 15 minutes and a Matt Anderson goal ruled out for offside after the visitors linesman flag went up late. Scole were getting the ball down and playing some nice football but AC Mill Lane's fast forwards were causing a few issues as one shot went just wide of the post. On 20 minutes as James Platt made a rash challenge on the edge of the penalty box the free-kick sailed into the far corner leaving Partridge standing. Scole almost pulled level when a Jordan Walters shot was well saved by the visitors keeper and knocked onto the post. Harry Rolingson also almost leveled but couldnt quite get his heas to the ball as it went past the far post.
The visitors hit Scole with a sucker punch close to half-time as they scored again when Scole did not clear. Partridge also made a one-on-one save to deny the visiting attack. HT 0-2.
Scole were still in this game but needed to score the next goal probably to get something out of it. Unfortunately that came from AC as they broke again scored a third after 55 minutes. Marcus Rolingson pulled one back with a well placed header from a Luke Rowe corner and started to push forward more. Walters went close to gettiing another but after some trick footwork pulled his shot wide. Then a long punt up field got flicked onto an on-rushing visitng forward who lobbed the home keeper to make the game safe for AC.
Actually Scole pulled some good football but without having the belief that they can go on to hurt other teams and the scoreline did not give justice to Scole. It was good to see Aaron Stannard back at the club and putting a good shift in an unaccustomed role in midfield.
Man of the match: Luke Rowe who looked conmfortable on the ball every time.