Reserves Moving Up
Derby game win moves reserves up to 5th
The reserves travelled to East Harling with 2 Saturday morning call offs but with the luxury of being able to bring in a couple of first team players as their game had been called off earlier.
The game started very open and Scole nearly took the lead in the first minute when Harry Rolingson whipped in a cross that Matt Anderson steered just wide with his head. Harling were then awarded a free-kick near the touchline in Scole's half and the long cross outwitted the visitors defence and Jack Barnett headed in at the far post. Scole hit back straight away however and a long through ball from Jack Stevenson found Jordan Walters on the left and he cut in and slid the ball past Josh Goodwin-Tallants in the home goal.
Scole were forced to battle for the remainder of the half against a very resilient Harling team but were unable to create too many clear cut chances despite having most possession. Harling threatened occasionally but their main outlet tricky left winger was out fought by Scole's right back Brendan Head. Scole were however resorting to long balls rather than trying to play football and Harling were able to keep the scores level to half-time.
The second half began with Scole needing to pass the ball more and this they need but were unable to create a chance to beat the home keeper until the hour mark was up when Tom Green was released and his firm strike form the edge of the area squirmed under Goodwin-Tallants body and into the goal. Scole were now well on top and Harling were having difficulty making any chances but still looked dangerous from free-kicks and corners into the box that the Scole defence were now equal to.
Scole really needed another to calm the nerves and this came courtesy of a lovely move that ended with Luke Rowe striking a shot from the edge of the box that curled past the keeper with 15 minutes remaining, Scole had further chances to increase their lead the closest being a Head shot that hit the underside of the bar and came out. Harling forced a few corners towards the end and a shout for the ball going over the line from one was turned away by the ref.
A bit of a battle against a hard working Harling team and a good 3 points.
Mon of the match: Brendan Head had another solid game but this week goes to Matt Heuschneider for his all action game that is perhaps not for the purist but does stop the opposition playing.