Last Minute Agony for Reserves
Gutsy display from reserves unlucky not to get all 3 points
Scole traveled to Attleborough with 12 players with Rob Payne and 51 year old Ali Bannon called up late on Saturday morning after a couple of late call-offs.
Following the previous weeks poor result the omens didnt look good when Ben Cussons pulled up in the warm up with a calf injury. It was always going to a backs against the wall job as Attleborough were pouring their resources into getting their reserves promoted now this season with several current first team players in the starting line up.
Scole started as they meant to go on and some heavy challenges put a marker down, Boro seemed to get thrown a bit with Scole defending deep in a 4-5-1 formation and letting Boro have the ball deep in their own half. Scole however were looking lively when they went forward with Harry Browne enthusiastically joining lone Jordan Walters up top when he could. It was from a Browne run that Walters scored the opening goal when his shot crept in at the keepers left hand post to shock the home side. Scole then defended with great determination and resilience for long periods for the remainder of the half but still looked capable of scoring again as Browne had several shots at goal one bringing an excellent save from the home keeper. Walters then went down with a twisted knee but was able to continue after treatment on the sideline. Scole got through to half-time with their lead intact.
The visitors knew that Boro would chuck the kitchen sink at them the second half but Scole dug deep and then 10 minutes into the half Walters went down again in agony with his knee and came off for 51 year old Bannon who was as excited as a teenager to come on. Boro took control of the remainder of the game although with Bannon running willingly up front Scole started to drop deeper into defence as they tired. After several goal mouth clearances the ball finally fell in the box for a Boro forward to smash home the equaliser with 15 minutes remaining. It looked as though it might be a long 15 minutes and as so it proved but Scole's determination to hang onto a point shone through. With 2 minutes left on the clock the ball fell to Scole right back Brendan Head in his own half and his surging run took him to the Boro byline and his low cross into the box found Browne who clipped the ball home to send the Scole players into delirium. However football can be a cruel game and so it proved as Boro still had another chance to stick the ball into the box, Scole couldnt clear and a slight clip of a Boros forward foot saw him down like a sack of spuds and the referee pointed to the spot. Mark Woodcock in goal was given no chance from the well taken penalty to give Boro a share of the points.
A great show of determination from Scole and fully deserved the point and dissapointing having taken the lead twice not to take all 3 from a team laden with first teamers.
Man of the match: Special mentions to Jordan Walters who ran his heart out until his injury (Best wishes for a quick recovery Gordy) and to Ben Cussons who played through the pain barrier for 90 minutes. This week however goes to Harry Browne who was superb and carried the game to Boro who just could not cope with his pace and skill