Reserves Battle Ends in Defeat
By Paul Head
Scoreline not reflective of game overall
With 8 usual players unavailable and 2 call ups to the first team it was always going to be a tough ask to get a team on the pitch let alone compete against Beccles reserves who had already been crowned champions of the league. However Scole managed to named 13 players unfortunately one did not turn up leaving the team with 12.
It was therefore somewhat of a surprise that Scole were able to not only hold their own but actually play some nice football at times. Beccles tactics were to hit there forwards quickly but the new central pairing of Tom Green and Scott Parke (in for his first game of the season) were comfortably dealing with anything through the middle. Added to that the 2 full backs Rob Payne and Jon Campion who were both tenacious in their defending. First opportunity fell to Scole and a wicked shot from Harry Browne looked destined for the top corner but the Beccles keeper Tom Wickham made a superb save and managed to push the ball onto the bar and it was cleared. This gave Scole belief and they pushed forward again but this time Luke Rowe was thwarted by the keeper who saved at his feet. Beccles threatend a couple of time as stand in keeper Doc Partridge came out to put the forward off as he toepoked wide, Partridge was quick off his line again a couple of time to cover through balls. Beccles took the lead from a poor corner that bounced up into the six yard box and a forward nodded home with their first shot on target after 30 minutes. Scole however were not to be outdone and a good move ended with Tom Dade clear and he slotted past the keeper to level. Scole still had further opportunities and Jack Payne blasted one over from the edge of the area. Just as the halftime whistle went though Parke went down under a challenge clutching his ankle and he played no further part in the game.
The change affected Scole badly and before they got themselves going went a goal down, Scole panicked and let 2 more goals in by the time 10 minutes had been played and it was going to be damage limitation from then on. Beccles scored a few well taken goals and found the net four more times as Scole faded out of the game however nobody gave up and were still able to create a couple of half chances that went begging.
By no means a disgrace and the injury to Parke was a major loss following an excellent first half. Every player gave his all but special mention to Parke to normally turns out for Gressenhall, Tom Green who put in a great performance, also to Jon Campion who has been on the fringes all season but came in and showed great passion, desire and a will to win so this week wins Man of the match.
Also congratulations to Beccles winning a very difficult division by a clear margin in the end.