Reserves Maintain Good Start
By Paul Head
Tight match with 2 Harry Brookes specials clinching the game
Scole made their longest trip of the league season to Martham on Saturday and came back with a hard earned 3 points. With the home team signing 7 players on prior to the game you never know what your going to get but seemingly some experience has been brought to their squad and will make playing them away at least a tougher encounter then previously.
Scole struggled to get any rhythm going in the first 20 minutes as the home team made their presence felt but it was Scole who looked the most dangerous with Harry Browne full of running and the other 2 Harrys, Brookes and Rolingson both getting in good positions up front but unable to make the last touch count. A couple of close moments for Scole keeper Goodwin but the visitors kept the attacks at bay with a couple of last ditch tackles and clearances. In a scrappy game came a moment of magic as right back Brendan Head rifled a cross from just inside the Martham half finding Harry Brookes on the edge of the penalty area on the left of the goal who collected and shot in one movement to see the ball bulging the back of the net to put Scole one up. Martham continued in their determined fashion and should have done better when a forward headed over from short range. Just as half-time approached Brookes created space on the edge of the area and curled a left foot shot in the top of the net for his and Scole's second.
The second half was a dire affair really and not pretty to watch but Scole defended with gritty determination to keep a clean sheet and Martham huffed and puffed but didnt really create much. Scole on the break however caused a few problems for the excellent home keeper and Brookes should have notched his hat-trick when one-on-one with the keeper but was beaten twice. Scole then rode out the remainder of the game with Lewis Naulls and George Reeder on as defensive midfielders giving Martham no space to play in.
Another 3 points with a determined display, man of the match, captain Ben Cussons awarded it this week to Harry Browne who despite not everything coming off that he tried he did not give up and worked tirelessly for the team.