Harry Rolingson brace keeps Scole amongst front runners
Scole reserves welcomed Ben Wilby to the club as assistant manager and the players responded to him magnificently against a well regarded Easton reserves team. Scole playing down the hill started off strongly and took the game to the visitors however as left back Tom Davey was sorting his socks out Easton broke down their right and the winger hit the far post and Scole cleared for a let off. After that Scole's midfield were all over the visitors and after their centre-forward went off with an injury their only let out was the lively right winger. Scole however remained solid in defence with Ash Maskell, alongside the reliable captain Ben Cussons, helping out in the absence of Tricker and Stevenson.
The game was all in midfield at this point as neither team could create a shot on target although Scole always looked the more dangerous. It was Harry Rolingson who broke the deadlock as he turned in the penalty box took a stride and rifled the ball home past the Easton keeper. A few heavy challenges were going in now and a few yellow cards started raking up in the referees notebook some could have been of the red colour for both sides in reality but half-time came with 22 players still on the pitch and Scole with their 1-0 lead intact.
Josh Goodwin in goal was handling and kicking well as Scole looked to extend their lead in the second half. It was that man Rolingson who was growing in confidence as Easton could not handle him and he ran through from the right and neatly sidefooted the ball home to the delight of the home players. The game became very scrappy now and neither team could get a good hold of the ball with the Scole midfield trio of Alex Hogg, Nathan Doe and Jordan Foster dominating but started to tire slightly after putting in the miles and Easton managed to work a space for their left winger but his shot fizzed across the box for a goal kick. Scole made 2 subs in midfield Kez Grady and Harvey White came on and took over where the others left off to put a stop to any resurgent visitors attacks. Scole had the ball in the back of the net as Rolingson thought he had his hat-trick but was ruled out for offisde. Scole also hit the woodwork with a strike from Foster. With 10 minutes remaining Davey was sin-binned for dissent so Scole had to dig deep to resist the visitors as they looked to claw a goal back but the home defence is made of stern stuff and managed to see the 10 minutes out, as Davey returned to the pitch for injury time he managed to kick an opponent and came off injured almost immediately!
A good sold performance from the whole team and the introduction of Ben Wilby in the dugout has certainly galvanized morale.
Man of the match: In only hiss second appearance of the season to date Alex Hogg was superb in holding midfield position, put his foot in, done a big shift and distributed the ball well and gets my vote this week.