Scole Reserves Go Down Fighting
By Paul Head
Reserves lose battle of top 2 teams
The reserves welcomed unbeaten Belton to Ransomes Avenue who had won all of their previous 9 league games. Scole started on fire and in the second minute debutant Terry Minshull slid a lovely ball through to Brendan Head whose 1 v 1 shot was saved by the keeper, Harry Rolingson following up also had his shot saved. After 8 minutes Belton had their first attack and a lovely pass through found the winger who slid home past Josh Goodwin in goal. With Belton's record this year it would have been easy for Scole to give up but an enormous effort against the strong breeze kept the scoreline at 1-0 at half-time - Belton had put a lot of pressure on the home defence but some superb defending kept them out - a couple of good saves from Goodwin and with the defence well marshalled by captain Ben Cussons started to frustrate the visitors. Scole' midfield continued to also work hard but did not really trouble the Belton keeper too much more in the half.
Scole had the wind in the second half and made most of the running but just could not make the breakthrough with Rolingson having the best chance but was unable to get his shot in as he run through the Belton defence. Scole were still working extremely hard to try and get something back then after 65 minutes the referee gave a free-kick for an innocuous looking challenge from Head but Scole did not defend the kick very well and the visitors won the header and the knock down was gleefully rammed home. Scole still did not give up and again took the match to Belton with Lee Tricker hitting the post and Cussons heading home from a free-kick that was adjudged offside by the visitors linesman/manager and the Belton went away with all 3 points but knowing that at least they had been in a game.
A great effort from all players to put pressure on Belton who are favourites for the title so no disgrace but we must match that commitment and effort every week to ensure we are still up there challenging for promotion come the end of the season.
Man of the match: Difficult as everyone put in a great effort but this week is edged by Jordan Foster who is gaining in confidence growing into the Scole team now.