Lowly Freethorpe reserves well beaten by a determined Scole
Scole reserves playing their last game of 2018 welcomed 2 new players to the club in Robert Peake and Alex Moralee. With the game barely a minute old Peake made an impression straight away with his direct running and then in the 2nd minute scored the opening goal from inside the 6 yard box to ease any tension from the home team. After 5 minutes Peake had scored his second and Scole looked as though they were going to steam roll Freethorpe. However the visitors, with some good support on the sidelines, battled away and forced a save from Scole keeper Josh Goodwin. It wasnt long however before it was 3 Max Turner knocking in following a strong run from Brendan Head down the right. Head was then fouled in the box and Alex Hogg stepped up to score Scole's fourth after 22 minutes. A minute later and Head made it 5. At this stage the Freethorpe keeper came into his own and made a spectacular double save before then denying another fierce close range shot to tip over. George Reeder however added a 6th towards half-time although the cross did appear to cross the line for a goal-kick just prior. Freethorpe had a shout for a penalty just before the end of the half but Scole went in 6-0 up and an excellent attitude in the half from the home side.
Always difficult to maintain a good attitude when you are that far ahead at half-time and with Scole sleeping Freethorpe pulled a goal back shortly after half-time as a forward was allowed to turn in the box and shoot but Goodwin could only parry the ball into the path of an-coming forward to tap home. Scole struggled to get back into their rhythm but Terry Minshull added a 7th after an hour. The game went downhill after that with neither team able to string many passes together however the visiting keeper pulled of a string of excellent saves to keep the scoreline respectable. Towards the end the tired legs of the visitors started to show and the dynamic Nathan Doe was able to grab a couple of late goals to make the final score 9-1.
Obviously harder teams to play in the New Year when we all resume again on Sat 5th January for what looks an intriguing battle at the top of division 5 south.
Man of the match: Although he only made it to half-time Robert Peake gets it for me for his strength of running and 2 goals that started the ball rolling.