Scole reserves took on second place Tacolneston with 4 teams battling for promotion a win would be a big boost with a handful of games left. A strong wind was always going to be a factor and a bumpy pitch made playing football very difficult but it was Scole who adapted best to the conditions with their battling attitude there to see right from the start.
The wind blowing from corner to corner up that hill Scole playing into the wind and down the hill took the game to the visitors and after 5 minutes a through ball from Brendan Head found Harry Rolingson and he strode through and slotted past the keeper to put them one up which gave the home team a great boost. However Tacolneston came back up the after end and almost equalised but the forwards shot cam back off the bar and was cleared. Both teams were working hard in midfield but the Scole central trio of Alex Hogg, Nathan Doe and Jack Payne were everywhere and breaking up the visitors attack before they started and with Ben Cussons and Tom Davey in superb form picking up anything that did get through. With a strong wind crosses can be very dangerous but Josh Goodwin in goal was handling superbly. Scole probably against the run of the play at the time went further ahead when Rolingson broke down the right and his cross was met by Harry Brookes in the middle of the goal and his header was planted firmly in the back of the net to put Scole 2 up. Tacolneston's best shot of the half was then pushed away by Goodwin to go for a throw-in just before half-time for Scole's best half of the season to date.
Scole knew that they had to keep the work rate up in the second half but perhaps understandly given the first half effort started a bit sluggishly and it took sometime to get to back to grips with the game and it was Payne who dragged them back in with non-stop running and tackling. The back four remained solid and gave the visitors no real chances and Scole increased their lead when following a goalmouth scramble Doe netted following Head's knock back. Scole continued to push forward for more and Payne chasing a dead cause of a ball managed to nick it off a defender and slide Rolingson in to tap into an empty net for Scole's fourth. The home team nearly made it five when Head hit the bar and Payne headed the rebound over. The Scole forwards were working very hard with Harry Brookes adding to his attacking game now with some great defensive work as well. The visitors kept trying to play football but found it difficult in the wind and should have got a consolation towards the end but the striker pulled his shot wide at the far post.
A superb squad performance from all involved but Scole must take that energy and effort into the remaining fixtures to try and obtain promotion. Man of the match is difficult as everyone put a shift in but Jack Payne gets my vote as he was like one of those duracell bunnies that pops up all over the pitch!
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