Scole overcome lowly Martham in race for promotion
The reserves took on lowly Martham reserves who had won only 4 games this season and signed 4 players on the day but they belied their position in the table and gave Scole a real battle right from the first minute. Scole playing down the hill in the first half and with 13 of the 14 who played the previous week plus Kevin Riches Scole should have been right up for the game but it was Martham who showed the willingness to work hard and challenge for every ball unfortunately for both teams the whistle happy official began to influence the game and it was stop start right through the 90 minutes. Scole gradually got a foot in the game and Max Turner had a sharp shot saved by the visiting keeper. The the first moment of controversy as Martham played the ball through the Scole lino put his flag up for offside and everyone stopped only for the ref to wave play on and the winger centred to a forward whose shot was brilliantly saved by Josh Goodwin in the Scole goal who was alert enough. A change in shape for Scole helped got some attacks going for Scole and Harry Rolingson also went close . Not many goal chances up till half-time as Scole had the better of the remainder of the half. HT 0-0 Scole came out much brighter for the second half and Rolingson was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded. Young Harry Brookes strode up and confidently planted the ball in the corner only for the ref to dis-allow the goal for encroachment. Brookes took the retake and his shot this time went straight to the keeper and it looked like it was going to be a frustrating day for Scole. Ten minutes later however and Scole were awarded another penalty when Brookes went through on goal and ref adjudged him to be fouled much to the displeasure of the visitors whose complaints were rewarded with a yellow card. This time Alex Hogg took the penalty and he gave the keeper no chance from the spot. Tempers were quite high at this stage and both sides had to tred carefully as Marthem piled the pressure on and from a corner 2 Scole players went up for a header and the ref awarded a penalty to Martham this time. The penalty fortunately for Scole hit the bar and the rebound was cleared. With Riches battling in centre midfield with Hogg the visitors were finding it difficult to get the ball to their forwards and Scole had a couple of chances to score before Rolingson eventually ran through and beat the keeper to make it safe for Scole.
Scole have played better but at this stage of the season its 3 points that are important and Martham deserve credit for giving it a go.
Man of the match - Josh Goodwin - another clean sheet and his handling was excellent.