Scole welcomed South Walsham reserves to Ransome Avenue but with pre-match disruption in trying to find a referee, which thankfully ended with old player Matt Heushneider volunteering, Scole reserves warm up looked like it was going to set the tone of the day and thats exactly what it did. Lack lustre from the first minute the home team looked strangely out of sorts and 2 dangerous fouls in the first few minutes from the visitors ended with Jack Stevenson and Ben Cussons with cut lips. With stand-in keeper James Last who had to be lively to an early effort that Scole did not heed as a warning. Scole just could not get any rhythm to their game, were not winning any second balls and not finding the forwards at all. Callum Boulter had Scole's first shot on target although the keeper easily saved. Scole did start to push forward eventually but lacked the final pass to create too many clear cut chances. With an unexpected half-time score of 0-0 the visitors were doing what they could to keep it that way breaking up play whenever they could.
Scole started the second half much better and took the game to Walsham but the keeper made a couple of good saves. 5 minutes in and an Alex Hogg corner was met by Stevenson and his header beat the keeper and into the back of the net. Scole expected the flood gates to open but then started to try and play champions league football and lost the ploy again. They still managed to create several chances but too much over play and some good goalkeeping kept the visitors in the game. Walsham had their moments as well and Last pulled pulled off a good save to deny the Walsham forward. With time running out Walsham stretched the Scole defence again and a looping shot looked as though it was going in until Last leapt backwards and managed to claw the ball away, the loose ball then being cleared by Harry Abbott from the goal-line. A let off for Scole and they will need to be a whole lot better if they are going to be challenging at the top at the end of the season.
Man of the match: Jack Stevenson was solid and took his goal well but James Last gets it with his first game in 2 years, borrowed boots and shin pads and a couple of excellent saves.
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