Scole Vets finish with a flourish
Eight goals and Five consecutive Clean sheets
Scole Vets travelled to bottom side Swaffham Town looking to end their season with a win and keep up the pressure on second placed Unthank Arms, who have a game in hand. The League One title could come down to goal difference and Scole were looking for goals. They were without Goreham, Earrye, Simon Bartram and the suspended Powell, but welcomed back Brian Midwinter and Jonathan Hanner, and also Paul Head taking his place on the bench as a late replacement.
Scole were lucky not to be punished for a slow start, the hosts having the ball in the net, but ruled out as the referee had already blown for an earlier infringement. It wasn't long before top scorer Lincoln opened his account, sliding the ball under just inside the post and then firing home with aplomb to give Scole a 2-0 lead. Matthew Baker seized on some loose play and added a third, before Partridge squared to Ruddock to make it four. Lincoln completed a first half hat-trick from Wootton's cross to give Scole a five goal lead at the break. Other chances had been missed and it could have been worse for the hosts.
Changes were made after the break, a new forward line of Barrett and Head had plenty of play, the former scoring in an empty goal after good work from Hanner. The hosts posed more of a threat as Scole pushed on, but keeper Bartram only really had one save to make. Manning's corner curled inside the near post for seven and Hanner finished from 18 yards for number eight, after Swaffham failed to clear their lines.
A fifth consecutive clean sheet and a goal difference of +30 has given Scole every chance of being crowned champions.