Scole Vets lose to promotion rivals
Scoreline flatters hosts as Scole stumble.
Scole Vets travelled to promotion rivals North Walsham Town, in the battle for second place. Scole’s squad was quite strong, though that keeper Steve Bartram has retired, will be a big loss. Hughes was suspended, and Hutchinson was a late call off, but that still left a 15 man squad. Scole started slowly, and initially gave the ball away too easily, but grew into the game and started to gain good possession. A lapse of concentration from a free kick allowed the hosts’ central midfielder to run through, blasting past Midwinter leaving Partridge stranded. The remainder of the first half was fairly even, though Hanner had a good chance to level before the break, but keeper Gibbs saved well.
After the break, Scole reverted to a 4-4-2 formation, again starting slowly, before exerting more pressure on the home goal. Hanner again involved in the action, possibly should have been given a penalty and then blasting over after good work by Goreham down the left flank. Midwinter was working hard at the back, breaking up play and getting the ball forward. Late on, North Walsham doubled their lead, their striker’s shot bobbling over keeper Partridge’s hands at the near post. A third followed, despite increasing Scole pressure. Gibbs was forced into a smart save, but the host added a fourth at the death.
The scoreline flattered North Walsham, a very competitive match played in very good spirit.