Scole were already reeling from being demoted from top spot this week after losing 6 hard won points after Dereham Town had withdrawn the league. Couple this with a very tough trip to reigning league champions Attleborough Town without the services of skipper Nathan Doe, long term injury victim Lawrence Brown and the withdrawal after a midweek injury playing for the reserves at Gt Yarmouth by last weeks star player Thomas Davey! It was a pretty downbeat Scole that travelled. A couple of positives came in the shape of 2 debutants, former Heigham Park midfielder Joe Lowther and Bacton United winger Nathan Moore.
The game started with Attleborough surprisingly only having a bare 11 although this was a vastly experienced and talented group that they were putting out. Both were knew that whoever won today would have a big advantage in the battle to be league champions and the game was a cagey affair. Chances were few and far between but in reality it looked like it could be Scole's day as Town hit the bar and squandered 2 or 3 chances. The Yellow's defence held firm though and at the interval it was all to play for as the score was still deadlocked. George Rout was replaced by Moore just into the 2nd half but little changed in the pattern of the game until centre half Luke Gould signalled that he was struggling with his dodgy knee after playing a full 90 for Bacton yesterday. He was replaced by John Madden with Sam Blackburn-Seymour moving to centre back alongside Jake Wootton. However the removal of our tallest player was something that Attleborough took advantage of scoring a header from a free kick that keeper Josh Goodwin-Tallents had called for but slipped as he approached the crossed ball. This knocked the stuffing out of Scole and Attleborough began to dictate. Their second found their right winger the wrong side of replacement left back Madden and leaving him with an easy finish. The third came from the opposite side of the pitch when Goodwin-Tallents seemed to misjudge a very speculative shot that somehow crept into the corner of the goal to everyones surprise!
A tough game against a very good side we just lacked a little bit of physicality and belief to properly take the game to them.
Player of the Match: Jack Payne with a typical all action and tough tackling 90 minutes.
This is our last game of 2016 so 'We Wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!'