Scole share the spoils on travels

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ALMARY GREEN

ANGLIAN

COMBINATION

PREMIER DIVISION

St Andrews 1

Scole United 1

Scole United were forced to settle for a share of the spoils from their trip to St Andrews on Saturday afternoon.

With a slight wind advantage, Scole started quickly with the physical strength of Ben Cussons being a threat.

It was in fact Cussons that got a good shot in after 10 minutes which was well palmed away by the St Andrews goalkeeper.

However, after 25 minutes there was a hammer blow for Scole, who despite being on top, conceded first.

A St Andrews midfielder slipped the ball into Mason Roe and his deflected shot looped up over Ben Buckmaster and into the top corner of the net.

Scole did not crumble, though, and for the last 10 minutes of the half they looked to bombard the St Andrews goal with free-kicks, corners and long throw-ins.

St Andrews appeared as far more of an attacking threat in the second-half, with the wind at their backs and their wingers started to come into the game.

A few vital blocks from Scole defenders kept them in the game and when they were breached, Buckmaster made an excellent save with his feet.

Scole themselves were still looking sharp and with eight minutes to go they scored the equalising goal.

A long Jack Tipple throw found the head of Marc Pearce, who flicked the ball on for Will Goulding to head the ball over the line.

The hosts pushed hard for a winner in the closing stages, but Scole kept them at bay.

On Saturday, Scole are at home to Dersingham Rovers (2.30pm).

n A depleted Scole United Reserves side were beaten 3-0 by Porlingland Wanderers Reserves in Division Five of the Anglian Combination.

Visiting Scole held out during the first-half, but they ended up shipping three goals after the restart as the home side recorded a deserved victory.