Early signs positive from Scole
Scole United have taken maximum points from the first Saturday fixture of their 2018/19 Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division campaign.
They beat Acle United 1-0 at home to record seven points from their opening three fixtures, leaving them in a strong third place early on.
They went into the fixture with strength in depth, with Alex Blakely the only absentee from the previous two fixtures, although experienced senior player Chris Collins-Reed came into the squad.
Scole started the game brightly and kept Acle on the back foot, hitting an early goal in the 10th minute before holding off their opposition for the remaining 80 minutes.
The goal came after Brad Hunt finished a good deep cross from Ash Baxter, settling the Scole crowd’s nerves.
The home team dominated for the first 25 minutes and James Harrison had a good effort cleared off the line as they threatened to go two goals up in the first quarter of the match.
But an off-the-field incident, which saw Acle manager Kaine Challen dispatched to the stands following a verbal altercation with the officials, sparked life into the visitors and they began to claw their way back into the game.
Despite this, the score remained the same at the break before Scole resumed their dominance in the second half. Scole should have had four or five goals to their name by the final whistle, with chances coming for a variety of players.
Connor Kerry, on another day, would easily have bagged a hat-trick but instead found himself goalless at the end.
Winger Joe Hooton was another who was unlucky when his shot beat the oncoming ‘keeper, only to rebound off both goalposts, running along the goal-line in between.
The inevitable chance came for Acle in injury time, when they had a decent effort come back off the post, but Scole held out for a more than deserved win.
Match sponsor Peter Hugman chose Hooton as his man of the match.
Scole next host St Andrews at home on Saturday (2.30pm) in the league.
Meanwhile in Division 5 South, Scole United Reserves away trip to South Walsham Reserves was postponed owing to the home team failing to raise a side. The club are concerned by the walkover at this early stage of the season.