Scole keep up good start
Josh Lucraft was the star of the show as Scole United kept up their positive start to the new season with a 4-1 win over St Andrews on Saturday.
Scole, who are back in the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division, had collected seven points from a possible nine going in to the weekend’s encounter.
And now they sit joint top with Caister thanks in part to Lucraft, who helped himself to a hat-trick to sink the visitors.
The game began in the late summer sunshine and both sides were cagey in the opening period.
Chances were few and far between and the game was playing like a pre-season friendly.
However, that was until young midfielder Lucraft decided to liven up proceedings after picking up a pass from Ben Norton-Hugman.
Taking the ball in his stride he turned his defender and let fly from the edge of the box to find the back of the net.
Following the interval Scole came out with much more purpose and almost immediately doubled their lead with James Harrison scoring from a Lucraft assist.
St Andrews pulled one back after centre-back Adam Solley was adjudged to have handled inside the penalty area.
But from then on in it became the Lucraft show.
Picking up the ball on the right hand side, he drove into the St Andrews area on the byline. Taking on a couple of defenders, he sent a low hard cross that the visiting goalkeeper could not deal with.
And seven minutes later his hat-trick was completed with the goal of the game.
Driving forward in the centre of the pitch he hit a screamer from 20 yards out high into the top corner.
Tomorrow Scole host Wroxham Reserves in the Mummery Cup (2pm).
* In Division Five South, Nathan Doe scored the only goal of the game to seal Scole United Reserves a 1-0 win over their Yelverton counterparts.
Scole also had to survive some late pressure to preserve the victory.