Norman scores winner on debut
Scole United 1
Dersingham Rovers 0
David Norman scored from the penalty spot on his debut to help Scole United to a 1-0 win at home to Dersingham Rovers on Saturday.
Dersingham did come close to scoring in the 15th minute when an in-swinging corner was turned onto the bar by Ben Buckmaster in the Scole goal, and the rebound was cleared off the line.
Despite finding it hard going in the wind, Scole were creating chances, and visiting goalkeeper Matt Hails made a good stop from Ben Cussons.
Reece Palfrey also charged down a tackle and went one-on-one before Hails made a good block.
Dersingham nearly took the lead right at the end of the first-half, but Buckmaster did well to turn over a long range effort.
With the wind behind them in the second-half it was always going to be easier for Scole, however they did not start brightly and over hit most passes with the wind.
Luke Ashford came off the bench and had two good chances, with the first seeing him burst through but overrun the ball and Hails saved at his feet.
Minutes later, the United substitute rounded the goalkeeper, but his touch was too heavy and a last-gasp tackle stopped him from scoring.
James Harrison also burst down the flank but yet again Hails was equal to the shot.
Yet just when it looked like it was not going to be Scole’s day, the breakthrough came as Harrison put in a low cross that bounced up and hit a Dersingham defender on the arm.
The referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty, with Norman stepping up and sending Hails the wrong way to score on his debut.
n On Monday, a goal from Jordan McCue could not prevent Scole from a 7-1 thrashing away at Blofield United.
n In Division Five South, Scole United Reserves put in an excellent performance to win 2-1 at Great Yarmouth Town Reserves on Saturday.
Brodie Adams gave the Bloaters a 1-0 lead at half-time, with Scole keeping their discipline and defending as a unit to deny the hosts from adding to their tally before the break.
The second-half belonged to Scole though as they put their bodies on the line, and goals from McCue and Nathan Doe helped them to grab all three points.