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Scole United are the star performers on opening day of new season

Scole United started their 2020/21 Anglian Combination Premier Division campaign in style on Saturday with a 6-2 home win over Thorpe St Andrew.

It was largely a new look Scole side that started the contest, with one of their summer additions – Jake McDowall – taking centre stage by scoring an opening day hat-trick from the substitute’s bench.

The hosts broke the deadlock when the visiting goalkeeper could only parry Ashley Baxter’s shot, leaving the same player to turn in the rebound from close range.

Scole United manager Lee Sturgeon
Scole United manager Lee Sturgeon

A rare Thorpe attack saw them equalise, but Scole took a 2-1 lead into the break thanks to Ben Norton-Hugman’s back-post header from Dave Coleman’s cross.

McDowall made an instant impact in the second half when he scored with his first touch, before turning provider for James Harrison to produce a smart finish.

McDowall then completed his trio haul within 10 minutes and while the visitors pulled another goal back before the final whistle, it did little to dampen the Scole mood.

Lee Sturgeon’s side will look to build on their big victory when they travel to Blofield United tomorrow (2.30pm).

* Harleston Town got under way with a routine 3-0 triumph at Bradenham Wanderers.

Attacking midfielder Scott Roberts helped himself to a brace, with summer signing Ryan Swift also getting his name on the scoresheet.

Nicky Howell and Jon Abbott’s charges will now begin a sequence of three straight home matches tomorrow with the visit of UEA (2.30pm).

* It proved to be an afternoon to forget for Long Stratton as they were beaten 4-0 at home by Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers.

The hefty defeat leaves Adam Burroughs’ men bottom after week one ahead of tomorrow’s trip to face a Mattishall side who also lost their first fixture.

* Shaun Hunsdon struck four minutes from time to secure East Harling a 1-0 win from their trip to Norwich United Under-21 in Division One.

It continued a good run of form in 2020 for Stacey Lawrence’s side, who have lost just once in their 12 outings since the turn of the year.

The Green Army will welcome Stalham Town to their Church Road base tomorrow (2.30pm).

* Stalham go into that encounter having held Attleborough Town to a 1-1 draw on the opening day.

A Jak Fuller free kick from 20 yards out put Attleborough in front, but they were pegged back midway through the second half.

Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves, who lost 2-1 to Easton first up, will be Attleborough’s visitors tomorrow (2.30pm).

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