Championship within grasp
CONSISTENT Wroxham Res-erves are just one victory away from lifting the Sterry Cup. But Cromer Town's battlers are not giving up the chase.The young Yachtsmen sailed to a 4-1 victory over Hempnall on Tuesday night, leaving them three points off their title target of 65 with two games to play, while Cromer need to win all their remaining six games to have any chance of regaining the title they won in 2005/06, writes Roy Webster.
CONSISTENT Wroxham Res-erves are just one victory away from lifting the Sterry Cup. But Cromer Town's battlers are not giving up the chase.
The young Yachtsmen sailed to a 4-1 victory over Hempnall on Tuesday night, leaving them three points off their title target of 65 with two games to play, while Cromer need to win all their remaining six games to have any chance of regaining the title they won in 2005/06, writes Roy Webster.
At Trafford Park on Tuesday Hempnall scored a seventh-minute opener through Paul Franklin. But the home side responded with an electrifying performance that saw Paul Cook equalising in the 25th minute and Colin Wines putting them ahead with a 32nd minute penalty.
After that it was one-way traffic with Ben Latimer adding Wroxham's third in the 64th minute and Jacob McCabe putting the result beyond doubt in the 80th minute.
Cromer, who achieved a splendid 3-2 away win at reigning champions Blofield United - their goals from Simon Durrant, Tom Davies and Darren Terrington on Saturday - continued their winning run on Tuesday night with a sparkling 4-2 home performance against Sprowston Athletic. Their marksmen were Ryan Honeyman, Tom Davies (2) and Darren Terrington, keeping the Crabs in the title mix.
Cromer's next game is at home to Beccles Town on Saturday, and they visit Hempnall a week later.
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Wroxham Reserves' next fixture is at Dersingham on Saturday week and they are at home to Acle to end their season the following Tuesday. A victory from either of these games would result in the Sterry Cup visiting the Trafford Park clubhouse after an interval of 13 years.
Cromer will be hoping their rivals lose both games in their effort to pull off a most amazing end-of-season run of success.
Meanwhile Sheringham, who beat Sprowston Athletic 3-0 (Gleave, Dixon, King) on Saturday could yet make third spot if they win all their remaining fixtures, starting with Hindringham on Saturday.
In Division One, Holt did not have a Saturday fixture but were expected to gain three points at home to St Andrews last night to maintain their momentum in the promotion stakes against rivals Loddon and Watton, who both won on Saturday.
Holt's final fixtures are at home to Gayton on Saturday week and away to Fakenham Reserves on May 3. Significantly Watton and Loddon are scheduled to meet on Saturday week when the Owls will be rooting for Loddon to gain all three points.
In Division Two, Reepham lost 3-2 to St Johns but are safe from relegation. The same cannot be said for Aylsham Wanderers who require 12 points from their remaining four games to have the faintest chance of climbing above Downham Reserves and Mundford.
The rampant Hoveton Wherrymen are now five points clear of the chasing pack in Division Six after trouncing Gayton Reserves 6-2. One more victory would clinch the title for the Wherrymen.