Cromer FC get back to winning ways
Wymondham Town 0 Cromer Town 1
Cromer made the trip to Wymondham having picked up just one point from the last three games. A win was of great importance if the Crabs were to avoid losing more ground on the sides at the top of the table.
There were once again changed forced upon manager Chris Wigger. Keeper Chris Bird was called into the side and Simon Freemantle returned to the starting line-up with Dale Wilton unavailable due to illness.
Cromer made the perfect start when they took the lead after just eight minutes. Matthew Eves picked the ball up inside the opposition half, knocked it round the defender and then beat him for pace before making his way into the box and then firing past Motterham at his near post.
The hosts came close to equalising almost immediately. The ball was delivered to the back post where Plumstead rose highest but his header came back off the bar and it then eventually broke to McCloy who smashed over from close range.
Just after the half hour mark a poor headed clearance went to McCloy but the Wymondham striker was again unable to capitalise.
Following the restart it was again Rackham who found himself with a goal scoring opportunity but his first time strike was deflected wide.
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Having rode their luck slightly the Crabs then took control and looked to extend their lead. Ben Furlong played the ball to Dave Matthews who fired his first time strike straight at Motterham. Claudio Langlois was then involved when he held up the ball well and then dropped it back to Liam Davies whose first time cross found Matthews, but the Crabs striker headed wide.
In the 78th minute the visitors had their best opportunity to double their lead. A cross went to Langlois who then pulled it back for Matthews who in turn laid it to Eves who lashed the ball well over.
Bird, who had been pretty much a spectator throughout the second half, was then called into action to push McCloy's free-kick over the bar.
It was then Cromer who threatened. Matthews flicked the ball on into the run of Karl Horton who put his shot wide. Then the Crabs had a possible claim for a penalty when Eves' cross went to Langlois whose miscontrol gave Motterham a chance to get the loose ball but he only seemed to get in the way of Langlois and cause the Cromer striker to fall to the ground.
In the closing moments the home side had a couple more chances to grab a share of the points. Rackham's volley effort was pushed over by Bird and then a cross went to the unmarked Rackham at the back post but he was off target with his header.
The three points was the main aim for the Crabs and they achieved this. It was quite a scrappy game on a tight, bobbly surface. Cromer on another day may have scored more goals but they could also have conceded against a more deadly attack.
However the Crabs returned home with all three points and they will be looking to build on this when they face Stalham Town this weekend in the Norfolk Senior Cup.
Cromer: Bird, Cameron, Applegate, Davies, S Jordan, Landamore, Eves, Furlong, Matthews, Langlois, Freemantle (Horton). Subs not used: M Jordan, Fawkes.