Cromer FC hit five in impressive show
Cromer Town 5 St Andrews 1
In the first home game of the Premier Division season Cromer entertained St. Andrews. Dale Wilton, Karl Horton, Matthew Eves and Liam Davies were all once again available for selection but the Crabs were without the injured Dave Matthews.
Cromer made an excellent start and took the lead in the third minute. Simon Freemantle lifted the ball into the path of Antoni Fawkes whose effort across goal took a nasty deflection to beat the St Andrews keeper, writes Richard Cox.
A few minutes later Fawkes got his and his side's second goal. Wilton broke forward quickly before playing the ball inside to Ben Furlong who gave it to Fawkes on the edge of the box and his strike found the back of the net.
The Crabs were playing some brilliant football and the early indications were that it was just a case of how many goals they would score. Wilton wasted a chance before Cromer made it 3-0 in the 18th minute. After some patient build up in front of the St Andrews defence the ball was squared to Horton whose first time strike could only be pushed out by the keeper to leave Freemantle with a simple tap in.
The St. Andrews goal was seeing all of the action. Steve Jordan headed over from a corner and then some good skill from Freemantle saw him get beyond the defender before his shot was saved.
Just after the half hour mark the hosts had a goal disallowed when Wilton headed home but was offside.
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In the last attack before half-time Matthew Jordan picked out Fawkes in the box but the Cromer striker volleyed wide.
The Crabs wasted little time getting on the attack at the start of the second half. Horton delivered the perfect cross into the box but no one was able to get the desired connection and then a Furlong free kick was pushed over the bar.
In the 65 minute the visitors posed their first threat to the Cromer goal when Woodgate found himself in space at the back post but he headed all the way across goal.
The remainder of the game was once again all Cromer and in the final 10 minutes the home side added two more goals. The first came when Eves crossed to Wilton who took a touch and was then brought down from behind. Freemantle stepped up to slot home. A few moments later the second penalty was awarded when Smith handled Furlong's shot on the goal line and he received a straight red card. Freemantle again stepped to complete his hat-trick.
This was an excellent victory for the Crabs who played some superb football throughout. The match was sponsored by Suffield Park Post Office & Londis Store.
Cromer: Jackson, M. Jordan (McCabe), Applegate, Cameron, S. Jordan, Landamore, Wilton (Davies), Horton, Fawkes (Eves), Freemantle, Furlong.
This Saturday Cromer turn their attentions to the Mummery Cup when Divison One side Horsford Utd come to Cabbell Park (2.30pm).
Cromer Lifeboat Cup Final
Cromer Res 6 Sheringham Res 1
Sheringham Reserves, fielding a young team, took a shock seventh minute lead at Cabbell Park on Monday evening and for much of the first half were the better team.
However, after 35 minutes, Cromer stepped up their game and equalised. Cromer's manager must have had a few strong words with his players at the break as within one minute of the restart they went 2-1 ahead. From then on they controlled the game to run out 6-1 winners to lift the trophy, which was presented by former Northern Ireland and Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington.
All credit to Sheringham Res who acquitted themselves well and the appreciative crowd left Cabbell Park having seen an excellent game well controlled by Terry Chase.'