Cromer handily placed in league race

WITH leading duo Beccles and North Walsham drawing, Cromer are third in the Anglian Combination Premier Division, one point behind, although Beccles have two games in hand.

WITH leading duo Beccles and North Walsham drawing, Cromer are third in the Anglian Combination Premier Division, one point behind, although Beccles have two games in hand.

On Saturday, Cromer entertain Beccles, 2.30pm ko.

Wroxham Reserves 0, Cromer Town 4

THE Yachtsmen included several players with Ridgeons League experience and the Crabs came through a

tough test. Cromer were without Liam Davies and David Harwood but Josh

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Gray returned, writes Richard Cox.

Coren Hardy's early long-range effort was easily saved by Cromer's Richard Kellett. The Cromer goalkeeper was again called upon to keep out Ryan Lythgoe's strike.

Cromer then had their first chance when Gray crossed from deep to the near post where James Pipe flicked the ball over the Wroxham keeper into the goal. But Pipe had used his hand to guide the ball and the goal was rightly disallowed.

Wroxham again went on the front foot and Lythgoe forced a superb diving save from Kellett. Gary Gilmore picked out Hardy and the ball broke for Key who should have given Wroxham the lead but his shot grazed the bar from just six yards.

On 54 minutes Cromer broke down the right with Pipe who used his pace to get behind the Wroxham defence. He then went towards goal before squaring to Terrington, who had a simple tap-in. Moments later Wroxham were reduced to 10 men when Darren Maxey received a straight red card for dissent towards the referee.

From the resulting indirect free-kick Pipe fired under the wall and into the bottom corner.

Cromer remained in the driving seat and extended their advantage. Karl Horton's cross wasn't cleared and the ball ran to Tom Davies, who finished from close range.

With 20 minutes remaining the Crabs put the game out of sight when Terrington received the ball 20 yards out, refused the other attacking options and smartly finished into the corner of the goal with his low strike.

Cromer had one more chance when a headed clearance fell to Matthew Eves on the edge of the box, whose first time volley went just wide.

It was a comfortable victory for Cromer who could have easily been trailing at half-time, but in the second half they were much more dominant and were lethal in front of goal.

The Reserves picked up all three points with an emphatic 7-0 victory at home to Fakenham Reserves.

Ryan Walsh got a hat-trick, Liam Walsh grabbed a brace and there was one goal each for Shaun Cameron and James Wright.

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