Cromer hit five midweek goals

Cromer 5, Sprowston Athletic 0FOR the fourth time this season Sprowston Athletic were the opponents, this time in a Tuesday night league fixture at Cabbell Park.

Cromer 5, Sprowston Athletic 0

FOR the fourth time this season Sprowston Athletic were the opponents, this time in a Tuesday night league fixture at Cabbell Park.

After an excellent result at the weekend Cromer looked to continue the good form and with almost a full squad to select from the Crabs hoped for a result that could lift them up the table, writes Richard Cox.

The visitors gifted the Crabs the perfect start in the first minute when a lack of communication between goalkeeper Rob High and defender Jody Cork saw Cork pass the ball back into an empty net. Cromer soon added a second. Josh Gray's long throw was flicked to the back post where Matthew Eves struck first time past High in the Sprowston goal.

Cromer continued to dominate. Eves ran to the by line before putting in a low cross which was just out of reach of the sliding Terrington.

The same players were again involved, resulting in Terrington steering Eves' cross towards goal, only to see it tipped away.

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In the closing minutes of the first half Sprowston put the Cromer goal under some pressure and forced a last-ditch block from Ben Sharman, and Richard Kellett was called into action for the first time. The Crabs' defence stood firm and went in with a 2-0 lead.

Cromer scored a third in the first minute of the second half when James Pipe got the ball into feet with his back to goal. He turned well and showed strength to brush past his marker and slot into the bottom corner.

Cromer were relentless with their pressure on the Sprowston goal.

The Crabs broke quickly through Eves, who squared for Pipe to play the ball to Gray, whose effort went into the side netting.

Pipe then grabbed his second and Cromer's fourth when he timed his run well and chased down the through ball. Pipe closed in on goal and had his first effort saved. The ball came back out to Pipe who hit in at the near post.

It was all Cromer right to the end and more goals seemed likely.

Pipe and Terrington both fired straight at High but in the 88th minute Cromer did get a fifth when Pipe completed his hat-trick.

His shot from the edge of the box found its way into the back of the net with the aid of a deflection.

This concluded an emphatic 5-0 victory for Cromer, who with this result moved up to second on goal difference.

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