Cromer keeper in top form
Blofield United 2, Cromer Town 3 (aet)Cromer booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup in a game that was a credit to both sides who put on a great show for the spectators.
Blofield United 2, Cromer Town 3 (aet)
Cromer booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup in a game that was a credit to both sides who put on a great show for the spectators.
Blofield were denied by a very fine goalkeeping display from Cromer's Richard Kellett, who made some very telling saves, while at the other end the Crabs took their opportunities, writes Richard Cox.
There was just one change to the starting line up with Tom Davies starting up front in place of James Pipe (cup-tied). Matthew Eves returned from illness, taking his place on the bench.
Blofield took an early lead when the Cromer defence didn't attack the ball and it ran to Luke Adcock at the back post who was given time and space before coolly slotting beyond Kellett.
Blofield looked like extending their lead when Danny McKail broke through only to have his shot saved by the Cromer goalkeeper.
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Kellett was again called upon, making a smart double save to deny Greg Murphy.
The Crabs looked to cause problems of their own. Winterbone's effort was spilled by keeper Lloyd who reacted quickly to save at the feet of Tom Davies. Winterbone was denied when his lob was headed off the line by Rushbrook.
Blofield ended the first half threatening the Cromer goal.
A free-kick rebounded to Sean Brown whose strike was pushed away by Kellett. Then the alert Cromer No 1 came out to take the ball away from Danny Brown.
After a delay to the restart due to an injury to referee Jason Chapman, Cromer grabbed an equaliser. Winterbone won possession down the left and picked out Darren Terrington at the near post, whose downward header beat Lloyd.
There was plenty of action in front of both goals. Terrington's left-foot effort from 18 yards went over before Blofield's McKail was denied by another excellent Kellett save.
On 70 minutes substitute Eves broke the offside trap but fired straight at Lloyd when he should have given Cromer the lead. Kellett was again at the centre of the action keeping out Dean Fitzgerald before making a tremendous double save. He reacted superbly to palm away Wynne's close-range volley and then down sharply to smother Danny Brown's effort from the rebound.
But despite Kellett's efforts Blofield got a second when Lee Skoyles headed Fitzgerald's corner home on 80 minutes.
Cromer responded immediately, equalising again when Steven Barnes flicked the ball to Eves, who volleyed past Lloyd.
With only a few moments remaining both teams had one final chance. Skoyles saw his header cleared off the line by Josh Gray and for Cromer Barnes saw his looping header bounce just wide.
Four minutes into extra time Cromer grabbed the winning goal. Gray crossed and Eves rose brilliantly and headed home.
Kellett had saved his best until last, saving superbly to deny Brown from close range.
The Reserves got all three points with a 5-1 home win against Freethorpe thanks to four goals from Lewis Smith and one for Ryan Walsh.