Cromer looking good for title
On Tuesday, Cromer Town won 3-2 at home to Dersingham, to be 16 points clear of Blofield, 3-0 Wednesday winners at North Walsham, at the top of the Anglian Combination Premier Division. Blofield have four games in hand.
Cromer Town 2, Loddon United 0
After dropping points at Loddon the previous weekend, the Anglian Combination championship leaders the Crabs scored a victory at home in the quick return fixture.
There was just one change to the team with Osborne returning in goal after injury, writes Richard Cox.
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Cromer made a good start to the game and threatened early on. Darren Terrington lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper but was denied by an excellent last-ditch tackle before he was able to roll the ball into the net.
Wilton then pulled the ball back to Terrington, but his scuffed effort was easy for the Loddon keeper to take.
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Wilton was again involved. This time he eased past the left-back before giving the ball to Hinton, who fired straight at Stebbings.
In the 15th minute Craig Terrington crossed to Durrant, whose glancing header went just wide.
Cromer finally took the lead midway through the half. Some good play down the right saw Durrant play the ball over to Wilton, who closed on goal before firing in at the near post.
After this Cromer did not create so many chances but still dominated possession and had one more opportunity before the break.
Hinton broke forward quickly and played the ball to Wilton, whose ball across goal was just out of reach of Craig Terrington in front of the Loddon net.
The Crabs remained in control in the second half. Moments in, Wilton seemed to be brought down in the box, but no penalty was awarded.
Then a good delivery from Hinton picked out an unmarked Cameron at the back post – but he was denied by some sharp reactions from Stebbings.
Horton then wasted an excellent chance to grab his team's second goal when Stebbings' clearance went straight to the Cromer midfielder. He was one on one with the keeper and then received support from Hinton, but Horton fired straight at Stebbings.
Cromer extended their lead on 70 minutes. Hinton fed the ball to Wilton, who had a good first touch before firing across goal into the bottom left corner.
The Crabs were able to see out the remainder of the game with ease and they had one more effort when Terrington and Hinton linked up well with the latter having his goalbound shot blocked.
The return to winning ways saw the leader's advantage increased at the top of the table as the teams in the chasing back again dropped points.
Saturday sees a very difficult trip away to Acle, who always provide a tough test for the north Norfolk outfit.