Cromer match anti-climax

Lowestoft Reserves 1, Cromer Town 2Cromer made the long, midweek trip to Lowestoft Reserves. Neither side had anything to play for and at times this was reflected in the play, writes Richard Cox.

Lowestoft Reserves 1, Cromer Town 2

Cromer made the long, midweek trip to Lowestoft Reserves. Neither side had anything to play for and at times this was reflected in the play, writes Richard Cox.

The Crabs kicked off but lost possession. Jake Armes was through on goal but lobbed the ball over Parsons and wide. Armes then showed good pace to get beyond the Cromer defence, squared the ball to Gary Williams but he fired wide. Armes timed a run and rounded Parsons, but his shot went into the side netting.

Cromer's first meaningful attack came on 25 minutes and resulted in them taking the lead. Tom Davies left two players for dead and then fired in a low cross which Darren Terrington tapped in from close range.

The Blues equalised at the start of the second half when Daniel Mitchell finished into the top corner from 20 yards.

Carl Burgess headed over and Parsons saved well at the near post to deny Henry Wyndham.

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With two minutes remaining Cromer scored the winner. A cross was headed out to the edge of the box, David Harwood got the ball and his shot found the net after a deflection.

Lowestoft had one final chance but Ritchie High blasted over.

Victory extended Cromer's winning run to six games.

Brandon Town 2, Cromer Town 2

IN the Crabs' final away game, Brandon needed to avoid defeat to stay in the Anglian Combination's top flight. Four players were unavailable and some of the Cromer starters were carrying injuries. Manager Chris Wigger was the only substitute for Cromer.

On 10 minutes Cromer took the lead. The ball was played down the line to Durrant, who moved into the box and squared across the goal to Danny Brown, who scored from eight yards.

Daniel Corston saved well to keep out Durrant. Cromer keeper Parsons was then called into action to deny Duncan Hewitt. Richard Williams had a great chance to equalise when he was one-on-one with Parsons, but pulled his shot wide.

The ball went over the Cromer defence through to Kevin Sobiechoswki who was denied by a fantastic block. But from the resulting corner Brandon equalised when Daley Tuffs scored with a superb header. Before the break Stuart Parsons kept out Mark Winstone's long-range effort with a finger-tip save.

Cromer scored their second with their first attack of the second half. Liam Davies won the ball on the halfway line and went towards goal before his pass deflected wide to Brown. He crossed to Durrant at the back post who had a simple finish.

Brandon needed to score. Shane Leech dispossessed Nicky Mace and set up Sobiechoswki but he fired over. With 15 minutes left Brandon got the vital goal. The ball broke in the box to Neil Edwards who scored from close-range.

For Cromer this was a good result considering the player situation.

On Tuesday they won 2-1 at home to Dersingham.

The Reserves progressed to the final of the Lifeboat Cup with a 3-0 win over Aylsham, and with two league victories in a week they secured promotion to Division Three.

They won 3-0 (Ben Sharman, Mark Davies, Duncan Mills) at home to Wells Reserves and beat St Andrews Reserves (Liam Walsh 2, Duncan Mills) by the same score.