Cromer miss out in five-goal thriller
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Blofield 3 Cromer Town 2
Looking to bounce back from last weekend's home defeat, Cromer made the trip to Yarmouth Road to face old rivals Blofield United, a fixture that has produced some superb games over the years.
Matthew Warnes, Adam Willimott, Josh Halliday and Darren Terrington all returned to the starting line-up.
The game got off to a lively start, with Sean Sandell going close for the visitors, but it was the home side who broke the deadlock on 28 minutes.
Ben Morgan's poorly struck free-kick deflected kindly off the wall into the path of Tom Cullumbine who reacted sharply to steer the ball goalwards and it trickled into the far corner.
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Then in the 31st minute it was 2-0 when Cullumbine was able to get goal side with relative ease and he then squared the ball to Ashley Mitchell who coolly finished past Jake Munday.
The Crabs responded quickly. David Harwood played the ball to Paul Bradshaw who then played a nice ball down the line for Sam Grady. Grady's cross was only half dealt with and dropped to Terrington who took a touch and finished past Andy Marshall.
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In the 38th minute the scores were back level. Matthew Warnes played the ball into Terrington who smartly knocked the ball down to Sandell who held off a challenge to slot home.
Cromer's excellent work to get back level was soon undone when Daniel Wynne made a run across the line before lifting the ball over Munday to give his side the lead once again.
The second half didn't quite meet the end to end nature of the first and possession was much more controlled.
The home side had a chance to extend their lead very early in the half when Cullumbine was once again one on one with Munday but the keeper stood up to the task yet again to deny the lively striker.
Cromer then took control of the game, dominating possession and keeping Blofield penned in their own half. Excellent pressure on the ball saw a turnover in possession and the ball ran for Terrington who had time and space but his shot was at a nice height to be saved. Terrington then had another opportunity but he dragged his left-foot shot wide.
In the 70th minute Eves forced yet another save from Marshall when his shot from the edge of the box was tipped over the bar.
Despite Cromer's second-half dominance they were unable to get the equaliser their efforts deserved.
As the 90 minutes came to an end Cromer were reduced to 10 men when David Harwood picked up a straight red card for a challenge on Blofield's Morgan.
Cromer: Munday, Warnes, Grady, Bradshaw, Harwood, Halliday, Eves, Horton, Terrington, Sandell, Willimott (Warnes). Subs not used: McCabe, Lewandowski.
Saturday sees the first of back to back home games when Mattishall come to Cabbell Park (2.30pm).