Cromer shrug off shock start

Dersingham Rovers 2, Cromer Town 3

The Crabs made a shocking start, conceding a goal in the first minute. It came from Cromer's own free-kick which didn't clear the first man and was easily cleared. This allowed Walker to break forward through a disorganised defence, compose himself and lift the ball over Nelson.

Moments later the same player brought the best out of the stand-in keeper when he dived at full stretch to prevent the ball going into the bottom left corner.

Cromer saw Honeyman and Fawkes came into the starting eleven in place of the absent Horton and Hinton. With Osborne injured, young Bradley Nelson was in goal, writes Richard Cox.

In the 22nd minute Cromer drew level. Dersingham could only half-clear a corner and it went to Cameron just inside the box, who volleyed into the net with his left foot.

Early in the second half Cromer took the lead. Excellent play down the right saw Harwood deliver a low cross into the six-yard box where Terrington finished first time.

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Just before the hour they made it 3-1. Harwood again provided the delivery, to Terrington, whose touch took him beyond his marker. But he was then brought down. Harwood converted the resulting penalty.

In the 82 minute the hosts were given a life-line when they were awarded a penalty. Hughes received a straight red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity and Paul English scored from the spot.

Cromer were able to see out the final 10 minutes to record a crucial victory.

On Saturday, Acle come to Cabbell Park in what is also a difficult fixture (2.30pm).

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