Cromer Town go top of Ang Com Premier
Hempnall 0, Cromer 2
rComer's 2-0 weekend win at Hempnall took them top of the Anglian Combination on goal difference over Blofield.
David Harwood scored both the Crabs' goals. The top two both have 16 points, Cromer from eight games, Blofield from seven.
The Crabs looked to continue their fine run of form but faced a tough challenge with a trip to Hempnall.
It was far from a classic in the first half with both goalkeepers spectators as neither team created anything.
The second half was slightly more eventful. It was the home side who had the first chance and should have taken the lead. A cross from the left went to Halliwell at the back post who, from just two yards, somehow managed to head right across goal.
Shortly after, Cromer had their first attack. Eves laid the ball to Bugdale who ran to the by-line before turning back inside.
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He forced a tackle from his marker but the defender took Bugdale's standing leg and a penalty was awarded. Harwood stepped up, and despite getting a hand to it Cudden couldn't keep it out.
It was the home side that continued to have more of the ball.
Their best chance of the half came on 70 minutes. Mills flicked the ball onto Browne who lifted the ball over Osborne, but he'd put too much on it and it went just over the bar.
Hempnall had numerous corners and free-kicks that allowed then to try and make use of their height but Cromer's defence was solid and resilient to keep them at bay.
On 82 minutes Cromer were reduced to 10 when Bugdale received his second yellow card.
Despite this Cromer would go on to grab a second to secure the victory. Wilton ran into the box where he was then brought down and Harwood again scored from the spot.
Soon after the final whistle came and it was a fourth straight win which took Cromer to the top of the league.
It was probably the toughest game of the season so far but the Crabs were still able to come away with all three points and a second clean sheet of the week.
Reigning champions Blofield came to Cabbell Park the previous Tuesday but the Crabs got a good 2-0 win with Bugdale and Harwood netting.