League leaders play a nap hand on their travels
Beccles Town 1, Cromer Town 5
Cromer travelled to Beccles for their first league game since November. Bugdale and Hinton were unavailable, which saw Wyatt Hill and Simon Durrant come into the side.
The game was also under the watchful eye of new first-team coach Cedric Anselin, writes Richard Cox.
As expected the pitch was a bit boggy, but it didn't seem to affect Cromer's passing game in the early stages. Landamore received the ball back from Terrington before his low, driven strike was saved by Cable. Harwood then picked out Durrant, who headed over.
The hosts then had an opportunity. The ball was played through into the run of Martin, but Osborne was out quickly to deny the Beccles man.
Then on 20 minutes Beccles took the lead. A corner from the right went to Bensley, who was unmarked at the back post, and he volleyed first time into the back of the net.
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It wasn't long before the Crabs equalised. Durrant pulled wide and crossed to Terrington at the near post, who headed past Cable.
Almost immediately they took the lead when Wilton broke down the right and cut into the box.
He put the ball across goal and it deflected off a defender and over the keeper into the goal.
The visitors were now completely dominant. Harwood crossed to Cameron, who headed wide.
Good pressure from Hill saw him win back possession before lifting the ball over Cable but just wide of the target. Cameron played the ball over the defence to Terrington, who got beyond Cable, but his shot was cleared off the line.
Before the break Cromer did extend their lead. Play was switched to Wilton on the right, whose low cross was only half cleared. It fell to Terrington who had a simple finish from close range.
Wilton again threatened when he set up Durrant, whose shot deflected wide.
Despite going behind the Crabs were excellent value for their 3-1 half-time lead, and they started the second half in a similar mood. Hill cut inside from the left before Cable saved his right-foot strike.
Terrington flicked the corner on to Cameron but he headed over. They grabbed a fourth when another excellent delivery from the right caused problems for the Beccles defence and it resulted in Storey putting into his own net.
It continued to be all Cromer, and they were playing superb football in difficult conditions.
Hill's shot come cross went to Wilton at the back post and his close-range volley was well saved by Cable.
The Beccles keeper was keeping the score down but his busy day was far from over.
He would pull off two fine saves in quick succession to deny Horton's two well-struck long-range efforts which both looked goalbound.
In the 74th minute Cromer got their fifth, and it came from Horton after the ball broke to him in the box and he finished from close range.
The Crabs continued to press in the closing minutes and a quick break forward saw Terrington lay the ball to Horton, who this time saw his shot graze the outside of a post.
The home side had the final effort in the 89th minute when Hall fired first time from 20 yards. Osborne, who had been a spectator throughout, saw the ball late but reacted brilliantly to push the shot away.
It was a very convincing and comfortable victory for the Crabs, who played superbly in a fine display.
The league leaders will look to take his form into the home game on Saturday against Wroxham Reserves, who are in third place, (kick-off 2.30pm).