No title - but an impressive finish for Cromer FC
Cromer Town 6 Wymondham Town 2
Cromer entertained Wymondham Town under the Cabbell Park lights on Friday in the final game of the 2012/2013 season. Andy Jackson and Sam Applegate returned to the side as the Crabs' line-up had a slightly more familiar look to it.
Cromer started brightly and took the lead in the 18th minute. Some good short, sharp passing around the half way line between Matthews Eves and David Harwood saw Eves break forward and play a superb ball through for Terrington who coolly slotted home. Moments later Cromer got number two when Dale Wilton played the ball into the feet of Matthews who turned brilliantly before smashing past Ducker.
Just before the half hour mark the hosts made their dominance tell by making it 3-0. Matthews' shot deflected wide to Wilton and although the keeper was able to get a hand to the winger's first time strike he couldn't keep it out.
Despite being behind the visitors looked to get a route back into the game and reduced the arrears on 42 minutes. Harwood was only able to half clear the ball with his header as he seemed to be pushed in the back but no foul was given and the ball then broke to Jamie North who finished first time.
Early in the second half Cromer had the chance to re-establish their three goal advantage. After some good play from Wilton and Davison the ball was given to Terrington but he shot wide. On 51 minutes Wymondham scored a second when the ball was played forward and not dealt with, allowing North to get the ball and lift the ball over Jackson.
The visitors then came close to grabbing an equaliser after a good run down the left wing from Rob Browne saw him produce a cross that was just out of reach of the sliding Rackham at the back post.
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After a poor 25 minutes Cromer regained some control and in the closing minutes they turned on the style to seal an emphatic victory. Jordan's headed clearance turned into a perfect pass as the flight of the ball was misjudged and allowed Matthews through on goal to then smash into the bottom corner.
On 83 minutes Harwood made a break down the left wing and then picked out Wilton at the back post who volleyed past Ducker for his second of the game and his 21st of the season, to see him finish as the Crabs' top scorer.
There was still time for one more goal. Shaun Cameron played the ball to Applegate who laid it through to the run of Matthews who then smartly lifted over the keeper to complete his hat-trick and secure a good 6-2 victory for his side.
The season ended on a positive note with a good home victory with plenty of goals but unfortunately there was the joys of another title success and the Crabs had to settle for a third place finish this time round.
After the game the Supporters' Player of the Year Award was given to Sam Applegate.The match was sponsored by Barnes Print.
Cromer: Jackson, M. Jordan, Applegate, Harwood, S. Jordan, Eves (Cameron), Wilton, Horton, D. Terrington (Winterbone), Matthews, Davison.
Loddon Utd 2 Cromer Town 0
Cromer made the trip to Loddon for an early Bank Holiday kick off in their final away game of the season. Due to injuries and work commitments the Crabs were low on numbers and it resulted in centre forward Dave Matthews playing in goal.
The early proceedings suggested the game wasn't going to be a classic and the first chance of the game went the way of the hosts when Rich Durrant headed over from a corner. The away side then got on top. David Harwood played a threatening ball into the box and it got a flick off the head of Tom Baylis and flew just wide of the post.
On 35 minutes Darren Terrington played the ball into the path of Dale Wilton whose first time effort went high and wide. Before the break Matthew Eves found Terrington who then laid it into Jonny Davison but he dragged his shot wide.
The second half continued in a similar fashion with neither side really causing too many problems for the opposing goalkeepers.
In a game of few chances the home side grabbed the lead in the 75th minute. A long throw was launched into the box and wasn't attacked by the Cromer defence and Lee Whattam was allowed to sneak in at the back post to head home the loose ball.
It looked like it would be Loddon who would add to their lead. The ball was played over the top for Alex Brown whose square ball was cut out before it could reach his teammate.
The Crabs then thought they could have had a penalty when they had sent lots of bodies forward and Harwood was brought down in the box. No foul was given and the home side were able to spark a quick counter-attack and outnumbered the Cromer defence. Dan Crisp squared the ball to the free Brown who had the simplest of finishes.
The victory was now seemingly secured for Loddon although they did have to keep the Crabs at bay as they looked for an unlikely late comeback with Terrington's shot forcing a good save from Grice.
Cromer: Matthews, M. Jordan, McCabe, Harwood, S. Jordan, Eves, Wilton, Horton, D. Terrington, Davison, C. Terrington (Anselin). Sub Not Used: Fawkes
This Sunday sees the club's end of season presentations take on a new format with a family day and BBQ at Cabbell Park. The day gets under way at Midday and will cost £5 per person (which includes a burger and raffle ticket).