Still bleak for Cromer Town
Wroxham Reserves 2, Cromer Town 0THE Crabs travelled to Trafford Park to take on a youthful Wroxham Reserves. This was Cromer's first game since November, with all last months' fixtures falling foul to the weather.
Wroxham Reserves 2, Cromer Town 0
THE Crabs travelled to Trafford Park to take on a youthful Wroxham Reserves. This was Cromer's first game since November, with all last months' fixtures falling foul to the weather.
They were looking to begin the new year in a much better manner than they ended the old, with seven defeats on the bounce, writes Richard Cox.
The visitors started the brighter of the teams. Jamie Hunton made a strong run into the box but was tackled before he could pull the trigger. Matty Eves then squared the ball to Simon Durrant who saw his first-time shot come down off the bar. Durrant was again denied when his effort was blocked by a sliding defender.
Cromer failed to take advantage of their early dominance and the defending league champions nearly punished them, but Damon Bensley's shot was pushed onto the bar by Stuart Parsons.
On the half-hour mark there were shouts from Cromer players for a goal when Durrant's header seemed to bounce down off the bar and go over the line. But there was no whistle and the linesman's flag stayed down, and the game remained goalless.
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In first-half added time the ball ran kindly off a Cromer defender into the path of Paul Lewis, but he was denied by another Parsons save.
After the restart the game was fairly even and the keepers were rarely called upon.
The breakthrough came on 70 minutes and it went in favour of the home side when a low cross from the left went to Bensley, who had a simple tap in from close range.
The Crabs looked for a quick response. Hunton crossed to Darren Terrington but his header was well saved by the diving Ben Wright. New signing Danny Broom then saw his shot pushed over by Wright.
With the game beginning to get stretched Wroxham were breaking quickly and Parsons kept the Crabs in the game with two more saves.
But with only a few minutes left Wroxham sealed the three points. The ball was slid through to Bensley, who seemed close to being offside, but he was given the advantage and he closed on goal and coolly finished.
Cromer's bleak run continued and its now eight defeats in a row. At times the luck doesn't seem to be with Cromer, but they are also wasting opportunities and just not playing to their capabilities.
The reserves also started the year with a defeat, losing 3-1 at home to East Harling. Simon Robinson scored the consolation goal.