Crabs keep the pressure on leaders

Cromer Town handed out a timely reminder that they won't be giving up their defence of the Sterry Cup without a fight at the weekend.A 2-1 home win over leaders Brandon signalled the Crabs' intentions and ensured last season's runners-up are guaranteed a challenging last third of the campaign.

Cromer Town handed out a timely reminder that they won't be giving up their defence of the Sterry Cup without a fight at the weekend.

A 2-1 home win over leaders Brandon signalled the Crabs' intentions and ensured last season's runners-up are guaranteed a challenging last third of the campaign.

Brandon stay top, two points ahead of Sheringham, whose game at fourth-placed Blofield fell foul of the weather.

Cromer are third, seven points off top spot, but with a game in hand.


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But the Crabs have a trip to bottom side St Andrews next week, while Brandon travel to Dersingham Rovers and Sheringham entertain Beccles.

Blofield have games in hand on all three teams ahead of them and will be optimistic of getting something from their away day at Sprowston Athletic.

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Paul Winterbone and Nicky Mace got the Cromer goals, with Brandon's reply coming from Kevin Sobiechowski.

Dersingham were in action, drawing 1-1 at home to Lowestoft's second string. Nelson Modeira scored for Rovers, with Carl Burgess on the scoresheet for the visitors.

Beccles had Alan Remblance and Josh Woolnough to thank for a 2-1 home win over Mattishall, whose goal came from Stephen Jones.

All other matches in the top flight - five in all - were postponed.

Groundsmen in Division One were more successful, with only the matches between Aylsham Wanderers and Watton and Sprowston Wanderers and Wells Town called off.

Leaders Hindingham were beaten 2-0 at Loddon United, where the goals came from Craig Roberts and David Matthews.

The gap is now down to one, with Long Stratton piling on the pressure thanks to a 3-2 home win over Holt United.

Hempnall are a point back in third following a 6-1 win at Wymondham, whose goal came from Jesse Payne-Wilkins.

If goal difference becomes an issue, Hempnall are doing their cause no harm at all - they're up to 33 now, compared to Hindingham's 14, while Long Stratton are even, with 41 scored and 41 conceded.

Gayton United and Loddon are the danger teams, with games in hand on the top three.

Gayton hammered Stalham Town 7-2 at the weekend, with Simon Bush grabbing a brace to go along with efforts from Nick Bunting, John Bunting, Kevin Wingfield, Adam Elden and Steve Parkes.

Stuart Rackham also helped himself to a brace as Southwold beat Mundford 4-0, Sam Oliver and Adam Sullivan completing the scoreline, while Dereham Town Reserves' 2-0 win at second-bottom Scole came courtesy of Andrew Moody and Luke Adcock.

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