Cromer rivals slip up

Cromer have improved their position at the top of the Premier Division as rivals in the close battle for the Sterry Cup slipped up.

The Crabs are now nine points clear of the second-placed side, which is now Wroxham Reserves, who have played two games more.

Cromer won 3-0 at Norwich St Johns with goals from Karl Horton, Paul Bradshaw and Darren Terrington while Wroxham Reserves won 4-0 at Dersingham thanks to an Oliver King brace backed by strikes from John Curtis and Joshua Walsh.

St Andrews slipped to third, 10 points adrift with a game in hand over Cromer, after losing 3-0 at Sheringham (Roy Bevis 2 and Darren Maxey).

Fourth-place Mattishall went down at home to Hempnall by the only goal of the game, from Stuart Chrystall while Acle, in fifth spot, beat visitors North Walsham 4-0 (Ricci Butler 2, Nathan Thompson and Harry Maddison).

Loddon had a 3-2 home win over defending champions Blofield thanks to Philip Squire (2) and Richard Durrant. Blofield replied through Danny Brown and Nicky Crawley but are 15 points behind Cromer with four games in hand.

Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves won 4-2 at Beccles ( Danny Stokeld 2, Adam Bellis and Paul Highfield. Beccles replied through Anthony Martin and Raymond Masters.

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Bottom club Brandono lost 5-2 at Spixworth. Home marksmen were Craig Vincent and Craig Ritchie with two each and Ramsey Gashut. Adam Jolly and an own goal gave Brandon's response.

At the top of Division One, Wymondham inflicted a first league defeat of the season on visitors Wells, 4-1. The Seasiders are still top, with a three-point lead over Wymondham who have played a game more.

On target for Wymondham were David Ramsbottom (2), Luke Rackham and Robert Browne, with Scott Sutherland-Gray replying for Wells.

Third-placed Long Stratton won 2-1 at Bungay, Adam Solley and Ben Cussons on target with Shaun Whiteman replying. Bradenham Wanderers in fourth beat visitors Horsford 3-0 (Karl Bush, Lee Frost and Ryan Seabright).

Hindringham beat Poringland 3-2 (Mark Betts 2, Kevin Whittred) with Vaughan Stevenson and Jonny Cogman replying for Wanderers.

A James Page effort and an own goal gave Reepham a 2-0 home win over Caister, while a Xavier Huckle goal gave Watton a win at Corton.

Stalham won 4-2 at Sprowston Athletic. Darren Patterson and Louis Gelinas each scored a brace for the visitors with Rod Drake replying with two for Sprowston.