Cromer stay top despite defeat as rivals win in cup

Anglian Combination Premier Division leaders Cromer maintained their three-point lead at the top despite losing at Wroxham Reserves 2-0 on Saturday.

For nearest challengers Blofield were beating Corton 5-0 in the Mummery Cup instead so the gap stayed the same. Scoring for Blofield were Danny Brown with a hat-trick, Neil Hurren and Nicky Crawley.

Wroxham Reserves' marksmen against Cromer were Daniel Cook and Elliot Winter. St Andrews, in third place, narrowed the gap on the team above with a 3-0 win over hosts Loddon United with Alex Taylor netting a brace and Matthew Pilgrim scoring the other.

Loddon's defeat saw them drop to the bottom of the table as previous occupants of that position, Brandon, were 3-2 winners at Sheringham.

The Shannocks scored through Sam Mallett and John Curtis but goals from Ian Bethell (brace) and Roy Bland saw Brandon gain some welcome points to enable them to leapfrog Loddon. Hempnall returned from Acle United with a 2-1 win thanks to efforts by Tim Downs and Ben Player with Harry Maddison on the scoresheet for the hosts.

Beccles rose one place to sixth with a 2-1 win over visiting North Walsham. Scoring for the hosts were Anthony Martin and Alan Remblance, with Anthony Davies netting for the Angels.

James Lovell's goal for Mattishall was enough to see his side beat hosts Norwich St Johns, while it was honours even at Spixworth who shared four goals with Dersingham. Damian Didwell and Jason Armes were on target for Spixworth and Steven Fisher and Thomas Nicol for the visitors.

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Meanwhile, after a top-of-the-table clash in Division One, Wells Town take over pole position after beating Long Stratton 5-1. Scott Sutherland-Gray was a hat-trick hero, with Joseph Harrison and Craig East providing the Seasiders' other goals and James Edwards netting for Stratton. It was also 5-1 when Horsford (Scott McKinney twice, Adam McPhee, Robert Burton and Gregg Harrison) beat Sprowston Athletic (Major Thornton).

Bradenham beat Bungay 3-1 (Thomas Spalding with two and Ricky Forder) to rise three places to ninth, Bungay's goal was courtesy of Billy Davies.

Wymondham visited Caister and returned home with a 4-1 (Gareth Downs twice, Jamie Speller and James McCloy) win. Caister's Barry Crane also scored. There were goals galore at Poringland who just lost 5-4 to Watton. The home side's goals were netted by Chris Ault (two), Gavin Bland and Joseph McFarlane, but Mark Allibone scored a hat-trick for Watton with one apiece for Kevin Bloomfield and Garth Deer.

Reepham (Mark Gaskin, Kevin Winkworth) beat Holt (Lee Clarke) 2-1. Stalham (Daniel Camish) and Hindringham (Shaun Belton) drew.