Crabs open gap at top thanks to Harwood

ANGLIAN COMBINATION: A lone David Harwood strike gave Cromer Town victory over Beccles Town in the Premier Division's battle of the early season pacesetters. The win gives the Crabs a three-point lead at the top of the Anglian Combination after five matches, having only conceded one goal, while Beccles slip to fourth after the teams below took advantage.

A lone David Harwood strike gave Cromer Town victory over Beccles Town in the Premier Division's battle of the early season pacesetters.

The win gives the Crabs a three-point lead at the top of the Anglian Combination after five matches, having only conceded one goal, while Beccles slip to fourth after the teams below took advantage.

Hempnall sit second after David Norman, Paul Franklin and Chris Stone goals gave them a 3-0 home win over Wroxham Reserves, while Loddon are third Alex Brown and James Marjoribanks earned a 2-1 win against Sprowston Athletic, who drop to eighth.

Brandon Town found their scoring shoes at the weekend, more than doubling their goals for tally with an 8-4 win over Hindringham.


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John Waites hit four and Tony Wright a brace, while Neil Edwards and Mark Winterton chipped in to earn Brandon's first win; Hindringham replied through a Scott Gray's hat-trick and Jonathan Clipston's strike.

Goals from James Richardson and Jonathan Barzey could not prevent AFC Norwich slipping to their fourth defeat of the season, 4-2 at home to Acle United.

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James Foreman, Warren Nichols, Lewis Holdsworth and Ben Morgan lifted United up to 10th, while Norwich remain bottom.

Blofield United had Simon Blower and Paul Warman to thank for their for their 2-1 win against Dersingham Rovers; Cameron Copeland with the consolation.

But Watton lost for the second time this term despite Chris Sharpe's goal, with a Chris Holmes double and one from Oliver King earning Sheringham a 2-1 win.

Friday night saw North Walsham bag their first three-point haul of the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Holt United.

Goals from Adam Ramsbottom and Liam Landamore gave Walsham a first-half lead, before David Boswell completed the scoring late on.

In the First Division, Long Stratton burst leaders St Andrews' bubble with a comprehensive 6-2 win.

James Barnes' brace added to Carl Harwin, Kevin Willimott, David Robinson and Lloyd Douglas strikes lifted Stratton into fourth, a place above St Andrews who had Carig Topley and James Buxton on the scoresheet.

Mattishall are the new league leaders after their 6-3 win at Caister, and Bungay Town sit second thanks to Allan Kennedy and Lee Henwood goals at Scole United, who remain bottom and pointless despite Nyle Barker's goal.

Corton slipped to third after Attleborough Town's Philip King, Andy Cunningham and Ollie Ramsbottom handed them a 3-1 home defeat. Nathan Wilkinson hit the reply, while Scott McKinney;s hat-trick earned Horsford United a 5-0 win over Sole Bay. Leon Dawdry and Darren Nichols completed the scoring.

Stalham Town lifted themselves up to eighth with a 3-0 win at struggling Gayton United, with Peter Skivington's brace and Michael Reynolds earning the points, while Wymondham Town and Kirkley & Pakefield Reserves played out a 2-2 draw; Blair Scadden and Chris Priest for the home side, with a Michael Tacon double in reply.

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