Cromer spot on to claim Cup success
Cromer Town 1, Brandon Town 1 (aet, Cromer won 4-3 on penalties): Cromer Town hoisted the Mummery Cup after a dour 110 minutes play on a bumpy windswept surface followed by the usual dramatic penalty shoot-out that ended with last season's north Norfolk losing finalists coming through this lottery by a 4-3 margin.
Lovewell Blake Anglian Combination Senior Cup final
Cromer Town 1, Brandon Town 1 (after extra time, Cromer won 4-3 on penalties)
Cromer Town hoisted the Mummery Cup after a dour 110 minutes play on a bumpy windswept surface followed by the usual dramatic penalty shoot-out that ended with last season's north Norfolk losing finalists coming through this lottery by a 4-3 margin.
The Crabs' manager Terry Beane who was still smarting from two successive drawn league games in the previous seven days that almost certainly cost the team the Premier title, this victory was as sweet as a chocolate-coated Easter egg.
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“I felt we were the better side all through and had enough of the ball to have won the game in normal time. Their keeper was in splendid form and quite simply we did not put our chances away. We held our nerve in the shoot out and I am delighted for the lads and the club that we have regained the trophy we took off Kirkley in 2002/3 and lost to Acle last season.”
Brandon's joint manager, Paul Wright was left counting the cost of squandered opportunities in the first half and added: “We could have been three-up at the break, and however good you appear outfield, the chances have to be put away and that's were we failed.”
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Cromer got off to a worrying start losing central defender Andy Wright with a calf injury and substituted by Nick Mace.
The Suffolk outfit appeared more dangerous in the last third and Webb hammered at blistering shot against a framework with Osbourne well beaten.
Brandon needed too much time in well placed positions, however John Waite eeled through to break the deadlock in the 44th minute, capitalising on a neat Edwards flick-on to strike unerringly from 10 yards.
Cromer resumed after the break with the clear intention to get back on level terms and seem to have managed it until an own goal by Brandon defender Suckling was ruled out for a an infringement.
Cromer shrugged off that decision and scored a well earned leveller in the 79th minute when Thompson streaked past a hesitant defence to beat Corston with a fierce cross shot.