Bulldogs' fine run ends

Bradenham 2, Cromer Reserves 3BRADENHAM Wanderers' unbeaten Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Division Three start came to and end at home on Saturday.

Bradenham 2, Cromer Reserves 3

BRADENHAM Wanderers' unbeaten Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Division Three start came to and end at home on Saturday.

Kicking off down the slope with the blazing sun making life difficult, Bradenham were confident of extending their unbeaten start, even though they were without the influence of Garrod and Galer in the centre of the park.

The Crabs soon sent out their intentions by attacking from the off and quickly put the home defence under pressure by winning two corners within the first two minutes. The home defence held firm from the visitors aerial attack and from their first venture forward the Bulldogs edged their noses in front when a Rob Thurley deep free-kick found Ricky Forder lurking at the far post to volley home.

Play was end-to-end and was entertaining for the large crowd that now gather at Hale Road. Cromer got their equaliser from a free-kick that was harshly given against Tufts and from a low driven cross home defender Karl Sexton could do nothing as the ball sliced off his foot and into the net.

The Bulldogs came out for the second half intent on stamping their authority on the game and after five minutes a clinical Mark Culyer through ball was seized on by Forder, who skipped past the last defender and keeper to slot home.

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The Bulldogs looked to press home their advantage but credit to Cromer for holding firm and playing their way back into the game. They got their break when a high ball wasn't dealt with by the home defence and the ball fell kindly to a visiting forward who made no mistake from 10 yards.

Both teams were pushing on looking for the winner and it came 15 minutes from the end when another long clearance into the sun saw a mix-up in the home defence and a Sexton header back to his keeper was misjudged. The ball rolled agonisingly over the line for a second own goal.

The home team pushed for an equaliser but the experienced Cromer defence pulled numbers back and there was no way through a very organised back line.

It's Junior Cup action at Hale Road this week, with Hoveton Wherrymen visiting for the second year running. The home team are looking for revenge after Hoveton gained a draw there last time out, then went through in the replay.

Players to meet at the club at 1 for at 2pm kick off.

Mick Alcock