With a determined display Beccles Town hold the advance of league leaders Cromer Town in a 0-0 draw.
League leaders Cromer Town came to College Meadow looking for three more points in their chase for the Sterry Cup and having been well beaten at Cromer some months back we decided to play a waiting game, rather than go toe to toe. With Greengrass, Remblance and Wigley all still unavailable, Phil Hamblin was given a first start in the first team up top, with Curtis Sharpe dropping down to the bench.
Cromer, as expected, started swiftly and put us under pressure form all angles, we didn't help ourselves when Cable caught McMorran's attempted clearance and the free kick was awarded some three yards inside our box, fortunately Cable atoned with a superb save at his near post. We cleared the following corner but did spend the next twenty minutes defending against Cromer's non stop attacks. Eventually Whiteside's run down the left won a corner and the pressure was relieved. From this point the half evened up and we won a few free kicks and corners to keep the ball up the visitor's end, Cromer, though, were always dangerous and a couple of crosses from the right were not met correctly and our goal remained intact.
We knew at half time the job was half done and a repeat of the effort was needed second period. Cromer won an early corner which we cleared and we started to apply our own pressur. Martin had an effort go just over before Cromer won a free kick which was dealt with without any problem. Cromer's frustration was growing as they toiled in vain trying to get an opening and as such free kicks were being given away. We nearly nicked a winner when Sharpe who had replaced Hamblin, picked up the loose ball following a free kick and delivered a great cross to McMorran who headed over with the keeper well beaten. As the minutes ticked down we didn't give Cromer a sniff and at the final whistle were happy with the point.
All in all we made ourselves hard to beat and the players stuck to it well, over a weeks rest now before Norwich St Johns and hopefully we may have a few more to pick from.