Brandon nip Crabs
Brandon Town entertained highly-placed Cromer Town on Saturday and won 3-1. Play was even in the early exchanges with two good foot-balling sides holding a massive respect for each other.
Brandon Town entertained highly-placed Cromer Town on Saturday and won 3-1.
Play was even in the early exchanges with two good foot-balling sides holding a massive respect for each other. The lively Waites and Wright were causing some anxious moments for the visiting defence who were struggling with the pace of Brandon's front men.
An excellent effort from Cromer's Hunton was brilliantly turned round the post by keeper Corston to keep the scores level.
Waites had a couple of good chances but shot wide on both occasions. Brandon deservedly took the lead midway through the half when from fully 35-yards out midfielder Neil Edwards unleashed a thunderbolt which kept low and deceived Cromer keeper Aaron Osbourne.
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This lifted Brandon's game and the midfield trio of Sobiechowski, Edwards and Leach were out-working Cromer's midfield and created a couple of excellent scoring opportunities.
These were wasted by wayward finishing but Brandon, with the run of play soon doubled their lead when Kevin Sobiechowski hammered home a free-kick from 25-yards.
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The visiting keeper, Osbourne, was obviously disappointed and thought he should have done better. Brandon keeper, Daniel Corston, was virtually a spectator for much of this half and Brandon went in at half-time with a fully deserved two goal lead.
After a very vocal Cromer half-time dressing room the visitors came out strongly in the second half and took the game to Brandon. With the two full-backs, Meadows and Pollard, in excellent form Cromer were presented with very few clear cut openings. Williams and Tuffs looked a strong partnership at the centre of the defence but with Cromer enjoying more of the play they pulled a goal back when their excellent defender, Harwood, scored directly from a well struck free-kick.
This lifted Cromer and Brandon had a difficult 10 minutes but the defence held firm and weathered the Cromer pressure. For the spectators this was and enjoyable end to end game at this stage but Brandon sealed the points with a third goal after good work by Waites and Wright left the hard working Roy Peckham clear to drive home his first senior goal from 12 yards.
This was a really hard-working display by the whole team and they were a credit to BTFC.
Many thanks to Cromer manager, Chris Wigger, for his sporting and complementary comments to the Brandon management at the final whistle. The hour in the bar after the game proved how much respect both sides have for each other.
Hopefully Brandon can re-produce this form at next week's encounter against Holt at home with a 2pm kick-off.
Many thanks to physio, Rod Edwards, for his weekly attendance looking after all the players' little knocks and strains.