Hempnall unlucky to lose
HEMPNALL, at home to Cromer can count themselves a little unlucky to lose in a game of fast-flowing football from both teams. Hempnall were without Paul Franklin (suspended) and Martin Addison, who was playing cricket for Norfolk.
HEMPNALL, at home to Cromer can count themselves a little unlucky to lose in a game of fast-flowing football from both teams.
Hempnall were without Paul Franklin (suspended) and Martin Addison, who was playing cricket for Norfolk.
Hempnall played the first half facing a very strong wind but had the major share of the play from the start and should have gone ahead through Shaun Flint with a one-on-one with the keeper.
Play continued at a fast pace albeit without too many scoring opportunities from either side but it was Hempnall who finished the half the stronger.
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Early in the second period Rob Browne missed a golden chance when the Cromer keeper was completely on the wrong foot.
By now Cromer were gaining more from the game and went ahead with a well-worked goal.
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They went further in front when their striker came in behind the Hempnall defence which was caught well out of position.
Hempnall continued to press forward despite the deficit and came back into the game when Ben Player scored from close range in a very crowded goalmouth. Soon after Cromer sealed the game with a third goal.
The 3-1 score, without taking anything away from Cromer, was a little flattering as the overall play was very even. They took their chances, the hosts didn't. Referee Jerry Kelly, recently promoted, had a very good game.