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Martham lose seven-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 14:21 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:49 03 July 2010

Martham 3, Cromer Town Reserves 4

LAST Saturday Martham played high-flying Cromer Town Reserves, who had won their previous two games 7-1 and 5-0.

In what turned out to be a seven-goal thriller Martham played some of their best football of the season.

Martham 3, Cromer Town Reserves 4

LAST Saturday Martham played high-flying Cromer Town Reserves, who had won their previous two games 7-1 and 5-0.

In what turned out to be a seven-goal thriller Martham played some of their best football of the season. Martham came out of the blocks the sharper side and Cromer seemed to be taken aback by Martham's fluent football.

After 15 minutes Martham took the lead through top scorer Chris Southern's first of two goals, a screamer from 20 yards.

Minutes later he made it 2-0 with a smart volley from a corner. Martham seemed to be cruising as they went into the break, but the second half was a different story.

Cromer came out with a vengeance and within minutes they had pulled the score back to 2-1.

Martham's confidence seemed to fade away and shortly afterwards Cromer equalised. This seemed to rally Martham and soon after they took the lead when Danny Gowing hit a fine shot that the Crabs' keeper could only help over the line. More drama followed when the Cromer striker broke free and scored to make it 3-3.

Then in the dying seconds Cromer got the winner, leaving Martham with nothing from a game that on the first half display they should have won.

Martham's capitulation in the second half was probably down to fitness, which underlines the importance of attending midweek training. They can get back to winning ways away to Easton tomorrow.

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