Five-star Norton deliver in style to see off St Helens
NORTON United lived up to their billing as the entertainers with a crushing 5-2 home victory over St Helens in their Premier Division clash.
Scott Dundas' side, who lost to Port Vale in extra-time in the Staffs Senior Cup in midweek, showed no signs of fatigue as they swept past the visitors.
It was the third time in four matches that Norton had scored five times at Community Drive as they continue their climb up the table.
Lee Talbot opened the scoring in the 38th minute and two minutes later striker Dan Brown made it 2-0 with his 12th goal of the season.
Right on half-time Tom Fogg scored his third goal in the last four games from the penalty spot after Brown had been brought down by the keeper.
Shaun Judge pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 55th minute, but central defender Richard Smith restored the three-goal lead minutes later direct from a free-kick.
Chris Lomax made it 4-2, although Talbot rounded off a nap hand for Norton in the final minute.
United have only lost one of their last seven league games whereas St Helens have now lost 11 of their last 13 outings.
Dundas, pictured below, said: "I thought we started poorly and I was getting ready to give them a rocket at half-time, but then we scored three times in seven minutes!
"Dan Brown almost made it four straight from the restart and if that had gone in I think we could have scored seven or eight.
"It was disappointing to concede two goals, but overall things are going well at the moment and we are now up with the next clutch of clubs in the league table."
ALSAGER Town picked up a good point with a 1-1 draw at Glossop North End, ending their run of four successive home victories.
Danny Browne gave Glossop a 32nd-minute lead, but the Bullets hit back before the break with a goal by Ryan Mitchell.
THE battle of the league's top scorers took place at Colne where Congleton's Chris Smith (24 goals) was hoping to overtake the home side's Jason Hart (25).
In the end, neither player was on the mark in a hard-fought game that the Bears lost 1-0.
Colne extended their recent good run to one defeat in nine with a goal by Ashley Carter in the 76th minute.
STONE Dominoes' woes continued with a 4-0 home defeat by Ashton Athletic, which leaves them in deep trouble at the foot of the table.
The first half was goalless, but despite only having one draw to show from their previous 15 games, Ashton upped their game in the second half to run out comfortable winners.
Goals from Justin Yun and Connor Gateley made it 2-0 before the hour mark and a Conor Anderson penalty and a late effort by David Hynes clinched Ashton's biggest win of the season.
IN Division One, ECCLESHALL moved off the bottom of the table thanks to a 1-1 draw at Irlam.
Nathan Calvert gave Eccleshall the lead in the 10th minute, but the home side drew level late on through Ryan Hutchinson.
LEEK CSOB extended their unbeaten Division One run to five games with a goalless home draw against Atherton LR.
ROCESTER'S good run of four Midland Alliance wins in five ended with a 3-2 defeat at Gornal Athletic.
Both sides could have been forgiven for having one eye on the FA Vase where they both have games in the last 32 this weekend, but they conjured a five-goal thriller.
Edwin Abenkorah and Chris Sterling scored for the Romans, with David Meese and Rio Francis-Mills on target for Gornal the game was finely poised at 2-2. Chris Rabone popped up to score the hosts' winner.