Formby, the draw specialists and now the only remaining unbeaten side in the league, are still eight points behind Norton and have played a game more.
They were held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday against Ben Rhydding, whose goalkeeper, Warwick Smithers, had an outstanding game. Norton had earlier comfortably beaten Harrogate 4-0.
In the women's North Premier, Poynton beat their nesarest rivals, Blackburn, 3-2, to open a six-point lead.
There was also defeat for the Nastro Azzurro South Premier leaders, Anchorians, who went down 3-1 to visiting Fareham with goals from Scott Shirley, Alan Hendra and the veteran Colin Bradbury. Andy Simmons scored Anchorians' consolation.
The Kent side, however, still lead Hampstead and Westminster - who thrashed Wokingham 7-1 - by one point. Hampstead are now eight points ahead of High Wycombe, who moved into third place following their 5-0 win against Ashford.Reuse content