Hockey : Capper ends Norton's run

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Phil Capper, with two first-half goals increasing his season's tally to 15, brought to an end Norton's 100 per cent record at the top of the First Division of the North Premier as Formby beat them 2-0 in a rearranged game on Sunday.

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 comfortably beaten Harrogate 4-0.

In the Women's North Premier, Poynton, with a 3-2 win over their nearest rivals, Blackburn, have now opened up 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, with Tim Prior collecting a hat-trick.

In the Women's South Division One there was also the first defeat of the season for the leaders, Tulse Hill, beaten 1-0 by City of Portsmouth, although they remain six points clear of Horsham.

Cambridge City march on in the Adnams East Premier. They finished 3-1 winners at Colchester, with Gareth Machin scoring a brace.

There was no change at the top of the DTZ Midland, however, with Loughborough Students still going strong. Nor was there any movement in the SunLife West, where Robinsons collected a 2-0 win at home to Taunton Vale. In the Women's West, Bournemouth beat the leaders, Colwall, 2-1 to take over top place, with Redland slipping into second place ahead of Colwall, who have a game in hand over both sides.