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.Reuse content