Runton on course for title after beating closest rivals
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The top two sides in the Sanders Coaches Division One of the Walcott Lighthouse Inn NEN League met at the Haisboro Athletic and league leaders Runton opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time through Billy Edwards,
They then added three more goals in the second half through Michael Thompson, George Crane and Lewis Smith to put themselves well and truly in the driving seat to retain their title, although the hosts did manage to pull a goal back before the close.
Erpingham notched up a 3-2 home win over Southrepps thanks to a Lee McCoy hat-trick, Richard Austin and Aedan Robinson netting for the visitors.
Aylsham A were 2-1 home winners over East Ruston, Felmingham recorded an excellent 4-2 away win at Gimingham while Cromer Youth Old Boys and Holt Reserves shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
The Division Two Lighthouse League Cup, to be played on a league basis, is now under way. In Group A Briston were far too strong for Greshams while Bacton won 6-1 at Erpingham Reserves. Group B saw Holt Colts travel to Southrepps Reserves and run out 7-2 victors and there was an away win for North Walsham A as Stalham A failed to raise a side.
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Meanwhile Cromer Vets travelled to Norton for their final league game of the season and drew 3-3 after conceding a last-gasp equaliser. The visitors forced several early corners and from one of these they took the lead when Marcus Jimpson shot home. Play was now fairly even but the hosts twice caught Cromer on the break to take the lead.
Cromer manager Phil Ramsay changed the formation at the break and it soon paid dividends when man- of-the-match Jimpson ran from the halfway line, skinned the last defender and shot into the far top corner. Shortly after Mike Lane crossed perfectly for Carl Cooper to volley first time into the far corner to give Cromer the lead.
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Norton pressed forward and although the Cromer back four of Clive Whybrow, John Baker, Matt Copeman and Jimmy Garrood were resolute Norton equalised with an injury-time penalty.
n The scheduled opening game in this year's Cromer Lifeboat Cup, between Gimingham and North Walsham Reserves, was postponed on Monday evening because of waterlogged pitch. Next Monday Cromer Vets are set to take on Southrepps (Cabbell Park, 6,45pm).