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Bridge Road Wembley
NLR's promotion hopes received a boost as goals from Josh Younger (2), Jamie Weinrich and Will Ufland helped them do the business against struggling Fortune.
A professional display, if less than impressive at times, saw Norstar keep back-to-back clean sheets and keep themselves firmly in the title race.
The first half was a battle of attrition, with both sides battling hard in midfield and Norstar's defence held firm against the influx of throws that Rory Delap would have been proud of. Norstar eventually got their heads down and started to play some of their impressive football.
After a goalless first half, Norstar took the lead when Younger got onto the end of a through ball and diverted the ball past the Fortune keeper. That was how it remained for the next 20 minutes or so and if it wasn't for two fines saves by Norstar's keeper Grant Waissel, the game could have had a very different response.
Norstar extended their lead with 10 minutes to go, with an excellent counter-attack. The ball was played through to the impressive Younger who, towards the byline and with not a defender in sight, rather than cutting the ball back for one of his teammates, beat the keeper at his near post for his second of the game.
Two became three shortly after, with Weinrich grabbing another goal. Receiving the ball 10 yards from goal, his silky skills and quick feet took him past three Fortune defenders before firing into the roof of the net - a goal akin to that of Aaron Ramsey against Norwich earlier this season.
Norstar weren't done there, and another counter attack found Liam Stein on the left of the box by the byline and his pull back saw Will Ufland turn in the fourth.
Another professional display from the Oranges who never looked like losing this one.
Fortune manager Jonathan Cohen said: "We were fine for 70 minutes and then lost 4–0. I'm not happy."