Layton strikes form to keep Easts in top spot
ISAAC Layton was on fire as East Lismore overcame a tough opening to down Coraki 5-2 in their FNC men's A-grade match at the weekend.
Layton finished with four goals to ensure East Lismore remain at the top of the premiership table, one point clear of Northern Star who edged out Ballina 5-3 in the other game.
Coraki started strong against the competition leaders, opening the scoring in the 21st minute when Mitch Scotcher converted a penalty stroke.
Coraki appeared certain to hang onto their advantage during the break before Layton found the equaliser in the final minute of the first half.
Layton added another to his tally early in the second half when he finished off after a crisp pass from Marcus Currie.
With 15 minutes remaining and the match still very much in the balance, Layton completed his hat-trick to hand East Lismore a 3-1 advantage.
When Layton scored his fourth, the match was effectively over as a contest.
When Brad Hughes converted a penalty corner to make it 5-1, the result was beyond doubt.
Coraki continued to try hard and their efforts were rewarded when Mitch Harley scored a late goal.
In the other match played at the weekend, Northern Star fought back to down Ballina 5-3.
Ballina dominated the opening exchanges, shooting out to a 1-0 lead after just six minutes courtesy of a JJ Parker strike.
When Tony Meldrum scored in the 18th minute to put Ballina ahead, 2-0, an upset loomed but Star soon recovered.
Matt Harmon converted a penalty corner with high flick to bring his side back into the contest and when Matt Frost goaled in the 28th minute, the scores were level.
Star had the better of the play early in the second half with Mark Albertini scoring to hand his side a 3-2 advantage.
Ballina drew level when Scott Hamilton converted a penalty corner but with two minutes remaining, Chris McGuiness scored to put Star in front 4-3.
Harmon notched his second for the day in the dying stages to complete the scoring.
The competition will be on hold this week to allow for the long weekend.