Connor Ingram hat-trick leads the way as Norfolk Under-18s wrap up East Anglian Counties Championship title

Norfolk’s under-18 men’s team celebrate winning the East Anglian Counties Championship after a 4-1 w

Norfolks under-18 mens team celebrate winning the East Anglian Counties Championship after a 4-1 win over Essex at Coggeshall Town. Picture: Norfolk FA - Credit: Norfolk FA

Norfolk's under-18 men's team have won the East Anglian Counties Championship for the first time since 2013.

Gorleston striker Connor Ingram scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Essex U18s, with Wroxham winger Ben Fowkes scoring the other goal.

The game was played at Coggeshall Town's stadium, near Braintree, and saw Norfolk arrive knowing they needed at least a point to become champions.

Adam Gusterson's side took the lead in the 7th minute when Ingram – who has scored 29 goals for Gorleston this season and had a trial at Ipswich Town – tapped in at the back post from a corner.

Just three minutes later Fowkes made it 2-0, taking advantage of a poor kick from the Essex keeper to beat his marker and blast into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

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Essex halved the deficit after a lapse in concentration from the visitors but Ingram made it 3-1 in the 23rd minute, drilling home a low shot after being played in by Will Sainsbury-Logan, who also headed down to allow the striker to complete his hat-trick and the win on the half-hour mark.

Norfolk: Billy Johnson, Kieren Shipp (C), Tom Rampling, Kuda Nhiwatiwa, Josh Hazell, Jack Barber, Ryan Harnwell, Jacob White, Connor Ingram, Will Sainsbury-Logan, Ben Fowkes. Subs: Aaron Attree, Isaac Burrage, Archie Galley, George Green, Ryan Miles.

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