All-Legion thriller lives up to its star billing in Hucknall League

FIRST GLASS -- trophy-winning Joe Etherington, who helped leaders Royal British Legion B preserve their unbeaten record.

FIRST GLASS -- trophy-winning Joe Etherington, who helped leaders Royal British Legion B preserve their unbeaten record.

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The eagerly-awaited inter-club clash between the top two teams in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE delivered a tight and tense thriller that lived up to its billing.

Leaders Royal British Legion A trailed 3-0 at one stage to second-placed Royal British Legion A. But on a dramatic night, they fought back to salvage a 4-4 draw and preserve their unbeaten record.

In fact, they recovered to lead 4-3 after wins by Joe Etherington, Dean Dymock (complete with eight-ball clearance), Malc Grocock and the pairing of Dymock and Grocock. But Curly Johnstone beat John Toulson on a cliffhanging last leg to earn a point for Legion A, whose earlier winners had been Mick Fowkes, Robbie Roylance and the pairing of Roylance and Steve Wood.

The result maintained the four-point gap between the pair, but reduced to four points the distance down to the third and fourth-placed sides, Station Hotel B and H2O, who both enjoyed tonic wins. Inspired by Paddy McShane, who won on pairs and then the decisive singles leg, Station defeated Yew Tree 6-2, while H2O hammered bottom-of-the-table Green Dragon 7-1.

An eight-ball clearance by Paul Heath was the highlight of a cosy 6-2 victory for Station Hotel A at home to Bestwood Village Social Club, while the night’s other two fixtures finished 5-3.

The Dragon roared back from 2-0 down to lick Liberal in a fightback engineered in mid-match by pairs partners and singles victors Shane Wood and Arthur Galloway. While Spot-On (formerly Empire) overcame Chequers thanks largely to the skills of Joe Hammond, Shaun Bettridge and Jason Bettridge, who all doubled up on singles and pairs.