Champions beaten in Hucknall pool league’s all-Legion cup final

CUP HEROES -- three of Royal British Legion B's winning team (foreground, from left), Malc Grocock, Dave Stacey-King and Dean Dymock.
CUP HEROES -- three of Royal British Legion B's winning team (foreground, from left), Malc Grocock, Dave Stacey-King and Dean Dymock.

One half of the Royal British Legion put one over the other when their two crack pool teams met in the final of the HUCKNALL EPA LEAGUE’S Knockout Cup.

Legion A had won the league title, but Legion B wrecked their dreams of a double by beating them 8-4 in the two-legged final.

The B team shaded the first leg 4-3 after the champions had retrieved a 3-1 deficit. Mark Hardstaff, Joe Etherington, Dean Dymock and Malc Grocock were their victors. The second leg was much more one-sided as Hardstaff and Dave Stacey-King soon gave the B team a 2-0 lead, which was later extended to an unassailable 4-1 by Grocock and Wayne Cartledge.

The final of the Mellors Bicknell Shield competition, which is for teams iknocked out in the opening round of the main cup, was also an inter-pub derby, with Station Hotel B hitting back from a 4-3 reverse in the opening leg to take the second leg 5-3 for an aggregate victory of 8-7 over Station Hotel A. Paddy McShane was their hero, beating Paul Hibbard in the deciding frame.