REIGNING champions Spot-On Low-C rubberstamped their prowess when taming fellow championship challengers in the big match of the week for HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE points.
Low-C, who have yet to lose in seven starts so far this term, won 6-2 away to Royal British Legion B.
The outcome was never in doubt once Colin Draycott had beaten Dave Stacey-King on the opening leg. For the visitors went on to storm into a 5-0 advantage, courtesy of Dean Britton, Ben Samson, Ryan Norris and the pairing of Simon Thompson and Tim Hudson, who also took the last leg after Legion B had pulled a couple back.
Low-C continue to share top spot with last season’s runners-up, Royal British Legion A, who stretched their 100% start to the season with an 8-0 whitewash of hapless Harrier.
The highlight of Legion A’s victory was an eight-ball clearance by Nidge Orton, who triumphed on singles and pairs. Other winners were Ryan Orton, Martin Bremner, Gaz Woodfield, Tim McShane, Tom Burton and the partnership of Rich Devine and Nigel Burton.
With undefeated Yew Tree out of action, both Empire A and Empire Muppets took advantage to strengthen their claims for the title.
The A team eased to a 7-1 success at Bestwood Village Social Club with the help of an eight-ball clearance by Steve Wood against Mark Eastap. Rob Roylance, Mick Foulkes, Dave Wainwright, Tony Dobb and the pairings of Wainwright and Craig Johnstone and Wood and Geoff Taylor were also on the mark.
The Muppets hit back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to defeat Sherwood Ranger 5-3, with Joe Etherington delivering an eight-ball clearance and also a singles/pairs double.
The week’s remaining fixtures resulted in victories for Liberal Club, Station Hotel (Hucknall) B and Chequers Inn B, who hammered Green Dragon 7-1.
Liberal hit bottom-of-the-table Seven Stars for six, despite losing the first leg, while Station B edged out Chequers Inn A 5-3 thanks to a late singles/pairs double from captain Paul Hibbard. Earlier Paddy McShane, Andrea Green and the pairing of Alan Foster and Ian Wikeley had been successful for the home side.
THE early leader of the league’s individual rankings table is Keith Harrison, of Empire Muppets, who has 44 points from six wins in seven games.
Three players are just two points behind with 100% records of six out of six. They are Empire A duo Steve Wood and Geoff Taylor and Royal British Legion A stalwart Nigel Burton.