POOL: champs off to a flier

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DEFENDING champions Spot-On Low-C started the new HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE season as they signed off the previous one — in winning form.

Low-C, who took the 2010/11 title by winning all bar four of their 26 matches, triumphed 6-2 away to Liberal Club.

Sean Chauntry and Colin Draycott quickly powered them into a 2-0 lead on the opening singles legs and after Chauntry and Dean Brittain had taken the first pairs contest, Tim Hudson made it 4-0.

Although both Phil Maycock and Ryan Norris were beaten, the win was wrapped up by Simon Moralee and Steve Thompson on pairs and Thompson on singles.

The league comprises 16 teams for the new season, which will run until next May. They include a couple of new sides, Yew Tree and the intriguingly-named Empire Muppets, while Station Hotel (Hucknall) A have now become Chequers Inn B.

However there was an inauspicious start for one of the 16, Chequers Stars, who failed to fulfil their first fixture at last season’s runners-up, Royal British Legion A, who were automatically granted an 8-0 whitewash.

Elsewhere, former champions The Hucknall Empire A got off to a flier with a 6-2 victory at home to Green Dragon. Rob Roylance and Geoff Taylor were successful on singles and pairs (with Mick Fowkes and Steve Wood respectively), while Ashley Dobb and Tony Dobb were also victorious.

However one of last season’s title-chasers, Royal British Legion B, made a bad start to the new campaign, sliding to a 5-3 defeat at Station Hotel (Hucknall) B. They led 1-0 and 2-1 but were pegged back by Scott Oxford, Andrea Green and Roger Green before star players Dean Dymock and Malc Grocock lost the last two legs at the hands of Paddy McShane and Dave Butler.

Meanwhile Empire Muppets fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to win 5-3 at Harrier. Joe Etherington took the decisive last leg.

But the remaining three fixtures all ended in 4-4 draws, including the clash between Yew Tree and Chequers Inn B, who trailed 2-0 but then threw away a lead of 4-2.

Chequers Inn A were also held — at home to Seven Stars — while Bestwood Village Social Club shared the points with Sherwood Ranger thanks to a fightback from 3-1 and 4-2 down.