THE challenge of an inter-club derby failed to knock leaders Royal British Legion A off their lofty perch in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE.
Legion A tackled Royal British Legion B on the back of a 100% start to the season that spanned nine matches. And they duly made it the perfect ten when licking their counterparts 7-1.
The pairing of Rob Simpson and Mick Longley grabbed the only crumbs of comfort for the B team on leg six as the appropriately named A team stormed home in the hands of Martin Bremner, Gaz Woodfield, Ryan Orton, Tim McShane, Tom Burton, Glynn Devine and the partnership of McShane and Nidge Orton.
Legion A remain two points clear at the top of the table from Empire A and defending champions Spot-On Low-C, both of whom showed their fighting qualities to grind out 5-3 victories.
Empire A found it hard to shrug off plucky mid-tablers Chequers Inn B, who kept hitting back from behind — thanks to wins from Shane Wood, Rob Lewis and Steve Nicholls. As a result, they had to rely on a last-leg win by Craig Johnstone for the two points — after earlier successes by Robbie Roylance, the league’s individual rankings table leader Geoff Taylor and the pairings of Roylance and Ash Dobb and Johnstone and Dave Wainwright.
Low-C looked to be cruising at 2-0 up against lowly Green Dragon after victories for Colin Draycott and Tim Hudson. But suddenly, they found themselves 3-2 down after inspired pool by the visitors’ veteran David Holmes, who won on singles and pairs.
The champs rescued the match with success on the final three legs, courtesy of Simon Moralee and Ryan Norris, who chalked up singles and pairs doubles.
The league’s other championship chasers, Empire Muppets, strolled to a more comfortable victory at home to struggling Chequers Inn A. Joe Etherington and Ashley Radford were victorious on singles and pairs in a 6-2 triumph.
Elsewhere, Yew Tree continued their fall from grace when crashing 6-2 at home to improving Liberal Club, despite wins for Wayne Betteridge and Rich Hyslop. And the week’s remaining fixtures resulted in 4-4 draws.
Bottom-of-the-table Seven Stars collected only their second point of the season at Harrier where they fought back from 2-0 down but then threw away a 4-2 lead.
While Station Hotel (Hucknall) B retrieved deficits of 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 to salvage a draw at home to Bestwood Village Social Club — thanks to Paul Heath, Paddy McShane, the pairing of McShane and Ian Wikeley and, on the last leg, Paul Hibbard.