POOL: Legion on cloud nine after extending unbeaten run

TABLETOPPING Royal British Legion A are on cloud nine after extending their unblemished start to the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE season.

Leaders Legion A made it nine wins from as many games with a hard-fought 5-3 victory at home to mid-table Chequers Inn B.

After losing the opening leg, they hit back to take the next four in the hands of Tim McShane, Gaz Woodfield, Martin Bremner and the pairing of Rich Devine and Nigel Burton. And although the visitors pulled it back to 4-2, the points were sealed on leg seven by Burton.

Legion A remain two points clear of Empire A and defending champions Spot-On Low-C, plus another two ahead of fourth-placed Empire Muppets.

Empire A encountered few problems in licking fast-fading Yew Tree 6-2, courtesy of Robbie Roylance, Mick Fowkes, Steve Wood, Geoff Taylor, Dave Wainwright and the pairing of Craig Johnstone and Ashley Dobb.

While Low-C were even more confortable in easing home 7-1 at bottom-of-the-table Seven Stars thanks to wins by Colin Draycott, Simon Moralee, Dean Britton, Ryan Norris, Ben Samson, Steve Thompson and the partnership of Tim Hudson and Simon Thompson.

The week’s remaining four fixtures resulted in victories for Royal British Legion B, Bestwood Village Social Club and Green Dragon, while Liberal Club and Station Hotel (Hucknall) B battled out a 4-4 draw.

Legion B romped to a 6-2 success at Chequers Inn A, with Dave Stacey-King and Malc Grocock successful on singles and pairs.

Bestwood hammered Harrier 7-1, while Dragon enjoyed a last-leg 5-3 defeat of Sherwood Ranger, despite almost surrendering a 4-1 lead at one stage.

Station B led Liberal three times, courtesy of Paul Heath, Roger Green and the pairing of Paul Hibbard and Alan Foster. But in the end, they needed a win by Foster on the final leg to salvage a point.

GEOFF Taylor, of Empire A, continues to head the league’s individual rankings table thanks to a flawless record of nine wins from nine games, registering 63 points.

Three points behind is Low-C’s Dean Britton, who has 60 points, followed by no fewer than seven players on 58. They are Shane Wood (Chequers B), Empire A duo Steve Wood and Robbie Roylance and Legion A quartet Nigel Burton, Martin Bremner, Tim McShane and Rich Devine.