THE BURGEONING reputation of Empire Muppets rose again when they failed to live up to their name in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE for the second time in a matter of weeks.
Last month, league newcomers Muppets became the first team to beat defending champions Spot-On Low-C.
Now they have become the first team to take a point off leaders Royal British Legion A, forcing a 4-4 draw.
In a match that swung this way and that, fourth-placed Muppets trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 to wins from Martin Bremner, Nidge Orton and the pairing of Bremner and Nigel Burton.
But then they led 4-3 until Burton beat Joe Etherington on the final leg to spare the top dogs’ blushes. Etherington had earlier won a pairs leg, alongside singles victories from Dave Rhodes, Keith Harrison and Ashley Radford.
The result cut Legion A’s advantage at the top to just one point — from Empire A, who defeated Royal British Legion B 6-2 with the help of an eight-ball clearance by Steve Wood. The home side’s other winners were Robbie Roylance, Mick Fowkes, Geoff Taylor, Craig Johnstone and Dave Wainwright.
Elsewhere the best performance of the week was supplied by Liberal Club, who lashed Chequers Inn B 7-1, losing only the fourth leg.
But the biggest cheers were reserved for Chequers Inn A, who celebrated their first victory of the season -- at the 12th attempt. They defeated Sherwood Ranger 5-3.
Bottom-of-the-table Seven Stars are now the only team waiting for their initial win — and there were few signs that it is on its way in a 5-3 reverse at home to fellow strugglers Green Dragon.
Stars quickly found themselves 3-0 down and were soon beaten by a Dragon team led by Glen Mayes and Dave Holmes, both of whom chalked up singles/pairs doubles.
A 5-3 victory was also recorded by Station Hotel (Hucknall) B, while the points were shared between Bestwood Village Social Club and Yew Tree.
Station B fought back from 3-1 down to win at Harrier — thanks to successes from Paul Heath, Paddy McShane, Andrea Green, Roger Green, Scott Oxford and the pairing of Heath and Oxford.
One-time high-fliers Yew Tree also mounted a rousing comeback at Bestwood, who threw away leads of 2-0 and 4-1, losing the last three legs.