POOL: Pendulum swings in Legion’s favour

WITH only four games to play, the pendulum has swung firmly in favour of Royal British Legion A in the chase for the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE title.

For while Legion A were hammering Chequers Inn B in their latest fixture, their closest rivals, Empire A, were dropping a vital point in a 4-4 draw at Yew Tree.

Second-placed Empire A were even close to losing at one point as they trailed 2-0 and 4-2 before wins by Brian Woodward and Dave Wainwright on the last two legs salvaged the draw.

Earlier the league’s individual rankings table leader, Geoff Taylor, had suffered only his third defeat of the season against Rich Hyslop on the second leg.

Taylor did win the first pairs leg, alongside Steve Wood, who then squared the match up at 2-2. But then an inspired Lee Burton bagged a singles/pairs double of his own for the home side, which included an eight-ball clearance.

There were no such problems for Legion A, who now top the table by two points, with a further three points back to Spot-On Low-C and Empire Muppets in third and fourth. Neither Low-C, nor Muppets had games in the latest round of action.

The leading four teams are fully 11 points clear of the rest of the league, which is headed by Station Hotel (Hucknall) B after a 6-2 eclipse of Liberal Club.

Dave Butler set the ball rolling for Station B, who were also indebted to wins from Ian Wikeley, Andrea Green, Scott Oxford and the pairings of Oxford and Paul Hibbard and Roger Green and Paul Heath.

Not far behind Station B are Royal British Legion B, who thrashed bottom-of-the-table Chequers Inn A 7-1, courtesy of Dave Stacey-King, Roy Bicker, Pete Ford, Pete Gardener, Clint Parker and the pairings of Stacey-King and John Toulson and Dean Dymock and Malc Grocock.

In the week’s remaining fixtures, Harrier and Bestwood Village Social Club drew 4-4, while Sherwood Ranger beat Green Dragon 5-3 but were immediately deducted the points because they failed to report or submit the result.