POOL: Tight squeeze at top

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ONLY one point separates the leading three teams as the race for the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE title enters its final lap.

Royal British Legion A swept back to the top with a 7-1 romp at Bestwood Village Social Club, courtesy of wins by Ryan Orton, Martin Bremner, Tim McShane, Nidge Orton, Nigel Burton and the pairings of McShane and Rich Devine and Nidge Orton and Glynn Devine.

But level on points are Empire Muppets, who didn’t have a game last week, and only one behind are Empire A, the only side to beat Legion A so far this term. They maintained their challenge with a 6-2 success at Liberal Club, thanks to wins on the first three legs and the last three.

All three teams have now clocked up a century of legs but while Legion A and Empire A have eight games to play, Muppets have only seven. It could all yet be decided on leg-difference, where Empire A (plus-74) currently have a massive advantage over Legion A (plus-60) and Muppets (plus-48).

Still not giving up hope of retaining the championship are defending champions Spot-On Low-C, although they have just six to play and still trail the leaders by three points. Their latest victory, at Chequers Inn B, featured success for Colin Draycott, Dean Brittain, Ryan Norris and the pairings of Norris and Brittain and Simon Moralee and Steve Thompson.

The week’s remaining three fixtures resulted in 6-2 triumphs for Yew Tree and Harrier and a 4-4 draw between Royal British Legion B, who threw away leads of 2-0 and 3-1, and Sherwood Ranger.

Tree eased past Green Dragon, with Rich Hyslop winning on singles and pairs (with Karl Jones), while Harrier chalked up only their fourth success of the season in a basement battle at home to rock-bottom Chequers Inn A. Veteran potter George Roy starred with wins on singles and pairs.

GEOFF Taylor, of Empire A, continues to head the league’s individual rankings table with 121 points — five in front of Tim McShane, of Legion A, and eight in front of Shane Wood, of Chequers B.