Sad farewell to Little John

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The HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE has been rocked by the resignation of long-standing members Little John (formerly Sherwood Ranger), based at Ravenshead.

”After many years of being in the league and having to travel a fair distance every fortnight, they have decided to quit through lack of player support,” explained league secretary Jill Dobb.

“I have removed their last two results from the league table to the turnaround of the season and not put in the one from last week.

“This means that every team has played them once, so I don’t have to expunge all their results.

“I would like to thank Little John for their support and I hope all the players will continue to play for other teams.”

Little John signed off with a 5-3 defeat at Green Dragon.

At the other end of the table, leaders Royal British Legion A whitewashed bottom team The Chequers 8-0 to move two points clear of Spot-On Low-C, who were without a fixture.

Legion A’s hand was further strengthened by slip-ups from two of their other title-chasing rivals, The Dragon and Royal British Legion B.

Dragon lost 5-3 at Empire A, even though the opening leg was won by Phil Dalmedo. The home team took the next four legs, in the hands of Tony Dobb, Craig Johnstone, Matthew Fowkes and the pairing of Dobb and Joe Etherington, and then the decisive final frame when Shane Wood defeated Steve Nicholls.

Meanwhile Legion B were held to a 4-4 draw at home by Station Hotel (Hucknall) B, despite leading 2-0 and 3-1 thanks to Wayne Cartledge, Mark Hardstaff and Dave Stacey-King. Station’s fightback was spearheaded by Alan Foster, Paddy McShane and the pairing of Paul Hibbard and Andrea Green, leaving the hosts needing to win the last leg to rescue a point. Malc Grocock obliged, beating Hibbard.

The week’s remaining two fixtures resulted in wins for Liberal Club, who edged out Harrier 5-3, and Yew Tree, who licked Bestwood Village Social Club 6-2. Liberal bagged the first and last two legs, thanks to Will Clark, Ray Oldham, Steve Clark and Bill Hardy, while Yew Tree took the first two and last four. Among their winners were Wayne Betteridge, Karl Jones, Richard Hyslop, Dion Nangle and Michael Bradley.