After a long six-week break, the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE heralded new, clearcut leaders on its return to action.
The league has taken a backseat for Christmas, the New Year and matches in the league’s Knockout Cup and singles and pairs championships. But there was no sign of rustiness in the Station Hotel (Hucknall) B camp as they took full advantage of a rare slip-up by their closest rivals at the top of the table, Royal British Legion B.
While Legion B were being held to a 4-4 draw at Park Tavern, Station B swept to a 6-2 win at home to bottom-of-the-table Chequers to edge a point clear.
After Paul Hibbard and Andy Green had taken the opening two legs, Chequers hit back to level 2-2 thanks to Adam Woodfield and Chris Reedman on pairs and Rich Hyslop on singles.
But from then on, it was all Station B as Dave Butler, Roger Green, Hibbard and the pairing of Green and Danny Butler wrapped up the points.
Meanwhile Legion were involved in a ding-dong duel with Tavern, which ended with Billy Wood nicking a draw on the last leg for the home side.
Chris Rigby had started the contest with victory on singles and pairs (with Wood) to give the Bulwell outfit a 2-1 lead. But Legion recovered to go 3-2 and 4-3 up in the hands of dependable trio Dean Dymock, Geoff Taylor and Malc Grocock.
Despite Park Tavern’s heroics, they surrendered third place in the table to Empire A, who won 5-3 at Bestwood Village Social Club.
Matt Dilger took the opening leg for Bestwood before the visitors reeled off five of the next six -- courtesy of Mick Fowkes, Phil Dalmedo, Steve Wood and the pairings of Wood and Curly Johnstone and Fowkes and Tony Dobb.
The week’s remaining two fixtures resulted in welcome victories in the bottom five of the table for Harrier H20 and Green Dragon.
Harrier returned home from Yew Tree with a 6-2 success that included wins for Martin Saxton, Adam Fowkes and the pairings of Dan Carp and Aidan Flanagan and Tony Flanagan and Dave Ellis.
Dragon celebrated only their third triumph of the season by hitting back from 3-2 down to surprise Liberal Club 5-3.
The Chatwins were the Dragon heroes as Bud Chatwin won on pairs (with Pete Sadler) and singles, while Jay Chatwin also posted a crucial singles success. The deciding last leg was won by Glen Mayes, who defeated Eddie Clark.