Can Royal British Legion A succeed in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE where Chelsea failed in the Barclays Premier League?
Jose Mourinho’s men surrendered their ‘invincibles’ tag when losing at Newcastle United last Saturday.
But Legion A extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches at the top of the pool league table, thanks to a 6-2 victory at home to Liberal Club. They now have another 11 fixtures to negotiate to complete an entire season without defeat.
Legion A’s win kept them four points clear of inter-club rivals, Royal British Legion B, who also won 6-2 -- away to Yew Tree. Colin Draycott triumphed on singles and pairs before a sequence of four legs on the spin by Dean Dymock, Wayne Cartledge, Malc Grocock and the pairing of Dymock and Grocock sealed the points.
A further three points behind Legion B in third spot are H2O, who threw away a 4-2 lead to draw 4-4 at home to Station Hotel A. The visitors’ heroes were Rob Mitchell, who won on singles and pairs, and then Paul Heath and Alan Foster, who took the last two legs.
Defending champions Station B were also held to a 4-4 draw after fighting back from 3-1 down against plucky strugglers, Chequers. Success on singles and pairs for Dave Butler and Paddy McShane turned the match around in their favour, but the visitors won the final leg.
Another draw resulted in deadlock between Bestwood Village Social Club and Empire, who led 3-1 at one stage but relied on last-leg saviour Shaun Bettridge to salvage a point. Bestwood’s star was Dave Horan, who won on singles and pairs.
The week’s final fixture was an inter-pub derby that saw The Dragon shade bottom-of-the-table Green Dragon 5-3, with Steve Nicholls landing the deciding final frame.
THREE Station B players are calling the tune at the top of the league’s individual rankings table. Danny Butler leads with 67 points after nine wins from 11 games, ahead of Dave Butler on 65 and Malc Grocock on 62, which is also the tally for Ian Wikeley, of Yew Tree.