The top three teams in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE delivered six of the best in the latest round of matches. For all eased to 6-2 victories.
Still firmly in the title-race driving seat are leaders Royal British Legion A, who stretched their unbeaten record this term to 12 matches with victory over Bestwood Village Social Club. They reeled off their first five legs, in the hands of Robbie Roylance, Mark Wigginton, Michael Holmes-Parker, Curly Johnstone and the pairing of Roylance and Steve Wood.
Arch rivals, Royal British Legion B, remain four points behind in second after hitting back from 2-1 down at Empire. The men to calm the nerves were Dean Dymock, Mark Hardstaff, Wayne Cartledge, Malc Grocock and the pairing of Dymock and Grocock.
Third-placed H2O have not yet given up hope of reeling in the Legion duo -- and proved it with an easy success at home to The Dragon. Ash Smith, Dave Ellis and the partnership of Smith and Tony Flanagan laid a solid platform by taking the first three legs, and Adam Fowkes added a singles/pairs double later on.
The week’s other three fixtures resulted in a 5-3 win for Station Hotel B against Liberal Club, and two 4-4 draws -- between Green Dragon and Chequers and Yew Tree and Station Hotel A.
Station B were always in command of their match after early strikes by Andrea Green, PJ Singh, Roger Green and Danny Butler.
Green Dragon celebrated only their second point of the season. They trailed Chequers 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3, but kept plugging away and were rewarded by Mick Bradley’s last-leg win, which followed earlier successes by Matt Plenty and the pairings of Tommy Wilson and Bostyon Bradley and Luke O’Dwyer and Leon Wilson.
Meanwhile Yew Tree roared back from 3-0 down to hold Station A -- thanks to Wayne Bettridge, Dion Nangle, the pairing of Bettridge and Jacob Burton and, on the last leg, Karl Jones.
LEADERSHIP of the league’s individual rankings table is now shared by Curly Johnstone, of Legion A, and Danny Butler, of Station B, who have 74 points after winning ten of their 12 singles matches.