Legion win crucial top-of-the-table clash

The last surviving unbeaten records in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE were on the line when the top two teams clashed in a pre-Christmas showdown.

And it was second-placed Royal British Legion B who came out on top after a riproaring comeback to stun leaders Station Hotel (Hucknall) B.

Both sides went into the clash on the back of undefeated runs spanning eight matches. And when Station B edged into a 3-2 lead, courtesy of Paul Hibbard, Dave Butler and the partnership of Simon Thompson and Dave Butler, they were favourites to storm four points clear at the summit.

However, Legion B, who had been kept in the match by Wayne Cartledge and Dean Dymock, recovered to take the last three legs and post a crucial 5-3 victory.

The visitors’ heroes were Malc Grocock, Mark Hardstaff, who beat Paddy McShane on the last leg, and the partnership of Grocock and Dymock.

The big two are now level on points, although Station B’s leg-difference of plus-28 is healthier than Legion’s plus-22.

The pair could have been joined by Liberal Club. But their fine start to the season stuttered in a 6-2 defeat away to mid-table Empire A.

A singles/pairs double from Michael Holmes-Parker helped Empire take control from an early stage and surge into a 3-0 lead, which was increased to 6-1 under the influence of another double from Brian Woodward.

The week’s remaining three fixtures resulted in welcome victories for bottom-four teams Bestwood Village Social Club, Yew Tree and Green Dragon.

Bestwood triumphed 5-3 at Harrier thanks to Michael Bull, Alan Allsopp, Gary James, Dave Horan and the pairing of Bull and Matt Dilger.

Yew Tree celebrated only their second success of the campaign in a 6-2 romp at The Dragon. Dion Nangle, Jeff Dixon, Jake Rodgers, Lee Burton, Karl Jones and the partnership of Antony Bishop and Nangle did the business.

And it was a similar story for Green Dragon, who beat rock-bottom Chequers 5-3. Dragon took the first four legs in the hands of Bud Chatwin, Pete Sadler, Glen Mayes and the partnership of Chatwin and Sadler. But then they threatened to throw it away when Ben Hathersmith, Chris Reedman and the duo of Mick Bradley and Rich Hyslop poached the next three legs for the home side. It was left to Paul Gregory to keep his cool at the death.