The first matches of the new year heralded a familiar repeat of the old in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE.
For the top three sides all eased to 6-2 victories to maintain the status quo in the race for the championship.
Most notable was Royal British Legion A’s eclipse of reigning champions Station Hotel B because it extended their unbeaten record to 14 matches and maintained their healthy four-point lead at the top.
Danny Butler got Station off to a flier, but then Legion assumed command by reeling off the next six legs in the hands of Mick Fowkes, Michael Holmes-Parker, Steve Wood, Dave Wainwright, Curly Johnstone and the pairings of Fowkes and Wood and Johnstone and Wainwright.
Second-placed Royal British Legion B also stormed back after surrendering the opening leg in their home fixture against The Dragon. The ever-reliable trio of Dean Dymock, Malc Grocock and Joe Etherington all won on singles and pairs before Wayne Cartledge completed the success on the last leg.
Third spot was cemented by H2O, who licked Liberal Club with the minimum of fuss after Zac Ellis and Dave Ellis had taken the opening two legs. Adam Fowkes and Martin Saxton were also on the scoresheet, with Dave Ellis returning to the table to partner Tony Flanagan on pairs.
The week’s remain ng three fixtures resulted in 5-3 away wins for Station Hotel A and Chequers, plus a 4-4 draw between the bottom two teams, Green Dragon and Bestwood Village Social Club.
Station A’s game at Empire (now Spot-On) was neck and neck until Phil Buck and Norman Smith pulled it out the fire on the final two legs. Buck had also won earlier on pairs with Alan Foster, who doubled up too.
Improving Chequers hit back from 2-1 down to fell Yew Tree, while frustrated Green Dragon were denied their first win of the season by a fightback from 4-1 down by Bestwood, whose heroes were Dave Horan, Richard Bull and the pairing of Horan and Dillon Robinson.
TOP spot in the league’s individual ranking table is now shared by Curly Johnstone (Legion A) and Danny Butler (Station B), who both have 88 points after 12 wins and two defeats.