AN EMPHATIC marker was laid down by Royal British Legion A as they took a slender one-point advantage at the summit of the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE.
The leaders grounded Harrier 7-1 with wins for Martin Bremner, Tim McShane, Gaz Woodfield, Richard Divine and Ryan Orton on singles and victories on pairs for the teams of McShane and Ryan Orton and Nidge Orton and Nigel Burton.
Their closest challengers are now Empire A, who maintained their title hopes when coming back from 4-3 down to win the last two legs and defeat Bestwood Village Social Club 5-3.
The crucial wins for the home side were secured by Craig Johnstone and Dave Wainwright. For Bestwood, Dave Horan won on singles and pairs.
Tied on points with Empire A are stablemates Empire Muppets, who also had to come from behind to register a 4-4 share of the spoils at lowly Sherwood Ranger.
The home side led through Lee Wright, the pairing of Wright and Barnes, Leigh Richards and Segasothy.
But wins for Joe Etherington on singles and pairs and a last-leg win for Martin Lovett saved the title challengers’ blushes.
Reigning champions Spot On Low C continue to hang onto the coat tails of the leaders after eclipsing Royal British Legion 5-3.
Low C raced into the box seat as Colin Draycott on singles and pairs (with Simon Moralee), Dean Brittain and Ryan Norris (eight-ball clearance) gave them a 4-1 lead.
They threatened to throw it all away as Dean Dymock and Malc Grocock joined forces on pairs and Dymock added singles success to make it 4-3 going into the last leg.
But Simon Thompson sealed the win in emphatic style with an eight-ball clearance at the death.
In the final two fixtures of the week, there were 5-3 wins for Station Hotel (Hucknall) B over rock-bottom outfit Chequers A and Chequers B over Green Dragon.
THE MEN to catch at the top of the individual rankings table continue to be Geoff Taylor, of Empire, and Tim McShane, of Royal British Legion A.
Both have identical records of 17 wins and two defeats from 19 outings with a points total of 123.
Third place currently belongs to Joe Etherington, of Empire Muppets, with 16 wins from 18 matches and a points tally of 116.