THE match of the week in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE could have represented the unofficial handing-over of the championship baton.
For the reigning champions, Spot-On Low-C, were beaten by the favourites to inherit their crown, unbeaten leaders Royal British Legion A.
Legion A triumphed 5-3 to make it 13 matches without defeat and power no fewer than seven points clear of ailing Low-C, who have slipped to as low as fourth in the table.
The home team owed their win to a barnstorming start in which they raced into leads of 3-0 and 4-1, courtesy of Martin Bremner, Ryan Orton, Tim McShane and the pairing of Rich Devine and Nigel Burton.
Plucky Low-C refused to buckle and victories for Dean Britton, Ryan Norris and the pairing of Britton and Tim Hudson gave them hope of snatching a point. But the outcome was sealed on the last leg when the ever-reliable Burton defeated Simon Moralee.
Legion A’s biggest challengers for the title now appear to be Empire A and league newcomers Empire Muppets.
Second-placed Empire A eased to a 7-1 home rout of lowly Sherwood Ranger, with Ashley Dobb, Robbie Roylance, Steve Wood, Geoff Taylor and the pairing of Craig Johnstone and Dave Wainwright among their victors.
Third-placed Muppets squeezed a 5-3 success out of Liberal Club in a match that swung this way and that. They led 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 but only finally saw off the gallant home side on the last leg when Phil Dalmedo beat Bill Clark.
Just behind the front-runners in the table, Station Hotel (Hucknall) B are ticking along quite nicely — as they underlined when felling Yew Tree 6-2, thanks to wins by Paul Heath, Scott Oxford, Paddy McShane, Dave Butler and the pairings of Ian Wikeley and Butler and Paul Hibbard and Alan Foster.
Contrasting fortunes for the two Chequers Inn sides saw the B team win 5-3 at Harrier but the A team lose 5-3 at home to Green Dragon. Chequers B recovered from 3-2 down, with Shane Wood and Jason Bond successful on singles and pairs, while Chequers A threw away a 3-2 lead.
The week’s remaining fixture resulted in a 5-3 victory for Bestwood Village Social Club at home to Royal British Legion B, thanks to successes on the last two legs from Vaughan Jackson and Alan Allsopp.
n THE joint leaders of the league’s individual rankings table are veterans Geoff Taylor (Empire A) and Martin Bremner (Legion A), who have 86 points after 12 wins from 13 games,