POOL: six teams revel in unbeaten start to season

SIX teams remain unbeaten after the opening three weeks of the new Hucknall EPA Pool League season.

Top of the pile are defending league champions Spot-On Low-C, although they were held to a 4-4 draw in their latest match by plucky Harrier, who have yet to taste victory so far this term.

Two sides boast 100% records after winning both of their first fixtures. They are Royal British Legion A and Empire A, who cruised to 7-1 wins in their latest games.

Legion A were too strong for struggling Seven Stars, even though Ryan Orton lost the opening leg to Rick Whitehead.

Tim McShane equalised and from then on, it was plain sailing for the home side as Martin Bremner, Nigel Burton, Glynn Devine, Frank Elkington and the pairings of Bremner and Nidge Orton and Rich Devine and Tom Burton delivered the goods.

Empire A were similarly convincing at home to Chequers Inn A after also losing the first leg. Mick Fowkes and Rob Roylance were successful on singles and pairs, while Ashley Dobb, Steve Wood, Geoff Taylor and the partnership of Craig Johnstone and Tony Dobb were also victorious.

The other three teams yet to lose are Yew Tree, who beat Empire Muppets 5-3, and Sherwood Ranger and Station Hotel (Hucknall) B, who drew 4-4 with each other.

Surprise package Yew Tree stormed into a 4-0 lead before the Muppets had time to sink their first pints.

Ravenshead outfit Ranger threw away leads of 2-0 and 3-1 at Station B, whose winners were the pairings of Scott Oxford and Paddy McShane and Paul Hibbard and Alan Foster, plus Andrea Green and, on the last leg, Hibbard again, on singles.

The week’s remaining two fixtures resulted in victories for Bestwood Village Social Club and Royal British Legion B.

Bestwood hammered Green Dragon 7-1, while Legion B edged home 5-3 at Chequers Inn B, thanks to Malc Grocock, who beat Phil Dalmedo on the decisive last leg.

THERE are three early-season joint leaders of the league’s individual rankings table.

The trio boast 21 points after winning all of their opening three matches.

They are Sherwood Ranger duo Katrl Mayes and Leigh Richards, plus Mark Eastap, who plays for Bestwood Village Social Club.