The backlash from the previous week’s near-upset in the HUCKNALL EPA POOL LEAGUE meant very different things for the two protagonists.
For while top-of-the-table Royal British Legion A reacted well to almost losing their unbeaten record, H2O suffered an almighty hangover from throwing away the chance to become the first team to beat them.
Legion A gave Yew Tree a 7-1 drubbing to stay four points clear at the summit. But H2O were sent spinning to an 8-0 whitewash by last season’s champions, Station Hotel B, and duly surrendered third place to them on leg-difference.
Station were in irresistible form from the moment Dave Butler sent Dave Ellis packing on the opening leg. They continued to stack up the wins, courtesy of Roger Green, Andrea Green, Danny Butler, PJ Singh and Paddy McShane on singles and the partnerships of Danny Butler and John Nunns and Sean and PJ Singh on pairs.
In second place, Royal British Legion B continue to chase their inter-club rivals after a 5-3 victory at Bestwood Village social Club that was more comfortable than it souunds.
Despite losing the second leg to Matt Dilger, Legion B stormed into a 5-1 lead at one stage, thanks to Colin Draycott, Mark Hardstaff and Joe Etherington on singles and the pairings of Etherington and Draycott and Malc Grocock and Dean Dymock, who recorded an eight-ball clearance.
Successes of 5-3 were also posted by The Dragon, who defeated Chequers, and by Liberal Club, who withstood a fightback from 4-1 down from visitors Station Hotel A. Paul Heath and Norman Smith on pairs and Alan Foster on singles gave Station A every chance of a draw, only for Steve Clark to take the last leg for Liberal.
The week’s remaining fixture extended the winless record of rock-bottom Green Dragon, who failed to capitalise on winning the opening two legs and lost 6-2 at home to Spot-On Club (Empire), for whom Shaun Bettridge, James Bettridge and Joe Hammond all scored on singles and pairs.