The Hope Tavern’s attempt to muster a challenge to the dominating George Inn took a small hit this week throwing away a 5-1 lead from the singles to win only 5-4 against the Click’em B.
Karl Fenton, Ben Fenton and Gordon Warburton were culpable of missing chances in the doubles. The Click’em will be pleased with the comeback from a position that looked disastrous at the half way point, Terry Winfield with two out of two for the second week in a row.
The doubles frames claimed tonight may be crucial for the Click’em as they are now seven points clear of the relegation places.
The big climbers were the Click’em A, in what was supposed to be a tough encounter ended with only Gary Bierlein scoring for the Aston B as they were trounced 8-1 away from home.
This victory puts the Click’em up to second in the table and hot on the heels of the George with only three points between the sides.
The Market Rasen Social Club suffered another heavy loss this week, 7-2 at the Plough Inn in Binbrook.
The sixth consecutive defeat for the side sees them cut four and eight points adrift of their nearest rivals.
The Plough on the other hand are having a quietly efficient season having three out of four fixtures, leaving them only six points behind the Hope Tavern in third with at least one game in hand over the rest of the league.
Finally, The George remain at the top of the league this week after a comfortable 7-2 victory at home vs The Lightning A.
The consistency that has been a key factor in their dominance in recent seasons appears to have returned on the back of three heavy victories.
The Lightning captain will be a worried man as his side sit second bottom and are in danger of being cut adrift of the pack along with the Market Rasen Social Club.
The bye for the week went to the Crown Inn, which after last weeks heavy defeat has now slipped down to joint fourth and will be looking for a resurgence in the coming weeks.
The Butchers Nook have moved within touching distance of the top of the league after an 8-1 victory at home to the Skipworth Arms.
A solid run of results for the Butchers has seen them bring the gap down from six points to two in the last three weeks and the pressure is now intensifying on the Bottle and Glass with every passing week.
The next fixture should be a cracker as the two sides meet at the Butchers Nook following the cup round. A victory for the Bottle will give them some breathing room for the foreseeable future while a Butchers triumph, as they did in the previous meeting this season, would see title race blown wide open.
The Skip will be disappointed with this close loss as it means they lose more ground on the top two teams and trail now by nine points and will need a good run of results to try and get back in contention.
The Bottle and Glass continued to lead the division after a topsy-turvey 5-4 win at the Aston Arms A, the young side seem to have lost their way in the last three weeks and have been inconsistent.
The Lightning Bar B have bounced back from three straight losses to snatch a hard fought 5-4 victory over the Market Rasen Cricket Club.
The win sees them close the gap from the Aston A to just a point having played a game more and will surely boost the teams confidence for the cup round.
The MRCC on the other hand will be disappointed to drop back from the teams above having come expecting to pick up plenty of points this week against a team comfortably bottom of the league.