The top division of the Market Rasen, Caistor and Binbrook pool league did not throw up any surprises this week with all of the top three recording what seemed like comfortable victories.
This, however, did not tell the whole story at the Aston Arms.
The Hope Tavern went 0-2 down with Karl Fenton losing his first frame of the season in singles to put the Hope in big trouble early on.
Solid wins from Garry Fawcett and Ben Fenton, still 100% in singles, steadied the ship before the Hope won all three doubles to record a 6-3 victory over the team touted as most likely to trouble the “big three” at the top of the league.
Although this game was somewhat closer than the score line suggests, Aston B will know they have some work to do if they are going to push up above their current fourth place spot after 6-3 losses to the Hope and George while getting trounced by the Click’em 8-1.
The league leaders - the George - recorded a comfortable 7-2 success at the newly reopened Plough in Binbrook.
The champs stormed into a 5-0 lead before sharing the final four frames, including another surprising Simon Baxter defeat. George Bennet will be pleased with his teams league form despite their slight scare in last week’s cup round.
The Plough will be a touch worried coming into Christmas, they have to play a rampant Click’em A and a Hope Tavern side - unbeaten since a 5-4 loss on the opening day.
The Click’em A delivered another crushing performance this week, their second 8-1 win in two weeks.
They have gained ground on the George and reduced the deficit at the top to just two points with the sides having to meet in a few weeks.
The Market Rasen Social Club have the opposite record to the Click’em having lost every game and are seeming all but certainties for the drop this season.
The Lightning A put in a solid performance this week to end a four match losing streak.
A seemingly comfortable 6-3 victory at the Crown brings them close to the teams above them.
The Bottle and Glass are on the rocks following three defeats in five weeks.
The team, who stormed out of the blocks and seemed unbeatable, have found the team that holds their kryptonite.
Back-to-back losses against the Butchers along with other inconsistent results have seen the gap at the top cut to a single point.
The Butchers have had a very contrasting few weeks to that of their adversaries.
Unbeaten in five games and pushed the mighty George to their limit with only five players in the cup.
Elsewhere, The Skipworth Arms maintained their grasp on third spot with 5-4 victory at home to the Market Rasen Cricket Club which sees them remain two points clear of the Aston A and MRCC.
It seems unlikely that any of those three sides will be able to overhaul the gap between themselves and the Butchers, but a run of wins will certainly put the pressure on the sides at the top.