It has been an important week at both ends of the Market Rasen, Caistor and Binbrook pool league top division and although nothing has been decided conclusively, especially at the bottom, certain teams have made large steps towards achieving their goals.
The George pulled off an excellent result in defeating The Hope Tavern 6-3 away from home. Their opponents were on an 11 match unbeaten streak so taking a victory back to Market Rasen was never going to be an easy task.
The Hope started with Wayne Chappell putting a marker down when finishing with aplomb against Kev Duke. That was about as good as it got for the Hope as they proceeded to miss golden chances in a match that was proof of nerves affecting even the very best of players on both sides.
The George Inn will consider themselves fortunate that The Hope missed so many chances, but will also be ruing some missed opportunities of their own.
A missed black in the final frame cost them the opportunity to make this an even bigger scoreline.
Having played each other twice with one win apiece it could be argued it is honours even between these two long time rivals this season, but the news that they will face off at The George in the cup semi finals is a mouth watering prospect.
This week The Hope take a week off and The George face another testing night at home to The Aston B, who have racked up three wins in their last three league games.
The second battle between rival teams saw the Lightning Bar A pick up their first win in four in all competitions. With many of last seasons Plough team moving a mile south to Richard Truslers new bar there is always going to be a desire to get one over on the opposition from both sides in this fixture.
The Lightning A started superbly with wins for Trusler, Ady Day and Mick Whitfield before the Plough took the next three singles to leave it all square at the break.
Sadly for the Plough they could not prevent The Lightning getting revenge for the defeat earlier in the season as they prevailed in all the doubles to take the spoils 6-3.
This victory moves the Lightning A step closer to safety, although they have some tough games to come, with only a three point advantage in the standings having played a game more.
The Plough will also be sweating a little due to being in the drop zone, they do have a game in hand and will need to make it count in what looks like it will be a close fight all the way in the relegation dogfight.
Next week the Plough host the Crown while the Lightning A are looking at a trip to the high flying Click’em A.
The Market Rasen Social Club appear to have come alive in the second half of the season, back to back wins in the league and pushing the might of The George to the end in the cup quarter finals.
The latest victory came at The Crown in Glentham by a narrow 5-4 scoreline. Being 12 points adrift with six games remaining is surely too tall an order, but should a couple of big wins come along some of their rivals slip up then maybe this team will begin to believe.
The Crown are teetering on the brink right now, level with the Click’em B and Lightning while only three points clear of the Plough. Next week’s game against The Plough is huge for the league’s relegation battle.
The MRSC are looking to keep up their run next week in another match-up with relegation ramifications as they tackle The Click’em B.
The Aston B found themselves in a tight tussle at The Click’em Inn for the second week in a row. Last week’s narrow cup defeat was followed up by a close victory over the pub’s B side with the scoreline reading 5-4 to the visitors.
Despite the Aston’s star Gary Bierlein not being at his best they have extended their unbeaten league run to three games ahead of their match-up with neighbours The George.
Two games were played in the second tier of the Market Rasen, Caistor and Binbrook pool league this week with one match postponed.
The biggest game was the top of the table clash between the Bottle and Glass and the Butchers Nook. With only four games remaining it looks like it is all over after the brilliant Bottle and Glass came, saw and conquered the Butchers Nook by a score of 6-3 after being 5-0 up in less than 40 minutes.
Only a collapse of calamitous proportions will cause them to relinquish their grip on top spot. Next week the Butchers will go to the Aston A to attempt to vanquish any hopes the Rasen side making a late surge for promotion and the Bottle travel to the Market Rasen Cricket Club.
The other game in the second division this week saw a hotly contested game that went to the Lightning B 5-4 at the Aston Arms A.
Both teams are fighting hard to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon, although at the moment The Lightning B are favourites to get it having played their full quota of games thus far with the slimmest of leads over the MRCC, who have played two games less.
The postponed game of the day was between MRCC and Skipworth Arms which will be played at a later date.
Cup Semi Final Draw
The George vs The Hope Tavern
The Click’em A vs The Click’em B