THE Premier Office Supplies Division One title is edging its way ever closer to the Greenfield.
The Darwen outfit have topped the table since early December and now find themselves 13 points clear with just three games remaining.
A splendid 6-2 victory over a tough Fox & Hounds team together with a disastrous reversal for second placed Park A puts them within touching distance of the title.
It wasn’t as easy as the score suggests against a resilient Fox team who are always hard to beat.
Frame one was a gritty encounter that saw vastly improved youngster Jake O’Horo become the latest to try and topple Chris Lawson.
Jake managed to stay with Lawson all the way to the colours but it was only a matter of time before the chance came and when it did Lawson pounced. Frame two was even closer with Simon Ashe taking full advantage of his generous start to find himself 21 points in front on the brown against Craig Steele.
Steele dug deep to take the colours to pink but when Ashe missed the black, Steele nipped in to nick the frame by a point.
Ashe and Lee Entwistle shocked Steele and Lawson to take the first doubles but Greenfield rolled off frame after frame to establish a 6-1 lead.
Derek Howarth took the last against Dave Houghton after some lengthy safety play.
Nearest rivals Park A were fancied to do some damage against their B team but Steve Atkinson’s men didn’t get the script!
The B team raced into a 4-0 lead before skipper Mark Jennings, enjoying his best season for some years, managed to stop the rot with another quality display.
Although the A team took 2 of the final 3 frames the result is a serious blow to their title aspirations. Next weeks battle against the leaders is now a must win game for Park.
The result will also be a big help to the B team who had found themselves perilously close to the relegation zone in recent weeks.
Stanhill’s up and down season continued with a fine 6-2 win against Blackburn Golf A.
Punch continued their late season improvement with another win, this time against relegation threatened West View.
Cherry Tree entertained Mill Hill in the final match of the night and the visitors battled hard to snatch a draw.
The big match in Division Two saw leaders Longshaw B play host to second placed VIP Snooker A.
In the opener, the visitors’ Chris Alker slammed in a wonderful 64 break to defeat Jonny Hannan.
Longshaw’s Frank Jex saw off the highly rated VIP star Dion Holcroft in frame two. The first doubles saw VIP take the lead again, only to be pegged back when Chris Rolfe beat VIP skipper Jake Fuller by a handsome 70-17.
Ibby Khan put the visitors in front for the third time only to be level in the very next frame thanks to a run of 48 from Lee Whittle as he and partner Rolfe took the last doubles.
Longshaw went ahead for the first time thanks to Andy Riley but in the final frame young Murad Iqbal knocked in a lovely 48 to save the draw for VIP.