There is a three-way race for the title in the Blyth Valley Pool Association Superleague sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage.
In week 31, Bedlington Station continued their late push for the title with a hard fought 7-5 victory at the Annitsford Irish.
Comrades Club A made home advantage count with a solid 9-3 victory over Brockwell Seam.
In a battle of the B teams, Joiners edged Seahorse 7-5 in another tight game.
Whilst the B teams nearly went to sudden death, it was more convincing for Joiners A who beat Seahorse A 9-3
In another tough game Seaton Terrace Club beat Sun Inn A team 7-5. Star man was Terrace’s Liam Bainbridge with three wins from three games, team-mate Gary Dennis chipped in with two wins to help seal the victory. Star man for Sun Inn was John George Armstrong with a brace of wins.
In the final game Sun Inn B were beaten 8-4 by Percy Arms.
In week 32, Bedlington Station punished Sun Inn B with a comprehensive 12-0 whitewash.
Brockwell Seam bounced back to secure a hard fought 7-5 victory over Seaton Terrace. Star men were Brockwell’s Marc Telford with two singles victories and Terrace’s Andrew Doyle with a matching brace.
In a game that went to the wire, Seahorse A pipped Comrades Club B 7-6. Star man was Kevin Barker with four wins including the sudden death play-off frame
In another prestige game, Annitsford Irish also went to sudden death in their 7-6 win at league leaders Joiners A. Chris Gill took the decider for Irish and team-mate Johnny Wilson chipped in with two terrific clearances in a deserved victory.
Another team to bounce back from defeat were Seahorse B, with another tough 7-5 victory over Comrades Club A. Star men for Seahorse were Adam ‘Shot Lad’ Young and Alan Erridge.
The final game of the week saw Newsham Side Club beat Sun Inn A 9-3.
In week 33, Joiners Arms A maintained their hold on top position on 243 points with a 12-0 victory over Sun Inn B, the result flattered Joiners and Sun Inn were unlucky not to take a couple of the frames.
Percy Arms in second on 226 points had a much tougher game with a 7-5 victory at Seahorse A, although a 17-point gap seems big, Percy do have a game in hand and have yet to play Joiners A in the second half of the season.
In third place and on 210 points, Bedlington Station have two games in hand over the leaders and will play them on the last game of the season.
With 13 points available each week, it only takes a couple of big performances for things to change.
Joiners Arms B completed a double victory over Sun Inn teams with an 8-4 home win against Sun Inn A. The highlight was a superb win for Sun Inn’s Ivy Neal in the second set of singles.
Seahorse B started their match against Seaton Terrace with a clearance, and in a cracking night of 8-ball pool, they won another tough game 7-5.
In the final game of the week, Newsham Side Club maintained their good run of form with an 8-4 victory over the equally improving Brockwell Seam. Star men were Side Club’s Garry Schulz and Ron Smith. Also matching them with a hat-trick of wins was Brockwell’s John Welford.
The BVPA Superleague takes a three-week break from league games for singles, Knock-out Cup and three--aside games which are played on a Thursday.
Following that there will be five more weeks of Superleague action which sees all the top teams playing each other every week in what promise to be a nail-biting finish to the season.