Three teams are now separated by only two points at the top of the Blyth Valley Pool Association Super-league.
Annitsford Irish A are top place with 148 points after 17 matches with a 8.70 weekly points haul.
One place behind are Comrades Club B with an identical points tally, but with an inferior win ratio.
Defending champions Sports Club C are two points behind the leaders with 146 points.
In a mid-table battle there are five teams from seventh to 11th separated by five points, and with only the top ten guaranteed a place in the top tier next season, there promises to be more twists and turns with competition being fiercely contested.
Annitsford Irish A 9 Seahorse A 3
Irish A remain unbeaten and another solid performance keeps them on top. Special mention went to Seahorse for the sporting way they allowed an Irish A player to play his games early. Matt Brannan and Chris Gill were in top form, winning a hat-trick of frames apiece. Excellent support was added by team-mate Gary Spooner with two eight-ball clearances in his singles matches. Seahorse A drop two places to tenth with on points.
Comrades Club B 10 Bedlington Station 2
In a match of high quality, Comrades B were the worthy victors and with a ten-point haul they went joint top. Comrades players John Laird, Ray Irving, Kevin McGarry and Ben Wood all had a 100 per cent record from their three frames. Kevin McGarry’s eight-ball clearance was surpassed by a man of the match performance from John Laird with an eight-ball clearance and a break and dish from the break. Station remain in fourth place with 125 points.
Newsham Side Club 6 Sports Club B 6
Before this match, both teams were only separated by one point, and after 12 competitive frames it was still the case. Sports B moved up two places to seventh on 100 points. Newsham Side Club move up a place to ninth with 99 points. With a game in hand plus seven frames of a match that was cut short due to power cuts, Sports B have a potential advantage over the trailing teams, and if results go their way sixth place is within their grasp.
Seahorse B 7 Annitsford Irish B 5
Another close result between two teams in the top half saw the home team edge the match. Seahorse B hold onto fifth place with 117 points and have also narrowed the gap to fourth to eight points. Irish B slip one place to eighth on 100 points.
South Beach 6 Sports Club A 6
Both teams agreed that the draw was a fair result after 12 tight games of pool played in great spirit. South Beach remain 15th on 60 points and Sports A also hold position in 13th with 71 points.
Sports Club C 11 Sports D 1
The Scoreline flatters Sports C as Sports D were unlucky to not put a few more points on the scorecard. Alan Parker, Ian Carr, Neil Taylor and Paul Riley all completed a hat-trick of wins. Sports C’s captain was the star man with the only eight-ball clearance of the night. Anthony Marshall won the D team’s point. Sports C remain third while Sports D also maintain position in 12th with 85 points.
Wharton Arms 5 Comrades Club A 7
Wharton Arms was the venue for another great night of pool with another match played in great spirits. Real Comrades’ experience saw them edge out a game Wharton who are enjoying their first season in the BVPA and are gaining more confidence and experience as the season progresses. Comrades A hold firm in 11th place with 95 points and also have to complete their match with Sports B, Wharton also maintain position in 14th with 66 points.
The Sun Inn teams had byes this week and other results saw Sun A maintain sixth place with 109 points, whilst the B team remain in 16th with 46 points.
The next BVPA Open Singles competition is on April 11 and 12.
There are also plans to run a summer league between June and August, primarily for new teams and also for teams who want to continue playing competitive games between the normal league seasons.
Venues and teams wishing to play should contact the BVPA on their Facebook page or contact BVPA secretary Gary Wilson at Blyth Sports Club on Thursday nights.