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House feel at home at the top after suffering mid-season wobble; CUE SPORTS.

NEWCASTLE House, who were at the top of the first division for the first five weeks of the season before dropping to as low as eighth place, have put a magnificent run together in the last eight matches to lead the Middlesbrough Monday Night Charity Pool League table again.

Newcastle House defeated Stainton 5-3 then in a top of the table clash with Lenny Junier's Nunthorpe Squash club they drew 4-4 draw to stay top by six points although Nunthorpe have two games in hand.

Brambles farm social are still in with a shout lead by Tony Yates farm are third seven points behind with one game in hand, farm defeated Apple Tree 6-2 away from home.

The shock is the fall of Huntsman B who were cruising at the top with games in hand but have lost four matches.

If Stainton win their two games in hand they can go just three points behind the leaders after drawing 4-4 with Springfield.

Cambridge have improved, defeating Linthorpe 7-1, while St Mary's B had an excellent 7-1 win away over the Buccaneer.

Beacon defeated Monk A 5-3, Longlands Nomads won 6-2 at the Linthorpe, Buccaneer won 6-2 at the Longlands Warriors, while Endeavour have four games in hand on the leaders and could have a say in the finish after they beat St Mary's 6-2. Placings: Newcastle House 23-45, Nunthorpe 21-39, Farm 22-38, Stainton 21-36, St Marys B 22-35, Endeavour 19-35.

In the Premier Division, current champions Priory Social Club are still unbeaten in 19 matches and remain the only unbeaten team throughout the two divisions.

Priory had a tough match with Boro Coronation.

Wins from Alan Stevenson, John Shaw and Chris Ayton put Priory 3-2 up before Dan Harris made it 3-3. Stand-in captain John Fagan played well to make it 4-3 to Priory - their 100th frame of the season - but Coronation won the last frame to make it 4-4. Priory nearly and should have lost their unbeaten run in their next match away to Saltersgill C. Alan Stevenson put Priory 1-0 up but Salty produced some excellent games and John Thompson played well to level it up.

Young Ryan Robinson played an excellent game to defeat the experienced John Shaw to make it 2-1 to Salty before James Clare played his usual potting game and it paid off as he cleared the table well to make it 3-1. Chris Wood should have made it 4-1 but was very unlucky when hitting the black at pace, potting it in the middle pocket only for it to bounce back out and Paul Boden won the frame 3-2. Ian Harrison held his nerve to win the next to make it 4-2 and put Priory well under pressure with two to play. Steve Woodier cleared from the break for 4-3 and in the last frame Shaun Day had a brilliant chance to win the match for Salty but missed the black in the middle pocket.

That gave Danny Worthy a chance and he took it to win the frame and snatch a 4-4 draw.

Priory went in to their next match and whitewashed Coronation 8-0. Priory have had six 7-1 wins and two 8-0 wins so far this season.

Priory are 11 points clear with eight games to go but they play the top six teams behind them in the league.

Saltersgill B team are in second place after they defeated Erimus B 6-2 away from home then defeated Albion at home by the same score,.

Captain Tot Irvine and vicecaptain Gary Mahon are hoping for a slip up from the Priory in the run-for title race.

Erimus A have dropped 12 points behind the leaders Erimus after they defeated Coronation 6-2. Boro Coronation lost at Eston Labour Club 5-3 which left them 18 points behind the Priory.

Western Wonders won 6-2 at the Middlebeck, Red Lion drew 4-4 with Eston Club, Eston defeated Coronation 5-3 and Salty C had a 5-3 win at St Marys A. Placings: Priory 19-51, Saltersgill B 17-40, Erimus A 18-39, Boro Coronation 18-33, North Ormesby Tute 18-29, Huntsman A 15-29.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2016
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