NORTHWICH A completed a double over old foes Crewe A on Sunday to edge closer to a Cheshire Interleague title.
Their latest success, by 14-4 at Dishers Pool and Snooker Club, was more comfortable than the previous one on their home table a fortnight earlier.
It leaves Kevin Barry’s men, unbeaten in seven matches to date, 40 points clear of closest rivals Northwich B – who have a game in hand – at the table’s summit.
“We knew winning this game could prove vital,” said the Northwich captain.
“Crewe wanted to avenge their previous defeat, plus they’re not likely to relinquish their crown without a fight.”
His side was ruthless though, winning eight of nine frames played in the first session.
Crewe struggled to recover from such a one-sided opening, losing the next one 6-3.
It marks Northwich’s biggest victory over their historic rivals.
Five players – Nicky Hubert, Shaun Brearley, Lewis Webber, Amos Wright and Fred Backhouse – won both of their head-to-heads.
Meanwhile Adam Griffiths, Eric Webber, Chris Cain and Steve Moores were victors in one apiece.
Northwich B will attempt to inflict a first league defeat on Northwich A next month.
They are tied on points with Crewe A in second place.
Before that, the Northwich and District League’s annual meeting takes place this Sunday at Castle Private, from 7pm.
Only teams that send a representative will be eligible to enter next season’s competition.