RUDHEATH are the first side to beat champions Gladstone C in a Northwich and District League top-flight fixture this season.

They raced into a 4-1 lead before Rod Scott and Darryl Fallows limited damage done to the leaders’ record by taking the final two frames.

Castle D closed a gap to six points at the Division One summit when they saw off Castle C, while Castle B hammered Castle A.

Owley Wood B prop up the table following a narrow 4-3 defeat at Gladstone B.

The teams occupying a promotion position in Division Two both suffered defeats.

Leaders Greenbank A went down to Barn Owl B after Barry Watkins won a deciding seventh frame, while Broken Cross put behind them successive defeats when they out second-placed Greenbank C by the same score.

Witton Chimes A closed to within a point of the top two when they won three successive frames to end Lion A’s challenge.

Elsewhere Iron Bridge A climbed from the relegation zone as a reward for a swift start against back-markers Witton Albion.

Division Three leaders Green Dragon A were made to work for an eighth successive victory by Blue Barrel in their head-to-head.

Greenbank B have the same points tally following a 5-2 win at Green Dragon B, where frame successes for Matt Capper and Toby Tomlinson moved them clear.

Winnington Rec recorded the biggest victory when they thrashed Wheatsheaf while Slow & Easy B put the brakes on third-placed Iron Bridge H with a 4-3 win.


Northwich and District Pool League

Week 11

Wednesday, November 28

Division One: Castle B 6-1 Castle A; Castle C 2-5 Castle D; Gladstone B 4-3 Owley Wood B; Rudheath 4-3 Gladstone C. No game: Gladstone E

Division Two: Broken Cross 4-3 Greenbank C; Greenbank A 3-4 Barn Owl B; Iron Bridge A 5-2 Witton Albion; Lion A 2-5 Witton Chimes A; Owley Wood A 4-3 Gladstone B

Division Three: Blue Barrel 3-4 Green Dragon A; Green Dragon B 2-5 Greenbank B; Slow & Easy B 4-3 Iron Bridge H; Winnington Rec 6-1 Wheatsheaf; Witton Chimes B 4-3 Slow & Easy A


Week 12

Wednesday, December 5

Alan Backhouse Team Knockout Cup

Quarter-finals: Castle C v Castle A; Gladstone C v Owley Wood B; Greenbank A v Castle D; Iron Bridge H v Wheatsheaf

Supplementary Shield

Quarter-finals: Gladstone D v Rudheath; Greenbank C v Green Dragon A; Owley Wood A v Iron Bridge A; Witton Chimes A v Slow & Easy A

Additional reporting by Rob Winnington