IT’S all been very straight forward for three of the Spalding and District EBF League leaders – so far, at least.
Division One table toppers Donington, second tier pacesetters Carter’s Park B and fourth rung leaders Castle B all kept their 100 per cent records alive last week, ahead of tonight’s latest round of fixtures.
Starting in the top flight, Donington made it a flawless five victories from five after dispatching a competitive Moulton Harrox A outfit.
Both teams took two rinks each, but hefty wins from J Potter, Aubrey Bristow and Roy Pearson (21-13) and M Ladler, D Bristow and D Slaughter (17-11) tipped the aggregate spoils 68-64 in the away side’s favour, clinching a 4-2 points return.
That did allow second-placed Royal Mail Cart A – who are also unbeaten with a game in hand – to close within 5.5 points of the Dons.
They racked up 86 shots to storm past Spalding Town A 5-1, which was inspired by a cracking 32-15 rink return from Martin Spencer, Martin Simpson and B Wilson.
At the wrong end of the standings, Bourne Town A and Consti A are still searching for their first win.
Bourne were bashed 5-1 by Whaplode Drove A, who boasted three rinks that scored 23 or more. The pick of the bunch were Mandy Parkin, Rob Grounds and Jack Redden, who prevailed 25-15.
It was much closer at Ayscoughfee, as Consti were edged out by a solitary shot.
Even a 28-17 success from V Allard, A Hubbert and P Allard wasn’t enough to secure the aggregate spoils, as hosts Ayscoughfee A triumphed 4-2 (71-70).
Meanwhile, Carter’s Park B took the derby bragging rights with a 5-1 Division Two victory at Holbeach USC A.
A 26-11 success from P Salter, C Bent and D Hibbins was the best of three rink wins as Terry Crane’s unbeaten side held their sizeable advantage at the top.
Gosberton did shave 0.5 of a point off their lead, following a hard-fought 5.5-0.5 victory over Spalding Town B.
Despite the severity of the scoreline, all four rinks were keenly contested – with 22-14 success from D Wilkinson, D Bannister and N Wilkinson the biggest on offer.
It was another tough week for Goodfellowship though, as they were handed a fifth defeat on the spin.
Swineshead were their latest tormentors, edging a close contest 4-2. A big 24-12 win from T Levell, N Wilcox and D Gardner proved key.
Dropping down a rung to Division Three, Whaplode Drove B and Ayscoughfee B continue to fly below the radar. Both boast four wins from four, but are playing catch up on leaders Contsi B.
That process was boosted by Drove’s impressive 5-1 beating of the table toppers, during which they racked up a massive 95 shots.
A hefty 35 of those came from top trio M Crump, P Holmes and K Holmes, leaving second-placed Whaplode six points off top spot with two games in hand.
Aycoughfee B are a point further back after a narrow 4.5-1.5 return from their trip to Royal Mail Cart B. There was only six shots in the game, making a 20-14 success from M Copcutt, N Cherry and G Brakes vital.
Elsewhere, the aforementioned Castle B motored eight points clear of the chasing pack in Division Four.
A commanding five-point haul at Ayscoughfee C made it five wins on the trot, with the latest inspired by huge rink victories from A Morrigan, B Hales and D Newby (26-6) and D Foord, H Wilson and R Briers (27-7). The hosts did manage one rink win and a point.