Dark Knights suffered their first Spalding and District Table Tennis League (sponsored by Vital Recruitment) Division Two loss of the season on an otherwise quiet week of action.
On the tables, a combination of postponement and playing matches early meant just two games, both from Division Two, went ahead.
This division is splitting into two, with three teams fighting for honours and two battling to stay out of the basement.
Dark Knights saw their unbeaten record shattered by Castle Sports. Although three games finished in regulation, the singles were so close that the points tally showed just one different – in favour of the losers.
Deciding factor was the doubles, which Castle took in five ends for a 3-2 victory.
Richard Matthews scored a double for the losers, while Mike Mulligan and Nicola Wilkinson scored one each for Castle.
Nomads and Ha’st finished on the same score, the latter also taking the deciding doubles.
Once again it was one player, Jonathan Black of Nomads, who scored a double, but Stewart Duffill and Hannah Gilbert’s point each, along with the doubles saw them edge home.
Dark Knights move to top, but just two points separate the top three, while Ha’st leapfrog their opponents on the strength of having won their match.
• Despite seeing just the two matches played, the Spalding and District Table Tennis League still attracted just over 20 members and friends last week.
This included some new visitors who played each other and spent some time with one of the members discussing play and practising with the robot.
They are more than welcome to return and others are invited to follow suit – they will all be made most welcome.
Tomorrow night sees the start of the Guardian Cup, so there are free tables for those not involved at this stage.
All matches take place in the Castle Sports Complex’s indoor hall.
For more information on the league, visit www.spaldingtabletennisleague.co.uk