A strong showing was essential for all four Lillington Free Church teams on day three of the regional National Junior League at Wellingborough, with the results being added to day four’s results in February to decide the trophies, writes Phil John.
And all four did not disappoint.
The A side lead Division One by a point from both Nottingham Sycamore A and Milton Keynes A after defeating Bedford A 5-1 and Knighton Park (Leicester), Milton Keynes A and Rugby 4-2.
This was followed by a thrilling draw in the last match against Sycamore, in which Kit Turner, with a huge crowd of spectators watching, snatched a dramatic equalising win against Andreas Dickman.
Adam Cofler returned an exceptional 80 per cent winning record, while Turner and Jack Green boasted creditable 60 per cent averages.
The B team took a stranglehold on Division Two and sit seven points clear of their C side who are two points clear of Great Stukeley in third.
The B side beat Westfield (Wellingborough), Milton Keynes B and Clifford Chambers (Grantham) 6-0, Lillington C 5-1 and drew with Great Stukeley (Cambridgeshire).
Olivia Fletcher and Lewis Singleton each won nine out of ten games and Milan Sajiv picked up eight victories.
The C team, despite the reverse against their B side, won their other four matches, defeating Milton Keynes 6-0 and the rest 4-2.
James Robertson won 80 per cent, only losing against the A team, while Jenny Singleton and Adam Pulman both recorded 60 per cent averages.
The D team secured second spot in Division Three, five points off leaders St Neots A, who beat them 5-1.
Free Church drew with Bedford and whitewashed Sycamore B and C together with St Neots B.
Eve Briscoe won eight out of ten and was well supported by Tom Fletcher who picked up seven wins and Ricardo Bolanos (4 out of 4) and Katie Singleton (3 out of 6).
Rugby had a tough time of it in Division One, finishing sixth but the day was a personal triumph for number one Sam Cafearo who won seven of his ten matches.
Meanwhile, Leamington Veterans C were routed 10-0 by Birmingham B in the Midland Veterans League.
Andy Davies, Malc Macfarlane and Rob Warnes had no answer to Birmingham Premier Division players Ada Jones, Paul Hancock and Steve Taylor, but the matches were much closer than the scoreline suggests.
In the Leamington & District League, Rugby A have opened up an ominous 12-point gap at the top of Division One after crushing Colebridge B 10-0.
Ryan Lines, Adrian Pilgrim and Ryan Stockham did the damage and will take some catching.
Nearest challengers Colebridge A took nine points off County Council A, with Kate Hughes and Ben Willson claiming trebles and Mike Rinnhofer picking up two plus the doubles with Willson.
Pat McCabe staved off the whitewash.