With leaders Bexhill D out of action in Division 2 of the Hastings & District Table Tennis League, the chasing pack made little impression on Bexhill’s lead which now stretches to ten points.
Second placed Tackleway D, who have lost Phil Toze to injury, could do no more than record a 10-0 win over Bexhill G which saw Owen Hatter, Alan Blackman and Kevin Bignell unbeaten.
Paulette Clarke notched her second successive maximum to help Saints C to a 6-4 win over Hollington Academy D in which Andy Syrett also won two games. These two teams are now locked together sixteen points adrift of the leaders but both have two games in hand. The Academics have lost Dave Watters for the rest of the season after knee surgery.
Dark horses Bexhill E lost momentum when beaten 6-4 at Tackleway F who had two wins each for Danny Kildea, Keith Lindsay and Peter Wilson while Pam Winter also won two for Bexhill.
Saints D did themselves a favour with a 7-3 win over Hollington A which gives them a sniff of escape from the relegation zone. Saints had a maximum from Derek Brown and two wins from Paul Davis and Neil Pankhurst while Steph Sargeant won two for Hollington. Hollington are another team to suffer from the recent spate of injuries in this Division, losing the services of Shaun Godfrey, who had lost only once before his injury.
In Division 3, an inspired maximum from Willett & Phillips’ Ken McEwan was not quite enough to deprive Monarchs of a 6-4 victory, thanks to two wins from Peter Harding and Dave Turnbull.
The lost point was enough to push Monarchs to seven points adrift of leaders Bexhill F, who beat Tigers C 9-1 with Harvey Webb and Malcolm Glover unbeaten and two wins for Ricky Knight.
Tackleway G and Hollington B had a hard-fought 5-5 draw when Doug Bick won three and Kevin Eastman two for Tackleway and Amelia Long won two for Hollington.
Ryan Demeza, Kieran Gibbs and Yasar Akar led Hollington D in a 10-0 rout of Hollington E.