In the Hastings & District Table Tennis League, Division 2 leaders at the Christmas break are unbeaten Tigers A, who have won nine and drawn two of their matches.
Dave Mitchell, the only member of the relegated First Division side to remain at the club leads the way with 79%.
Tigers have a four point lead over Bexhill E and Tackleway D. Bexhill’s Tina Beaney has an 87% record while Owen Hatter and Alan Blackman have excelled for Tackleway.
NALGO A’s Paul Hyland just edges ahead of Beaney in the averages after a slow start by his standards. His return to form has coincided with NALGO’s rise to fifth place, a point ahead of Bexhill D who came down from Division One this season.
Bexhill D also suffered a bad start with two regulars injured, but, with Brian Beaney and John Bradbury back in the saddle, could still prove dangerous outsiders.
The Division has split into two groups with an eight point gap between sixth placed Tackleway E and seventh side Bexhill H.
Competition in the lower group is intense with the six teams covered by a mere eight points. Hollington B are three points adrift at the foot but have games in hand over all their rivals.
Hollington A are in the bottom half, despite Shaun Godfrey (89%) topping the averages. Monarchs A, although they have yet to win a match, are three places off the bottom, having drawn half of their ten games.
Division Three is turning into a very competitive three-horse race with Bexhill I and Tackleway F locked together at the top. Bexhill, led by Malcolm Hilton, lead by virtue of more matches won, while Kevin Eastman and Steve Milton are enjoying good seasons for Tackleway.
Hollington E are third, five points adrift but with a game in hand; they also have the Division’s top player in Rob Clemence (96%) while Neil Pankhurst has 85%.
Andy Murphy’s Saints C are in fourth but have probably left themselves too much to do.
The Division benefits from several rapidly improving juniors, including Zac Allen (Tackleway G, 90%), Yasar Akar (Hollington D, 79%) and Bexhill I’s Tristan Hyland.