In the relegation struggle in the Hastings & District Table Tennis League Division One, Tackleway B took a step towards safety with an 8-2 defeat of Bexhill E which left the losers with a lot to do. Sue Pingram notched a maximum for Tackleway, as did Andy Brown with his first in the top division on his return from injury. Roger Pingram also won two for the winners.
Hollington Academy D have surprisingly slipped into the relegation zone after their
8-2 loss at home to Bexhill A in which Robert Warner and David Rayment both won three.
At the top of the table, Hollington Academy A took maximum points from an 8-2 win over Tackleway A, despite having to concede two sets through illness. Paul Barry and Bashar Ubaid were unbeaten for the leaders.
Their lead was increased to two points when Saints A dropped a point in beating Hollington Academy C 7-3 with maximums from Dave Butler and James Winchester.
In Division Two, bottom side Bexhill F saw light at the end of their tunnel with a 7-3 win over Bexhill H. The F side have lost Malcolm Glover for some time but the evergreen Norman Beaney stepped into the breach with a fine maximum and Harvey Webb won twice.
Leaders Saints B dropped a point, beating Tackleway E 7-3 with three wins for Ron Davenport and two for Mick Hart. Mike Charter won twice with his win over Andre Keen, at 14-12 in the decider, clinching the consolation point.
Fine margins also in Hollington A’s 8-2 win at Tackleway D with maximums from Kevin Barry and Shaun Godfrey. In the last set of the match, Barry edged home 11-8 in the fifth against Alan Blackman to take full points.
Saints B and Hollington A are now level on points, with Saints having won one set more than Hollington.
In Division Three, Hollington D beat Tackleway G 6-4 with Trevor Fountain unbeaten and two from Geoff Hillier. Eleven year old Thomas Porter won two for Tackleway, losing out to Fountain 17-19 in the fourth.