Injuries are causing problems for many of the teams in all the clubs and with just one week left before the seasonal break let us hope that time will heal the problems before January, as no new players can be registered after the first half of the season.
The second half might be more about avoiding relegation in the Premier and First Divisions, as well as gaining top honours and promotion, but it already looks like some of the positions are unlikely to change. Ball Green A and B teams are favourites at the top of the Premier Division, with the B team 3 points clear of nearest rivals Bradwell A. Down at the bottom are the newly promoted MESC B, who have yet to gain even a point and the Ball Green D team are also struggling. Bradwell C are just above the Ball Green D team and only two points in front and these two meet at Bradwell on Monday. With a draw last time, two points are essential for either side in the hope of avoiding relegation.
Penkhull B are now four points clear at the top of Division 1, but the Ball Green E team have now moved up to the second spot, after the Penkhull C team, now third, lost 4-6 to the lowly Ball Green G team, although Robert Majkut earned another maximum and remains top of the averages. Peter Smith and Paul Dunning won two each with Geoff Ainsworth’s one and the doubles earning the win for Ball Green G. Teams currently at the bottom are Bradwell E and Kidsgrove C, five points adrift from the rest.
The MESC D team are now clear at the top of Division 2, but Kidsgrove F and Ball Green K share second place , both having won 7, drawn one and lost 2, but Kidsgrove have a slight advantage on sets average. Thursday next week will see these two teams meeting at Ball Green and a win for either would boost hopes for promotion. Waiting in the wings is the Ball Green H team, just 2 points behind and with a game in hand and they should have an easier match next week when they travel to meet bottom team Penkhull D, who are holding the wooden spoon.