Something had to give in week five of the Larne Pool League as Thatch and Ibrox - both with 100 per cent records - went head-to-head.
It was looking good for Ibrox who forged 4-0 up but a Ronan McCarthy hat-trick brought Thatch right back into it.
With each side trading frames until the play-off, a decider was needed.
Thatch were 8-7 up and, thanks to a classy break-and-dish from Gerry McCorry, the champions got a well-earned two points to claim a 9-7 win.
The No. 1 Club stay joint-top after they recorded their second 14-1 win of the season - this time against Thatch Rockets.
The Saints also kept alive their title hopes with an impressive 13-2 win over the Reds. Stablemates St Comgall’s remain joint-bottom after a 11-4 defeat away to the ever0improving Blues who were aided by hat-tricks from Neil McFaul and Matthew Thompson.
Station Bar pocketed their second win in a row, 10-5 against the Gers, with Micky O’Boyle and Paul Smyth weighing in with hat-tricks.
Feathers found it tough going against BSQ Rangers trailing 4-1. But they were inspired to a 10-5 win helped by a Ian McCalmont hat-trick.
At Q Club, a Darren Mcclelland hat-trick couldn’t stop Ruby’s losing 9-6 to the hosts who were helped by a Marty Goudie treble.
Results (October 2)
No. 1 Blues 11-4 St. Comgalls
Saints 13-2 No. 1 Reds
Thatch Rockets 1-14 No. 1 Club
Q club 9-6 Ruby’s Rockets
BSQ Rangers 5-10 Feathers
Station Bar 10-5 The Gers
Ibrox 7-9 Thatch
Fixtures (October 9)
St Comgall’s v Ibrox
No. 1 Reds v No. 1 Blues
No. 1 Club v Saints
Ruby’s v Thatch Rockets
Gers v Q Club
Thatch v BSQ Rangers
Feathers v Station Bar