McWhirter’s men move clear at league summit

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Thatch move clear at the top of the Larne Pool League table after seeing off near rivals No. 1 Club by 10-5.

And like last week, Bryan McWhirter’s team raced into a healthy lead which was just too much for the No. 1 lads to pull back.

Gers keep well in touch after a comfortable 11-4 win away to Pigeon Club team, The Highfliers. Also well in contention are Saints who navigated a tricky fixture at home to the much-improved Station Bar by 10-5.

For the hosts Bill McIlroy Jr and Paul McAlister both scored their second consecutive trebles whilst Davy Magill was best for Station with 2/2.

Ibrox were far from spectacular but ground out a win at home to No. 1 Reds. The hosts trailed 2-3 after the first session, they then won the next seven before losing the last three in a 9-6 victory.

No. 1 Blues saved it from being a bad week all round for the club by outpotting Feathers 9-6 in the shock result of the night. Lee Topping was the hero of the hour as he won the all-important 16th frame to secure the two points for the Blues. He also scored 4/4 on the night himself.

Larne FSC stay rooted to the bottom after going down 6-9 at home to St Comgall’s and in the final match of the night Dhu recorded their second win of the campaign, with session scores of 4-1, 2-3 and 3-2 against Thatch Rockets for an overall result of 9-6. Ricky Mann scored a hat-trick for the Dhu.

Results: No 1 Blues 9-7 Feathers; Highfliers 4-11 Gers; Saints 10-5 Station Bar; Thatch 11-4 No 1 Club; Dhu 9-6 Thatch Rockets; Larne FSC 6-9 St Comgall’s; Ibrox 9-6 No. 1 Reds.