There was a break from the usual promotion and relegation battles this week as the Divisional Handicap cup competitions took centre stage with On-Line Elks hitting top form in the MBE Trophy for Division Three teams.
The Elks team of Jonno Blood, Glenn Gillgrass and Jerry Collins were up against Ryton Park Falcons who despite being bottom of the division put up a terrific fight.
The Elks had to give the Falcons a 33 point start after the handicaps were worked out, and they soon set about reducing the deficit.
Blood beat Jak Eden by 22 points and when Gillgrass beat Mick Potter by 20 points the deficit had been wiped out after only two of the nine matches, and the Elks were ahead by 9 points.
Blood and Collins then beat Mick and Jordan Potter in one of the doubles sets by 10 points and when Gillgrass beat Jordan Potter the writing was on the wall for the Falcons.
Although the Falcons were heading for defeat they never gave up and they did produce a mini fight back.
Both Jak Eden and Mick Potter defeated Collins but it wasn’t enough to stop the Falcons slipping to a 534-493 point defeat.
Other MBE Trophy Results: Stanley Street Rascals 473 Ryton Park Dragons 464, Stanley Street Cypriots 411 Stanley Street 395, DTH Redlands Tarr Babies beat Stanley Street ‘E’ (Match Conceded).
The semi-finals of the tournament are to be played in the week commencing 23rd February.
Stanley Street Rascals will take on DTH Redlands Tarr Babies in the first semi-final, while On-Line Elks have been drawn against Stanley Street Cypriots.
In Division Three action this week, the fixtures are: Stanley Street Rascals v Stanley Street Cypriots, On-Line Elks v Stanley Street ‘E’, Ryton Park Dragons v Ryton Park Falcons and in a result already in, Stanley Street D drew 5-5 with DTH Redlands Tarr Babies.