Usual suspects secure victories as Scunthorpe Pool League returns
The top of Division One in the Scunthorpe Pool League looks incredibly familiar after last season’s title challengers recorded convincing opening-day victories.
Mulligans Trojans are tied for top spot, as they started their campaign with an emphatic 12-1 win over Division Two runners-up Showmans Improvers.
Joining them are Showmans Fu Cue, who claimed victory in the first Showmans derby of the season against the Cobras.
Mulligans MSD started life in the top flight in majestic fashion, recording a fine 10-2 win over Redbourne Mods.
Showmans Army, who have been double winners on several occasions, kicked off with a 9-4 win at Beacon and Showmans Chaos saw off Broughton Club 7-5.
Division Two began with five tightly contested matches. Leading the way is promoted side Fedoras, who scored a 9-4 victory away at relegated Brumby Hall Stars.
Joining them in top spot is Cocked Hat B after they won be the same scoreline away at Black Beauty A.
The other relegated side, Brumby Hall A, started out life in the second division with a draw against Messingham Crown.
Division Three champions Showmans Ray Outcasts drew at Mill Road Black Cats, with Winterton Jubilee and RAOB also finishing all square.
Every scoreline (discounting bonus away points) outside of Division One resulted in single-figure victories with the exception of Mulligans Tight Rack, who won 10-2 at home to Pig & Whistle A to lead Division Three.
Division Four champions Bottesford Town A join them at the top of the division, as they came away from Old Farmhouse with a convincing 10-3 victory.
Promoted side Mulligans ST will be looking for another successful season and they kicked off with a 9-4 success at Cocked Hat A.
Relegated Ashby Crown will be hoping to bounce back at the first attempt and started out well with an 8-5 win at Showmans Spartans, while Glenny’s Poachers shared the spoils with Harry’s Bar.
Showmans Bandits and Mill Road Dynamite, both of which were promoted last season, shared the spoils in their first-ever fixture in Division Four.
Leading the way is Chancel A after they registered an excellent 9-3 home victory over RHH Hospital Club.
Relegated Crowle Liberal Club began with a win, as they took care of Redbourne Madness 8-4.
NnC, the other Redbourne, also got off to a losing start after they suffered defeat to Mulligans Misfits in the deciding frame.
Broughton WMCA scored another one for the village sides, winning 8-4 at home to Chancel Flyers.
It was a tight opening day in Division Five, with all the matches being closely contested.
Showmans Hornets lead the away, as they came away from Ashby Crown with a 9-4 win, while Division Six champions Harry’s Bar Harriers claimed a narrow win, overcoming Mill Road B 7-5.
Promoted side Beckwood Sex Panthers gave Black Beauty a good game, however, it was the away side that narrowly won 8-5.
Fellow Beckwood side the Bombers started off with a win, as they came away from Mulligans Youth with an 8-5 win.
Roxy Rack Em claimed the bragging rights in the Ashby derby by seeing off Beacon Sailors 7-5.
In Division Six, Beacon Old Boys lead the way after they went to one of Scunthorpe’s central party destinations and returned with a 9-4 win at Schnapps Elite.
New team Schnapps A did the opposite, as they went to Beacon Rats and also won by the same scoreline to tie for top spot.
Both Foxhills Club vs Brumby Hall B and Talbot vs Keadby WMC ended in 6-6 draws, with new starters Mulligans Runaways registering a 7-5 victory in their inaugural match against Mulligans Unique.
New venue Ref’s Corner Pocket of Winterton made their debut in style, winning 7-5 against Foxhills Bulldogs.
Sadly, the opening week started off with a default in one game, with Bottesford Town B claiming a 12-0 win over Grosvenor.
Plate semi-finalists Schnapps Retro B began their season in promising fashion, winning 8-5 at Lord Roberts.
Mulligans Spurs, a side purely consisting of under-18s, are showing real signs of progression as they started out this season with a 7-5 success.
Schnapps Reloaded scored a win for their venue by beating Priory 7-5, while newcomers Royal Hotel started off with a 6-6 draw away at Scunthorpe Bowl.
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