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THE second half of the season resumed after the Christmas break, and fixture of the night saw a derby match as Northern seconds entertained the firsts.

Although the firsts eventually won 5-0, this match could have gone either way.

Tommy Bugle commenced the evening with a tough win over Mick Henderson.

Then John Sumner proved too strong for Heather Tweedle. Peter Wake managed to overcome Tom Stevenson before Alex Kitten edged out Gary Powell in a close match.

Performance of the night however, was left for Peter Stanton.

Playing against Harry Vidal, a far more complete player who had won their previous three encounters, Stanton managed to win by the tightest of margins, 10-9 in the fifth set, much to the amazement of the large crowd.

The thirds extended their lead at the top of the table with a 5-0 victory against a strong Chester team.

Jack Riley led the way with a straight sets victory and Jason Cunningham maintained his 100% record.

Mark Redman, recalled to the team, managed to win, with further victories for DJ Salt and Dave Cookson.

The fourths played host to their counterparts from SFX at Moor Park and were on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat.

The evening started brightly with a vintage performance from Cat Cunningham which was followed with a sterling effort by Andy Duncan.

However, there was to be no third and vital win for Col Rogers, Col Wightman or Dave Draper.

The fifths travelled to SFX fifths and returned having completed a whitewash.

Amy Barnes returned to winning ways with a well-deserved straight sets win, and Ade Taiwo showed his opponent no mercy as he romped to victory.

Captain Rigsby was again in mean form, while Andrew Allan and a maiden win of the season for Suzanne Rutherford completed the rout.

The sixths travelled to Warrington and returned with maximum points. Returning from a severe injury, captain Alec Dalglish showed what the team has been missing. His personal training paid dividends as he managed to scrape through in a marathon of a match.

Steve Kyriacou, unbeaten in his last three matches, and Andrew Beeston proved far too strong for their opponents, while Martin Gladwin and Colin Walker met with little resistance in completing the victory.

This win has now sent a message to the league leaders as Northern 6 moved up to fourth place.

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