With Pete Evans unavailable, Wrangle A drafted in evergreen Den Pattrick for one of their toughest assignments – an away match with second-placed Lodgers G, which they lost 10-0.
But in this Division One match of the Boston and District Table Tennis League, Den gave it his all, nearly causing an upset when he narrowly lost 11-13 in the second end to Gary Hill.
Lodgers E entertained third-placed Stickney in a closely-contested match which saw honours even in a lengthy evening, ending in a 5-5 draw.
Number six-ranked Gavin Herberts was on top form for Stickney, taking Graham Lacey to five ends before Graham secured a win, while beating Colin Bell and Steve Harker.
Steve had a tough day at the office, going down in five to both Paul Hartnett and Vince Lozynsky, leaving his teammates to score the points before leaving Graham and Colin to contest the doubles against Paul and Gavin.
This was the game of the evening, which ended with a 15-13 win for Stickney.
Wrangle A put their defeat to Lodgers G behind them two nights later when they beat Lodgers B 7-3.
Pete Evans beat Trev Blackbourn and Vic Clements, but lost in three to Tim Day.
Tim beat Dave Coulson, but went down in a five-set encounter with Sam Cooper.
Sam beat Trev and Vic, Dave matching his captain’s achievements by beating the same two.
The tables were turned in the doubles as Tim and Trev secured a hard-fought five set victory over Sam and Pete.
Leaders Penmaen A hosted relegation-threatened Penmaen B team.
Brett Heppenstall, Derek Wood and Alan Ashberry were too strong for Scott Sykes, Andy Birks and Roger Hooten, winning 10-0.
Graves Park A travelled to second-placed Lodgers G with only two player, going down 8-2.
Mark Hulme and Kelvin Clements made light work of Rob Smith and Phil Brooks, before going on to win the doubles. But the Graves Park pair both beat Boyd Smith.