Trev Blackbourn was made to work extremely hard for his victories when Lodgers E beat Stickney 6-4 in Division One of the Boston and District Table Tennis League.
Both Vince Lozynsky and Gavin Herberts forced a fifth end to decide the outcome.
With Paul Hartnett unavailable, Stickney had to respond strongly and Gavin led the way, beating Scott Sykes and Andy Birks in straight sets.
With Vince losing to Scott, and beating Andy, it was up to Gavin and Vince to secure some pride in the doubles, and this they did, beating Trev and Scott in four sets.
In Division Two, Sibsey C made an impressive statement of intent when they beat Lodgers D 7-3.
Both Chris Cooke and Dave Smith won their three, although John Shortland was beaten by Graham Bonsor, Ian Gorrie and Steve Blanchard.
Dave and Chris then put the match to bed with a straight-sets victory over Ian and Steve.
Leaders Sibsey A came away from Graves Park Nomads with the only result which would have kept them on top of the league – a 10-0 victory.
Fred Calvert, Phil Coote and Neil Snaith proved too strong.
Graves Park D will have been mightily relieved to have emerged with a 9-1 victory over Belchford, which keeps their promotion aspirations alive.
Mick Dodes needed a 13-11 win in the fifth end against Andrew Pocklington, while Dave Walters had two ends go to 13-11 in his favour in a four set victory over Brian Todd.
Brian did gain some revenge, however, with a fine five set win over Paul Matschull.
Tony Kime was the man to save the whitewash when Lodgers D visited Sibsey A, beating ranked Neil Snaith.
All the other games went Sibsey’s way, which keeps Lodgers down near the bottom of the division.