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Southport Visiter - - Past Times - BY JIM BOOTH

AT the top of the first di­vi­sion of the South­port and Formby Quiz League, lead­ers Crosby A (75pts) wel­comed back Jack Dempsey and duly came away from Princes St C with a con­vinc­ing 1-9 win, whilst Crosby B (67pts) matched their fierce ri­vals by beat­ing Princes St B by the same score­line.

With Crosby A hav­ing now com­pleted their fix­tures for the first half of the sea­son, their B side could sub­stan­tially re­duce that lead.

Ar­gyle A (57pts) with­out a match this week re­main in third place.

South­port A may well have ex­pected to take over that third spot with a home match against lowly Crosby D, but with Gemma Grant in­tro­duced to their line up, it didn’t go ex­actly to plan.

Two wins from her along with a full quota from Lee Madin helped give the vis­i­tors an un­ex­pected 3-7 win, which left the home side in fourth place on 54pts.

Princes ST A (52pts) con­tin­ued their good run with a 3-7 suc­cess at Holy Trin­ity A.

Bot­tom team Crosby C’s (24pts) luck could well have started to turn, this af­ter a bat­tling 5-5 draw at home to Ar­gyle B, where all the plau­dits must be given to Fe­lix An­der­son, whose full quota of wins helped his side fight­back from a 2-5 deficit. Su­perb ef­fort Fe­lix.

Di­vi­sion two lead­ers Ar­gyle D (67pts) had no wor­ries in main­tain­ing pole po­si­tion, even with­out a match, as their then 14pt lead was un­catch­able. Ar­gyle C in sec­ond place, had a tricky en­counter at home to third placed South­port B, or so it should have seemed.

South­port ar­rived with­out num­ber one Tom Ray, Andy Bush step­ping up from di­vi­sion three, Ar­gyle on the other hand had three reg­u­lars miss­ing, but had the lux­ury of call­ing on stronger play­ers from their di­vi­sion two sides.

From the on­set it was a dis­ap­point­ing night for the vis­i­tors as they crashed to a 9-1 loss, which in turn guar­an­teed the Ar­gyle out­fit sec­ond place with 62pts.

Hav­ing now played all their pre Christ­mas break fix­tures they are 11pts ahead of Princes St E who leapfrogged South­port B (49pts) af­ter an ex­cit­ing stale­mate away to Crosby F, where both Crosby’s Ciaran Lynch and the vis­i­tors’ Andy Arm­strong were the stand­out per­form­ers.

Holy Trin­ity B pro­duced an­other great 9-1 home per­for­mance against Water­loo B, in what has been a topsy turvy sea­son so far.

Princes St D re­turned to full strength and win­ning ways with a nar­row 6-4 home win ver­sus Ar­gyle E, Colin Fyles se­cur­ing the match in the very last con­test.

Water­loo A got their sec­ond win in a row af­ter also over­com­ing Crosby E 6-4, Dave Re­gan’s two epic five game wins surely the key in this close af­fair.

Like both the first and sec­ond di­vi­sions, the third’s top two places are also look­ing as­sured,

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