THERE was a change again at the top of the Blackburn and District badminton Association third division.
Following their convincing win over St Matthew’s, Abacus B once again head the table.
Taking control of the match played at Darwen Vale from the start, they dominated play in all areas to secure a 15 – 3 victory and replace former leaders Blackburn Harpoons who are two points behind but have a game in hand.
Rossendale team Goodshaw lost their first four opening games of the season but a run of victories in the next four has seen them rise up the table.
This week they encountered stronger opposition from Roefield B. Playing at Alder Grange this match turned into a close encounter with both sides playing their best and creating a match that could have gone either way.
After all the games had been completed the final score was 9 - 9, but the visitors had a five ace advantage and were able to claim the extra bonus point and win on technical terms, – upsetting the four match run by Goodshaw.
Following their recent slump in results, College managed to record a 14 - 4 victory over Blackburn Seniors D, and now find themselves pressing for promotion along with four other teams.
In the first division, Independent A recorded a 15 - 3 victory over Telecom A in a one-sided match to move themselves to second place in the table, only to find that three nights later, the match between the two top teams altered things.
As a result it looks as though the first division championship has already been decided. Blackburn Seniors A and Westholme A have been challenging for top place for the past three years and this time it again looks as if the “Seniors” will take the title yet again.
Their recent encounter turned out to be possibly the most contested match in the first division this season. Blackburn Seniors A took a 10 - 4 victory over Westholme A and opened up a 33-point lead at the top of the table.
In a match where two teams from the same club were involved, Clitheroe A easily outplayed their “B” team 14 - 4, a result that moved them into third place, pushing Independent A down to fourth place.
In the second division, second placed St Nicholas retaine their position by comfortably securing a victory over Stanhill 13 - 5.
Abacus A, relegated last season, put themselves back in the hunt for promotion after they outplayed bottom side Blackburn Seniors C to record a 16 - 2 win and put pressure on the three teams above them.
Current leaders Blackburn Seniors B were hard pressed to record an 11 - 7 victory over Westholme