Things shaping up in new season

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Just a month or so into the new East Lancashire Table Tennis League season and things are shaping up nicely.

League chair Ged Simpson with his team mates Keith Ward and Keith Jackson in their newly-named team K Ward Plumbing have played four and won four and sit top of the Premier Division.

Ramsbottom A are three points behind, and will expect to form a sustained challenge for the title.

BLC Clarets and East Lancs 1st will also fancy they can challenge at the top. It could be a much closer title race all-round this year!

Early strugglers are The Lions and Rovers without a win yet and likely to have a hard season.

In Division One, Ramsbottom C, unbeaten after four games, sit top.

KSB A also boast a perfect start, and Old Masters A are unbeaten after three.

Hyndburners, with just one loss, will also compete at the top end of the division.

Teams without a win yet, battling to avoid the drop, are Tackyfire, Mavericks and Hyndburn TTC B.

Whalley Kestrels are likely to be in the mix battling for survival as well but have had one win thus far.

Rolling Doals, by virtue of playing more games, sit top of Division Two, and if they were able to field their strongest three players regularly may well be serious contenders, but reliance on reserves has already contributed to three losses.

Old Masters B have managed to win four out of four, with only by a single point in three matches.

The team looking to be most likely on top when things settle are Ramsbottom C.

The rest of the division looks wide open, and all teams have good players capable of emerging winners on any night.

The only team without a win in Division Two are KSB D.

Divison Three also boasts a number of very good standard players and teams.

KSB E, with more games played, are top, and Best Centre Raptors are second after collecting 84 out of a possible 90 points.

Whalley Falcons can contend and also have a few very good players.

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