WELLINGBOROUGH inflicted a first defeat on defending champions Peterborough Milton this season in the NGU Scratch League Division One.
After bouncing back from two away defeats with a big win against Rushden last time out, Wellingborough made a confident start as Simon Blundell won 4&3 and Elliott Morgan triumphed 7&5.
Adam Sherlock claimed a 5&4 home victory and, although Andrew Latter reduced the arrears, the Harrowden Hall side always remained in control of the match.
Chris Howes and county champion Mark Davis sealed the home success while Richard Brown ensured Wellingborough improved their points difference.
Rushden left it too late to get anything from their away clash with Overstone Park as they lost the opening four matches before eventually going down 5-3.
Andrew MacDonald (5&3), Rod Frost (3&2) and Andy Harrison (4&3) put the hosts in the driving seat before Ian Kennedy edged out Ian Dickerson on the 18th hole.
Although Chris Ward won on the 18th and Rushden team-mates Lewis Miller and Simon Cox took the final two points it wasn’t quite enough as Richard Dalton beat Steve Alexander to seal the win.
Priors Hall couldn’t take full advantage of playing on their home track against Brampton Heath as a topsy-turvy contest ended in a 4-4 draw.
The Corby club picked up three relatively easy points through Jerry Miller (6&4), Marc Asher (4&3) and Ronnie McIlwain (5&3).
Brampton levelled the scores, only for Ryan Jaffray to immediately respond.
Ian Abrahams couldn’t quite complete the job for Priors.
Collingtree Park’s promotion push back to the second tier looks well on course after they maintained their unbeaten away record in 2012 with a 6-2 success at Cherwell Edge.
Oundle’s hopes of promotion could already be over after they suffered their second defeat of the campaign with a 5-3 loss at Daventry.
David Young and Luke Wyatt were the only successful Oundle players, although Gary Rice and Joel Tadman did manage to grab a half apiece.
The result was brought into perspective by Whittlebury Park’s result at home to point-less Silverstone as the leaders made it four wins out of four this term by recording an 8-0 victory.