The two Thrapston sides that won promotion last season to the Premier Division have both failed to achieve a win this season.
So there was more than just club bragging rights to play for when SAS hosted their club mates Eagles.
Mark Stockley put SAS ahead when he comfortably beat Valdi Papiernik in straight games.
Eagles then won the next eight singles to move into a commanding 8-1 lead before Stockley and Geoff Atkinson combined to take the doubles for SAS.
Chris Warliker’s treble included a fifth-end win over Stockley, who also lost out to Ian Donaldson in the deciding end.
Donaldson was made to work hard for his hat-trick with Steve West also taking him to a tight fifth end finish.
Westfield B are heavily involved in the relegation battle and they went down to their fifth defeat of the season as Arthingworth came away from the Weavers Centre with a strong 8-2 victory.
Chris Gibbons third hat-trick of the season and Gerald Henson’s first added to Michael Edwards solitary win and a doubles win shared between Gibbons and Henson was too much for the home side to deal with.
Steve Hobbs and Charlotte Binley both beat Michael Edwards for Westfield’s points.
Burton Baptist B won their first match of the season and moved into mid table when they beat a Kettering Town A side that has been severely hampered by player availability this season.
Jacek Koltuniuk was Burton’s star man. His hat-trick included a fourth end win over Carl Leeson and a 12-10 deciding end success over Mike Hawes.
Asif Manji also won twice and Gerry Crasto once as Kettering once again missed the influential figure of John Fuller.
Corby Town A’s excellent start to the season continued with a 9-1 success at Harborough Athletic.
Lee O’Boyle and Henry Arthur both recorded trebles but with Corby 7-0 up, there was a shock on the cards as Aiden Smith lost his seasonal unbeaten record when he went down in four ends to an inspired Kevin Shield.
Westfield A continue to carry all before them in their quest to be champions, with Burton Baptist A the latest team to fall to a heavy defeat against the unbeaten league leaders.
With Chris Ross missing through illness, Alex Aston’s 13-15, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 comeback win over Roumen Stefanov was all Burton could muster as Kevin Bird and Steve Silk both completed straight games hat-tricks.
Results: SAS Thrapston 2 (Stockley, Stockley/Atkinson) Thrapston Eagles 8 (Donaldson 3, Warliker 3, Papiernik 2), Westfield B 2 (Hobbs, Binley) Arthingworth 8 (Gibbons 3, Henson 3, Edwards, Gibbons/Henson), Burton Baptist B 7 (Koltuniuk 3, Manji 2, Crasto, Koltuniuk/Crasto) Kettering Town A 3 (Leeson 2, Hawes), Harborough Athletic 1 (Shield) Corby Town A 9 (O’Boyle 3, Arthur 3, Smith 2, O’Boyle/Smith), Westfield A 9 (Bird 3, Silk 3, Stefanov 2, Bird/Stefanov) Burton Baptist A 1 (Aston).
In Division One Kelvin Marshall got Burton C’s only point as they went down 9-1 to promotion-chasing Westfield C.
Paul Malpass and Tom Wildman recorded trebles although both needed 5 ends to defeat Steve Smith. They then combined to take the doubles against Smith and Marshall again in 5 ends.
Corby B joined Westfield C at the top of the table following their 7-3 victory over Diamonds. Most resistance came from Diamonds replacement Vaughan Allington who got the better of Corby replacement Kyle Murie 11-9 in the 5th end before defeating Stephen Woolston 14-12 in another 5th end finish. Corby skipper Aaron Moore’s treble extended his unbeaten start to the season to 9 matches.
Ben Tombs making his first Kettering League appearance since his debut 11 months ago recorded a treble to help Rangers take the lead 5 times against Arrows. However with Helen Watts and Julian Marlow both winning twice and adding the doubles the sides shared the points in a 5-5 draw.
Alan Tyler and Nigel Payne both recorded trebles for Falcons against Burton D but couldn’t add the doubles as their Thrapston side won 6-4. Baz Fatania, Kelvin Marshall and Richard Leder all needed 4 ends to defeat Mike Burrows.
Chris Haynes recorded his fourth successive treble and Ryan Cassidy and Kyle Murie both won twice as Corby C beat Buccaneers 7-3 to leave the Rothborough side routed to the bottom of the table.
Results: Westfield C 9 (Malpass 3, Wildman 3, Patel 2, Malpass/Wildman)Burton Baptist C 1 (Marshall), Harborough Diamonds 3 (V Allington 2, Coombs) Corby B 7 (Moore 3, Woolston 2, Murie, Moore/Woolston), Rothborough Arrows 5 (Marlow 2, H Watts 2, Marlow/H Watts) Harborough Rangers 5 (Tombs 3, J Allington, V Allington), Burton Baptist D 4 (Fatania, Leder, Marshall, Fatania/Leder) Thrapston Falcons 6 (A Tyler 3, Payne 3), Corby C 7 (Haynes 3, Murie 2, Cassidy 2) Rothborough Buccaneers 3 (P Watts, Owen, Saywood).
It was a game of firsts when Gladiators played Baptist E in Division Two.
It provided a first win for Burton (8-2), first wins of the season for Garry Patterson and Jim McNeely and a first hat-trick of the season for Nick Loake.
McNeely was close to a treble himself, missing out in both his other games in the 5th end, although he had the consolation of winning the doubles with Loake.
It was much closer than the 10-0 score line suggests when Comets played club-mates Exocets.
Sean Smith was particularly unlucky losing after a deuce in the final end against Ivor Jones, who, with team-mates Alan Brisley and the still unbeaten David Simmons claimed the lot.
This result takes Comets from fourth to the top of the table.
Smith showed his ability though in the match versus Gladiators with a hard won maximum, particularly against Tony Yeomans, who scored a pair for Gladiators as he squeezed past Will Ravenscroft 13-11 in the fifth. Ravenscroft in turn scored 2 with Martin Bradford adding the extra point to ensure Exocets prevailed.
Alfie Wright was close to his second maximum, losing only to Ray Harrison in the 5th end, when Hawks visited Phantoms.
In the process, Wright denied Lee Mordecai his hat-trick by squeezing though 17-15 in the deciding end, Mordecai having been 10-6 to the good.
Harrison went on to secure his second treble though and Lee Mordecai a double. Joe Kent beat Helmut Salander for another well-deserved point, but it finished 7-3 to the home side.
Phantoms were on the wrong end of the 7-3 scoreline though when they visited Westfield to take on Kettering B.
For reasons of illness, Alan Woolston made his first appearance of the season and swept the board, only being taken the full distance in the doubles with Jim Chatburn, who got a pair himself.
Ray Harrison got another two to maintain his excellent 80 per cent winning record, but the best match of the night was when Ann Woolston edged Roger Powdrill in five for her sole success.
Burton E achieved their second consecutive victory at the expense of Thrapston Harriers’ second defeat when they beat two player Harriers 6-4.
Mike Burrows won two games – and very nearly all three - while playing in two matches.
Muriel Cox matched his double, although needed 5 ends and came back from 2 down to beat Jim McNeely. James Young was the hat-trick hero for Burton for the fourth time this season and paired up with McNeely to complete the victory which leaps Burton to mid-table.
A close match fittingly ended in the division’s first draw of the season. Jamie Burgess shone brightest with an excellent treble and the doubles for Harborough Imps when they took on Thrapston Hawks. Joe Kent pushed him hardest but Becki Tyler’s creditable 5th end victory over Ron Palfrey on her way to a double and Scott Bashford’s debut double for Hawks ensured parity.
Results: Burton Baptist E 6 (Young 3, Loake, McNeely, McNeely/Young) Thrapston Harriers 4 (Burrows 2, Cox 2), Kettering Town B 7 (Al Woolston 3, Chatburn 2, An Woolston, Chatburn/Al Woolston) Rothborough Phantoms 3 (Harrison 2, Mordecai), Rothborough Comets 10 (Brisley 3, Jones 3, Simmons 3, Brisley/Simmons) Rothborough Exocets 0, Rothborough Exocets 6 (Smith 3, Ravenscroft 2, Bradford) Rothborough Gladiators 4 (Yeomans 2, West, Yeomans/West), Rothborough Gladiators 2 (G Patterson, L Patterson) Burton Baptist E 8 (Loake 3, Young 3, McNeely, Loake/McNeely), Rothborough Phantoms 7 (Harrison 3, Mordecai 2, Salander, Harrison/Mordecai) Thrapston Hawks 3 (A Wright 2, Kent), Thrapston Hawks 5 (Bashford 2, Tyler 2, Kent) Harborough Imps 5 (Burgess 3, Palfrey, Burgess/Palfrey).
Player of the week: Jamie Burgess
Team of the week: Thrapston Eagles