THERE were two wins and a narrow defeat for town teams from the Widnes and District Snooker & Billiards League.
In snooker, Widnes A brushed aside last season's Merseyside champions Garston 3-1.
John Hughes was the headline maker, beating Garston captain Andy Molyneux 74-34 first on.
But Widnes Juniors were denied a famous win against Prescot on the last black.
They went down 3-2 - despite Jack Webb (81-36) beating challenge tour professional Mark Axwor thy.
Breaks of 46 and a 22 clearance gave the youngster his best win yet.
Widnes billiards' representative side pipped Prescot 3-2 with Richard Whittle and Geoff Brass-ington both having 52 breaks to get the Widnes team off to a flier.
On the league scene, an excellent 47 break from Mark Bingham helped Simms Cross A to a comfortable 8-1 home win against second-placed St Joseph's A in snooker's Division One.
Mike Batty (92-38) and Jason Kilshaw (78-28) were the other main contributors.
Division Two-bound St Joseph's B shocked Farnworth A 6-3 with Eddie Szczotok (65-30) and skipper Mike Whittaker (61-40) helping provide the upset.
Widnes Conservative A strolled to another 8-1 win with Danny Plumpton (67-40) and Andrew Housley (90-19) providing the ammunition.
Overton MH won a gruelling match at St Bede's 6-3 with Lyndon Ellams' 58-31 win the pick.
St Basil's A still harbour faint hopes of a top-three finish - their 6-3 win coming courtesy of Jason Sharp (77-23).
Ford A edged their match 5-4 with Ste O'Hare (100-28) in sparkling form.
Division Two's Farnworth C outgunned title rivals HGSC B 7-2. The team of youngsters now appear the title favourites.
Chris Chapman (69-45) and Danny Magee (60-36) were their inspiration.
Farnworth B also won 7-2 with Paul Coughlin taking a thrilling frame 88-60.
Pavilions A are still in with a shout after a 6-3 home win. Peter Bate was the star, winning 84-19 - aided by a 38 break. Hallwood Raven blew away Widnes Rec 8-1 with Andy Formby (79-43) and Keith Lane (64-36) successfully anchoring the Runcorn side.
Moorfield B remain the team to beat after a 6-3 win - unsung hero Ronnie Clarke 67-10 gaining the crucial victory.
WCC C have also found some form and won 6-3, Tony McDonnell (76-25) their star man.
Ford B won 7-2, Graham McCann (54-52) posting a significant win.
A hitherto buoyant Widnes Conservative B were sunk by Eccleston Lane Ends 7-2.
Openers Ste Evans (82-39) and Jim Furbank (58-34) left the Cons shellshocked.
Widnes Conservative C surprised high-flying Prescot Reform 7-2 with Tony Grant (64-26) and Mike Howard (58-36) showing their experience against tough opposition.
These two results have left the door open for Farnworth E. They also won 7-2 this week and are now within striking distance of the top - Paul Williams winning 61-24.
Simms Cross B won 6-3 with Kevin Johnson (81-32) and John Price (96-24) winning well.
In Widnes & District Billiards League, Ford upset table toppers WBC 4-3 thanks to big wins late on by journeymen Pat Burns (100-59) and Tony Collins (100-69).
Farnworth A are now within three-and-a-half points of the summit after beating a 5-2 win. Paul Cleary (100-24) and Andy Stacey (100-33) both performed well.
Moorfield A won a full-blooded derby against their A team 5-2 with Brian Adamson (100-62) and Dave Evans (100-66) inspirational.
Basement team Widnes Conservative B won 6-1 against WCC with Leo Milne (100-93) and Eddie Herald (100-90) anchoring the stunning victory.
USC B triumphed 5-2, thanks to Mally Lead-better (100-94). Farnworth B won 4½-2½ with Hughie Farrell (100-59) winning the battle of the golden oldies against Simms Cross A's Arthur Lethbridg e.
Andy Grice (100-52) and Mark Housley (100-93) stole the show as Widnes Rec pipped USC A. n There is a secretaries' meeting at Widnes Rec on Tuesday, March 13 at 7.30pm and all clubs must be represented.