THE top break in Widnes & District Billiards League looked like being Whittled away this week.
But after a superb effort, Richard Whittle fell just three short of the season's best of 84 - held by Ford's Geoff Brassington.
Whittle's visit of 81, however, helped USC A to a 5-2 victory.
He was ably assisted by brother Peter Whittle, who included a 35 break for good measure in a 100-35 frame win.
USC B romped to a 7-0 home win against struggling Farn-worth B. Brian Woodrow (100-52) and Charlie Evans (100-82) did most damage.
WBC also ran out 5-2 winners to maintain top spot thanks to John Dennett's 100-50.
Farnworth A toppled high-flying Moorfield B 5-2 with John Davenport (100-55) starring.
Widnes Cricket Club scraped a 4-3 win courtesy of anchorman Andy Knight's 100-48.
Widnes Conservative A also won 4-3 despite a wonderful 52 break from Andy Grice. Peter Kenny and Tony Grant were also superb for the winners.
Ford got their season back on track by winning 4-3 with Tommy Barton's 47 break the highlight.
Sensational young prospect Jack Webb inspired WCC A to a thumping 8-1 home win against Stadium A in Widnes & District Snooker League. His 71-36 frame was complimented by wily Dave Loseby's 88-17 win.
Widnes Conservative A stroled to another demolition, winning 8-1 at home.
Ste Andrews was the star of the show, winning 102-23.
St Bede's shocked Village A 7-2. Rob Lawrenson made a 27 clearance while his dad Peter Lawrenson chipped in with a gritty 46-41 frame to ensure a memorable victory.
St Basils B won 6-3, largely thanks to a 103-28 frame last on from Ian Chisnall.
RAOB A claimed a hard-fought match against St Joseph's A 5-4. Lee Thomas had a 34 clearance to assist 73-18 winner Frank Pennington.
Overton Memorial Hall also managed a 5-4, Mike Lloyd winning 78-26 for starters.
Division Two's Pavilions A annihilated Ford B 8-1 to change the top of the table standings - S Mercer (82-19) and Andy Ralph (51-19) providing the impetus.
Moorfield B maintained pole position thanks to an emphatic 7-2 win over Widnes Rec. This was despite a 40 break by Jack Lord.
Dave Evans (63-24) won well first on for the home side. Moor-field A matched that result, Dave Forshaw (79-23) and Paul Hilton (82-52) enjoying big wins.
Farnworth C won 7-2 with Terry Bourke 96-24 and Chris Chapman 80-22 providing the ammunition.
Widnes Cricket Club C over-came Pavilions B 6-3, Leon Hosking (82-39) being the star.
HGSC B remain in contention courtesy of a 6-3 win. This included a fine anchorman's performance from Keith Taylor, who scored a 79-38.
Farnworth B managed a 6-3 win over 'cup specialists' Corporation, Paul Coughlin 84-34 swinging the balance in favour of the Peelhouse Lane side.
HGSC A also won 6-3, Ged O'Brien 69-28 proving the catalyst.
Division Three's WCC B trounced Oddfellows 8-1 with Geoff Soul (70-22) scoring well.
Farnworth E remain one of the teams to catch thanks to a 6-3 win at Eccleston LE. Paul Williams (50-43) took most plaudits in a dour affair.
Mill Brow could only draw 5-4, aided by a 73-40 frame from Norman Locke Snr.
Widnes Conservative Club B narrowly overcame Simms Cross B 5-4. Mark Worrall (69-59) and Leo Milne (62-55) did just enough for the away side.
Moorfield C surprised league leaders Village C 5-4 as D Wood's 72-22 and an Aiden Morris 30 break saw them to victory.
Birchfield got back to winning ways, their 5-4 win coming courtesy of anchormen Cliff Dicks and Morris Cookson.