Matlock Cons hosted Bolehill Institute No 1 in the latest round of J K Interiors & Joinery Services League matches and it was the away team who continued their recent revival courtesy of a 3-2 win.
The first three frames decided the issue as firstly Andrew Brough staged an excellent rally to run out with blue to black in fine style, in the process pipping Gareth Johnson 52-50.
Colin Marchington then increased the lead and Ricki Slack (24 break) always held sway in the third to settle matters.
Cons fought to the end, however, and a vintage performance from Charlie Hodgkinson pulled one back before Johnson and partner Chris Parker took the doubles on the final black.
Conversely, Bolehill No 2 have hit a rocky spell after their flying start and were beaten 4-1 by Jaxx Q Club of Belper.
Debutant Shaun Smith with breaks of 22 and 20 put in a starring role as he and Tim Maslin scored wide margin wins though Ian Peacock and Martin Forster made sure there was no whitewash by taking the doubles leg.
Edgefold No 1 continued their emphatic romp at the top with a seventh straight win, this time 4-1 at Belper Strutt Club No 2.
Justin Weller had given the hosts the lead but Andy Russell and Duncan Harwood won tight frames to make sure their teams unbeaten record remained intact.
Strutt No 1 scored their fifth consecutive 3-2 success at Edgefold No 2 with Paul Jarrett top scoring despite the best efforts of Sean Dobney, who triumphed in both his frames, aided by breaks of 32, 25 and 22.
Elsewhere, Matlock Club found Alfreton Palmer Morewood too strong with a 4-1 scoreline and in the Elliott Carpets Billiards Division, there were half century breaks for Dave Pownall, Jim McCann, Malcolm Gregory and Sean O’Sullivan as Whitworth Institute narrowed the gap on Hartington RBL with a 14-8 win.