Then there were three! The surprise of the week, possibly the season, came in the top flight as Redtooth A slumped to a 4-6 loss at Albert Premier A.
The defending champions fielded a weakened side due to injury and availability and paid the price as the hosts inflicted a first defeat on the holders. Richard Element took a treble for Albert defeating Tim Dyson, Ernest Mpundu and Eddie Fogg. Alex Tilley beat Mpundu and Fogg and Chris Hoole completed the scoring for the hosts. Tim Dyson took a brace for the leaders which leaves them three points ahead of Stockbridge Rugby A, who have a game in hand.
There now remain three undefeated sides in the league – Cricketers in Division Four, Abbeydale G with 13/13 in Division Five and Albert Premier D who top Division Six.
Simon Chung led Abbeydale E to victory in the top of Division Three clash, registering a treble against fourth- placed Cable A. Chung teamed up with Barnsley’s Brian Isam to win the doubles. In reply Andy Burton notched a brace for the visitors.
Abbeydale J kept up the pressure on the Division Six promotion contenders by beating Crookes J 7-3. Mick Ward ended undefeated and Emma Hickman posted two wins and a share of the doubles with Ward.
Albert Premier D tightened their grip at the top of Division Six with an 8-2 win over Wadsley D, during which Ken Alvey and Adam Gittings hit hat-tricks. Amy Gittings had a 3-0 result for the hosts over the experienced Pat Cain.
Results - Div One: Abbeydale A 5 Scorpions A 5, Abbeydale B 6 Vulcan C 4, Albert Prem A 6 Vulcan Redtooth A 4, Crookes B 3 Stocksbridge B 7, Stocksbridge B 4 Crookes A 6, Vulcan A 8 Abbeydale B 2.
Div Two: Scorpions B 9 Hallam Gr A 1, Vulcan D 6 Shiregreen A 4, Vulcan E 5 Crookes D 5.
Div Three: Abbeydale D 8 Shiregreen B 2, Abbeydale E 6 Cable A 4, Crookes F 0 Abbeydale D 10, Hallam Gr B 7 Crookes F 3, Vulcan G 4 Vulcan F 6, Vulcan H 3 Hallam Gr B 7.
Div Four: Cable C 6 Cable B 4, Cricketers 8 Vulcan J 2, Crookes G 6 Wisewood A 4, High Green A 2 Cricketers 8, HSBC A 8 Crookes G 2.
Div Five: Abbeydale H 7 Wadsley Br C 3, Shiregreen C 4 Dronfield 6, Wisewood B 3 Abbeydale H 7.
Div Six: Abbeydale J 7 Crookes J 3, Albert Prem D 8 Wadsley Br D 2, Hallam Gr E 6 Wadsley Br E 4, HSBC B 8 Hallam Gr D 2, HSBC B 10 Tapton Hill B 0, Tapton Hill B 3 Hallam Gr E 7.