After a week off, Belper Strutt’s No 2 team were looking to get back on the winning trail at Matlock Club, who themselves were attempting to take their cup snooker form into the latest round of games in the Highfield Farm Butchers Premier Division.
The opening two frames were shared with both Pauls getting off the mark for the season for their respective teams, Paul Ogden defeating Graeme Wood 69-39 and Paul Bryan overcoming Dave Devenport 68-25 with the help of a 22 break.
Chris Stubbs put the visitors ahead with a hard-fought success over Paul Holmes in the next but club barman Mick McFall edged a black ball decider with Dave Needham to take the match to the wire.
And after a frame that was in the balance throughout, it was Stubbs and Devenport who took the spoils with an 11-point frame margin ensuring a 3-2 win for Belper.
The only other match played saw the teams in joint second place go head to head and Edgefold Club just held sway with a 3-2 home verdict over Belper Strutt No 1.
Martyn Taylor was the star turn once again with breaks of 38 and 25 as he won both frames he contested as the Matlock outfit came from 2-1 down to take the spoils.
Wayne Shooter and Rob Muxlow each scored black ball victories earlier in the night before Mark Newby had temporarily given the visitors the ascendancy.