THE form teams showed they had no cobwebs to shake off after the Christmas break.
Steels B had an impressive opener against Seaham Knack, with Adam Smith having a 58 break, Anthony Miller a 29 and Chris Cowie a 40 as they won 4-1.
Tom Feenan scored 74 points in the first frame to set them on their way to claiming all the singles, before Glen Edwards/Tony Henderson took the pairs for Seaham.
Second-placed Hylton nearly had a surprise in the first against Green Baize, as Dean Wilson had a 49 break, but was overtaken as Norman Leslie staged a comeback to win 73-59.
Bob Boyce beat Peter Dambrosie and Darren Browne beat Craig Kane to give Hylton a 3-0 advantage before Jeff Burn pulled one back in the fourth singles. Harrop/Leslie took the pairs for a 4-1 to Hylton.
Washington Snooker are missing two of their players due to work commitments, but are still turning in the results.
Jason Dewar showed improved form to take the first before Mark Bell, Graham Rutland and Phil Baker took all the singles.
Charlton/Ayre rescued the pairs to prevent Washington claiming a whitewash.
Whitburn started badly against Hylton B as Kev Stabler took the first frame, but responded strongly to eventually win 4-1.
Ernie Lunnie started the fightback, and Phil Freeman had a 60 break in the third before John Smith took the fourth singles.
Smith, aided by Rodger, added another point with a win in the pairs.
Mill View B helped their relegation position with a 4-1 away at Pennywell Comrades B after losing the first frame.
Andy Newby recovered ground to pot a long blue, leaving good position to take the pink for the game to give Mill View hope and Norman Brown outstayed Stuart Taylor to take the third.
Ian McDermot seemed to be in command in the early stages of the fourth before John Spruce recovered his composure to win 63-43.
A nip-and-tuck pairs followed before Chandler/Bate took the brown, blue and pink to complete the recovery.
Farringdon lost the first three singles to Woodside A before Andrew Grant took the fourth.
Wrathman/Robinson took the pairs to restrict the score to a 3-2 defeat.
Mill View A took the first frame before losing the second in a close 58-52 finish. Paul Jenkins gave Mill View the lead with a clear-cut 78-12 success in the third before Alf Turner levelled with another 49-41 tight frame.
O’Wellen/Anderson took the pairs to give Pennywell a 3-2 success, although the total points scored was 282-195 to Mill View.
The Second Division is becoming a two-horse race, with Biddick A and Grindon dominating, although the outcome is still in doubt.
There was a terrific match between the top two, with Grindon edging a 3-2 success.
Mike Riley had breaks of 27 and 21 in the first frame before Gary Burdon levelled in the second.
Neil Brigham restored the lead before Graham Smith, aided by a 32 break, took the match to the pairs decider, which was won 53-30 by Mustard/Brigham of Grindon.
The Duck shared the singles with St Gabriel’s before Kemp/Dixon won the pairs for a 3-2 success. Darren Dowell had a 22 break in the first for the Duck.
Railway had a 4-1 against Cheema, with Daniel Joyce claiming the consolation for Cheema.
The Victory took a winning 3-1 lead in the singles before Bulch/Murley of Washington took the pairs.
Murton Officials were not kind to their near-neighbours Seaham Cons as they compiled a convincing 4-1 success.
H The knockout sheets were given to the club representatives at the monthly meeting and early contact is advised, as February is a short month, with the completion date being February 26.
Division One: Steels B 4 Seaham Knack 1, Hylton A 4 Green Baize 1, Woodside B 4 The Avenue 1, Mill View A 2 Pennywell Comrades A 3, Pennywell Comrades B 1 Mill View B 4, Farringdon 2 Woodside A 3, Whitburn 4 Hylton B 1, Washington Snooker 4 Steels A 1.
Division Two: Washington Union 2 Victory Club 3, The Duck 3 St Gabriel’s 2, Biddick A 2 Grindon Social 3, Murton Officials 4 Seaham Cons 1, Railway 4 Cheema Snooker 1.