NEWTON Social B remained top of Division One entering the new year despite a narrow defeat to Newton Social A.

However, their lead is down to one point after breaks of 49 by Danny Thomas and 36 by Wayne Brown were not enough to fend off a 4-3 derby defeat to Newton Social A.

Roosters C sit one point behind, continuing an impressive run by beating Alford D 6-1, Steve Collins enjoying a 39 break for Roosters.

GESM A leapfrogged Richmonds A into third place after beating them 4-3.

The top match in Division Two saw leaders Culcheth Sports B lose 4-3 at second place Bridgewater Club, the gap reduced to two points with Andy Seymour having a 30 break for Bridgewater.

Third place GESM C lost ground on the top two after they going down 5-2 at Rylands B.

Division Three table-topping derby fixture took place at Kings Club, where leaders Kings Club C lost 4-3 against their A team and had their lead reduced to two points.

Another derby encounter saw Penketh Cons A move into third place after winning 4-3 at Penketh Tavern B.