Felsted RBL A’s Nick Butler, at 15, has made a big impact on his Braintree Table Tennis League Division Two debut this season, but nothing will have given him more pleasure than his results against Hedingham Lions.
Not only did he win his three singles for the first time, but he did so when his father Ian and older brother Ashley failed.
Ian and Ashley both found Adam Purslow too hard to handle but Nick found the answer for the second time this season when he came back from two games to one down to win at 11-8 in the fifth.
He also joined his father in a doubles victory to give Felsted RBL A an 8-2 win.
Liberal C remain very much in the hunt for the runners-up spot and they moved ahead of Nomads by beating them 7-3.
Nomads had both Richard Kemp and Kevin Saunders in action, but Liberal are a tough proposition when Jon Fieldsend joins Gareth Davies and Garry Fryatt.
Davies won his three singles, Fieldsend two and Fryatt one.
In Division One, leaders Liberal A were not in action, which enabled Netts A to take advantage of their match in hand. They beat Rayne D 9-1 and are only five points off the lead.
James Hicks, playing up from the B team, joined Paul Davison in winning three singles, while Adam Buxton’s win over James Mullane was Rayne D’s only success.
Netts C had only Nikki Davison and Andy Holmes available for their match with Rayne A, but three wins from Davison and two from Holmes enabled them to share the points.
Notley A had a surprisingly comfortable 10-0 win over Sible Hedingham.
Netts D have risen off the bottom after registering only their second win of the season – against Notley G, the team they beat first time round.