THIS season's Super Hit Squad contest is amazingly close in the East Staffordshire Pool League.
Branston's top star, John Richardson (pictured), reached nine before losing six weeks ago but amazingly continues to stay in front.
There are only two challengers and Beacon C's Pat Mitchell is on the verge of running him down having drawn level.
An even bigger danger is third-placed Vince Lowdon from Tuesday side the Beacon and he has played a massive part in the Beacon beating league leaders Rileys J twice this season.
He would also have been on nine wins but had one deducted due to a team resigning.
On present form he is looking the main contender to take the title this season.