THE fine margin between victory and defeat were perfectly illustrated this week in what is becoming a tight race for the 'A' Premier Division title.
Brookdale claimed a 7-1 home win over 2017 double winners Denton 'A' but that wide margin could have been all so different as all four matches were decided on the final green - three in Brookdale's favour and one a halved game.
North Manchester took advantage of Ashton's week off to leapfrog them to the top with a 6-2 home win over bottom club Stamford.
And as the league reaches the halfway point the remaining Stamford v Blackley fixture could further tighten the standings.
Dukinfield 'A' are clear leaders of the 'A' Championship after a 6-2 win over visiting C&R and it would take a spectacular collapse over the second half of the season to deny Barrie Lees a return to the top flight in his first season in charge.
Oldham 'A' beat Saddleworth 'A' 5-3 to lift themselves off the foot of the table.
In the 'B' East, Danny Andrew was satisfied with four points on the road as Ashton 'B' drew 4-4 at Werneth but Denton closed the gap at the top to six points after a 7-1 win over Brookdale.
North Manchester 'B' stayed in touch with the narrowest of defeats at Stamford.
There are new leaders in the 'B' West as C&R 'B' beat Dukinfield 'B' 6-2 which was just enough to overtake Castle Hawk 'B' who did well to get a share of the spoils in a 4-4 draw at Blackley 'B'.
The Saddlewortgh 'B' v Oldham 'B' match was postponed due to a clash with a Senior Open at the Ladcastle Road course. The game is to be played this coming week.
Next up (w/c June 10) are the cup semi finals. (see Tounaments)
Denton 'A' v Blackley 'A' @ Ashton (Thurs)
Dukinfield 'A' v Saddleworth 'A' @ Stamford (Thurs)
Denton 'B' v Castle Hawk 'B' @ North Manchester (Thurs)
Brookdale 'B' v Blackley 'B' @ Werneth (Wed).