DEMOCRATS Club are one point off the top of Oxford & District League Division 1 after a 5-1 win at Gladiators Club.

Bob Pincombe put the hosts ahead, but doubles from Richard Garrett and Terry Green, plus John Patey’s triumph (5,290) saw the title challengers home.

Leaders Masons drew 3-3 at Staff Club, despite going 3-1 up through Martyn Wood, Mick Murphy and Alan Lowe.

Chris Bateman (5,740) and Paul Butcher (5,190) secured Staff Club a share of the spoils.

Premier Division table-toppers Vikings A beat their B side 5-1, Mick Jones (9,320 & 8,120) helping his team to a 4-0 lead.

Melvyn Johnson (9,700, break 5,770) pulled one back, before Vinnie Brown lost a 5,870 break to let in Allan Lacey.

Donnington drew 3-3 at Headington Con Club, thanks to Jenny Florey, Melissa Standbridge and Sue Atkins (6,280).

Graham Mildenhall, Sid Ponting and Roger Tomlin (5,750) levelled the scores.