LIBERAL Slickers suffered their first defeat of the season in Bideford Snooker League, dipping 4-2 to clubmates and close rivals Liberal Fliers.

The result sees the Slickers slip to third place in Division 1.

A 6-0 win for Torrington Con-Vics puts them three points clear at the top, with Fliers second and Slickers two points further back.

Defeat for Liberal Lions sees them slip five points behind leaders Clovelly SC in Division 2.

Div 1: Kingsley A 4 Liberal Bulls 2; Liberal Slickers 2 Liberal Fliers 4; Liberal Pilgrims 1 Liberal Cues 5; Hustlers 5 Palladium A 1; Red Rebels 3 Appledore S C 3; Royal Geezers 0 Torrington Con-Vics 6; Hartland RBL 4 Con D 2.

Div 2: Liberal Saints 2 Misfits 4; Legionnaires 1 Con Diamonds 5; RNDGC A 2 TVSSC 4; Specials 2 VPCC 4; Liberal Lions 1 Liberal Blues 5; PDQ’s 2 Clovelly SC 4.

Top breaks: N Cook 38, K Fishleigh 34, T Bullock 33, 24, J Gayton 29, P Pinnick, A Garside 27, S Tetley 25, 22, 21, S Preston, C Brown 25

L Seville 24.