NEWLY-PROMOTED Masons Arms picked up their first win when beating Gladiators 5-1 at home, writes PETE EWINS.

Bob Pincombe (5,200) put the visitors in front in the Oxford & District League Premier Division fixture.

But the hosts hit back through Dave Rose, Alan Lowe (4,320) and Chris Bateman (4,540), before taking both pairs matches.

Leaders Oracle A beat Headington Conservative Club 4-2 at home, thanks to Mark Trafford (15,740, break 10,730), Brian Rose (9,490, break 7,030) and Pauline Withey (7,340).

Keith Hollis shone for the visitors, while the pairs were shared.

Donnington also triumphed 5-1 at home against Berinsfield.

Jenny Florey (4,390), Dennis Atkins and Mellissa Standbridge (4,320) triumphed, with Phil McFarland (4,350) preventing a whitewash.

Mike Jones, Alan Oliver and Ian Moss helped early Division 1 leaders Vikings overcome West Oxford Democrats Club 5-1 at home.

Richard Garrett was the visitors’ sole winner.

The Oxford & District League is sponsored by Richard Garrett-Everest Home Improvements.