BURTON AND DISTRICT CLUBS SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT BY DAVE BUDWORTH In the Just Wood Premier Division Burton Cons A have slipped into second place as Belvedere Park A are given no chance at Swad SC A. The Cons played their B team and knew that they must turn in excellent results to get back on terms with Swad. Mick Simpkins knocked in a 34 as he shared the frames with Zaheer Hussain whilst Jonathan Fletcher took two out of Tim Hodgkinson. Mat Milnes made no mistakes and made sure of the team win against Shaun Golding and Stuart Roberts added one more as he halved with Mitch Hughes. Swad SC A and Belvedere Park A are getting to know each other well as they have played each other in three consecutive matches due to competition fixtures. Swad saw last weeks defeat as a kick up the backside and produced a fine display of snooker. John Chambers was unstoppable with breaks of 65 and 59, giving Daz Lester little chance to reply. Rob Chambers also compiled a good break of 41 but dropped the only frame of the night to Craig Keen. Brett Bailey had the edge against Ryan Gilmore especially at the end of each frame when there was some excellent safety. Mark Sherratt finished off by taking both from Alan Davies. Willington A were determined that only a win would be acceptable against Belmont A. The first half of the match ended all square as Jan Pawlazych, Bill Stewart, Kev Elkin and Steve Burton took one each, but then up stepped ‘Mr Consistent’, Gary Barker who saw off Ian Archer with breaks of 39 and 50. Once the pressure was off Brian Periera also produced the goods against Andy Straw. Rolleston A have proved themselves worthy of the top half of the division as they brushed aside Ivanhoe A. Andy Winson and Danny Thomson put the home side three up and Rob Sanders took the win by beating the inform Tony Eyre. Richard Bithell made the score more respectable by putting together a 40 break in his two frames over Kev Norris. Spot On A look like being the best of the rest as John Hardy, Trevor Heath and Tony Clements made short work of Newhall SC A. Only Stevie “Woo” Wilson put up a fight to defeat Steve Gaunt. Newhall were impressed at the quality of the tables now they have been reclothed and the pocket aperture reduced. Ivanhoe B was also on a back to back match with Swad SC B after last weeks competitions. Gaz Dolman must consider himself unlucky as Matt Morgan took the first by clearing the final balls and should have got the second slightly easier than waiting for Dolman to go in-off the respotted black. Trevor Wilson and Brian Alford battled out a draw and Graham Measures put the home side back on level terms. Unfortunately for Ivanhoe Darren Wilson was unable to secure a frame and so they get dragged nearer the relegation zone. In Presidents Division 1, Woodville WMC A has put a stop to Burton Cons C campaign for a top position. Simon Smith and David Shipton shared the first match but Martin Smith missed very little for his two. Graham Bailey then took a frame off Joe Ellis as Mark Satchwell followed up with two more. Swad SC C travelled to Ivanhoe C where Chris Dewey (30 break) and John Davis took the first four. Jason and Warner Collins hit back with the next two but Steve Ayre and Geoff Pritchard stopped the rot to keep the team just two points behind Woodville. At Tutbury confidence is sky high and again the Tutters have put in a winning performance. Drakelow A’s Tony Coleman made Dave Mabbott work hard for his win as Simon Orpwood lost out to some great potting by Steve Mabbott in the first and in a scrappy second Mabbott cleared the last three colours. Dave Powell had a 43 break in his win over Pat Ryan but Brian Holmes could not complete the clean sweep when Alan Orpwood took Drakelow’s consolation frame. Tutbury B’s Mark Press, Lee Causer and Greg Read were all on cue at Belvedere Park B. It was Chris Gould that saved Belvedere’s embarrassment by getting the last frame off Russ Banner. The Stapenhill derby between B and A teams was always going to be close. The B team wanted to repeat their win from earlier in the season but found themselves on the losing side of a 5-3 score line. Two breaks worth a mention were the 36 by Mark Parry and 33 by Dave Shenton. In Furniture King Division 2, Swad SC F has stamped their authority on the division by trouncing Burton Cons D leaving the Cons needing 18pts to clear the dreaded relegation zone. Callum Finnegan took the Con’s frame but Richie Hinks, Adam Harrison and Ben Davies were not to be denied. Newhall SC B hosted Measham WMC A where only Keith Pantall picked up a Newhall point. Paul Boyle, Paul Eaton and Dave Rushton took full advantage of the Newhall mistakes. John Carr B put in a superb effort to beat Alrewas B who has the combined age of 394. Dan Pearsall, Graham Smith and John Peto took the victory although Peto had to win two black ball games over Brian Eckleston. Micky Morris knocked in a 32 in his win against Steve Pearsall. Swad Cons C succumbed to the pressure of Newhall SC C and now look like being relegated along with Burton Cons. Graham Leech won the first two for Swad but Newhall’s Andy Rice, Gordon Smith and David Wain got the results to keep them mid-table. Swad SC E got the better of their G team when Phil Maddocks and Ray Stretton took the wins and Andy Jefferies picked up the winner. In David Wain Insurance Division 3, John Carr D’s Mick Baxter, Mark King, Martin Beard and Gary Chambers had whitewash victories over their C team. This stretches the gap to Stapenhill D who picked up a 5-3 win over Rolleston D. John Richardson and Rob McMeechan took the first four with Karl Hancox taking the winner. Rolleston’s Paul Fox (33 break) and Dean Parker took the frames to keep them in touch with their C team. Rolleston C’s Alex Smith, Anthony Rushton, Ian Welby and Dave Bentley aren’t going to relinquish third place easily and sent out a warning by only dropping one frame to Woodville S&S A. Newhall SC D nearly took a draw at home to Belmont C. Arron Vaughan and Gaz Ward had guaranteed Belmont the draw when Newhall’s Dan Jackson took both against Doug Lees. Steve Oakey took the next but couldn’t prevent Belmont’s Glynn Holland from securing the win. A draw between Stapenhill C and Rolleston B keeps the status quo in the middle of the table. In the PinXit Orme Shield Swad SC A gave Belvedere Park A no chance to shine. Mark Sherratt got back to winning ways with a 63 break, Rob and John Chambers backed this up with a 44 and 30 break respectively. Just a stones throw away Woodville WMC A also made short work of Belmont B although it should have been tighter as Steve Burton and Pete Birkin both lost black ball frames. The Jack Dyche semi-finals saw David Wain go through against Dave Powell and Paul Smith through against Joe Ellis. The Billiards final will be between Tom Eggington and Peter Maguire. Date to be announced.