Burton Cons A continue to head the Just Wood Premier Division thanks to an away win against Ivanhoe B. After the first 3 games it was all square but then Jonathan Fletcher took the next two from Ivanhoe’s Eric Avins, hitting a 41 break in the process.
The gap between first and second was reduced to just 1pt when Swad SC A played the struggling Belmont A. In the first half of the draw Rob Chambers and Ian Mellor drew with Ian Archer and John Straw respectively, which must have given Belmont some hope for a respectable score-line. At the end of the match Swad had taken the rest of the frames and Mark Sherratt maintained his 100% win rate.
Rolleston A came unstuck when Belvedere Park A trounced them 8-0. Craig Keen, Ryan Gilmore (33 break), Alan Davies and Daz Lester have now got themselves in a strong 3rd position and should build on this next week.
Newhall A fancy their chances of finishing top of the pile and proved it by taking 7pts from Swad Cons A. Fran McNulty and Ady McDonnell did maximum damage leaving Lee Sherratt and Steve Wilson to take one each.
Spot On A are the dark horses in the division. They hosted the match against Swad SC B and were unlucky not to get maximum points when John Hardy dropped the only frame. Steve Gaunt took his two with ease, compiling a 30 break in the second frame. They look like a solid side and will surely be in the hunt for a trophy this season.
Burton Cons B and Ivanhoe A were evenly matched on the night. Only Richard Bithell took two frames at the expense of Tim Hodgkinson.
In Presidents Division 1 Woodville WMC A are unstoppable and racked up their third 7-1 win. Garton Bloor for Swad SC D saved the whitewash by levelling with Graham Bailey.
Burton Cons C refuse to let Woodville get too far ahead and are probably having the best start to a season for some time. This week they played Drakelow A and put in a sterling performance to bag 7pts.
John Carr A took their first win of the season by defeating Stapenhill B. Midway through the match the scores were level. Ivor Rees put together a 35 break and took both from John Carr’s Duncan Macdonald and Nathan Clarke dropped both to Dennis Ganley. In the second matches Dave Plunkett halved with Mark Parry and Steve Castledine took two out of Stapenhill’s floating player Wayne Bowler for the win.
Further down the division the 35 break from Stapenhill A’s Paul Smith couldn’t give his team a winning score against Ivanhoe C. Jason Collins and Steve Cockeram had already guaranteed a draw for Ivanhoe but Tony Davey secured the win by taking a frame from Dave Shenton.
The mid-table clash between Belmont B and Tutbury B would have ended in a draw if it wasn’t for the talents of Belmont’s Pete Birkin. This season he has come alight and took on arguably Tutbury’s best player. In the first frame he cleared the final three colours and won the second by playing some top quality shots. Maybe he will transfer to the A team and help them out next week.
In Furniture King Division 2 last weeks top two met and played out a draw which helped neither team. This has left the door open for Swad SC F, who took a good scalp in Alrewas B. Only Micky Morris managed a frame for Alrewas as Richie Hinks, Adam Harrison and Pete Maguire punished the visitors.
John Carr B and Swad SC G also drew. The highlight being Steve Pearsall’s 32 break. This has maintained the status quo, as their points and frame differences remain the same.
Measham WMC A have started the season slowly, but showed this week that they will be a force to contend with. They visited Alrewas A and took the first 6 frames, Paul Boyle having a 31 break against Roy Sherratt. Will Sherratt fought back by taking both from Measham’s skipper Paul Eaton.
Swad Cons B is another team taking their first win of the season. Newhall B found themselves 3-1 down courtesy of Alan Jowett and Chris Vernon. Mick Kirkland and Ron Barnett shared the spoils but Bob Birch finished the job by taking the final two from Mark Wheatley.
David Wain Division 3 saw the two front runners flex their muscle. John Carr D visited Stapenhill C where Martin Beard, Mick Baxter and Mark King took all their frames. Simon Piechowicz averted the whitewash by drawing with Gary Chambers.
Stapenhill D kept it tight at the top by matching John Carr D as they gave John Carr C a battering by the same 7-1 score. John Richardson, Karl Hancox and Robert McMeechan made sure of the win and Colin Wood added the final frame. This has put John Carr C to the bottom of the table.