2006-07: Week 9

In the Just Wood Premier Division, Belmont A can hold their heads high. They took their first win of the season against Swad Cons A and it shows that when the regular first team players perform well it will inspire the rest of the team. Steve Burton played some solid snooker and Ian Archer produced a high break of 53 and put the home side four up. The father and son combination of John & Andy Straw then sealed victory by taking three between them. Let’s hope they have more results like this. Belvedere Park A are getting the lions share of the points each week and they have done it again in their match against Newhall A. Although Craig Keen won his two frames with the help of a 35 break he is certainly not the player he was last season, as his averages show. Indeed Adam McNulty will be disappointed that he did not take something out of this encounter. Daz Lester managed to get his two against an out of sorts Martin Hicks. Needing just one more for victory Owen Jones faced Fran McNulty but the Newhall man took both. It was Belvedere’s stalwart Ryan Gilmore that secured the win with two off Ady McDonnell. After last weeks win Willington A thought they might start getting the results they are capable of, but they have been stopped dead in their tracks by Spot On A. Trevor Heath, Steve Gaunt and Tony Clements were on cue with two a piece. Only Jan Pawlazych gave Willington anything to smile about. Ivanhoe A proved again that they are worthy of their place in the premier division as they beat Swad SC B. Tony Eyre was on form in his first frame, knocking in a 31 and taking it easily. The second was a tighter affair and Bill Davidson cleared from the blue for a draw. On the other table Barry Fieldsend and Brian Alford also shared the frames and that was it for Swad. Richard Bithell played confidently to see off Matt Morgan and George Cawkwell was never in doubt of taking two as he got out of several snookers with ease. Rolleston A and Burton Cons B finished all square. Mitch Hughes has started to find his match form and Zaheer Hussain keeps pumping in solid performances, but it was Rolleston’s Kev Norris and Danny Thomson that saved the day. In Presidents Division 1 Woodville WMC A predictably took the scalp of Tutbury B but the surprise was Mark Satchwell dropping two frames to Greg Read. Greg has drawn players in form nearly every week and so has had a poor start to the season, but this week it played out in his favour. Lee Causer took Tutbury’s other frame against Martin Smith, but it was Andrew Thompson and Phil Wright that ensured Woodville’s sixth victory. John Carr A were hit hard at home by Swad SC C. Steve Castledine took their only point in a tight match with Chris Dewey. Simon Shilton, Geoff Prichard and Steve Ayre took full advantage to give John Carr their worst defeat so far. Burton Cons C is continuing to climb the table and still have games in hand. This week they set off at top speed and took the first four, but they still had to work hard against Ivanhoe C. It was Tom Eggington that got the winner for the Cons in the last game with Tony Davey. Drakelow A and Belmont B looked like being a hard fought match. It started with Belmont taking the first three as Paul Twigg gave Alan Orpwood no chance and Mark Vaughan & Simon Orpwood shared the best two frames of the night. The second half of the draw continued between neighbours Pat Ryan and local hero Pete ‘The Cue’ Birkin. Ryan potted some superb shots and backed this up with excellent safety to take two and level at 3-3. It was Belmont’s Shaun Gebbie that stepped up a gear against Tony Coleman for both frames and the win. Swad SC D is starting to struggle now, and this was highlighted when Stapenhill B visited and potted Swad off the table. Steve Ford and Mark Parry produced the goods leaving Mick Comley and Ivor Rees to take one each from Brian Bloor and Andrew Bloor respectively. Belvedere B are also looking for a return to form, but it wasn’t to be against Tutbury A. Brian Holmes took the only win against Chris Gould in an otherwise drawn match. In Furniture King Division 2 Newhall B played host to top team Swad SC F and showed that even though their opponents have twice as many points they were not going to be a push over. When the dust settled it was a draw and considered to be a fair result. The Swad Cons derby between the B and C teams didn’t give any surprises as the B team beat their stablemates. It remains to be seen if Cons B can get any higher. Swad SC G have been enjoying a good start to the season but slipped up against Alrewas B. The normally solid Mark Hadley had to share his game with Micky Morris as did Clint Sherratt and Brian Ecklestone. Simon Nettle and Steve Wilson then had no reply to the better play of Tony Truman and Brian Aldridge. Alrewas A put in one of their better performances and trounced John Carr B. It was Roy Sherratt that dropped the only frame to Steve Pearsall but they are off the bottom of the division at last. In David Wain Division 3 John Carr D are again the team to beat. Mick Baxter, Mark King and Gary Chambers had no trouble with Rolleston B. Joe Docksey saved the whitewash as he took one out of Rizzy Akhtar. Stapenhill D is still putting in the effort and this paid off in the defeat of Rolleston C. John Richardson hitting a 32 and Karl Hancox a 29. Rolleston D started the season really well but have come unstuck over the past couple weeks. Only Paul Fox (35 break) and Gary Mayne managed to put up a fight against Stapenhill C’s Steven Bamford and Robbie Jeffcoate. It was Dan Turner and Simon Piechowicz that settled the match with two each off Adam Farrington and Dean Parker. In the final match in this division Newhall D and Woodville S&S A had to be content with the draw.