BURTON AND DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT BY MICK HICKEBOTTOM It’s the start of another new snooker season and always an exciting time seeing how promoted and relegated sides cope, and to see how out of season transfers are working. This season had more changes of players and teams than I can ever remember. It would take a complete weeks match report to explain what’s happened, but it will all come out in the weekly reports to come. However it is always a shaky start in the first matches of the season. As usual a lot of matches were re arranged due to some player’s commitments. Belmont ‘A’ had a poor season in the last run out for their standards and this season looks to be in the same vein with an opening home loss to Newhall Social Club ‘A’. It started with Fran McNulty holding the experienced Ian Archer to a draw. Then Ady McDonnell took on Steve Burton winning both frames. The first, on a re spotted black, and the second on the pink. Wayne Brewin then faced Shaun Gebbie and took both frames. The final pairing saw Belmont’s John Straw take on Newhall’s young Lee Sherratt. This match saw the highest break of the night with Sherratt knocking in a 38 in the first, for a 6-2 away win. Swadlincote Snooker Centre were up against the newly formed side of Burton Cons ‘B’. The first half saw Cons 4-0 down with Chris Dewey taking both off Phil Ball and Townsend taking both of Brian Alford, but Alford certainly had his chance to take their first. Dave Budworth then repaired some of the damage by taking two frames off John Davis . The last match saw Steve Ayre take both off Bill Davidson. In the First Division Belmont ‘B’ are out to make an impact and recorded a good away 5-3 win at the fortress of Ivanhoe ‘C’. The home side started well with Steve Cockram taking both off Pete Birkin and it included a 31 break. However, brothers Paul Twigg and Mark Vaughan put their stamp on the match taking all their frames for Belmont. It was then down to Ivanhoe’s Warner Collins to save the match and rescue a draw. However Andy Straw took the one frame for the win. Stapenhill ‘A’ look like a team that will be fighting for promotion this season and flexed their muscles at home to Swadlincote Snk Cen ‘C’. There was no doubt that a whitewash looked to be on the cards with Steve Ford, Dave Shenton and Paul Smith taking all their frames. However Carl Jeffcoate took his first but the last frame went down to the black and Jeffcoate went in off to give the one frame to Swad. Swadlincote Snk Cen ‘D’ with four players playing for the first time in this division, put on a great performance at home to the well established team of Swadlincote Cons ‘A’. The Cons side included the talents of Darren Noble and he took both off Ray Stretton and included in it was a 38 break. On the other table, Andy Jeffries out-did him with a 41 break when he took two off Cons Mick Abbott. All square at half time and it remained that way with Tony Mitchell holding Paul Berry to a draw even with Berry knocking in a 34 break, and Phil Maddocks levelling with Kev Dixon. In Division 2 the club of John Carr saw one of several home derby matches with three teams in this division this season when their ‘B’ team played host to their ‘A’ team. The match went in favour of the ‘A’ team with Steve Castledine and Dave Plunket taking all their frames, but Castledine’s opponent Graham Smith was unlucky to lose the first. Daniel Pearsall took two off Graham Tansley but the winner for the ‘A’ team came from Dennis Ganley who drew with John Peto. In the third Division Newhall Social Club ‘D’ put last season to rest with a comfortable 6-2 home win last week against Swad Cons ‘D’. Dan Jackson and his father Dave, won all their frames and Dan took his first with a 22 break. Ken Bailey led all the way against Kev Starkey and took both frames. Jon Petcher saved Cons blushes with two off Gordon Smith who made up for it by showing no mercy with the after match food. Apparently nothing changes.