2007-08: Week 6

BURTON AND DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE WK 6 REPORT BY MICK HICKEBOTTOM Well my report last week was obviously the kiss of death for Woodville Working Mens Club ‘A’ when they visited one of the teams fighting for the title Belvedere Park ‘A’. The young Woodville team arrived at Belvedere all pumped up expecting to put in a good performance, but it was the experienced Belvedere side that performed on the night, and what a performance as they whitewashed the young side. They were perhaps their own worst enemies as when they missed a shot they seemed to beat themselves up and with their heads down it made it easier for Belvedere who can turn over any team at home. It started with Graham Bailey who hates playing at Belvedere and the experience of his opponent Craig Keen and all Bailey’s bad luck did nothing to change his mood as he lost both. On the other table Mark Satchwell was having similar luck as Owen Jones made quick work of taking another two. Alan Davies then took his first with ease against Martin Smith soon followed by a second. The final match between Ryan Gilmore and Phil Wright was probably the best to watch and the first was very open and it was down to Wright missing two vital shots to give Gilmore the edge to take the first. In the second Wright fell 42 points behind with only the colours on (possible 27). Probably realising a whitewash was on the cards Wright dug in and started to show his class as he got all the snookers required and had a chance to take it but fell at the final blue. Belvedere must fancy their chances after a result like that and they are back in the race. Another team after the title are Woodville Sports and Social Club ‘A’ who last week were away at Burton Cons ‘B’ and they also came away with a whitewash victory and the team of John Hardy, Trevor Heath, Steve Gaunt and Tony Clements seem to be playing with a passion and point to prove having been refused to play at Rileys as they were the old Spot On ‘A’ side. I am looking forward to their first meeting on 13th December when they play host to the new Rileys ‘A’ team. Belmont ‘A’ is happy to get another win under their belts last week as they played host to Ivanhoe ‘A’. The match also saw a couple of decent breaks with man of the match Ian Archer knocking in a 40 break in his two frame victory over Tony Eyre. It was a vital two frames as all other players drew giving Belmont the 5-3 win. The other break was made by Ivanhoe’s Matt Grey who knocked in a 33 in the frame he took off Steve Burton. Burton Cons ‘A’ came away from Rolleston ‘A’ with a win last week. Danny Thompson and Kev Norris were the only Rolleston players to take a frame each. There were again two breaks worthy of a mention and the highest came from Jon Fletcher who knocked in a 44 break in his two-frame victory over Andy Winson. The other came from Matt Milnes who knocked in a 32 when he drew with Thompson. In the first division, Swad Cons ‘A’ continue their charge on the title and eventual promotion as they took on Stapenhill ‘A’ last week. Vince Draper took on Steve Ford and took both. John Chambers did the same to Paul Smith. The in form Dave Shenton was Stapenhill’s only victor taking two off Mick Abbott. Man of the match was Darren Noble who took both off Carl Jeffcoate and it included a 42 break. The team of Tutbury ‘B’ in their second season in this division having been relegated from the Premier are a team that should be there or thereabouts at the top at the end of the season but last week they met an awkward side Belvedere Park ‘B’. Neil Swindale ground Dave Mabbott into submission and took both frames off him and not many will lay claim to that this season. The match was levelled as Steve Mabbott did the same to John Sherriff on the other table. Chris Mabbott with the aid of a 28 break took both off Tim Knopik. Belvedere pulled off the away draw with two frames from Chris Gould with the last frame on the final black. There was a cracking break at Swad Snk Centre last week as their ‘D’ team played host to Belmont ‘C’ another young side trying to get in the premier. It came from Paul Eaton who took two from Andy Jeffries and knocked in a 57 break to the applause of spectators. Nigel Dutton and Dave Rushton also took all their frames. The only frame taken by Swad was from Ray Stretton when he drew with Conrad Thomas. Finally in this division there was another break from Mick Kirk of Ivanhoe ‘C’ when he knocked in a 36 in his two frame victory over Simon Peichowicz of Stapenhill ‘B’ . However, it was not enough to save his team as they went down 5-3. In the second division Swad Snk Cen ‘E’ were expecting a rough ride when they greeted the inform Newhall Social Club ‘B’ team last week. As it turned out, they put on a cracking performance with Brian Bloor taking both off Rob Press and Andrew Bloor taking two off Andy Rice. Rob McNulty and Garton Bloor played their part taking one frame each with Garton only loosing the one frame he lost on the final black for the 6-2 win. Grudge match last week at John Carr when their ‘C’ team played host to their ‘B’ team and it saw the ‘C’ team captain drop himself for ‘Rizzy’ and what an inspired decision it was as ‘Rizzy’ played Daniel Pearsall and it turned out to be a match of stunning shots that they shared. This equalled the other table that Mick Baxter drew with Graham Smith for 2-2 at the halfway stage. Gary Chambers and Mark King then did the business for the ‘C’ team taking all their frames for the 6-2 win. Three breaks in this division worthy of a mention two of which came from Dave Watson of Ivanhoe ‘D’ in his two frame win over Tim James of Rolleston ‘B’. He knocked in a 33 and a 31 and it paved the way to his teams 6-2 win. The other break came from Adam Farrington of Rileys ‘B’ who knocked in a 29 in his two-frame win over Clinton Sherratt of Swad Snk Centre ‘F’. It also went towards his teams 6-2 win. In the third division Belmont ‘D’ had an excellent whitewash victory over Swad Cons ‘D’ last week Gaz Ward took his first easily but was held back by John Griffin in the second until he potted the blue to take two. Rick Davies won his first on the pink and then took the second more easily. Doug Lees knocked in a 20 break in taking two off Steve Jones and Aaron Vaughan pipped him with a 22 break when taking the second frame in a frame he looked like loosing to his opponent Andy Hall. It was Hall who was having no running as the first was handed to Vaughan as Hall went in off the final blue to give Vaughan the chance to take it, which he did.