In the Just Wood Premier Division, Burton Cons A showed no mercy to recently promoted Ivanhoe B by thrashing them at home 8-0. Stuart Roberts got the Cons off to a solid start by beating Stuart Tagg fairly easily with some excellent break building of 43 and 39, which included some solid play. Apparently, Jonathan Fletcher played his two frames against Jason Collins as if it was an exhibition match. Mick Simpkins played very solidly in his comeback game against Brendon Mattley, with some great pots to win 2-0. Owen Jones won a very tight first frame on the black against Jason Pickering, but the second frame was more clear cut.
Although Newhall, second placed in the league, keep on winning, they are gradually falling further behind Burton Cons. Willington A gave Newhall a run for their money, thanks to Wayne Peira drawing with Fran McNulty, who made a 36 break, Jan Pawlazoch drawing also with Fran’s younger brother, Adam. For Newhall, Mark Satchwell knocked in a 31 break which included some good positional shots to take a frame off Gaz Barker, who does not drop many frames. For the Newhall victory, it was down to Wayne Brewin, who is currently in good form, taking both frames off the Power Men’s captain, Bill Stewart.
The game between Tutbury A and Belmont B broke off a little bit late due to a flloodlight failure. By all accounts, Craig Keen was rather fortunate to beat Mark Vaughan over both frames, and even if he was lucky, he still made a 30 break. Skipper, Alan Davies took both frames off Micky Morris, by playing some steady snooker which included a 36 break. For Belmont, Miffa Smith was on fire, potting balls from everywhere to beat John Sherriff. Daz Lester won the match for Tutbury by taking the first frame off Arron Vaughan, a frame that Arron should have won after missing a simple pot on the black. In one of the best single frames seen at Tutbury, Arron made a fantastic comeback against Daz after being 50 behind to win an incredible match on the pink.
Belmont A dealt Tutbury B a crushing defeat, beating them 7-1. Tutbury’s Chris Mabbott got Tutbury off to a great start winning his first frame against Sturmy Archer, which included a break of 33. In the second frame, Sturmy made an impressive 68 break, which included some excellent long pots. Shaun Gebbie made light work of taking both frames off Steve Hathaway. Belmont’s Martin Press, as reliable as ever, taking both frames off David Mabbott, then it was the match between the two respective captains, Graham Bailey had very little trouble in beating David ‘silver fox’ Powell.
In an extremely entertaining match, which included some quality breaks by both teams, SDSC A beat the bottom team, Stapenhill A 6-2. Once again, Andy Goldingay was in tremendous form this time against Andy Tomlinson, recently his break building has been exceptional, making breaks of 34 in the first frame and a 49 in the second. Also, John Davis played out of his skin in beating Chris Gould, and also knocking in a superb 52 break with some great pots. An interesting match between ‘Hoppy’ Dewey, who was playing with a broken foot, and Stapenhill’s talisman, Steve Ford. Hoppy did extremely well to take a frame, but Steve Ford made a 47 break to win his frame, which was full of quality and flair. Steve Ayre and Carl Jeffcoate played out a drawn game. Apparently, a good game enjoyed by all.
In the David Wain Insurance Division 1, Belmont C got a good win at home to Burton Cons B 5-3. The highlight of this match was an 82 break by the extremely talented Mark Sherratt against the unlucky Tom Egginton. By all accounts, this was a quality break with a mixture of long potting, and cue ball control, and also positional sense. For Belmont, Lee Turner did exceptionally well to take both frames off David Plunkett, who rarely loses both frames. Paul Eaton secured a Belmont victory by taking a frame off James Hart. David Shipton, for the Cons, did well to beat Dickie Davis in 2 close frames.
Life is tough at the bottom, and Drakelow are finding that out. As they lost at home to Ivanhoe D 1-7. Alan Orpwood won his first frame by playing the best snooker of his season, to beat Jack Bale, but Jack turned his game around and whalloped Alan in the second. Pat Ryan and George Cawkwell shared their frames, with Pat potting the black for his frame. Tony Coleman was unlucky to lose both frames against Barry Fieldsend. In the first frame, Tony needed two snookers on the blue which he got. The game went to a re-spotted black, with Coleman fine cut rattling in the pocket for a (leave) for Barry. In the 2nd frame, Coleman knocked in an excellent 37 break, but it was not enough to win the frame. Warner Collins won both frames in a close encounter with Mark Baxter.
Rileys D march continues, this time Burton Cons C felt the force, losing 1-7 at home, for the Cons, Ian Rotheroe took a frame off Micky Tonks to prevent a whitewash. Mick Flanagan was in very good form in both frames against the unlucky Gordon Jennings, making breaks of 40 and 42 respectively. Steve Brimley looks a good addition to the Rileys team by taking both frames off Pat Brooks. Mark Stirling, who is playing well at the moment, did the business against Gary Wood.
SDSC C and Rolleston A’s match ended in a draw, with SDSC’s Adam Harrison playing very well to win both frames against Bob Tobey, as Tobey knocked in a 30 break and lost. Henry Tomas unusually lost both frames, which is not a normal event, to Tony Rushton. who was in good form. Ben Davies found a little of his form against Kev Norris, to draw their match. Lee Wright and Bob Sanders also drew.
In the Rileys Division, another unbeaten team, lost their record this week, it was Belmont D losing away to Alrewas D 6-2. Ian Hiley got the Raptors off to a good start by taking both frames off the experienced Terry Bosworth, which included a 29 break. Josh Gebbie came back strongly for Belmont to take both frames on the black and blue respectively against Carl Poulton. In the first frame between Dave Trueman and Dougie Lees, this was an extremely tight frame and could have gone either way, but it went to Dave Trueman. who comfortably won the second. Colin ‘break builder’ Kinsella had little trouble in beating Brian Cutting.
Tutbury C lost 1-7 at home to Swad Cons C who are pushing their claim for promotion. For the Cons, Bob Birch took both frames off Graham Fisher with good potting and safety play. The Cons always look a stronger team when ‘Birchy’ is playing. Graham Smith prevented the Tutbury whitewash by drawing with Craig Wilson in 2 good frames of snooker. Colin Cope did well taking both frames off the consistant Mark Storr. Maurice Dawkins lost both frames to Matt Newbold, which included a break of 24.
In a close match between Woodville C and Alrewas C, it was the visitors who came away the victors 3-5. Robert McMeecham comfortably won both frames against Ben Woodward, who seems to be struggling for a bit of form. Gary Bower made a 23 break in the first frame to win it, but Woodville’s Terry Eyley fought back well to win the second. For Eric ‘the Viking’ Thornewill, whose bad luck started before he could pick up his cue, as it had mysteriously gone missing prior to the game. Unperturbed, Eric found a broom stick, and played his normal game and lost 2-0 to Colin Wood. For Woodville, Alan Shuttlrworth played very well to beat Alrewas’ Nigel Edwards.
Another win for Newhall B, this time away to Willington C 2-6, which sees them gradually moving up the table, thanks to Joe McNulty, beating Steve Butterworth in 2 very tight frames. For the ‘Power Men,’ Laurie Kennerson did well to take both frames off the experienced Carl Glover. For Newhall, Jay Haywood was in good form against Peter Harris, and the same goes for Callum Gray against Steve Lane.
A good result for Alrewas B beating Swad Cons B 7-1. Tony Trueman played very well against John Griffin, winning both frames. Brian did a bit of a demolition job on Peter Fearn, taking both frames fairly comfortably. Thankfully for the Cons, Jon Petcher’s draw with Brian Aldridge, in what was 2 highly entertaining frames. Tom Smith also beat Dan Petcher.
Swad Cons D made up a little ground on their fellow strugglers SDSC E, by beating them 5-3 mainly thanks to Gaz Ward beating Andy Jefferies. All the remaining matches ended in a draw.