In the Just Wood Premier Division, Ivanhoe A’s good run of form continues, this time against Tutbury B, winning 7-1. Andy Marriott again won both frames with breaks of 31 and 32 in respective frames against Chris Mabbott. Ian Rennocks winning against Steve Mabbott put Ivanhoe in a very good position, and Ian knocked in a 39 break also. Ivanhoe’s captain, Mick Kirk and Steve Hathaway both drew with Steve by winning the second frame on the black. Antony Moore won two comfortable frames against the Tutter’s Dave ‘Silver Fox’ Powell.
Burton Cons A had a fine win at home to Belmont B, winning 6-2. Solid performances by Cons players Mat Milnes and Jonathan Fletcher, against the respective opponents of Arron Vaughan and Mark Vaughan. Jonathan was in good form making a magnificent 66 clearance against Mark, who thought he was in with a chance of winning the frame. The ex professional, John Shilton had two close frames against Miffa Smith in fact, in the second frame, Miffa had chances to win the frame. Rich Goldby was Belmont’s player of the night with a great display against an out of sorts Owen Jones. Rich got a little bit of running at the right times, and took full advantage of it to win both frames which included a 38 break in the first.
Belmont A beat relegation threatened Stapenhill A 6-2. Belmont got back to winning ways with Ian Archer leading the way by easily beating Tim Knopik in both frames. Graham Bailey found a little bit of form against Steve Ford, knocking in a well made 54 break which is the highest in this division this week in the first frame, and Graham also won the second to give Belmont a 4-0 lead at the turn. Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson and Carlos Jeffcoate tried to start a fightback by winning their first frames against Shaun Gebbie and Brett Craddock respectively. The second frames were different. Shaun won his frame to ensure victory for Belmont. A special mention for Brett Craddock, who is just starting to play again after a 15 year absence and just getting back into the groove,won his second also.
A good win away from home for Willington B against SDSC A 2-6. For SDSC, John Davis and Dave Mawhwinney shared the opening two frames. Willington’s Lionel Lewis got into gear with some really good pots, including a 24 break to beat Mark Pauley. Tony Clements then beat Chris Dewey, which included a 28 break. Steve Ayre and Steve Gaunt then played two evenly contested frames with a share of the spoils which was a fair outcome. SDSC certainly miss Andy Goldingay when he is not available.
Willington A did relegation threatened Ivanhoe B no favours, as they beat them 6-2. Ivanhoe’s John Skellett got them off to a good start by taking both frames off Bill Stewart, but that was it. Wayne Peira beat Ivanhoe’s floating player, Jason Collins with a bit to spare. Gaz Barker got back to winning ways? by beating Brendon Mattley in two entertaining frames which included a 35 break by Barker. Jan Pawlazych did not give Jason Pickering much of a look-in as he won both frames fairly easily. This win keeps Willington in the top five in the division.
In the David Wain Insurance Division One, there was a bit of a shock for league leaders Rileys D, who lost away to Belmont C, who are gradually getting themselves well positioned for the third promotional spot. Rileys actually got off to a good start thanks to Mark Stirling taking both frames off Dickie Davis, with some good pots, then Micky Tonks took a frame off Lee Turner. Things looked good for Rileys, but they did expect Mike Flanagan to drop two frames against Mark Sherratt. Mark did this with the help of a 42 break. Belmont are a very strong team when Mark is playing. Paul Eaton, Belmont’s captain, got both frames against Rich Foster for a Belmont victory.
Rileys C dropped vital points against SDSC D as they lost at home 2-6. Lee Sherratt got SDSC off to a good start, by beating Jerry Hall in some style thanks to some excellent long pots. Ryan Gilmore then drew with Adam Farrington in two rather scrappy frames. For Rileys, even their stalwart, Paul Fox could only take a frame against Rob Press. For SDSC, Andy Rice played some very good snooker to beat Ryan Gibbs.
Rolleston had a good game away against Burton Cons C, winning 7-1.
Rileys B, the draw specialists, had a good home win, beating Burton Cons D 7-1. Thanks to Adam Bridges taking both frames against an out of sorts Paul Davies. Ade Harper and Steve Castledine then drew the match, with Steve preventing the whitewash. Andy Speirs had to be at his best to take both frames off the determined Mick Buckland. The irrepressible Mark King enjoyed himself, by beating ex team colleague, Ian Shrive.
Drakelow lost to Burton Cons B, but not without putting up a fight, losing 2-6. Mark Baxter lost the first frame to Dave Shipton fair and square, but in the second, he deserved to win it, by making an excellent 30 break, and losing it on the black. Alan ‘Big O’ Orpwood found some of his missing form of this season, to beat Tom Egginton on the pink and black balls respectively. Pat Ryan and Dave Plunkett had two evenly contested frames, with Dave just about deserving to win both frames. Stand-in Jason Anguish, was too good on the night for Tony Coleman.
Another good win for second placed Ivanhoe C at home to Stapenhill B 6-2. Ivanhoe’s Gaz Dolman was in very good form beating John Richardson, who rarely loses both frames. Jerry Cook then helped their cause even more by drawing with Greg Britton. Two scrappy frames between Graham Measures and Barry Waller resulted in a draw. As has happened a few times this season, Darren Wilson has had to win a frame or frames to give Ivanhoe victory, this again happened, and Darren did not let them down, by beating Colin Britton with style.
SDSC D have kept up their late promotion push, by beating relegation threatened Ivanhoe D 6-2. Once again this season, Adam Harrison was in good form, beating George Cawkwell with the help of a 30 break. Adam did not appear to miss a pot. The young talent of Harry Farrell was at it again, drawing with the experienced Barry Fieldsend. Henry Tomas and Jack Bale shared their frames with some good safety play. Peter Maguire was too strong, and potting well on the night against Warner Collins.
In the Rileys Division Two, Alrewas D, the league leaders, have shown in the last two weeks, how good a team they are. Last week, they beat the team that is second in the division, then they thrashed Woodville B 7-1 which is the team who are third, By all accounts, it was a classic match between Carl ‘ The Pottinator’ Poulton and Trevor ‘The Hitman’ Heath, and a fair result was a draw, with good safety play and very good pots. Dave ‘Fiery Fred’ Trueman apparently, said that his was the performance of the night against Woodville’s captain, Dave Budworth, by winning both frames. Colin Kinsella was too good for Martin Ganley on the night, which included a 38 break. Ian Hiley had little trouble in dispatching Bill Davidson to defeat, with a little gem of a 24 break.
What a 79th Birthday present for Belmont’s Doug Lees. Water all round on the night! It was a solid performance from Doug, with him winning both frames against John Peto, and Belmont winning 3-5 away. Tutbury’s Graham Smith used his vast experience to out gun Belmont’s up and coming talent, Josh Gebbie. Belmont’s experienced Terry Bosworth pulled him through, as his snooker was not up to his normal standard, as he took both frames off Mark Storr. The match between Dave Press and Graham Fisher was a classic, but unfortunately, for the wrong reasons.
After their win the previous week, Woodville C could not maintain their momentum, as they lost at home to Newhall B 3-5. Newhall’s Callum Gray played a steady frame to take one off Alan Shuttleworth. Joe McInulty took both frames off the wily old campaigner, Eric Thorniwell. Newhall leading 3-1 at the turn, lost the next two frames thanks to Ben Woodward beating Jonny Howlett in two very close frames. Newhall’s captain, Carl Glover, again pulled them through, first by winning the first frame, and winning the match for victory, by potting the final black of the match.
Alrewas C seem to be finding a little bit of form of late, this time beating Swad Cons D away 2-6. Alrewas got off to a great start, thanks to Colin Wood and Rob McMeecham, putting them 4-0 up at the turn. Colin Wood had just the edge over Malc Smith, whilst Rob won two very entertaining frames against Dave Bodie. Both Karl Hancox and Gary Bower won their respective first frames against Marc Egan and Scott Gee, but Mark and Scott won their second frames to put the Cons on the board.
Alrewas B beat SDSC E 5-3 in the middle of the table clash. Alrewas’ Brian Eccleston lost both frames to Ray Stretton in a scrappy affair. Tony Trueman and Tony Mitchell drew in a competitive match. Tom Smith, playing with some confidence, beat Ray Bancroft. John Hill then beat Phil Maddocks in the best two frames of the evening.
Another win for Willington C 5-3 against Swad Cons B, who played with great spirit and not much luck. Loz Kenerson took both frames off Dan Petcher. Steve Lane was also in good form, taking both frames off Pete Fearn. The Cons did put in a fight back. Jon Petcher won his frame with a 23 break against Steve Butterworth. John Griffin got a rare two frames against Darren Harris.