In the Just Wood Premier Division Burton Cons A the current leaders kept up their impetus with a fine win away to Ivanhoe B winning 6-2. Stuart Tagg for Ivanhoe played two good frames of snooker but could still only draw with Mick Simpkins. Jason Pickering back in the team after his lay-off did well to take a frame off John Shilton with some fine snooker. After that it all went pear shaped for Ivanhoe with Owen Jones bristling with confidence as he took both frames off the unlucky Brendon Mattley. Then Jonathan Fletcher who has not played much league snooker this season outplayed Mark Pickering in both frames.
In the match between second and third placed teams the match result was a draw and a deserved result. The match had some quality snooker and some good breaks. For Newhall A their most consistent player Fran McInulty lost both frames in a quality match against Ivanhoe A’s Andy Marriott. Despite Fran making a 30 break this was counteracted by two cracking breaks of 36 and 47 by Andy. Ivanhoe went 3-1 up at the turn thanks to Ian Rennocks drawing with Wayne Brewin who played some solid snooker. Ian knocked in a 32 break in the frame he won. A very determined performance by Mark Satchwell against Michael Kirk winning both frames to get Newhall back on level terms. The status quo remained as Darren Noble and Antony Moore shared two entertaining frames for the match to end all square.
A good win at home for Tutbury A winning 5-3 at home to Ivanhoe C helps to steady the ship. The return of father-to-be of twins Craig Keen helped to rejuvenate a poor Tutbury of late. Craig was in masterful form to take both frames off Darren Wilson with some good pots. This good work was then carried on by Paul Atterbury as he shared the frames with Graham Measures putting Tutbury 3-1 ahead. Gaz Dolman started the Ivanhoe fightback with a solid display to beat Colin Bell. Captain Alan Davies won the match for Tutbury with a strong performance in beating Jerry Cook.
Willington B eased their relegation fears and makes it more difficult for SDSC A as they won away 5-3. Tony Clements for Willington set out his stall in a very determined way to get his team off to the best possible start as he beat Brian Bloor in a solid manner. Andrew Bloor pulled a frame back as he drew with Andy Jenkins in a dour affair. Simon Orpwood was back to form after his blip the previous week with a competent display in beating John Hardy. Steve Gaunt won both frames against Garton Bloor for a Willington win in what turned out to be two extremely close frames.
Riley’s A had a good win at home beating Belmont B 5-3. Mark Stirling was the difference between the draw and the win as he was the only player to win both frames on the night as he beat Mick Morris who was a little bit ‘cue rusty’ after a long layoff. It is good to have bubbly characters like Mick back in the game as there does appear to be a shortage of them. Andy Spiers drew with Brett Craddock in a couple of close frames. Ady Harper and Arron Vaughan had a couple of quick fire frames with honours shared. Micky Tonks in drawing with Miffa Smith ensured the win for Riley’s.
A very good win for Belmont A as they hammered SDSC A 7-1. Losing for SDSC has not been a common occurrence this season. Graham Bailey was in fine form as he made light work of beating Steve Ayre with some cracking pots in both frames which was probably Graham’s best two frames of the season. On the other table we had two contrasting frames. Andy Goldingay made a good clearance on the colours to pinch the first frame of Ian Archer. Sturmy when he drops a frame he is like a wounded tiger and made no mistakes in the second with a comprehensive win. Josh Gebbie was again in good form as he took both frames off John Davis with some good pots and some even better flukes. Shaun not to be outdone by his son Josh then took both frames off Chris Dewey in a match that both players played well at times.
Willington A did their league position a power of good as they beat high flying Tutbury B 6-2. Jan Pawlazyck was playing solid snooker as he took both frames off Dave the “Silver Fox” Powell. Gaz Barker carried on the good work as he beat Steve Hathaway in two fairly comfortable frames of snooker putting Willington in unfamiliar territory this season being 4-0 ahead at the turn. Dean Johnson whose form has picked up recently played well to take both frames from Steve Mabbott. Chris Mabbott put some respectability into the score line for the Tutters to beat Dave Hayman.
In the David Wain Insurance Division 1 the current leaders SDSC C had a tough game on their hands as they struggled to overcome a very resolute Rolleston A team. SDSC were given a fine start thanks Adam Harrison who has been playing some fine snooker of late carried this on as he beat Bob Sanders fairly comfortably. Pete Maquire then drew with Bob Tubey in a couple of scrappy frames for them to go 3-1 up. The talented Harry Farrell of SDSC certainly had his wings clipped as Tony Rushton the Rolleston captain put in a great performance to take both frames off Harry with a fine display of snooker which included a well constructed 42 break. Henry Tomas got his team over the line in two very tight frames in beating Kev Norris.
Alrewas A continued their promotion push with a fine win at home to Riley’s B winning 6-2. In the first frame Dave “not so fiery” Trueman was out in the cold a little as Adam Farrington played well to take the first but Dave was very hot in the second frame which he won at a canter. The Raptors Ian “hit man” Hiley was in stunning form as he beat Ryan Gibbs with a fine potting display which culminated with a fine 47 break. Colin Kinsella could only draw with Paul Fox despite making a 36 break. King Carlos of Alrewas reigns supreme as he was in majestic form to beat Gary Mayne.
Newhall B’s fine form continues this time away to Stapenhill B winning 5-3. Stapenhill’s John Richardson started well making a very fine 40 break in the first frame against Callum Grey to win it but Callum came back well to win the second. Mark Anslow was in fine form taking both frames against Stan Piechowitz winning the first frame with a break of 30 then fluking the black to win the second. Stapenhill’s Gregg Britton played well to beat Martin Hicks although he had a generous run of the ball. It was then left to the consistent Carl Glover who was playing well against Mark Waldron a name from the past to take both frames and the match for Newhall.
A rather surprising result based on the last few weeks performance was Woodville S&S A beating Burton Cons C 7-1. This defeat has certainly slowed down their promotion push. Woodville got off to the perfect start thanks to Alan Orpwood playing some very good snooker against Ian Shrive to win both frames. In the first frame Ian conceded on the green. On the other table the match between Jim Marcer and Mick Buckland lasted just about 40 minutes such was the quality of potting by both players especially by Jim in the first frame when he knocked in a 24 break and Mick conceded with one red left on the table. The second frame was much closer with potter Jim having the edge. Pat Ryan and Steve Castledine had two close frames with Pat having the edge when the opportunities arose. By far the two longest frames of the night was shared between Tony Coleman and Jim Jennings. Jim won the last frame of the night to prevent the whitewash.
SDSC D drew their match with Swad Cons A. Andy Grainger got the Cons off to a great start in beating Rob Press. For the second week running Andy made a forty plus break. Andy Rice got a frame on the score board for SDSC in drawing in a scrappy match with Lee Wood. Danny Collins played very well to take a frame against Mark Hadley. Ryan Gilmore got the two frames SDSC required for the draw in beating Paul Slater.
Burton Cons B slipped up at home losing to one of the current form teams Stapenhill A 5-3. Chris Sheldrake for Stapenhill is the man in-form at the moment taking both frames off Jason Anguish with a solid display which included a fine 35 break. Tim Knopik did very well to take a frame off the Cons potting machine Simon Smith. Steve Ford and Dave Plunkett drew in the battle of the captains. Andy Tomlinson got the winning frame for Stapenhill as he shared the honours with Tom Egginton.
Willington C slipped up at home to promotion chasing Alrewas B losing 5-3. Bill Davidson got Willington off to a good start with a fine display of potting and safety play to beat Will Sherratt. John Sharp then got Alrewas back on level terms as he won two scrappy frames against Brian Alford. Dave Budworth and Alan Wilson played out two fine frames of snooker which deservedly ended all square. The talents of Phil Marklew helped secure the win for the away team in a very close match with Trevor Heath as he won both frames
In the Riley’s Division 2 there was quite an upset as Woodville S&S B took on and beat high flying Alrewas C 5-3. The defeat of Alrewas has taken the pressure off Willington a little. For Woodville Ben Woodward was playing some fine snooker both in potting and safety play as he beat Rob McMeecham. Karl Hancox pulled Alrewas level with his normal solid performance to beat Alan Shuttleworth. Terry Eyley was Woodville’s star player as he played out of his skin to beat the resilient Colin Wood with some good safety play and some cracking snookers. Jim Gardner with a very determined performance drew with Nigel Edwards to give Woodville a well deserved win. This has be a rare occurrence when both Woodville teams win in the same week.
Not for the first time this season have Tutbury C failed to win when in a great position. It happened this time against Swad Cons C drawing when being 4-0 ahead at the turn. Gary Hall gave them a great start in taking both frames off Colin Cope in a very workman like manner. This continued with John Peto playing some fine snooker in beating Paul Hollis. Cue the Cons revival in the shape of Matt Newbold taking both frames against the experienced Jeff Siddalls. The last match was between two experienced campaigners Bob Birch and Graham Smith with two close frames in a match that showed off both players qualities with Bob just shading both frames to complete a great fight back.
Alrewas D gave the league leaders a good run for their money only losing out at the end 5-3 to Willington D. Mick Oates making a rare appearance for Alrewas took a frame off Steve Lane where he showed off his great potting ability in making a 35 break to win his frame. Brian Eccleston had difficulty in holding on to the master break builder Loz Kennerson as he again won both frames with something to spare. John Hill then got Alrewas back into the match in beating Daz Harris to put the match scores level. Steve Butterworth then showed his quality in winning both frames albeit close against Brian Aldridge for the Willington win.
SDSC E and Rolleston B drew in a tight match. Andy Jefferies shared the frames with Aaron Doyle then Rolleston’s skipper John Ward won a couple of dour frames against Ray Bancroft to put Rolleston ahead. Ray Stretton then levelled the match score in beating Steve Atkin. Tony Mitchell and Neil Cheadle shared the honours.
A fine home win for Swad Cons B beating SDSC F 7-1. Alex Read won SDSC’s solitary frame as he drew with club Chairman John Griffin in two tight frames. Dan Petcher who is in good form currently again played well to beat Dave Wileman. Rob McInulty another player from the past showed he can still do the business as he beat Henry Carlton. Jon Petcher finished off a good night for the Cons with a convincing display against Alex Glover.
Belmont C lost ground in their promotion push to fellow rivals Swad Cons D losing 6-2 at home. Terry Bosworth and Gaz Ward drew in two very safety conscious frames. Scott Gee for the Cons put them 3-1 ahead at the turn as he won both frames fairly comfortably against Brian Cutting. Nig Duggins was in top form as he won both frames against Dougie Lees to get the required frames for victory. Kieran Dadley made the night even better for the Cons as he drew with the consistent Dave Press. The question for the Cons next week is will the Bodieman get back into the team?