Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
Tutbury A picked up a 6-2 victory at home to lowly Stapenhill A. Steve Ford was the only player to take frames for the visitors as he defeated Steve Hathaway. The Mabbott brothers proved to be way too strong on the night as Steve, Chris and Dave took all the frames against Andy Gretton, Chris Sheldrake and Carl Jeffcoate respectively. Chris also knocked in breaks of 39, 23 and 22 on his way to victory.
Rileys A and Swadlincote Snooker Centre A ended in a draw. Ade Harper and Chris Dewey ended 1-1 with Chris smashing in some great long pots but struggling with position but was a fair result. Nigel Tomlinson and John Davis was a bit of a scrappy affair with Nigel getting the first and then losing the second on the black. Billy Newman and Steve Ayre ended with Steve running away with the first frame then Billy came back a bit in the second but it wasn’t enough and he lost 2-0. Mark Stirling and Andy Goldingay was two very close frames. Mark potting the blue near the cushion past the middle pocket and screwing up for the pink on the top cushion. The second frame was similar with Mark potting pink and black in at opposite ends of the table on the cushions.
Belmont A won a close match 5-3 away to Ivanhoe B. Ivan Birkin opened proceedings, sharing the frames with Josh Gebbie. Stuart Tagg was then beaten 2-0 by Fran McInulty who is playing well at the moment. Jason Pickering then potted very well to take both frames from Ian Archer. It was left to Wayne Brewin to clinch the win for the visitors as he took both frames against Bren Mattley.
Burton Cons A hosted Alrewas B in what turned out to be a great match. John Shilton and Colin Kinsella put on a great show in sharing the frames. Shilton knocking in a 33 to take the first and then Kinsella responding with a 42 in the second, however Shilton refused to lie down with his opponent well in front and showed his class by playing a string of snookers to get back into the frame. Kinsella clinched it with the final pink and black. Matt Milnes was in great form as he knocked in a 58 in winning both frames against Carl Poulton. Stuart Roberts also clinched both frames against Adam Walton. The final game saw Owen Jones play Ian Hiley. The first frame was close with Hiley clinching it with an outrageous fluke as he played a poor safety on the deciding pink that ended up being a full length double. The second frame also ended up being close with Jones clinching it on the final pink to leave the final score at 6-2.
Ivanhoe A won a close match 5-3 away at Belmont B. Rich Goldby, Arron Vaughan and Miffa Smith all shared the frames with Mick Kirk, Ian Rennocks and Daniel Blunn respectively. It was Ant Moore that clinched the win on the night as he won both frames against Michael Lomas.
Alrewas A shared the frames with Willington A. All games were draws as Alan Wilson drew with Jan Pawlazych, Roy Sherratt drew with Daz Lester, John Sharpe drew with Dean Johnston and finally Will Sherratt drew with Bill Stewart.
Tony Coleman Reporting on the David Wain Insurance Division 1
In the battle between the divisions top two teams Burton Cons B and Willington C at the Willington Arena it was the second placed team that won on the night in the form of Willington who won 5-3 in what was an excellent nights snooker. The Cons Simon Smith despite being in fine form could only draw with Taylor Richardson. Simon made a superb 43 break which included a number of fine long pots. In the battle of the captains it ended all square. Both Lee Cooke and Dave Plunkett neither deserved to lose so it was a fair result. Lee is starting to play very well as he got a number of fine pots this put the pressure on Dave who came through it with some excellent safety play. Steve Butterworth and Jason Anguish had a great battle between them which finished with honours even with both players in a potting frame of mind. The two final frames between Steve Lane for Willington and David Shipton was going to decide the matches outcome. The first frame was very tight with it going down to the last few colours with Steve winning. The second frame was a little more clear cut with Steve bossing the frame with a number of good pots. With Steve winning the match this gave the home side the win and closes the points gap between them to only three.
Burton Cons C got back to winning ways down the A38 at Alrewas winning 5-3. Karl Hancox as appears to be the norm when the two sides meet he always seems to be playing Steve Castledine and tonight was no exception. Unfortunately for Steve Karl was in tip top form as he won both frames fairly comfortably when he made breaks of 38 and a couple of 20 plus breaks. A similar performance on the other table was played out between the Cons Stuart Roberts and Declan McGurk with Stuart winning fairly easily which included a well constructed 35 break. Mike Buckland played Tom Wright of Alrewas. Tom must be wondering how do you stop the break building machine in the two frames Mike played. He made five breaks of 20 plus and a 32 break. It was just a pity that these breaks could not have been strung together. In one of the frames Tom most sportingly declared a foul on himself which nobody else had seen. This effectively handed the frame to Mike. I believe there cannot be many clubs that Mike has not made a twenty plus break this season. With the match score seemingly heading for a draw the Cons wily old fox Jim Jennings incredibly produced a great clearance against John Richardson including a long pink across the table to take the first frame and to win the match for the Cons. In the second frame John made Jim pay as he won the frame at a canter but the Cons went home happy and also consolidated third place.
Woodville S&S A had a very good away win against the in-form SDSC E giving them a whitewash by winning 8-0. This win puts them nicely in the top six. To be fair SDSC were missing their top player Nick Harcombe. Alan Orpwood was in very good form as he beat Andy Collins fairly easily in the first frame which included a 30 break with a couple of pots on the black. The second frame was a little closer with Alan always being in control. Jim Marcer for the Woodville Vets played some great snooker with a number of good pots to beat Tony Mitchell who did not have the best of running at times. It was good to see Jim winning again. Pat Ryan for the Vets took both frames against Ray Stretton. Pat had a helping hand in the first as Ray gave him at least 26 points away in fouls. The second frame was decided on the blue in Pat’s favour who played some good snooker and a number of cracking pots. Tony Coleman finished the night off well as he beat Ray Bancroft on the brown and blue respectively.
Ivanhoe C are gradually getting their season together as they beat Rolleston A 5-3 away. Gaz Dolman is starting to play to his normal standard with a number of small breaks and then made a nice 32 break as he took both frames of Bobby Cliff who also made a valuable contribution to an entertaining match. James Wilkinson got Rolleston’s first frame of the night as he drew with Jerry Cook with neither player deserving to lose. Richard O’Dell and Steve Cockeram shared their frames with both players looking in good form. Darren Wilson got the away team the victory they wanted as he drew with Tony Rushton. Darren finishing the match with a well made 34 break.
The first divisions draw specialists Swad Cons A are at it again this time drawing with SDSC D. The Cons were given the perfect start first with Mark Hadley being available taking both frames against Brian Bloor who has been in good form of late. In one close frame which could have gone either way but in the second Mark played some great snooker which included a solid 31 break. The Cons Mr Consistent Andy Grainger was again in great potting form although with no high breaks he was still too good on the night for John Chambers by putting them 4-0 ahead at the turn but at this game you can never expect anything normal as SDSC made a great comeback to take the last four frames for a well deserved but unlikely draw. Andrew Bloor started the comeback as he beat Paul Slater in two tight and dour frames. Garton Bloor was on top form as he beat Simon Mansfield with some excellent safety play and potting.
In the battle of the two Willington teams B and D it was the B team who came away with the bragging rights winning 6-2 at the Arena. Andy Jenkins and Dave Budworth shared the frames in what was the best battle of the evening with both players playing some good safety and getting some good pots. Smokin’ Trevor Heath found some form as he comfortably took both frames against Steve Williams. In the match between two quality safety players Steve Gaunt and Bill Davidson as you would expect neither player was able to get the upper hand in both frames. The two frames ended with a stalemate which was a draw. Tony Clements the B team skipper got the two frames off Adi Millington with both players showing glimpses of what they can do. This defeat leaves the D team at the bottom of the division seven points away from the safety zone.
Mark Vaughan writes for Forever Mobility Division Two
Week eleven saw the two top teams in the division slip to defeat at the hands of Swad teams, league leaders Stapenhill B lost at home to Swad Cons D, Brian Sharratt got Stapenhill off to a great start by beating Dave Bodie but Gaz Ward immediately put Swad Cons level at the expense of Tim Knopik, Andy Tomlinson then drew with Kieran Dadley leaving the result in the hands of two very experienced players, John Sheriff against Swad Cons Bob Birch, both players potted well but it was the Cons player who came out on top to give his team the five three victory.
Second placed Rolleston C travelled to Belmont to play the D team who have only lost once this season, the home team had to call out an emergency replacement in the shape of Glyn Holland who hadn’t touched his cue for two years but played well against Rob Sanders narrowly losing both and on the other table Tom Holland played Lionel Lewis and potted well to earn the home team a frame. The next match between Micky Morris and Rolleston’s Ade Owen was one sided with Micky potting brilliantly to draw his team level leaving the result on the two captains match, Mark Vaughan went behind to Rolleston captain Kev Norris in both frames but pulled back strongly to take them both to give his team the victory.
Ashby Ivanhoe D seem to have gotten over there early season stutter with a solid home win against Swad Cons B, Jack Bale took two off the talented Matt Newbold, this was backed up by Tim Bale and Jason Collins winning two each, for Swad Cons it was Paul Hollis who played very well to take two frames off Tony Tredger.
Woodville B hosted the ladies of Riley’s, B Mark Gallagher knocked in a 28 break in the two frames he took off Kate Stirling, Gilda Horvath potted an brilliant black down the cushion to win a frame against Jack Gallagher, Bill Hunt and Terry Eley won the other frames for a 7-1 win which was closer than the score suggests.
Swad Cons C were a little unlucky to lose at home to third placed Tutbury B, Dan Petcher took two frames off John Peto and was backed up by John Griffin who drew with Colin Bell to give the home team a three one lead, although it was all Tutbury after this, Jeff Siddalls and Graham Fisher winning all four frames for a five three away win.
Burton Cons D Lost six two at home to Alrewas D with only Nathan and Paul Brooks taking a frame each for the home team, Rolleston B drew with Belmont C Terry Bosworth took two for Belmont off Dave Bentley and Steve Atkin did the same for Rolleston against Brian Cutting, all other players drawing.