Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
Week 3 of the Premier Division began with another win for Rileys A at home to Belmont B. Andy Spiers and Nigel Tomlinson did the damage as they took maximum points against Josh Gebbie and Arron Vaughan respectively. Tom Elliott knocked in a 30 in taking a frame from Michael Lomas but his opponent responded to take the second with a 32 break. Mark Stirling knocked in a 27 to take a frame from Miffa Smith to leave the final score 6-2.
The Swadlincote Snooker Centre derby saw the A team defeat the B team 6-2. Andy Goldingay knocked in a 39 in sharing the frames with Henry Thomas. Chris Dewey also drew with Ben Davies. Mark Satchwell defeated Pete Maguire and John Davis beat Graham Bailey to close out the match.
It was a good night for Belmont A as they won 6-2 against Alrewas B. Ian Archer was in imperious form against Colin Kinsella taking both frames relatively comfortably with both players having 30+ breaks. Fran McInulty took the second frame comfortably against Carl Poulton who won the first from well behind on the pink. Mark Press was able to hold off the stiff challenge from Adam Walton on both frames but it was a cheek puffing night for Press for his 2-0. Finally Wayne Brewin and Ian Hiley shared the frames but Hiley will be disappointed he didn’t take both after leading comfortably in the first only to see it slip away on the final black.
A tight match at the Ivanhoe saw Ashby A just pip Stapenhill to the post with a 5-3 win. Ian Rennocks was the only player to take both frames on the night as he beat Mark Waldron, aided by a 31 break. Daniel Blunn knocked in a 47 break in taking a frame from Chris Sheldrake. Michael Kirk drew with Andy Gretton and Antony Moore followed suit by drawing with Steve Ford.
Ivanhoe B picked up a cracking win away at Alrewas A. Talisman Phil Marklew took his two frames against John Skellett with a 30 break, and Alan Wilson shared the frames with Stuart Tagg. That was as good as it got for the hosts as Brendon Mattley defeated Will Sherratt and Jason Pickering, with breaks of 32 and 34, defeated Gary Green to leave the final score at 5-3 to the visitors.
The Tutbury Tutters hosted reigning champions Burton Cons A. Steve Hathaway faced Mick Simpkins in a tactical match that ended in the Con’s captain’s favour as he took both frames. Dave Powell played Owen Jones on the other table with Jones knocking in a 38 to win both frames at a canter. The second half began with Chris Mabbott sharing the frames with Darren Coady in a game where both players potted well. Finally, Dave Mabbott played John Shilton. The Cons player was making his first appearance of the season and showed no signs of rustiness as he woth both frames, including a 35 break. The match finished 7-1 to the Cons in what turned out to be a comprehensive victory.
Tony Coleman reporting on the David Wain Insurance Division 1
Burton Cons C continued their cracking start to the season as they thrashed Newhall A 7-1 at the Cons. First game on was between Premier league player Stuart Roberts who took on Sam Hicks of Newhall. While not at his best in both frames he still had too much firepower for Sam to lose both frames fairly comfortable. On the other table we had break-builder Buckland who is in terrific form. At the moment he is like a magician with his magic wand producing a number of substantial breaks every frame although he was rather lucky to win the first frame off the unfortunate Lee Sherratt. The second frame Lee went into the lead early on but was caught and well over taken by Mick with two quality breaks of 37 and 25. Ian Shrive showed a welcome return to form to win both frames fairly comfortably against Mark Anslow. The final match was two scrappy frames between Craig Finch and Callum Gray which ended all square. Callum’s frame prevented a whitewash for Newhall. This was a comfortable win for the Cons.
Willington B had their first win of the season at the expense of SDSC E winning 5-3. SDSC were given the perfect start thanks to a solid display by Nick Harcombe beating Loz Kennerson. Steve Butterworth put Willington’s first frame on the score board as he drew with Ray Bancroft who put in a battling performance. Steve in winning the first frame made a very hard worked 33 break. Steve Lane then put Willington on level terms 3-3 as he beat Tony Mitchell in a very close match with some fine potting by both players. Lee Cooke won both frames off Andy Jefferies in a match that had some good safety play but also there was some scrappy play with Lee winning the two frames earning his side the victory.
Burton Cons B lost at home to Ivanhoe C 5-3. This was Ivanhoe’s first win of the season against one of the potential promotion teams. Tom Egginton playing his first game of the season since his operation who was a little rusty against Gaz Dolman and lost both frames despite getting one or two good pots. Jason Anguish and Jez Cook shared a couple of close frames with neither player being able to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Graham Measures played the captain’s role perfectly for the Ivanhoe as he won both frames against Dave Shipton with a mix of safety play and potting. Mick Buckland as the Cons floating player has only dropped one frame this season in total irrespective of which team he has played for so far this season and against Darren Wilson this continued although he did have a bit of a scare but responded with a fine 31 break. Mick won both frames but could not prevent the team losing.
Another win for Woodville S&S A as they beat Willington D 5-3 in a friendly and entertaining match but the actual result was in doubt until the final pink was potted. Woodville went into a 4-0 lead thanks to their opening players. Jim Marcer maintained his 100% record against floater Lee Cooke. In the first frame Jim was unstoppable he was making some great pots with some little breaks and a 23 break which had Lee conceding on the yellow. The second frame was a lot closer with Jim a shade behind on the colours but got back in front to win on the pink. On the other table whilst not firing on all cylinders Alan Orpwood was sufficently in control to beat Adi Millington in both frames fairly comfortably. This was the first time Adi had dropped a frame this season. Dave Budworth brought Willington back into the match as he won both frames against Tony Coleman. The first frame could have gone either way with Dave taking it on the black. The second frame Dave was in control for most of thr frame with some very good long potting which included a good 23 break. Bill Davidson pulled another frame back in a close game with Pat Ryan who had to play without his glasses as he had left them in a bar somewhere!! This frame included some good snookers and safety play by both players. The second was just as tight but Pat managed to get his nose in front early on and stayed there. Not for the first time this season has Pat had to win the final frame for the team win.
SDSC D got the first win under their belt as they beat fellow promoted side Rolleston A 5-3. Carl White and Tony Rushton shared their frames which was about right on the night. Garton Bloor after a bit of practice is now reaping the dividends with a cracking display of potting to beat Joe Docksey in both frames. Richard O’Dell for Rolleston helped his side get back on level terms to beat John Chambers with a battling performance to take both frames. Andy Bloor finished the evening off well as he easily beat Bobby Cliff with a number of fine long pots for an SDSC victory.
A very good match was played out at Swad Cons between their A team and Alrewas C which deservedly ended all square. Andy Grainger set his stall out early with a great display of potting which gave Rob McMeecham very little chance to shine. Andy knocked in a superb 47 break which is the highest break of the week in this division. Andy won both frames. On the other table there was also another match which contained some quality snooker between Lee Wood and John Richardson. Lee did extremely well to share the frames with John who managed to knock in a well constructed 45 break. This put the Cons 3-1 ahead at the turn but it was a game of two halves as the A38 boys came back well. Karl Hancox for Alrewas got the sides level with a solid display in taking both frames off Simon Mansfield. Alrewas with John Richardson and Karl Hancox in good form are a formidable team. Paul Slater and Colin Wood shared the frames in a couple off scrappy frames which sent both teams home happy.
Mark Vaughan writes for Forever Mobility Division 2
Swad Cons hosted a derby match with the clubs D team at home to the C; Gaz Ward got the D team off to a flyer by beating Paul Griffin with the help of a 27 break and this was backed up by Kieran Dadley beating Barry Bentley, it took the C teams Jon Petcher to stop the rot by taking a frame off Bob Birch, with Bob taking the second, Andy Boam wrapped up the 6-2 D team victory by winning a frame against John Griffin.
Alrewas D hosted a team who are showing they have strength in depth and look like early promotion candidates in the shape of Belmont C who came away with a 5-3 win thanks to Brian Cutting who won two frames against Brian Aldridge with all other players drawing.
Ashby Ivanhoe D is another team who look like promotion candidates and showed it with a great home win against the capable Rolleston B, Neil Cheadle and Aaron Doyle winning a frame a piece for Rolleston to go down 6-2.
Rolleston C had a great home win against Tutbury B. Ade Owen beating Tutbury’s Colin Bell, Lionel Lewis took the first frame with the help of the divisions highest break so far a 37 in the one frame he won against Jeff Siddals, Rob Sanders drew with Paul Atterbury leaving Rob Tubey to wrap up a 6-2 win by beating John Peto.
Stapenhill B also look strong candidates for promotion with a great win against Woodville SS B, for Stapenhill Greg Britton, John Sherriff and Bryan Sharratt (31 break) took all there frames with Mark Gallagher getting a consolation frame from Andy Tomlinson for a 7-1 scoreline.
Belmont D had a good game against Burton Cons D, Tom Holland showing promise as he came from behind to win the first frame against Nathan Brooks, Mick Morris put Belmont 3-1 up by beating Al Munnien, this was matched in an even contest by Brett Craddock taking two off Burton’s Ian Protheroe, Ross Hollis put another frame on the board for Belmont and in the last frame of the match Simon Malpass knocked in a 24 break with Ross coming back and narrowly losing on the black for a 6-2 scoreline.