Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
A close match was played out at Stapenhill, where visitors Belmont B came out on top with a 5-3 win. Chris Sheldrake shared the frames with Michael Lomas to begin proceedings. Steve Ford and Andy Gretton then drew with Arron Vaughan and Zaheer Hussain. The decisive game saw Miffa Smith take both frames against Lee Butler to snatch the victory.
A high quality game at the Royal British Legion saw both teams sharing the spoils with every match drawn. Adam Walton did well to fight back against Steve Mabbott in the first to take it on the black but Steve powered effortlessly to the second. Colin Kinsella dug in well against Chris Mabbott to take another black ball finish in the first but Chris showed his class to take the second. Carl Poulton looked to be cruising in the first against Steve Hathaway but Steve fought back brilliantly to force another black ball finish but Poulton hung on. The second was equally as close but Hathaway held his nerve to take it. Ian Hiley and Dave Mabbott slugged out a high quality game. Both traded pot for pot across the two frames but nothing could separate them in the end.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre B won 6-2 at home to Alrewas A, who could only field three players. Mark Satchwell and Andy Rice took maximum frames against Will Sherratt and Roy Sherratt respectively. David Wain claimed the two frames gained from the missing player. Alan Wilson stopped the rot as he won both frames against Pete Maguire.
Ivanhoe A won 5-3 at home against Swadlincote Snooker Centre A. Andy Marriott took the frames against John Davis, but Steve Ayre responded by taking both from Ant Moore. Mick Kirk played out a draw with Andy Goldingay. Ian Reenocks was the difference on the night as he knocked in a 47 to take both frames against Chris Dewey.
Belmont A also won a tight game 5-3 against Willington A who are struggling at the moment. Wayne Brewin defeated Daz Lester aided by a 33 break. Ian Archer then took both frames against Bill Stewart to put the Belmont side in command. Fran McInulty then shared the frames with Gaz Barker and Wayne Pereira won the final two frames against Josh Gebbie to complete the scoring.
Burton Cons A won 7-1 at home to Ivanhoe B. John Shilton was in imperious form as he complied an 82 break in beating Bren Mattley. Matt Milnes played out two quality frames with Ivan Birkin, who had chances in both frames. Milnes potted well at crucial times to take them. Darren Coady and Jason Pickering shared the frames with both players potting well. Owen Jones was last up against Stu Tagg. Jones potted well and knocked in a 36 on the way to taking both frames.
Tony Coleman Reporting on the David Wain Insurance Division 1
In the top of the table clash between Woodville S&S A and Burton Cons B it was third placed against first respectively. It was the away side who came away the winners 5-3 but only just. The first game was between two inform players Jim Marcer and Jason Anguish. It was a fairly open match with both players potting well but going down to the colours Jason had opened up a five point lead but as ever experienced told with Jim taking the first frame with yellow to pink in two visits.
The second frame also went to Jim a little easier as he opened up a 29 point lead on the colours and Jason conceding on the blue. Simon Smith put the Cons back on level terms with a solid display against Alan Orpwood who was not at his best. Simon made breaks in the low twenties in both frames to help his cause.
Tony Coleman shared the frames with Mick Buckland who despite not being at his best nicked the second frame with a lovely cut back on the black into the blind pocket. Dave Plunkett played the captain’s role perfectly as he won both frames against Pat Ryan although the first was very tight until Pat after potting a good green and brown succeeded in snookering himself on the blue. After a safety battle Dave potted the blue and pink. In the second frame Dave was more in control thanks to a number of small breaks. A great match and played in a great spirit. On this form Burton Cons B will take some stopping.
Burton Cons C got back to winning ways with a good win at home to SDSC D winning 5-3. Relegated SDSC are struggling at the moment to get into the swing of the lower division although they are not always able to field a settled side. The master break builder this season Mike Buckland made the most of his opportunities against Brian Bloor beating him 2-0. In the first frame Mick knocked in a nice 27 break then in the second made a 23 break although Brian had very little good luck. Garton Bloor for SDSC has started to run into a bit of good form as he played some great snooker in taking both frames off Steve Castledine. Steve did his best to stay in touch in the second frame with a number of good snookers. Craig Finch for the Cons continued his good run of form as he won both frames fairly comfortably against David Wain. Captain Ian Shrive played some good snooker in his first frame and match winning frame against Andy Bloor whilst also having a generous bit of running. Andy took his frame with some solid snooker.
Well done to Rolleston A as they won their first match of the season against fifth placed Willington C winning 5-3. Bobby Cliff and Steve Butterworth shared their frames in two very tight games with both frames going down to the last few balls. Willington got their noses in front thanks to Loz Kennerson taking both frames against James Wilkinson who was playing his first game of the season. In the first frame James started rather brightly however Loz came alive on the colours to take it. Loz was now full of confidence and won the second at a canter. This put the Rolleston boys 3-1 down at the turn but somehow they managed to turn the match around. Thanks firstly to Tony Rushton who despite great efforts from Steve Lane who made him fight for both frames the match score was now level. Joe Docksey played a captain’s role as he won both frames against Steve Williams. This was an entertaining match with some great pots by both players and followed by some silly misses by both. Hopefully this win will be the start of the turn around for a team full of potential.
Ivanhoe C and Swad Cons A played out a cracking game which ended in an honourable draw with some quality snooker played by both sides. Gaz Dolman and Mark Hadley shared their frames with neither player being able to make the most of the opportunities when they arose. Darren Wilson who played some great snooker as he took both frames against Simon Mansfield who was not at his potting best. This put Ivanhoe 3-1 ahead at the turn but as it turned out it was a game of two halves. Andy Grainger for the Cons was in majestic form against Jerry Cook who spent a lot of the evening watching Andy play some great pots. Andy knocked in the highest break of the season so far in this division which is 64. This included a wide variety of pots and he always appeared to have the cue ball well under control. The second frame went much the same as the first but without any sizable breaks. George Cawkwell and Paul Slater shared the final two frames of the night which were close. This win keeps the Cons nicely placed in fourth position.
Newhall A had fine win at home against lowly placed Alrewas C winning 5-3. Alrewas started off the better thanks to Karl Hancox taking both frames against the unlucky Callum Grey who never had the best of running. Mark Anslow aka Dennis Taylor was a different player having just got a new pair of snooker glasses. He was very unlucky to lose the first frame to Tommy Wright. In the second frame he was potting the balls more clearly and appeared to be in a different class. Martin Hicks was in superb form as he beat John Richardson with a classy display. The first frame was a close affair but the second Martin knocked in a lovely 49 break. Martin was on 46 when he went into the pack and took the green on the full length of the table just for good measure in this frame he then made a great 22 clearance. I cannot remember the last time John has lost two frames back to back. Carl Glover aka ‘Steady Eddie’ is getting back to the form of the previous season with a solid performance in beating Colin Wood to win the match for Newhall. In one of his winning frames Carl made a fine 28 break. At the moment it appears that Alrewas are not firing on all cylinders.
Willington B and SDSC E shared the points in a match that no frames were shared. Nick Harcombe got his side off to a good start as he beat the experienced Trevor Heath with both players making valuable contributions to a most entertaining match. John Hardy got the home team back on level terms with a fine display of potting as he beat Ray Stretton. Steve Gaunt then put Willington ahead with a gritty performance as he beat Tony Mitchell. Ray Bancroft for SDSC was again his sides star player as he took both frames against Tony Clements with sheer guts and determination to withstand everything that Tony threw at him snooker wise to earn his side a well deserved draw.
Mark Vaughan writes for the Forever Mobility Division Two
Swad Cons B played a Woodville SS B team who are beginning to show signs of settling down and can count themselves unlucky, the scores were tied 2-2 at half time then Terry Eley drew with Swad’s Paul Hollis leaving Swads new recruit Daz Noble to make the difference between the teams beating Jim Gardner to take the match 5-3. Rolleston B put up a good performance against Burton Cons D team. Steve Atkin and Neil Cheadle winning all frames and Arron Doyle and Dave Bentley drawing with Al Munnien and Ian Protheroe for a 6-2 win.
Tutbury B are getting stronger and proved what a good side they are against a Stapenhill B team who are also at the top end of the division. Colin Bell got off to a good start beating John Sherratt but Stapenhill’s Greg Britton got his team level by beating Dave Brady. Paul Atterbury then took 2 frames off Andy Tomlinson and the Tutbury victory was sealed by Jeff Siddalls in the 1 frame he took off Bryan Sherratt for the 5-3 win.
Belmont C’s ever reliable Terry Bosworth knocked in a 30 break in the first frame and also took the second against Roy Hickman, this was backed up by Brian Cutting drawing with Ivanhoe skipper Jason Collins, the first evergreen Dougie Lees eased the tension by taking 2 off Tony Tredger leaving the Belmont Captain who could only pot reds in the first against Ashby’s Warner Collins who took advantage to win the frame, the second was the total opposite with Dave Potting strongly to defeat the popular Ashby man for a 6-2 home win 6-2.
The girls of Riley’s B had a difficult match against a team who are capable of winning this Division. Gilda Horvath lost out to Gaz Ward who is unbeaten this season even though she potted superbly. Gaz making a 24, Marie Bridges Claire Roulstone and Kate Stirling fought hard for no reward to end the match pointless.
Alrewas D teams Brian Aldridge started well by taking a frame off Rolleston’s Lionel Lewis and with Shaun Tubbert defeating Rob Sanders for a 3-1 lead it looked ominous for the visitors. Kev Norris then pulled one back for Rolleston but Tony Trueman came back to take the second, the visitors had Ade Owen to try and earn them something from the game but it was Alrewas Tom Smith who took both for a great 6-2 win.
Swad Cons C teams John Griffin went on first against Belmont D teams Tom Holland and shared the frames that both of them could have won while on the other table Dan Petcher lost the first frame easily to Belmont captain Mark Vaughan but hit back in the second with some excellent potting to win it on the black, Ron Kendrick then went on against Mick Morris and was literally blown away despite scoring well throughout both frames Mick making a 34 break in the second but playing superbly throughout both games. Jon Petcher played well but sadly fared no better against Brett Craddock, the Belmont man taking both for the 6-2 win to move them up the league.