Owen Jones writes for the David Wain Insurance Premier Division
Burton Cons A were unfortunately only able to produce 3 players for their trip to Belmont A. Josh Gebbie was the Belmont player to gain the two frames. The match started with John Shilton v Ian Archer. Archer took the first frame with some steady potting and safety play and looked set to win the second. Both players had chances on the colours, with Archer missing a vital pink into the green pocket although the pot was harder than it looked as the cue ball was near the side cushion. Shilton seized his chance to level by potting the pink followed by a good pot on the black. On the other table it was a battle of the Graham’s. The first frame saw Stevens fluke a black off the spot, who then took command making the most of this opportunity with a 48 break. Bailey clawed back into the frame but lost it after Stevens played a snooker on the yellow. Stevens scored well again in the second knocking in a solid 52 break to level the match at 3-3. Mick Simpkins then played Arron Vaughan and put in a captains performance as he knocked in a 35 break in the first with some good long potting and steady play taking both frames to seal a 5-3 win for the visitors.
Burton Cons B won 7-1 at home against Spot On B. Simon Smith potted well to take both frames against Lee Cooke. Ryan Gibbs also won which doubled the advantage as he knocked in a 39 break against Loz Kennerson, who made a 31 break. Mike Buckland made breaks of 32 and 31 but could only manage a draw against Steve Lane. Finally, Jon Swift beat Steve Butterworth with some good potting to complete the scoring.
Ivanhoe A also won 7-1 on the night. They played Swad Cons A, who made a good start as Andy Granger made a 59 to take the first frame against Andy Marriott. His opponent came back to take the second frame with a break of 31. Daniel Blunn made a 41 break to defeat Mark Hadley. Ian Rennocks played well to beat Paul Slater with breaks of 57 and 29. Finally, Ant Moore defeated Simon Mansfield, aided by a 48 break.
Rolleston A lost 5-3 at home to Alrewas A. James Wilkinson and Rob McMeecham both won a frame each. On the other table, Richard O’Dell found Tom Smith to be too good on the night. Tony Rushton won both frames against John Richardson with some good potting. Karl Hancox earned the victory for the visitors as he made a 34 break on the way to beating Bobby Cliff.
Spot On A won 7-1 at home against Ivanhoe B. Ade Harper, Mark Stirling and Nigel Tomlinson all won the frames against John Skellett, Bren Mattley and Stuart Tagg respectively. The only frame won by the visitors was floater Mick Kirk as he made a 47 break against Andy Spiers.
Spot On C drew 4-4 at home against Belmont B. Mick Morris made breaks of 36 and 27 as he beat John Hardy. Trevor Heath and Mark Vaughan won a frame each. Tony Clements beat Zaheer Hussain and finally, Steve Gaunt and Brett Craddock won a frame each to complete the scoring.
Tutbury A won 5-3 at home against Swadlincote Snooker Centre A. Steve Ayre was in good form as he made breaks of 31 and 48 against Steve Mabbott. Steve Hathaway levelled the match up as he beat Gary Holmes. Dave Mabbott knocked in a 32 as he shared the frames with Andy Goldingay. Finally, Chris Mabbott earned the victory as he won both frames against Chris Dewey.
Mike Buckland writes for PJM Fascias Division 1
Tutbury B managed to hang on to top spot in Division One but only just as they drew with Rolleston C. Honours were even at half time as the home side’s Jon Sully lost to Tutbury’s Daz Lester but Wayne Smith replied with a victory over Alan Davies. The two second half matches both were shared as Billy Ashton drew with Bill Stewart and Tom Lucas halved with Wayne Pereira.
Joining them at the top is Stapenhill A, another one of last year’s relegated sides. They went to SDSC and comfortably beat their C team 6-2. Nick Harcombe won his customary two frames for the C team-this time against Andy Tomlinson but that was as good as it got. There were then wins for Andy Gretton, Jason Spibey and Steve Ford over Ray Stretton, Matt Tewkesbury and Ray Bancroft respectively as Stapenhill joined Tutbury on 34 points.
Stapenhill’s B team lost 5-3 at home to Newhall who remain unbeaten after five matches. Newhall’s Mark Anslow had luck on his side to win the second frame against Tim Knopik. Nick Trayford lost the tip off his cue just prior to his match and ended up using a spare so was happy to come away with a draw against John Sherriff who played nicely including a 25 on the way to his frame. Martin Hurdman played well to win his first against Stan Piechowicz but was fortunate to win the second as Stan missed a simple pink to leave the clearance at Martin’s mercy which he duly completed. This win made the difference on the night as the other match between Greg Britton and Carl Glover also ended all square.
Swad Snooker Centre’s B team had the most impressive win of the week, thumping Ashby Ivanhoe C by 7 frames to one.Adam Harrison, Simon Shilton and Henry Tomas all won their matches against Darren Wilson, Steve Cockeram and Graham Measures. Jerry Cook saved the whitewash by grabbing a frame off of Ben Davies.This leaves SDSC B in third and Ivanhoe surprisingly just outside of the relegation zone at this early stage.
Swad Cons B and SDSC C battled out a fair draw with the first two matches both halved. The McNultys,Bob and Adam were unable to be separated from their opponents Rob Press and Andy Bloor. There was then a victory for both sides as David Wain scored for SDSC againgst Jez White and Paul Hollis beat Brian Bloor.
There was a fine 6-2 away win for Burton Cons C at Woodville against their A team. Matt Hucker, making a rare appearance this season due to work commitments, was undone by Gentleman Jim Marcer who included the division’s high break of the week, a lovely 36, in his victory. The rest of the match went all the way of Burton Cons though as there were wins for captain Ian Shrive, Tom Egginton and Lee Louch. Pat Ryan. Bob Brooks and Alan Orpwood had no answer for Woodville.
Alrewas B lifted themselves up to 4th place with a fine 6-2 win against Rolleston B. Dave Trueman drew with Rob Sanders and Carl Poulton halved with Kev Norris. Ian Hiley then beat Lionel Lewis whilst Adam Walton overcame John Harvey to secure the victory.
Kate Stirling writes for Newton Fallowell Division 2
This week saw a lot of movement in the table as all but two of the division two fixtures had a 6- 2 scoreline!
Third place Tutbury C took on the newly formed Belmont D, Tutbury were strong with Dave Brady and Paul Attterbury taking the first 4 frames, displaying excellent break-building skills with breaks of 24 and 26 respectively. Belmont’s superstar Andy Biggadike gave the home team a glimmer of hope for a draw winning both frames but it was a case of too little too late as Jeff Siddalls secured a 6-2 win for the visitors.
Alrewas D played host to the Woodville ‘C’ Wonderboys and wins from Fran McNulty, Wayne Brewin and John Chambers secure yet another win for the visiting team. Sadly, this week saw Alrewas D having to withdraw from Division 2 after struggling from the start of this season to recruit new players to replace those longstanding players who left the team, the decision was made to pull out of the league.
Alrewas C know they need to keep the results coming to stay within reach of the top spot behind Woodville, they did so in style against their hoists Ivanhoe D as John Sharpe and Alan Wilson both won their matches to clinch a 6-2 win away from home- leaving them just 6 points adrift in second. Spot on’s Snookettes had their most convincing win to date as they played host to Rolleston D, both teams had yet to win a match this season and so it promised to be a tense fixture! Clare Peaty and Yvonne Spendlove were both in fine form yet again to draw against their opponents, both compiling excellent breaks along the way! Marie Bridges fought hard to secure a 2 nil win in style whilst Kate Stirling won two very close frames against John Ward which included a break of 25 from Stirling. Their 6-2 win moved the ladies 2 places in the table! Swad cons home clash against neighbours Belmont C saw the final 6-2 result of the week with the visitors victorious.
This weeks’ derby saw Woodville B play host to their D team clubmates and it was all square going into the final match which was clinched well by the B sides’ Wayne Allen for a 5-3 win which sees the two teams split by just 4 points mid-table. Burton Cons took on Swad cons D t home and whilst Gaz Ward complied a brilliant break of 36 break on his way to a 2 nil win it wasn’t to be for the visitors as Jennings and Protheroe continued their winning streaks to help their team on its way to a 5-3 win!