By Mick Buckland
In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division there is now a 16 point gap between the top four and the chasing pack. Burton Cons B remain top after a 6-2 win away at SDSC B. Jon Fletcher and Owen Jones were on form as they beat Henry Tomas and Rich Hinks respectively. Adam Harrison won a scrappy first frame against Simon Smith who bounced back well to claim the second. There was also a halved game between Harry Farrell and Matt Milnes.
Burton Cons A are in second after beating SDSC A 6-2. John Shilton comfortably beat John Davis including a nice 46, whilst on the other table Graham Stevens rolled in a lovely 68 in his fist against Steve Ayre. In the second frame though Steve played beautifully himself to produce a hard earned half. Mike Buckland played nicely to beat a returning Andy Rice in the first before Rice produced some good snooker to get himself in front in the second. After missing the blue into just half a bag, Buckland knocked in a cracking blue, pink and black to snatch the frame away from the unlucky Rice. Prior to this Darren Coady had struggled against Andy Goldingay and the overall result was very much in doubt. In the end Coady and Goldingay shared their two for the 6-2 win for the Cons’ boys.
Belmont A kept up the pressure at the top with a thumping 7-1 win against Spot On A..Ian Archer was out of sorts to begin with against Andy Speirs until they got to the colours when Archer ran away with it followed by a more straightforward victory in the second. Rob Chambers was Belmont’s star man against an inspired Tom Elliot safety game, which was as good as anyone has put up. However Chambers’ long game was up to it and repeatedly smashed the back of the bag to come away with another 2-0 win.Arron Vaughan went behind against Nigel Tomlinson in their first before knocking 28 in to get back in it. Vaughan got down to the pink but was unable to pot the black and Tomlinson knocked in a cracker to steal the frame.Vaughan was able to half his game with some solid snooker in the second. In a tight first frame between Josh Gebbie and Ade Harper, Gebbie played the perfect brown to blue shot to win the frame before he went on to stay ahead throughout the second and completer the 7-1 scoreline. After 4 straight defeats, this has now dropped Spot On to bottom spot in the league.
Special mention this week should go to Swad Cons A, who at the ninth time of asking won their first match of the season and in doing so not only hauled themselves off bottom, pulled themselves clear of the relegation zone. Andy Grainger knocked in a lovely 48 in his win over Steve Mabb0tt, whilst Mark Hadley and Steve Hathaway halved their match on the other table. In the second half, Paul Slater beat Daniel Mabbott and the floating John Brentnall beat Cons’ Simon Mansfield.
Ivanhoe A remain in contention at the top after a resounding 7-1 win over Rolleston A who are still missing their talisman Ant Rushton. Rolleston’s Mark Press provided the highlight of the night with a cracking break of 61 but he was only able to draw his match against James Hastie. Andy Marriott produced another dominating performance as he included runs of 52 and 32 in his win over Bobby Cliff. Dan Blunn included a 31 in his win over newcomer Evan O’Dell and Ant Moore rolled in 38 versus Rich O’Dell.
Alrewas A made it three without defeat as they went away to Spot On B and came away with 6 points courtesy of a 5-3 win. Lee LOuch wsa the man to make the difference as be beat Steve Lane. The other three matches were drawn-Lee Cooke and Tom Smith, Loz Kennerson and John Richardson and then Steve Butterworth and Karl Hancox. Spot On sit one point off the bottom after just one win so far and Alrewas sit mid table.
In the PJM Fascias Division One Ivanhoe B are at the top after a 7-1 win away at Burton Cons C. The only bright spot for The Cons was Greg Read taking a frame off Adam Pickering. Elsewhere Ivanhoe were just too strong with wins for Jason Pickering, Mick Kirk and Bren Mattley. These men occupy 3 of the top 4 positions in the Averages Table.
In second are Tutbury C who are keeping a close tag at the top after beating SDSC C 7-1 themselves. Nick Harcombe took a frame off Tom Lucas but otherwise it was plain sailing for the Tutters with wins for Steve Butler, Wayne Smith and Steve Burrows-Burrows including a couple of nice 20 plus efforts.
In third are Spot On C but they lost for the third consecutive week- this time to Newhall A who had recruited Adam McInulty. He was a bit edgy in his first versus John Hardy but got over the line. In the second Adam had runs of 30,28 and 50 in the same frame.John Finch made a lovely clearance to win the first against Tony Clements but Tony dug in for a half. Carl Glover dominated the first against Trevor Heath but succumbed to some cracking safety from Trevor in the second. Finally Steve Gaunt out-potted Martin Hicks in the first before Hicks returned the compliment in the second.
Belmont B remain in contention at the top as they are still unbeaten this season. They have however had 6 draws and last week was no exception as they were held by Stapenhill A. Steve Ford won for The Institute whilst Mick Morris won for Belmont. The other two matches were halved, one between Chris Sheldrake and Zaheer Hussein and the other between Mark Waldron and Shaun Gebbie.
Woodville A’s Wayne Brewin showed why he should be playing in the Premier league with another 40 plus contribution against Graham Measures of Ivanhoe who he beat 2-0. Same could be said of Mark Satchwell as he beat Gaz Dolman. The winning point worth 2 for Woodville was scored by John Chambers as he drew with Darren Wilson. George Cawkwell provided the bright spot for Ivanhoe as he beat Bob McInulty.
Alrewas B narrowly overcame Tutbury D in a good match at The Royal British legion. Tutbury did well to fight back after being 4-0 down at half time with Ian Hiley dispatching Paul Atterbury with the help of a great 41 and Adam Walton overcoming Jeff Siddalls.
Colin Bell was Tutbury’s man of the night as he beat Carl Poulton 2-0, although bell did have the help of some fluked balls and snookers in the second. Dave Trueman got Alrewas over the line with a hard fought draw with Dave Brady.
In the Newton Fallowell Division Two
Things at the top of the Newton Fallowell Division Two have tightened up after SDSC D went away to title favourites Spot On E and came away with a 5-3 win. Garton Bloor was the star man as he beat the home side’s Adam Edwards. Andy and Brian Bloor shared their frames with Mich Hughes and Jared Cronje respectively whilst David Wain produced some great snooker in his half with Kyle Cope. Sdsc D remain unbeaten after 10 whilst Spot On are now 11 points off the top albeit with a game in hand.
In second and looking good at the moment for a promotion spot are Stapenhill B. The Piechowiczs , Stan and Simon were out in force and they secured draws away at Woodville B’s Bob Brooks and Tony Coleman. The main man for them though was Greg Britton as he beat Pat Ryan. the game between Alan Orpwood and Tim Knopik was halved. Stapenhill are 9 off the top with a game in hand whilst Woodville’s record is three of each…
Ivanhoe D have let a little gap open up between themselves and the promotion spots after drawing away at Belmont C. Brian Lowrie won for the Ashby side whilst Terry Bosworth was on form for Belmont. The two Matts, Keay and Tewkesbury, halved as did Brian Cutting and Tony Tredger.
Burton Cons D made it 3 wins out of 4 after overcoming Rolleston B 5-3. Rob sanders was in fine form for the Rollers knocking in a nice 30 in his win over Paul Brooks whilst Lionel Lewis and Jim Jennings shared their match. Al Munnien and Ian Protheroe brought the Cons home with wins over Kev Norris and Rob Tubey.
Clare Peaty and Marie Bridges earned a frame each in their matches for The Snookerettes against Swad Cons C. But there were wins for the Cons’ Bob Birch and Colin Cope, both including high twenties contributions as the Cons boys ran out 6-2 winners.
Woodville C made it four unbeaten with a close 5-3 win over Belmont D. Matt Groves won for Belmont whilst Andy Biggadike took a frame off wily Jim Marcer. Mark Gallagher and Denis Moore saw the Woodville club home in the second half both scoring comfortable wins.