By Mick Buckland
In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, Spot On A made it four wins on the bounce by beating Tutbury B 5-3 away. Nigel Tomlinson and Mark Stirling were the men in form, both scoring doubles. Andy Thompson replied for the Tutters defeating Ade Harper whilst the game between Jan Pawlazcyk and Tom Elliott was halved. Both sides have probably done enough to stay in the division for another season although they have played a game more than those around them. Swad Cons A had a good 6-2 win at home to SDSC A.Ant Rushton beat Henry Tomas and Mark Hadley, making a rare appearance, drew with Ben Davies to leave it 3-1 at the interval.
Evershed finalists Andy Grainger and Harry Farrell perhaps unsurprisingly played out a draw after the break and Paul Slater scored a welcome brace as he beat the away team captain Pete Maguire.
Belmont A had an 8-0 whitewash as their opponents Tutbury C failed to show for their own home fixture, whilst the game between Alrewas A and Burton Cons A was postponed.
Belmont B did their chances of staying up no harm by taking four points off leaders Ashby Ivanhoe A in a well contested draw. Shaun Gebbie took both off Craig Siviter for The Servicemen whilst Dan Blunn did similar for Ivanhoe by beating ring rusty Fran McInulty. The other two encounters were halved- Zaheer Hussein with Ian Rennocks and Mark Satchwell with Ant Moore.This leaves Ivanhoe top with a game in hand and Belmont four points above the drop zone.
Burton Cons A beat Tutbury A 5-3, who are in freefall and in danger of relegation after many seasons in the top flight.Darren Coady had a fantastic 79 on the way to his victory over Chris Mabbutt, whilst John Shilton also had a comfortable 2-0 success over Steve Hathaway. Dave Mabbutt had a good win over part time player David Smith whilst Simon Smith for The Cons drew with Dan Mabbutt.
Headlines this week in the PJM Fascias Division One go to Ivanhoe D who scored their first victory of the season in beating SDSC C 5-3 at home. Brian Bloor got the visitors off to a good start as he beat Matt Tewkesbury , who couldn’t get going making loads of mistakes. Nathan Blood on the other hand played brilliantly with lots of good safety and snookers to get past David Wain. Adam Briggs and Andy Bloor’s match went the distance with the first frame taking 70 minutes and in the end a draw was about right. dave Marriott sealed the win with a victory over Garton Bloor-the first frame a tight affair and Garton just not able to get the snookers required in the second. Well played to the Ashby lads….
Stapenhill B ended a run of four straight defeats by squeezing past Burton Cons C 5-3 at home. It was 3-1 to the away side though at the break, with Greg Read beating Greg Britton and Simon Shilton taking a frame off Rob Kent, despite Rob having the evening’s high contribution of 36. After the break though it was all The institute with wins for in form John Sherriff and Bryan Sharratt. Stapenhill A are looking over their shoulders at the drop zone as they went down 5-3 to Ivanhoe B. Greg Gallop and Josh Wright both knocked in 27s as they both won whilst Steve Ford had the Institute’s best knock of 31 in his win over Bren Mattley. Richard Wright and Jason Spibey shared their two.
Spot On B had a cracking 5-3 home victory over league leaders Ivanhoe C 5-3. Trevor Heath and John Hardy were the men on song as they both won two whilst Gaz Dolman replied for the visitors having a nice 32 along the way. Tony Clements and Mick Kirk drew their pair of frames. This leaves the Ashby side just one point off the top and well placed for promotion whilst The Spots will need to win a few more frames before the end of the season to ensure their stay in Division One lasts another year.
Alrewas C took advantage of Ashby’s slip up recording a 6-2 success over Rolleston B. Loz Kennerson was again the star man as he had a lovely 35 on the way to winning his two against Rob Sanders. Lee Cooke scored a good double over Rob Tubey and the Alrewas lads remained unbeaten on the night as Tim Hodgkinson and Steve Lane both took frames off Lionel Lewis and Kev Norris in honourable draws. This leaves Alrewas top by a point and set fair for promotion whilst The Rollers will need to score a couple of wins over the last few weeks.
Alrewas B kept up their push for promotion with a good 5-3 away win at SDSC B. Ian Hiley and Adam Walton continued their good form with victories whilst the home side’s Andy Goldingay beat league secretary Carl Poulton to keep the Snooker Centre in it. Jim Edwards’ draw with home captain Steve Ayre meant the Legionnaires went away with the extra winners’ point.