In the PJM Fascias Premier Division, Burton Cons A announced that they will be attempting to regain their crown of ten straight years until three seasons ago with an 8-0 demolition of Alrewas C. The last time Brian Eccleston played a match was in 2015-16 ending the season with a crushing 2-0 win over Billy Ashton. Well the octogenarian cueist dusted off his Dennis Taylor glasses and trusty cue to turn out for Alrewas C in their hour of need after a last minute team member drop-out. Eccleston put up a great fight against Jonathan Fletcher with the first frame going to the final few balls and the second in doubt until Fletcher cleared with a great 46. Well done Brian and welcome back!. That set the tone for the rest of the match with Micky Morris falling 2-0 to Owen Jones in a very tight game, with a top effort of 32 from Owen. Adam Walton was dispatched by Graham Stevens 2-0 with the aid of runs of 38 and 32.and Carl Poulton managed to grab defeat from the jaws of victory twice against Colin Hamer – fluffing an easy final black in the first and allowing Hamer back in the second for the same result.
Burton Cons B kept in touch at the top of the table with a 5-3 home win against Alrewas A, which was their first defeat of the season. Mike Buckland found some form to ease past John Richardson 2-0 in under 25 minutes. On the other table, Lee Louch was in great form handing John Shilton his first frame loss of the season but Shilly fought back to claim a half and leave the score 3-1 to the Cons at halfway. After the break the Alrewas captain,Karl Hancox, beat Jon Swift comfortably in the end although he did have more than a fair share of the run. Troy Randle and Tom Smith had a dour match dominated by safety and in the end it was a higher quality of safety from Troy that saw him over the line and to an overall match win for the Cons.
Ivanhoe A will be in the mix at the end of the season and last week they saw off Alrewas B 7-1 on their own turf. In the first match Dan Blunn had several runs of high twenties plus and a top effort of 38 as he beat the home side’s Steve Butterworth. James Hastie was in similar potting form with contributions of 31 and 41 as he beat Mick Hathaway. Guy Fraser had the highest break of the night with a 52 as he defeated Simon Tarrant whilst the Alrewas point was gained by Tony Wills in his draw with Ant Moore.
Mark Sherratt was the man to make the difference for Belmont A as they attempt to retain their crown from last season. He beat Simon Mansfield of Burton Cons C with the other three matches halved. Andy Grainger had the only notable mark of the night as he had a lovely 40 but this only gained him one frame as Brett Bailey took the other. Mark Satchwell versus Lee Wood ended one across as did Rich Goldby versus Ant Rushton.
Spot On A scored their first victory of the season as they squeezed past Ivanhoe B 5-3 at the Ashby Arena. The home side were 3-1 up at the break with Steve Cockeram including a 38 as he beat Nige Tomlinson and Gaz Dolman took one off Tom Elliott. From there though it was all The Spots with wins for Ade Harper and Andy Speirs defeating Graham Measures and Daz Wilson respectively.
There was a mid table clash at Swad Snooker Centre where their A side, perhaps predictably, drew with Tutbury A. Dave Mabbutt had the highest effort of the evening with a 30 but this was to no avail as he went down 2-0 to Adam Harrison.Chris Mabbutt was the man to square things up for The Tutters as he beat the home side’s Ben Davies. The other two encounters were halved as Henry Tomas drew with Dan Mabbutt and Rich Hinks was all square with John Brentnall.
Newhall A are the pace setters in the Newton Fallowell Division One with four wins from four. Last week though they were made to battle hard as they scraped past SDSC C 5-3. Carl Glover and Nick Walker put the Social Club 4-0 up at half time with wins over the two Rays, Stretton and Bancroft. The Fightback was started by Nick Harcombe as he took both off Martin Hicks so it was the frame gained by Callum Coleman in his half with Bob McInulty that saw Newhall over the line.
Also with a 100% record but only having played three are Belmont B. Last week they went to Tutbury C and came away 5-3 winners in a match that had a few twist and turns. Belmont’s Shaun Gebbie opened up a lead in his first against Ian Day of the Tutters only for Ian to fight back and steal it on the pink. Shaun showed an excellent array of potting in the second to seal a half for the Servicemen. Arron Vaughan took both off Dave Brady who can count himself unlucky as nothing went his way. Mark Pickering and Colin Bell had a drawn out match where both players would probably have settled for a draw but it was Colin who came away with both in the end. Mark Vaughan and Paul Atterbury had a very tight first frame and it was Paul who had an awkward but gettable black in the middle first but he missed it and Mark tucked it away before Mark ran away with the second to seal Belmont’s win.
Ivanhoe C had a fine 6-2 away win at Stapenhill B. Nick Sewell won in the first half for the Ashby side and Josh Wright in the second. The Institute’s points came courtesy of Rob Kent’s half with Bren Mattley and Greg Britton’s draw with Matt Gray.
Rolleston A are the other side in contention at the top after they beat Stapenhill A 6-2. Last week there were wins for Tom Bassett, James Wilkinson and Rich O’Dell, who had a nice run of 25. Chris Mehick kept the score respectable for Stapenhill as he defeated The Rollers’ James Rowland.
Burton Cons C drew four all with Belmont C. The two winners on the night were Simon Shilton for The Cons and Josh Radford for Belmont. Cons’ captain Ian Shrive drew with Kyle Cope and Bill Davidson halved with Jordan Watts to leave neither side the the winners’ bonus point.
Spot On B suffered their fourth straight defeat of the season and last week they went down 6-2 at home to SDSC B. Their only points came from Ant Tomlinson and Marvin Walker as they drew with Matt Keay and Chris Dewey. Wins for Andy Goldingay and Steve Ayre saw the Snooker Centre home.
Spot On C have made the perfect start to the season with four wins from four in the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two. Last week they went to Belmont D and came away 6-2 victors with a good effort of 35 from Adam Bridges in his win over Ian Gibson. Adam Edwards was also a winner for The Spots whilst there were draws in the games between Belmont’s Andy Biggadike and Qasim Mohammad and then Graeme Drayton and Jason Spiby.
The battle of the bottom two,SDSC D and Woodville C, went the way of the Worriers 5-3. Scott of the Antartic played with a plaster cast on his bridging hand but won the first against Brian Alford on the black after Brian had unluckily gone in off in the yellow bag. He missed very little in the second with Brian resigning himself to the loss early on. Billy Bob Brooks lost both to Rob McMeecham for the Rollers. The first was on the black and Rob played the more positive snooker to win the second. Alan “The Big O” Orpwood is getting back to his best form including a good 26 as he beat the home side’s Colin Wood. Tom Falkener and Tony Coleman fought out a draw in a match dominated by safety.
SDSC D suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 5-3 at home to Woodville B. Three of the matches were halved-David Wain with Gary Green, Brian Bloor with Jim Marcer and Andrew Bloor with Denis Moore. The man to make the difference on the night was Mark Gallagher as he took both frames off Garton Bloor.
SDSC E were undone 6-2 on their own patch by an inspired Rolleston C.Mark Storr and John Ward were both on the winners podium whilst there were two draws in the games between the home side’s Tom Peacock and Neil Cheadle and then Nathan Callton and Graham Fisher.
Stapenhill C were another side to lose at home-in fact no home side won in this division last week.They went down 5-3 to Rolleston B. It was all square at the break with wins for Derek Jackson of The Institute and Mark Press for The Rollers. Tim Knopik and Rob Sanders were not to be separated so it was down to Kev Norris to beat Dave Stewart to ensure the visitors left with the winners bonus point.
Swad Cons A and Ivanhoe E fought out a draw with one win each. Andy Boam for The Cons and Jacob Moore for Ashby. Gaz Ward and Nathan Blood drew their encounter as did Bob Birch and Jeff Whetton with Bob having the evening’s highest contribution of 27.