2019-20: Week 5

Burton Cons A failed to win for the first time this season in the PJM Fascias Premier Division as Alrewas B staged a stirring comeback to take a share of the spoils. Steve Butterworth played nicely for The Legionnaires to take both off an out of sorts Owen Jones. Mick Simpkins levelled things up with a comfortable victory over Steve Lane, including a nice run of 32. Jon Fletcher was held by Tony Wills before the game of the night between Graham Stevens and Loz Kennerson. Graham had a lovely 40 to win the first and was comfortably in front in the second before Loz completed an excellent colours clearance to snatch the frame from Graham’s grasp and seal a 4-4 draw.

Guy Fraser had his potting boots on for Ivanhoe A as he included runs of 36 and 44 in his win over SDSC A’s Adam Harrison. Also not missing much was Dan Blunn as he rolled in 46 and 31 to defeat Henry Tomas. Two matches were halved-Home captain Ant Moore with Harry Farrell and James Hastie and Phil Dayton.

Burton Cons B went over the road to Spot On A and were delighted to come away 5-3 winners in a match that was very evenly contested. John Shilton fell over the line in his match with Ade Harper with neither player getting going.Darren Coady won his first on return from illness against Mark Stirling with the aid of a fluked blue. Mark hung on in to gain a deserved draw. Two more scrappy matches took place after this with both being halved-Jon Swift with Andy Speirs and Troy Randle with Tom Elliott-Tom taking the man of the match award for actually knocking in 6 balls in in succession.

In the battle of the Legion, the spoils were shared. Carl ,with a C shared the spoils with Karl, with a K. Poulton for the C team took the first with some nice potting and was looking odds on to take the second by Hancox made a great clearance to take it on the final black. Micky Morris made short work of the A team’s Lee Louch in the first but roles reversed in the second to take a half. John Richardson got put to the sword easily by Dave Trueman who was very clinical but Thom Smith for the A team ensured the draw with some nice long potting to easily beat an under par Ian Hiley.

At the Tutbury Club, the A team gained a well deserved half off in form Belmont A. The Servicemen were 3-1 up at the break thanks to good play from Fran McInulty, who had a lovely 44 and Mark Sherratt, who defeated Steve Mabbutt. In the second half, there was a draw in the match between Dave Mabbutt and Mark Satchwell, whilst Chris Mabbutt rolled in a cracking 38 as he beat Brett Bailey. The Tuesday night fixture took place at Burton Cons, where the C team were beaten 5-3 by Tutbury B. Wayne Pereira and Bill Stewart were the men on song as they both claimed doubles. Jan Pawlazcyk played well to take one off the home side’s Andy Grainger whilst the Cons only win was provided by Lee Wood.

In the Newton Fallowell Division One, Belmont B made it four out of four with a whitewash of Stapenhill B. Arron Vaughan led the charge, potting some great balls and blasted Rob Kent 2-0.Jay Pickering played solidly against Bryan Sharratt, who played his part but Jay saw it through for 4-0 at the turn. Mark Vaughan and Greg Britton had a tight game that was nip and tuck. Mark fluked the blue but had a massive kick on the pink leaving Greg a chance but he was unable to take it- Mark then going on to win the second, again with the aid of the odd fluke.Mark Pickering played well to take his first versus John Sherriff but looked dead and buried in the second, 23 behind with one red left. He then produced a magical 33 to clearance and complete the rout.

Hanging on to top spot though are Newhall A,looking for a quick return to the Premier.Last week, they defeated Stapenhill A 6-2 away to make if 5 from 5. Only Andy Gretton offered any resistance to the Social Club as he included a cracking 39 in his win over Martin Hurdman. The other three matches though were claimed by in form Callum Coleman, Nick Walker and Carl Glover.

Completing the top three at this early stage are Ivanhoe C. Last week they beat Rolleston A with the aid of wins for Nick Sewell and Josh Wright. Bren Mattley top scored with a 29 but this was only enough for a half with The Rollers’captain Rich O’Dell. There was another draw in the game between Stu Tagg and James Wilkinson.

Belmont C returned to winning ways with a thumping 7-1 victory over Spot On B, who are finding things tougher after their promotion last term. Jordan Watts, Kyle Coope and Paul Bradford were all in the winners’ enclosure whilst The Spots only point was scored by Luke Allsopp in his draw with Colin Cope.

Swad Snooker Centre B sneaked past Woodville A by a 5-3 scoreline.Chris Dewy was the man to make the difference as he claimed a double over Andy Jenkins. The other three games were drawn with the highlight a magnificent 40 by Andy Goldingay in his half with Trevor “The Hit man” Heath. Home captain Steve Ayre shared his two with Jono Hardy as did Matt Keay and Steve Gaunt.

SDSC C drew 4 across with Burton Cons D. Nick Harcombe won for the Snooker Centre, whilst Greg Read did similar for The Cons. Jez White, Vince Draper, Chris Craddock and Ian Shrive all won a frame apiece in their encounters.

Spot On C are riding high with five out of five and are six points clear in the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two. Last week, they provided another dominant performance as they swept aside SDSC E 7-1. Adam Edwards, Qasim Mohammed and Mick O’Mahoney all struck twice and the Snooker Centre’s only point came courtesy of Sam Peacock’s draw with Adam Bridges.

In second spot are SDSC D, who last week went to Ivanhoe E and came away 6-2 victors. It was three wins to one with Brian Bloor, David Wain and Andy Bloor on target for the visitors and Jacob Moore for the Ashby side who beat Garton Bloor. Rolleston B are in third after last week’s stalemate with Ivanhoe D. Kev Norris and Tony Tredger exchanged high twenties contributions but it was Kev who came out on top in a high quality match. Dave Marriott won two for the Ashby outfit whilst there were draws in the games between Mark Press and Adam Briggs and Rob Tubey and Frank Briggs.

Another draw was played out at Rolleston Club where the C team halved with Stapenhill C. Again both sides had one winner-Mark Storr for The Rollers and Tim Knopik for The Institute. Neil Cheadle and Derek Jackson were not to be separated and nor were Graham Fisher and Paul Stewart.

Swad Cons A made it three draws on the bounce as they were held by Stapenhill Institute D-The Snookerettes. Marie Bridges and Yvonne Lawrence both played nicely to earn a share of the spoils with Andy Boam and Bob Birch respectively. Head girl for the night though was Clare Peaty as she won both versus Paul Hollis. Gaz Ward, for The Institute, levelled things up with his victory over Tia Spendlove.

Woodville C-The Worriers-had a fine 6-2 win over Belmont D. They were given the perfect start by Billy Bob Brooks and Alan Orpwood who won all their frames for 4-0 at the break. In Alan’s first against Brett Craddock , it was very tight before Alan took brown, blue and pink to snatch it. Despite losing the second as well, Brett plyed one of the shots of the season, escaping from an impossible looking snooker. Billy Bob played some of his best snooker of the season in getting past Graeme Drayton – the first on the pink and second on the black. Tony Coleman and Tom Holland had an error strewn first frame which Tom eventually took, whilst TC produced a nice 25 clearance to take the second. Rich Marcer and Matt Groves shared theirs as well with both players playing some good snooker. Matt won the first on the pink and Rich produced a nice 25 clearance to win the second.

Woodville B made it back to back wins and are still unbeaten after beating Rolleston D 5-3. Jim Marcer and Mark Gallagher were both winners for Woodville, with Dale Prime replying for The Rollers. Gary Green and Dennis Eyden halved their match.