2018-19: Week 16

By Mick Buckland

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In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division last week the top four
all played each other and it was reigning champions Ivanhoe A who came
out smelling of roses.  Ian Rennocks of Ivanhoe played Belmont A’s Rob
Chambers in two very close frames but it was Ian that had a little bit
run of the balls and potted the last few balls in both frames to take
them both. Andy Marriott played Owen and it was Andy that potted well
in the  and won it with the aid of a 32 break. But Owen responded well
and took his chances to get the half. Ant Moore played John Chambers
with the first  close up to the final few balls which Ant potted and
took the frame. The second frame was of a high standard. Ant started
well with a 52 but John replied with a 40 of his own. It went all the
way to the last few balls. John cleared to the black and missed it
leaving Ant a chance which he took for the win. Dan Blunn played Mark
Sherratt in two close frames again. Mark took the first for Belmont to
close the gap to 5-2. The final frame was a battle on the green ball
which lasted half an hour. Mark needing a couple of snookers but it
was Dan who came out on top to leave the final score 6-2 to Ashby

It was the week for the Burton Cons derby between the A and the B and
perhaps unsurprisingly honours were shared by virtue of a 4-4 draw.
John Shilton, for the B,  had a 33 on the way to his draw with Mike
Buckland after winning the first and the Mike having a share of the
run to cement his lead in the second for the half. Jon Fletcher for
the A halved with Simon Smith who potted a cracking black for his
frame win after a respot. Graham Stevens was top scorer with a lovely
55 for the A against Darren Coady who had no answer on the night.
Squaring it all up for the B was Troy Randle who beat Jon Swift after
a long struggle..the B being 4-1 up at one point. Both sides could
really have done with the win as they chase Ivanhoe.

Swad Cons A and Tutbury B were also not to be separated with another
match ending four across. Simon Orpwood top scored for Swad Cons with
a nice 32 on the way to defeating the Tutters’ Alan Davies whilst on
the other table Andy Grainger of the Cons was held to a 1-1 draw by
Wayne Pereira. Jan Pawlazyck scored a good 2-0 win over Simon
Mansfield for Tutbury whilst Ant Rushton and Bill Stewart drew their
two for a half each.

Yet another draw was played out at Tutbury where the A side drew four
all with Spot On A. Dave Mabbutt scored a good win against Mark
Strirling for the home side whilst the Spots’ Andy Speirs returned the
favour with a victory over Steve Mabbutt. The other two ties were
halved – Chris Mabbutt with Nige Tomlinson and Steve Hathaway with Ade

With things very tight at the wrong end of the table there was a
potential relegation tussle at Belmont where the club’s B team came
out on top 5-3 against fellow strugglers Newhall A. Man of the match
was Mark Satchwell has he had runs of 35 and 29 in beating Nick
Walker, who had a 27 of his own. Josh Gebbie had a 29 on the way to
his win against Martin Hurdman whilst Callum Coleman rediscovered some
form for the visitors with runs of 31 and 27 as he got past Graham
Bailey. The game between Arron Vaughan and Carl Glover was all square
to leave the home side with the crucial extra winning point.

Karl Hancox again made the difference for Alrewas as they came away
from their home match with Tutbury C with the winners’ point after he
won with the other three matches halved. Karl had a nice 30 in beating
Tom Lucas to leave the Legionnaires six unbeaten. Lee Louch for
Alrewas was in fine potting form with efforts of 30 and 32 but this
only managed him one frame against Tutbury’s Jon Sully. John
Richardson rolled in a good 32 but similarly this only won one against
the visitors’ captain Wayne Smith. Tom Smith and Billy Ashton also
drew their game leaving Tutbury nine points from safety. There is
still hope for Tutbury though and the next six sides are separated by
just 6 points with everyone playing everyone else…so anything could

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In the PJM Fascias Division One, Spot On B scored a good 5-3 win away
at Ivanhoe D. Veteran league player Trevor Heath was the man to make
the difference as he scored a double over the home side’s Tom Freeman,
Jacob Moore, a youngster new to the scene, was in good form to take a
frame for Ivanhoe off the experienced Steve Gaunt. Nathan Blood drew
with John Hardy as did Adam Briggs with Andy Jenkins.

It was the Rolleston derby week as well and it turned out to be a good
week for promotion chasing A as they came out 7-1 victors. Rob Tubey
was the only point scorer for the B as he took one off Rich O’Dell
whilst there were wins for the A’s Bobby Cliff, Joe Docksey and Tom
Bassett. Rolleston A are third top and Rolleston B third bottom.

Alrewas B are chasing Rolleston A hard and kept pace in fourth
overcoming tough resistance from SDSC C to secure an excellent 7-1 win
of their own. David Wain missed nothing from distance against Ian
Hiley in both frames playing excellently throughout. Hiley had to dig
very deep in the second frame to take a deserved draw. Mick Morris
somehow clawed the first frame away from Brian Bloor with a blue to
black clearance – the only time Bloor was behind was at the end.
Morris wrapped up the second much more easily. Adam Walton took on a
spirited Phil Killen, playing his first game in the league for quite a
while. On the night though Killen was no match for Walton who took
both frames. Andy Rice was out of sorts in the first frame versus Carl
Poulton who took it at a canter. The second, though, went down to the
wire with Poulton taking pink and black to seal a win for the

At the top, Alrewas C keep winning and last week rolled over Ivanhoe B
7-1. On form last week were Steve Lane with an excellent 37 and Steve
Butterworth with a 30 as they both scored wins. Bren Mattley was
Ivanhoe’s only scorer as he drew with Lee Cooke. Loz Kennerson
provided his customary two frames defeating Nick Sewell.

Another 7-1 win came courtesy of Burton Cons C as they put Stapenhill
A to the sword. Greg Read, Simon Shilton and Vince Draper were all in
the winners’ enclosure- Greg winning two close frames  after a
cracking safety exchange with Chris Sheldrake. Cons’ captain Ian
Shrive won the first versus Andy Gretton but Andy dug in to snatch the
second knocking in some lovely balls as he went to save the
Institute’s blushes.

Stapenhill B remain with an outside chance of promotion as they snuck
past SDSC B 5-3. Greg Britton was the main man as he beat the Snooker
Centre’s John Davis. John Sherriff scored a very creditable draw with
Andy Goldingay, who has been in top form. There were also halves
between the institute’s Simon Piechowicz and Steve Ayre and then Rob
Kent and Clint Sherratt.

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In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Tutbury D kept themselves well
in touch at the top after a 5-3 home victory against Stapenhill C. In
particularly good form was Ian Day who beat the Institute’s Barry
Waller. Elsewhere the other three matches were drawn- Dave Brady with
Paul Stewart, Colin Bell with Neil Bourne and Paul Atterbury with Tim

Mounting an every increasingly strong challenge though are Swad Cons
C. Last week they put a dent in the promotion hopes of SDSC D by
thumping them 7-1 to put down a real marker. Ben Pearson was the top
performer as he rolled in a nice 33 on the way to his win over Bob
McInulty, whilst Brad Williams scored an impressive win over the
league’s consistent players in Nick Harcombe. Another win came
courtesy of Colin Cope over Ray Bancroft whilst Ray Stretton scored
the Snooker Centre’s only point in his draw with Jordan Watts.

Woodville A(The Worriers) drew 4-4 with Burton Cons D despite leading
4-0 at the turn. Conditions on the evening were not helped by the
effect of Bass and Pedigree on some constitutions-resulting in doors
open and gas masks on. Daz Scott’s play was solid all through both
frames to take both off Al Munnien-in particular his safety. Billy Bob
Brooks deserved to take both from Jim Jennings on the pink as the
Worriers went 4 to the good. Tom Egginton beat Tony Coleman -the first
with the aid of a little run and the second comfortably playing some
great snooker. Greg Hall rolled in a nice 24 in the first against Pat
Ryan but Pat battled well to hang in there down to the pink before
Greg cracked in a beauty down the top rail then knocking in a
straightforward black for the win. Greg won the second more
comfortably for an overall half.

The Belmont derby was won by the C over the D by a 5-3 scoreline. It
was Terry Bosworth who made the difference scoring a double over the
D’s Ian Gibson. the other matches were halved-Brett Craddock with
Brian Cutting, Tom Holland with Dave Press and Matt Groves with Graeme

Woodville B lost 5-3 at home to Rolleston C. In the individual battles
it was 2-1 in wins to the away side- Mark Storr and Graham Fisher for
the Rollers were on target with a reply for the home team from Denis
Moore. The game between Mark Gallagher and Neil Cheadle was halved.
In the Spot On derby there was a tremendous battle between the club’s
E team and The Snookerettes of the D. In the end it was the E who came
out on top to keep themselves in the hunt for promotion.

James Bailey and Dave Goldsmith were the men to do the damage both
scoring wins but the fightback was well and truly on as Yvonne
Lawrence used all her experience to take both from Marvin Walker. Kate
Stirling was only able to take one from Luke Allsop leaving the E just
about winners on the night.

2018-19: Week 15

By Mick Buckland

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In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, there was a potential relegation battle at Tubury Club, where the club’s C team went down 5-3 to Belmont B. It was a game of 2 halves. Arron Vaughan played against Steve Butler. In the 1st Steve took the frame on the pink. In the second game Steve didn’t let Arron see a lot running out comfortably. Mark Satchwell ,for Belmont,lost his first frame to Wayne Smith but then he started to show signs of his cueing getting back to his best in the second frame winning it giving the Tutbury side a 3-1 lead at half time. Gebbie Snr played solid snooker in both frames to take both his frames against Tom Lucas, cueing really well. He would of had the performance of the night if it wasn’t for Gebbie Jr against Steve Burrows. Josh potted everything in his game and put together a hard fought 30 break that if the balls had been kinder would have been a lot more. A great result for Belmont B coming into an important run of fixtures for them in their relegation battle.

Spot On A had a terrific 6-2 home win against SDSC A by virtue of wins for Ade Harper and Andy Speirs. Andy had a nice 30 on the way to beating Adam Harrison. Tom Elliott, for The Spots, had the evening’s highest contribution with a lovely 38 against Pete Maguire, who battled well himself for a share of the spoils. There was another draw in the game between Mark Stirling and Henry Tomas. There are just 5 points covering six teams near the foot of the table so every frame will really count towards the end of the season. 

Newhall A are another side for whom each frame is important and they managed to take three from a strong Swad Cons A outfit but eventually went down 5-3. Nick Walker had a good 31 in his match against Andy Grainger to take a frame with Andy knocking in a 43 in return. Carl Glover and Paul Slater fought out another draw to leave it all square at halfway. In the second half there was another draw between Martin Hicks of Newhall and Simon Orpwood so the result was decided by Ant Rushton’s victory over Callum Coleman. Ant had efforts of 25 and 36 along the way. This is now no wins in six for Newhall who are one off the bottom whilst Swad Cons have some breathing space in 6th place.

Leaders Ivanhoe were without a fixture so there was opportunity for the chasing pack to close the gap, however Belmont A suffered a surprise 6-2 home defeat by fifth placed Alrewas A. The damage was done in the first half as Lee Louch had runs of 36 and 31 in defeating the home side’s Owen Jones. On the other table, Tom Smith had a thirty six of his own to get past Belmont’s Rob Chambers, who rarely loses both. John Chambers had the best break of the night with a 51 against the Legionnaires’ captain Karl Hancox but Karl played well to take the other frame. In the final encounter there was another half between Mark Sherratt and John Richardson to leave Belmont in third, four points off the top and Alrewas fifth, only 11 points behind themselves, albeit having played a game more. 

Burton Cons A took their opportunity to get back in the hunt after two successive defeats before Xmas by thrashing Tutbury A 7-1. The scoreline does not tell the whole story though as on another night The Tutters could have come away winning the match if they had taken their chances. Graham Stevens, for The Cons, beat Dave Mabbutt but only after a real tussle in both frames. Mike Buckland missed an “unmissable” pink to take the first before knocking in a far more awkward black after some decent safety from both players against Chris Mabbutt. The second frame was littered with bad fortune, mostly against Chris, who went in off trying to lay a snooker to leave Mike an easy clearance for another 2-0 victory. Jon Fletcher, in his match against John Brentnall, knocked in a beauty of an opening red and went on with blacks to 33 before breaking down and was fortunate to hang on in the end after a tremendous fightback from John. Fletcher then needed to pot a thin pink to win the second but missed it altogether meaning it was Brentnall who just needed it and he duly snatched it to leave their encounter all square. In the final game Jon Swift won the first against Steve Mabbutt before a very drawn out last frame saw Steve go 30 up with only one red left. Swift fought  back with the aid of some cracking safety and eventually took it on the black for a 7-1 win for the Cons to leave them level at the top with Ivanhoe, having played a game more.

Burton Cons B have been struggling for players recently and last week lost ground at the top by going down 5-3 away at Tutbury B. Wayne Pereira took both off part time player David Smith whilst Bill Stewart turned in a good performance for Tutbury by taking one off Darren Coady for a 3-1 lead for the home side at halfway.  After the break there was a good win for Jan Pawlazyck, whom rolled in a nice 30 on the way to beating Simon Smith. John Shilton played with his usual class to include a 39 in defeating Alan Davies. This is back to back wins for Tutbury who are now 6 from bottom but still only one point above the relegation spots. Defeat for The Cons leaves them six points behind Ivanhoe, having played a game more.The title race will no doubt take another turn next week as the top four play each other.

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At the top of the PJM Fascias Division One, Alrewas C made it four straight wins to go  a point clear after going to Stapenhill Institute and coming away 5-3 winners. Loz Kennerson was man of the match as he rolled in a lovely 37 as he beat Chris Mehick with the other three matches halved-Chris Sheldrake with Lee Cooke, Andy Gretton with Steve Lane and Steve Ford with Steve Butterworth. 

In second are Ivanhoe C , after they suffered a surprise 5-3 home defeat to relegation threatened SDSC C. Despite knocking in a nice 32, Gaz Dolman, for Ivanhoe,  could only manage a half with part time player Andy Rice. The were tremendous battling halves for the Bloors, Brian and Garton who took frames off Mick Kirk and Graham Measures respectively whilst it was another Bloor, Andy, who made the difference on the night beating Daz Wilson.Rolleston A won 5-3 at Spot On B to position themselves in third. Tom Bassett had a 37 on the way to beating The Spots’ Steve Gaunt and also on the winners podium for The Rollers was Rich O’Dell. Returning a double for the home side was Tony Clements whilst the game between Trevor Heath and Bobby Cliff was halved.

Dave Trueman and Ian Hiley were the men in form scoring doubles for Alrewas B as they kept up their promotion push against Burton Cons C. Adam Walton and Carl Poulton had to settle for draws in their matches against Simon Shilton and Greg Read.

Ivanhoe B went down 6-2 at home to Stapenhill B with Simon Piechowicz and Rob Kent the men on fire to win both their matches. Bren Mattley and Nick Sewell kept the score down by both winning a frame each for the Ashby side against Greg Britton and Bryan Sharratt.

SDSC B made it eight unbeaten in all competitions by beating bottom side Ivanhoe D 6-2. Chris Dewey top scored on the night with a 36 but it was only enough to win one against Keith Bale, who fought well. Ivanhoe’s other point came courtesy of Tony Tredger as he took one off the home team’s captain Steve Ayre. John Davis and Andy Goldingay scored comfortable wins to see The Snooker Centre home with Andy having won 19 of the 24 frames he’s played this season.

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In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, there was another of those rare draws when all four matches were halved. This was the case as Stapenhill C drew with Woodville A as no players managed anything over 20. Barry Waller,Neil Bourne, Tim Knopik and Paul Stewart all won a point for The Institute and Pat Ryan, Daz Scott, Tony Coleman and Bob Brooks doing similar for The Worriers.

Nick Harcombe won his 23rd frame from 26 this term including runs of 31 and 28 as he won for SDSC D at home against fellow promotion hopefuls Tutbury D. It was a tight match though ending 5-3 to the Snooker Centre as Ray Bancroft continued his fine form with another win for the home side. Ian Day pulled two back for the Tutters but the draw for Wallace Webb with Paul Atterbury got SDSC D over the line.

Spot On E are right in the mix and remain unbeaten-last week they got past Belmont D 5-3. Marvin Walker and James Bailey were both on form with Marvin having a 23 and James a 32 as they both won. Mat Groves replied with a double for Belmont and the game between Dave Goldsmith and Brett Craddock was halved.

Belmont’s other Division Two side, the C, went down 5-3 at home to Woodville B. Jack and Mark Gallagher were the men to do the damage with another point coming from Denis Moore in his draw with Dave Press. Terry Bosworth won both for the Servicemen as he beat Gary Green.

The Snookerettes of Spot On D went down 6-2 at Swad Cons B but not without a fight as Kate Stirling scored an impressive victory over Bob Birch. There were wins though for the home side’s Gaz Ward, Andy Boam and Dave Bodie who were made to work hard for each frame won.It looks to be an exciting end to the season as the top four are only separated by two points.

2018-19: Week 14

By Mick Buckland

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The regular league season kicked back off after the winter break and previous week’s Orme Shield action with the David Wain Insurance Premier Division leaders Belmont A having their rest week. Ivanhoe A took advantage with a 6-2 victory at home to Spot On A. There were wins for Ant Moore, Andy Marriott and Ian Rennocks, whist The Spots’ Mark Stirling took two off part time player Dave Marriott to keep the score respectable. 

There was a derby at Tutbury between the club’s A and B teams and it was the B who came out on top by a 5-3 scoreline. Wayne Pereira and Jan Pawlazyck were on form for the B with Dave Mabbutt rolling in a nice 37 for a win for the A over Alan Davies. John Brentnall and Bill Stewart shared theirs as the B ran out winners to pull themselves out of the bottom three.Burton Cons A kept themselves in touch at the top after a very close 5-3 win away at Swad Snooker Centre A. Mike Buckland won a tight first frame against Rich Hinks down on the blue after all the reds went awkward but then knocked in runs of 39 and 40 to run away with the second. On the other table Jon Fletcher won the first for the Cons after firstly knocking in pink and black and then requiring a respotted black against Adam Harrison. Adam then played well in the second to force a draw which his overall play merited. Harry Farrell beat Graham Stevens in their first before a battling Stevens knocked in an excellent colours clearance under pressure to secure the draw. Henry Tomas beat Jon Swift to put the match down to the last frame-there was an excellent bout of safety from both players before Swift took on a risky double…it took an extra run across the table for the treble and secured a rather fortuitous win for the visitors.

Burton Cons B had a comfortable 6-2 win over visitors Newhall A with John Shilton having runs of 63 and 31 in his win over Carl Glover. Darren Coady was also in the winners enclosure whilst there were draws in the games between Simon Smith and Nick Walker and then Troy Randle with Martin Hicks-Martin being player of the evening for the visitors with efforts of 45 and 27. 

Swad Cons A and Tutbury C fought out a hard 4-4 draw. Andy Grainger, with a nice 44, beat Steve Butler, whilst Simon Orpwood also scored two for the Cons. Wayne Smith was the star man for the Tutters, including a nice 39 on the way to defeating Ant Rushton whilst Billy Ashton, drafted in for the visitors was also in good form as he ha

d a good run of 29 in his win over the Cons’ Paul Slater.Alrewas A kept their excellent season going with a 5-3 home win against Belmont B. John Richardson was the man to make the difference as he beat Graham Bailey with the other three game all halved. Tom Smith top scored for Alrewas with a 34 in his half with Mark Satchwell, whilst Josh Gebbie had a good 32 in his shared match against Karl Hancox. Lee Louch and Arron Vaughan were also not to be separated.

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In the PJM Fascias Division One, there was a derby at Ivanhoe as the D went down 5-3 at home to the B. Nick Sewell and Josh Wright were winners for the B whilst Dave Watson of the D beat the B’s Greg Gallup. The game between Matt Tewkesbury and Stu Tagg was halved.Rolleston A and SDSC B shared the spoils with a 4-4 draw. Steve Ayre, for the Snooker Centre,had his potting boots on with a nice 30 to get past the Rollers’ Rich O’Dell whilst returning the favour for the home side was Mark Press with a good win over Chris Dewey. Bobby Cliff and John Davis shared theirs as did Tom Bassett and Andy Goldingay.Ivanhoe C kept up their promotion challenge and are two ponts clear at the top after going to Burton Cons and coming away 6-2 winners over the C team. Gaz Dolman, Daz Wilson and Mick Kirk were the men to do the damage for the away side whilst Greg Read kept the score reasonable by beating the visitors’ Graham Measures.

Stapenhill A and Alrewas B had a tough  game ending four across with two wins on each side.Steve Ford was man of the match as he rolled an evening’s high of 42 in his win over Dave Trueman. Also winning two for the Institute was Andy Gretton. Bringing the match level though for The Legionnaires were Mick Morris and Ian Hiley with wins over Chris Sheldrake and Chris Mehick respectively.

Alrewas C have put themselves in with a great chance of promotion after defeating Stapenhill B by the thumping score of 7-1. Tim Hodgkinson, making a rare appearance had a nice 35 as he drew with with Simon Piechovicz, who had a good 31 of his own in a high class battle. Loz kennerson was man of th evening as he knocked a in a 45 in his victory over Rob Kent. Steve Lane and Rob Cooke was also winners for Alrewas, sitting pretty second in the table.

In a battle at the wrong end of the table, it was Rolleston B who came out on top against SDSC C. Victories for Kev Norris and Ron Tubey did the damage. David Wain and Rob Sanders halved theirs with Rob having a nice contribution of 28- and there was another shared game as Andy Bloor drew with Lionel Lewis. Both sides will look to an improved second half of the season.

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The Snookerettes of Spot On D take top billing in the Newton Fallowell Division Two after they defeated Burton Cons D 5-3. Marie Bridges beat an in form Greg Hall with another win coming courtesy of Yvonne Lawrence over Al Munnien. Jim Jennings held the Cons end up with a 2-0 success over Gilda Horvath and there was a hard fought draw between Kate Stirling and Tom Egginton. Watch out the rest of the division as the ladies are coming to get you…

Tutbury D kept up their promotion push by beating Rolleston D 6-2. there were wins for Paul Atterbury and Ian Day whilst the games between Colin Bell and Aaron Doyle and then Dave Brady and Mark Storr were halved.SDSC D remain top but only after being held to a draw by Stapenhill C. Paul Stewart played well for the Institute , taking one off Nick Harcombe, having a 32 along the way. There was another draw between Gord Jennings and Ray Stretton, whilst winners on the night were Tim Knopik for the Institute and Ray Bancroft for the Snooker Centre.

Man of the week in the Division Two was Paul Bradford as he had a 37 in his first frame for Swad Cons C against Belmont C’s floating player Arron Vaughan. He then followed this up with a 58 in the second to take over at the top of the high breaks chart in Division Two. Sean Fern also won for The Cons whilst there were draws between Jordan Watts and Brian Cutting and also Kyle Cope with Dave Press to leave the Cons in a good position for a promotion push.

Belmont D and Swad Cons B had a 4-4 draw with wins for Gaz Ward of The Cons and Andy Biggadike for The Servicemen. Scoring one each were Matt Groves with Andy Boam and Tom Holland with Bob Birch. 

Spot On E showed they will be in the mix after going to Woodville B and coming away 5-3 winners. Dave Goldsmith and Marvin Walker were in fine form to notch victories whilst the extra winning point was provided by Adam Edwards in his draw with Gary Green. Mark Gallagher held the Woodvillians heads high with a win over Jack Gallagher.

2018-19: Week 13

By Mick Buckland

In the space of two weeks, it’s been all change at the top of the David Wain Insurance Premier Division. Last week the top two met in Ashby, where Ivanhoe A beat Burton Cons A 5-3 in a high quality match. First up Mick Simpkins for the Cons drew with Ian Rennocks whilst on the other table Andy Marriott was in imperious form, knocking in runs of 77, 53, 39 and 31 as he put Jon Swift to the sword. Jon Fletcher then potted very well for the Cons to square the match up, including a nice run of 35 against Ant Moore. It was all down to Dan Blunn versus Mike Buckland. Mike knocked in a cracking long red but then missed a half ball black and from there Dan smashed in a superb 80 and if it hadn’t been for not quite getting on the green, it would have been the season’s first century. In the second, Mike got in front mainly thanks to a good 32 and kept in front all the way down to the brown, which he should have knocked in but didn’t and Daniel cleared with the aid of a very accurate positional shot to get on the blue and complete the win for the home side.

Belmont A kept their challenge going with a 7-1 home win over Spot On A. John Chambers kept up his record of break building with another effort of 44 as he dispatched Nige Tomlinson 2-0. Andy Speirs, for the Spots, kept the visitors interest as he drew with Rich Goldby but there were wins for both Rob Chambers and Mark Sherratt in the second half to secure the win, with Mark having two runs of 33. Belmont since have gone on to win their re-arranged match in hand against Tutbury B 6-2 to now lead the table by a point at Christmas and remain the only unbeaten side.

Belmont B went to Swad Cons and came away with four points as all 4 matches were drawn. Paul Slater and Graham Bailey shared theirs with Graham for Belmont having the evening’s highest contribution of 35. Andy Grainger and Arron Vaughan, making a rare appearance also shared before half time. In the second half Simon Orpwood had a nice 30 as he drew with Josh Gebbie before the scoring was completed with another half between Ant Rushton and Mark Satchwell.

The season’s first 8-0 whitewash came from a perhaps unlikely source in SDSC A., as they destroyed Tutbury B without reply. Top scoring for them yet again was Harry Farrell who included a lovely 46 on the way to beating Andy Thompson in a match that could have gone either way. Adam Harrison simply out-potted Bill Stewart as did Ben Davies against Daz Lester, also making a rare appearance. Alan Davies for the Tutters had no luck in running and also went down to Henry Tomas.

Burton Cons B showed that they will be in the shake up after Christmas after beating Tutbury C 6-2. There were wins for John Shilton, who had a nice 41, Darren Coady and Troy Randle, whilst a rusty Dave Shipton was beaten by Steve Butler , for the Tutters, who had an evening’s high run of 52. Tutbury A pulled themselves away from the relegation zone after triumphing over Newhall A 6-2 at home. John Brentnall and Carl Glover halved in the first half before Steve Mabbutt included a 32 on the way to beating Nick Walker to put the home side 3-1 up. In the second half , Martin Hicks for Newhall had a run of 34 but was only able to draw with Dave Mabbutt and the scoring was completed by Chris Mabbutt who defeated Martin Hurdman 2-0.

Ivanhoe C lead the way at Christmas in the PJM Fascias Division One. Wins for Gaz Dolman and Mick Kirk saw them on their way against Stapenhill A , away at The Institute. The fifth frame and thereby winning the extra winners’ point was scored by Steve Cockeram in his draw with the home side’s Andy Gretton. Chris Sheldrake, for the Institute won his against Graham Measures for a 5-3 scoreline to the visitors.

The C team came out on top in the Alrewas derby in what was an edgy but high quality match. Loz Kennerson was always ahead of Alrewas B’s Adam Walton in both frames. Kennerson winning both at a relative canter. Carl Poulton for the B team shared the frames with Steve Butterworth. He took the first with an excellent 52 break and looked like he was going to take the second too but Butterworth potted tough long brown, blue and pink to take the draw.Simon Tarrant was in excellent form against Micky Morris not giving his B team opponent any real opportunities. He took a lot of excellent pots with good position and sealed both frames with a bit to spare .Alrewas B’s Ian Hiley took both frames against Steve Lane. The first at a canter but Lane fought back in the second to take it close but Hiley took it at the death.

Spot On B went to Swad Snooker Centre and came away 5-3 winners, beating the club’s C team. Tony Clements was the visitors’ star man as he put in assured show to beat Andy Bloor. The other three matches were halved-David Wain with John Hardy, Brian Bloor with Trevor Heath and Garton Bloor with Steve Gaunt.

Rolleston A find themselves in one of the promotion places at Christmas, partly due to the 7-1 thumping they handed out last week to Ivanhoe B. There were wins for Bobby Cliff, Joe Docksey and Mark Press whilst in form Tom Bassett was held to a 1-1 draw by Stu Tagg.

Burton Cons C kept themselves in with a chance of making a promotion challenge in January after beating Rolleston B 6-2. Greg Read, with a 32 and Ian Shrive a 29, were in fine form as they both secured comfortable victories whilst another win for Simon Shilton over Rob Tubey saw the home side through. In return. it was Rob Sanders who kept the score respectable by beating Vince Draper.

Matt Tewkesbury and Dave Watson won their games comfortably for Ivanhoe D , who avoided defeat for only the third time this season against Stapenhill B. Nathan Blood was well in the first frame against The Institute’s Rob Kent, although Rob ran away with the second, whilst Greg Britton had too much class on the night for the home side’s Tom Freeman.

It is promising to be a tremendous tussle for promotion in the Newton Fallowell Division Two after Christmas as four teams appear to have pulled clear of the others. Swad Cons C lead the way but were held 4-4 by Spot On E who remain unbeaten themselves but currently outside the top three. The Cons’ Sean Fern and Jordan Watts both halved before half time in their matches against James Bailey and Dave Goldsmith of the Spots. Jared Cronje had the division’s high break for the week with a lovely 46 as he was in charge against Marvin Walker to put the Cons in with a chance of the win but Luke Allsopp rolled in a nice 28 to defeat the home side’s Colin Cope and to leave things all square.

There was another of those rare draws where all four matches were halved in the game between Tutbury D and Belmont C. Colin Bell, Dave Brady ,Paul Atterbury and Ian Day all won one of two against Terry Bosworth, Graeme Drayton, Brain Cutting and Dave Press respectively.

Stapenhill C won for only the second time this term as Tim Knopik starred by having a nice 30 in his win over Colin Wood of Rolleston C. The other three matches were shared-Neil Bourne with Aaron Doyle, Colin Britton with Neil Cheadle and Paul Stewart with Steve Atkin.

Nick Harcombe was man of the match for SDSC D as he rolled a good 32 in during his win over Billy Bob Brooks of Woodville A. Also winning were Bob McInulty over Daz “The Potter” Scott and Ray Bancroft over Tony “The Snail” Coleman. It was Pat “The Model” Ryan who kept Woodville’s spirits high as he defeated Chris Craddock.

Woodville B and Swad Cons B drew 4-4 in a match that could have gone either way. In the first half, there were wins for Gaz Ward for The Cons and Jim Marcer for Woodville. After the break, it was much tighter as both games were drawn-Denis Moore with Bob Birch and Mark Gallagher with Jon Petcher.

Charlie Groves had the night off for Belmont D as Burton Cons C were only able to field three players. Jim Jennings was in fine form to get the match back all square for The Cons as he included a good 25 on the way to defeating Ian Gibson. Tom Holland and Al Munnien were not to be separated and neither were Matty Groves and Greg Hall as the match was tied at 4-4.

2018-19: Week 12

By Mick Buckland

There was a change at the top of the David Wain Insurance Premier Division as previous leaders Burton Cons A were beaten 5-3 at home by Belmont A. John Chambers got the visitors off to the perfect start and he included a 43 in his victory over Jon Fletcher. Mick Simpkins responded for The Cons as he beat Rob Chambers who didn’t have the best of run-Mick fluked a green to win a frame going on to make a decisive 30 clearance. Jon Swift, for the Cons, kept Owen Jones at bay to win the first but was pegged back by Jones in the second, who had a 39 to leave the match finely balanced at 3-3.

In a close match to finish, Mark Sherratt was always in control against Mike Buckland producing a cross double to win the first and included runs of 35 and 31 which Buckland was just short of being able to recover from as Sherratt made the most of the chances left him. Andy Marriott continued his fine form, rolling in a lovely 59 for Ivanhoe A in his match versus Wayne Pereira as the Ashby side took advantage to now lead the division after going to Tutbury B and coming away 6-2 victors. Dan Blunn and Ant Moore were also able to win both against Bill Stewart and Alan Davies respectively. Jan Pawlazycyk kept the scoreline respectable with a good win over Ian Rennocks. This leaves Ivanhoe 4 points clear of Burton Cons A before the two sides meet this week.

Burton Cons B are still well up there as they went to Belmont B coming away winners 5-3. Match of the evening was Josh Gebbie versus John Shilton with both players potting well- Josh with a 41 and John with a 51 as they shared their two frames. There were also draws in the games between Graham Bailey and Darren Coady as well was Zaheer Hussein and Simon Smith. Making the difference on the night was Troy Randle as he beat Mark Satchwell for a 2-0 win and an overall 5-3 scoreline to the visitors.

Alrewas A , who are having an excellent season after the previous one’s disappointment, were held to a 4-4 draw at home by Swad Cons A. Karl Hancox was man of the match as he included runs of 56 and 32 as he beat Andy Grainger. Simon Mansfield produced an assured performance to beat an out of sorts John Richardson for 2-2 at half time. Simon Orpwood had a 30 as he beat the home side’s Lee lOuch whilst Tom Smith had a 31 in reply as he beat Ant Rushton for the overall draw.

There was another draw as Newhall A and SDSC A shared the spoils pulling both sides slightly away from the bottom of the division.Winning for Newhall was Nick Walker who had a lovely 41 as he got past Adam Harrison and also Martin Hicks who beat Pete Maguire. In return for the Snooker Centre harry Farrell continued his break building prowess knocking in efforts of 40 and 32 to beat Callum Coleman and Henry Tomas beat Carl Glover.

The match between Tutbury ‘s A and C teams was postponed.

On of the performances of the week came in the PJM Fascias Division One with Tom Bassett of Rolleston A cracking in runs of 48 and 52. against Stapenhill A’s Greg Britton. Britton though hung in there are managed to eek out a draw when a Rolleston win seemed inevitable. John Sherriff for the Institute was also in fine form as he beat the in form Mark Press to put the home side in front. There was good play in both other matches from all players with both ending drawn-Rob Kent with Bobby Cliff and Simon Piechowicz with Rich O’Dell.

SDSC B have put themselves within touching distance of a possible immediate return to the Premier after a comfortable 6-2 home win over their own club’s C team. Only Andy Bloor was able to stem the flow for the C as he beat Keith Tomlinson. Elsewhere there were wins for the B’s Chris Dewey, Steve Ayre and Andy Goldingay, with Goldingay only losing 4 of the 20 frames he’s played so far.

Burton Cons C had a good 5-3 away win at Spot On B, who had won their previous two. Greg Read and Simon Shilton were in good form to score doubles over trevor Heath and Dave Mawhinney. Steve Gaunt for the home side had a nice 30 but Steve Castledine hung on for the draw and the overall win for the Cons. Tony Clements , for the Spots, had a win over Ian Shrive to bring the score closer.

At the top, Ivanhoe C lost for the first time this season as they went down 5-3 at home to Alrewas B who are now right in contention in the promotion race. Mick Morris was the star man as he had a 27 on the way to the only individual win of the night in his game against Gaz Dolman. Steve Cockeram top scored on the night with a 31 against Carl Poulton who did well to hang on for the draw. Graham Measure , for Ashby, drew with Adam Walton and there was another half in the heavyweight contest between the home sides Mick Kirk and Alrewas’ Ian Hiley.

Alrewas C claimed an 8-0 victory against Ivanhoe D, who got their dates wrong.

Rolleston B had a good 5-3 win against a makeshift Stapenhill A side without some regulars. Rob Sanders and Lionel Lewis took advantage to both score doubles for The Rollers whilst Kev Norris and Andy Gretton shared theirs. Chris Sheldrake kept the scoreline respectable for The Institute with a win over the home side’s Rob Tubey.

Things are all very tight at the top of the Newton Fallowell Division Two with the promotion places looking likely to go to 3 of 4 sides. SDSC D look like they might be one of them as long as top of the averages Nick Harcombe keeps winning. He scored his customary two last week including a 27 along the way beating Rolleston C’s Aaron Doyle. It was the turn of Bob McInulty to provide lead support with another double and the extra winning point was provided by Ray Stretton in his draw with Steve Atkin. Mark Storr won for the Rollers as SDSC D came away 5-3 winners.

Despite the whitewash scoreline between Woodville A and Spot On D, the match was much closer more like a 6-2 or 5-3. There was a scrappy match between Billy Bob Brooks and Gilda Horvath with neither player able to string many pots together leaving Billy a fairly comfortable winner in the end. Daz “The Potter” Scott was in excellent form against Marie Bridges in their first frame with Marie conceding on the colours. Marie had no running in the balls though -this allowing Daz to take the second on the blue, after an evenly contested second frame. Kate Stirling played really well including a good 24 as she forged her way into a 33 point lead on the colours against Tony “The Snail” Coleman- she was still 21 up on the pink only for Tony to get the required snookers and the victory. The second was also close with Tony needing top pot blue and pink to win. Pat “The Model” Ryan won two close frames against Yvonne “The Launcher” Lawrence-the forst on the black after both players had a few goes at it and the second on the pink with both players on good form.

Spot On E maintained their push for promotion with a narrow 5-3 home win over Tutbury D who are just above them in the table. Luke Allsopp and Dave Goldsmith were the men to the damage for The Spots with another frame coming from James Bailey as he drew with The Tutters’ Paul Atterbury. Ian day was on form for the visitors notching a win over The Spots’ Marvin Walker.

The Swad Cons derby between the club’s B and C sides went the way of the C who went “away” and won 5-3. Colin Cope was the man to make the difference as he scored the only win of the night over Jon Petcher. the other three ties were all halved – Gaz Ward with Kyle Cope, Andy Boam with Jordan Watts and Bob Birch with Paul Bradford.This leaves the C top of the pile and the B mid-table.

Woodville B scored a good 5-3 away win at Burton Cons D. Things looked to be going well for the home side with Al Munnien beating “gentleman” Jim Marcer and the draw for “Wily” Jim Jennings with Wayne Allen. But in the second half there were wins for both Denis Moore and Mark Gallagher over Greg hall and Tom Egginton leaving the away side victors.

2018-19: Week 11

By Mick Buckland

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division last week,  Belmont B got their second win and  look like are really going to make ,a fight of staying in the league.  Graham Bailey has really hit a bit of form dispatching Steve Hathaway with some ease including a 37 break.Mark Satchwell is getting his season going and again won two frames against Steve Mabbutt this out Belmont into a 4-0 lead . Shaun Gebbie played the young Dan Mabbutt and it was the Tutbury man who started off well with a 27 break only to see Shaun use all his years of experience to tighten the game up and clear the colours when needed making it 5-0 and securing the win. Young Dan replied well in the second and potted a vital blue and pink to get the frame. Chris Mabbutt played really well in his first against Josh Gebbie and won comfortably, though the second was a different story as it was close all the way to the brown which Chris potted to make the score line 5-3.

There was a high quality match at Burton Cons where the club’s B team were undone 5-3 by Swad Cons A. Andy Grainger included runs of 46 and 30 in beating Darren Coady and Ant Rushton got past Troy Randle despite the home player knocking in a 40. Ant himself having a nice 37. John Shilton was not at his best but had too much for a fighting Lee Wood-with Simon Smith and Simon Orpwood sharing two scrappy frames.

Alrewas A kept up their tremendous start to the season by going to Spot On and coming away 6-2 victors. Karl Hancox again led the way with a nice 34 in his win over Andy Speirs. Also winning two points was Smith over Elliott in a battle of the Toms. Mark Stirling for the home team had a nice 29 but this only won one frame against a battling Lee Louch and it was a similar story as Ade Harper drew with John Richardson.

The match between SDSC A and Tutbury C saw two wins for either side. Harry Farrell scored the top break of the night as he had a 65 in his victory over Tom Lucas. Teammate Henry Tomas also scored a double over Wayne Smith. Replying for the Tutters though were Steve Butler, who rolled in a nice 31 in his win over Ben Davies and Steve Burrows who overcame Rich Hinks. This result however leaves both sides in the bottom three as we approach Christmas.

With leaders Burton Cons A having their rest week, the chasing pack had opportunity to close the gap. Ivanhoe A did just that although not as convincingly as they would have liked as they beat  Newhall A 5-3. Top scoring on the night with runs of 30 and 28 was Ant Moore who beat Callum Coleman. Andy Marriott won his customary two against Martin Hurdman. For the visitors Martin Hicks was in good nick as he beat in form Ian Rennocks, whilst the frames were shared in the game between Dan Blunn and Nick Walker.

The match between Belmont A and Tutbury B was postponed whilst we now know the Premier Divisional Final of the Presidents Cup will be between Burton Cons B, who thrashed Belmont B in the semi and Ivanhoe A who squeezed past Belmont A by virtue of winning the dreaded doubles decider.


In the PJM Fascias Division One, Alrewas B made it three 6-2 wins out of four with a hard fought victory over Rolleston B. Carl Poulton took only his second 2-0 of the season against Rob Tubey. A close first frame followed by a more comfortable second. Mick Morris and Lionel Lewis both played some excellent snooker with an honourable draw the fairest result although the first went to the final black with Morris jawing it and leaving it for Lewis. Ian Hiley took the second against Kev Norris in a scrappy encounter with Norris deservedly taking the first on a final pink after some great potting. Adam Walton ensured the legionnaires got their win against Rob Sanders. In a fast paced match Walton got ahead in both and never let it go.

Ivanhoe B kept up their challenge for honours as they defeated SDSC C 6-2 on their own tables. There were wins for Stu Tagg and Matt Grey, whilst Ivanhoe’s Bren Mattley and Greg Gallup notched a point each in their draws with David Wain and Andy Bloor respectively.

Andy Jenkins top scored for Spot On B with runs of 32 and 25 in his draw with Stapenhill A’s Steve Ford. Andy Gretton scored a double for the Institute but wins for John Hardy and Trevor Heat saw the Spots home with a 5-3 victory.

Rolleston A produced one of the most dominant displays of the season as they took out Ivanhoe D by a whitewash. Tom Bassett had knocks of 41,38  and 30. Mark Press a 54. Bobby Cliff a 26 as the Ashby boys had no answer-Rich O’Dell completed the rout.

The two top sides played out perhaps a predictable draw. Mick Kirk had a 29 in his win for Ivanhoe C over Steve Lane of Alrewas C. Loz Kennerson replied for Alrewas with a 2-0 success over Daz Wilson, with the other two games halved-Gaz Dolman with Steve Butterworth and Graham Measures with Lee Cooke. Both sides have 65 points at the top although Ivanhoe remain unbeaten and have a game in hand.

Burton Cons C went down 5-3 at home to SDSC B. Andy Goldingay was in fine form as he rolled in a 43 in defeating the home team’s captain Ian Shrive. Clint Sherratt also scored a double for the Snooker Centre, whilst Steve Castledine responded with a brace for the Cons. Grag Read could only mange a half in the last game with Steve Ayre leaving the visitors the victors.

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Paul Bradford provided the highlight as he produced a fine knock of 47 as he won two for Swad Cons C over Tom Egginton of Burton Cons D.Jordan Watts won both versus Al Munnien whilst face was saved for the visitors as Greg Hall and Jim Jennings won one apiece against Colin Cope and Sean Fearn.

Tutbury D kept their challenge at the top going with a good 6-2 win over Swad Cons B. There were wins for Dave Brady and Ian Day and two draws for Colin Bell and Jeff Siddalls with Gaz Ward and Paul Hollis.

Spot On E maintained their unbeaten record but were only able to halve their match with Stapenhill C. Marvin Walker was a winner on the night for the Spots as was Paul Stewart for the Institute. Barry Waller and Reece Wagstaff shared theirs as did Tim Knopik and James Bailey.

Rolleston C scored a welcome win as they overcame Woodville A 5-3. It was all square at the break after draws in the games between Colin Wood and Rich Marcer and then Mark Storr with Pat Ryan. Graham Fisher though made all the difference in the second half with a win over Bob Brooks whilst there was a third draw in the match between John Ward and Daz Scott.

Swad Snooker Centre D got past Belmont C by a 5-3 scoreline after wins for Nick Harcombe and Ray Bancroft. Bob McInulty scored the all important 5th point in his draw with Graeme Drayton whilst scoring a double for The Servicemen was Terry Bosworth.

Belmont D versus Spot On D was postponed.

2018-19: Week 10

By Mick Buckland

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, Ivanhoe A won the season’s Tuesday fixture for them, going to Tutbury C and coming away 7-1 winners and putting down a marker at the top. Andy Marriott continued his excellent form by making runs of 50 and 33 as he dispatched Tom Lucas with no difficulty. Steve Burrows provided the Tutters’ evening’s highlight as he rolled in a nice 32 to earn himself the home side’s only point in his draw with Ian Rennocks. Ian, for his part though, knocked in the season’s highest break so far-a fantastic effort of 80. Daniel Blunn got in on the potting act, knocking in a lovely 38 in his win over Steve Butler, whilst Ant Moore completed the scoring with a 2-0 success over Wayne Smith. The result brings the Ashby side within 6 of the top, whilst Tutbury are 5 points from safety.

The previous week Alrewas A had been unlucky not to have come away with more than a draw away at Burton Cons A. Last week though they were undone 7-1 on their own tables by The Cons B team. The Legionnaires were always in trouble after their talisman Karl Hancox was beaten by a resurgent John Shilton who included a 37 along the way. Darren Coady, for The Cons, was also too good on the night for John Richardson. The only respite for the home side was the point Lee Louch secured in his draw with Simon Smith. Troy Randle completed the away team’s scoring with a comfortable success over Thom Smith. The result means Burton Cons B leapfrog Alrewas and put themselves within 12 points of the top with a game in hand.

Belmont A kept themselves in contention at the top with a hard fought 5-3 win away at Newhall A. With the Chambers brothers away on international pool duties, Brett Bailey stepped in and notched a nice 33 in his victory over the home sides Carl Glover. Newhall’s Martin Hurdman fought well to earn a half in his encounter with Rich Goldby. After the break Callum Coleman scored a nice run of 30 but this only earned him a draw with Mark Sherratt, whilst Nick Walker and Owen Jones also shared the spoils, leaving Newhall three points above the drop-zone and Belmont 7 points from the summit.

Burton Cons A won 5-3 for the 7th time this season as they scraped past a battling Spot On A side. Mike Buckland had a nice 30 before mis-cueing when trying to split the pack off the black in his first against Ade Harper. Ade battled well and after some poor run looked like he would take the second but Buckland knocked in a difficult long green and cleared up for a 2-0 victory. Jon Swift and James Foy had a ding-dong battle with both players missing chances until Swift fluked the blue and couldn’t miss the pink to take the first. the second was also tight but Foy snatched it to keep the Spots in the match. Graham Stevens ran away from Andy Speirs in both frames with an imperious display of potting-knocking in efforts of 65 and 54 to seal the match for the home side. Nige Tomlinson had the surprise result of the night as he beat the Cons’ Jon Fletcher who was off form. Nige rolled in a nice 34 along the way and cued really nicely to be deserving of the victory..
Zaheer Hussein was man of the match for Belmont B as they won for the first time this season with a 5-3 triumph over SDSC A. He gained the evening’s only win against one of the players of the season so far, Harry Farrell, with both players cracking in breaks of 38. Graham Bailey had three runs in the 20s as he drew his clash with Henry Tomas. Mark Satchwell for Belmont and Rich Hinks also traded thirties as they halved their match-mark just pipping Rich with a 32 to a 31. Josh Gebbie also had a 31 but this was only enough for a share with Ben Davies. Both sides are in the bottom three but there are a lot of frames between now and the end of the season.

Swad Cons A were held 4-4 at home by Tutbury A. It was 2-2 at half time as both matches were drawn-Lee Wood for the Cons with Chris Mabbutt and a surprise half between Andy Grainger and Daniel Mabbutt, making a rare appearance. In the second half Simon Orpwood overcame John Brentnall whilst Dave Mabbutt for the Tutters had the highlight of the evening with a 36 in his win over Simon Mansfield.


In the PJM Fascias Division One, Stapenhill B scored one of the victories of the night as they demolished SDSC C 7-1. Greg Britton, Bryan Sharratt and Rob Kent were all in fine form to secure doubles whilst David Wain scored the Snooker Centre’s only point in his draw with Simon Piechowicz.There are only three points separating Stapenhill A in third and their B side in 8th.

Ivanhoe B kept themselves in with a promotion challenge but they were held 4-4 at home by Burton Cons C, who manged to secure halves in all four matches. Nick Sewell and Greg Gallup in the first half for the Ashby side with Bill Davidson and Greg Read. The second half pairings were also not to be separated as the games between Josh Wright and The Cons’ Vince Draper and then Bran Mattley and Ian Shrive also ended all square.

Rolleston A’s ninth fixture of the season now means they have a 3-3-3 record. This came courtesy of an impressive 6-2 away victory at Alrewas C-their first defeat of the season. Tom Bassett and Bobby Cliff were the men to the damage as they got past Steve Butterworth and Loz Kennerson. The home sides blushes were spared by Steve Lane and Lee Cooke, although both were only able to score draws with Mark press and Rich O’Dell.

Ivanhoe C cemented their position at the top with a thumping 7-1 win away at Rolleston B. Gaz Dolman and daz Wilson both had nice runs of 24 as they both secured victories. Also on the winner’s podium was Graham Measures as he beat Rob Sanders. Kev Norris scored the Rollers’ only point as he took one off Steve Cockeram.

Stapenhill A are in third after they drew with SDSC A 4-4 at The Snooker Centre. Both sides had two winners on the night-John Davis and Steve Ayre for the home side and Chris Sheldrake and Steve Ford for the Institute.

Spot On B secured their first win in four after they beat an in form Alrewas B. All four games were very scrappy with Tony Clements probably playing the best snooker of the night in what was ultimately the crucial game beating an out of sorts Dave Trueman. The other three ties were fairly drawn with all three seeing Spot On players taking the first with the Alrewas boys battling back to take the second. Andy Jenkins played well to beat Mick Morris in their first before Morris fought back. Trevor “The “Hit-Man” Heath potted superbly from distance to take his first against Carl Poulton before the League Secretary ground out the second. Finally John Hardy’s single ball potting meant he beat Ian Hiley at a canter in their first before Hiley did enough to keep Hardy at bay in the second.

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Belmont C had a fine 6-2 success over Rolleston C. Brian Cutting played nicely to get past Mark Storr, with Mark knocking in a 24 at one point-Dave Press was also a winner for The Servicemen. Terry Bosworth drew his two with Graham Fisher whilst Graeme Drayton and Steve Atkin also halved.
Tutbury D kept themselves on top and are already in a good position for another “boing-boing” season as they went away to Burton Cons D and came away 6-2 victors. Paul Atterbury and Colin Bell were the men in form as they both scored doubles with the other two matches halved. Tom Egginton, for the Cons, with Dave Brady and Greg Hall with Ian Day.
Spot On E made it four wins on the bounce as they dispatched hitherto unbeaten SDSC D 7-1. Luke Allsopp, James Bailey and Dave Goldsmith all rolled in 20+ efforts with the highlight being the win for James Bailey over Nick Harcombe, who lost his first frames of the season. The Snooker Centre’s only point was picked up by Ray Bancroft in his draw with Marvin Walker.
After a slow start to the season, Woodville A picked up their second win in three weeks as they beat Belmont D 5-3. Arron Vaughan’s Premier Division experience was enough to see him score two for the Belmont side as he beat Billy Bob Brooks. Daz Scott and Pat Ryan saw the Woodvillians into a commanding position , both winning nicely before Tony Coleman knocked in a lovely 28 to secure a draw in his encounter with Ian Gibson and the overall win.
The Spot On ladies are struggling this season-playing some nice snooker but not getting the results to show for it. Last week, they were undone 7-1 at home by Woodville B. Mark Gallagher, Denis Moore and Bill Hunt all had too much on the night, all scoring wins. Yvonne Lawrence saved the whitewash as she took one off Gary Green .
Swad Cons B made it three wins from four after they beat Stapenhill C 5-3. Gaz Ward’s 26 and Bob Birch’s 22 were enough to see them both win against Gordon Jennings and Neil Bourne respectively. Tim Knopik kept The Institute in the match with a win of his own whilst the game between Andy Boam and Paul Stewart was halved .

2018-19: Week 9

By Mick Buckland

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, Spot On A scored a good 6-2 win at home to Tutbury B. Jan Pawlazyck was the only Tutters player on the scoresheet as he took both off Ade Harper. Mark Stirling beat Wayne Pereira. for the Spots and there were also victories for Tom Elliott and Andy Speirs over Alan Davies and Bill Stewart to complete the scoring.
Another Tutbury side put to the sword were the C as Belmont A ran out 7-1 winners. John Chambers was again Belmont’s star man as he rolled in efforts of 59 and 43 to dispatch Tom Lucas.Steve Butler for the Tutters managed to tale one off Rob Chambers but there were also wins for Owen Jones and Mark Sherratt over Steve Burrows and Wayne Smith respectively to push The Servicemen closer to the top.
The third Tutbury side to take a hammering were Tutbury A as they went down 6-2 at home against Burton Cons B. Steve Mabbutt , for The Tutters, had a nice 37 as he drew with a floating Simon Shilton who battled well for the half. And the match was all square at half time as John Brentnall and Simon Smith shared their two. It was all Cons after the break though with John Shilton having runs of 37 and 30 in his win overChris Mabbutt. Try Randle completed another double for the Cons as he got past Dave Mabbutt
Burton Cons A were only able to come out on parity with Alrewas A as they did not win for the first time this season. They managed to keep their unbeaten record in tact though as all four matches were drawn wit he Alrewas players winning the first frame in all of them. They were 2-0 down as Karl Hancox won his first against draw specialist Mike Buckland. he has a 32 in the frame he lost as well but Buckland had enough scoring visits to eek out the half. Graham Stevens lost only his second frame of the season to a John Richardson who was inspired in the first. Stevens though hung on in there for a share of the spoils. After half time, Alrewas went 4-2 up as Tom Smith and Lee Louch won their first frames versus Jon Fletcher and John Swift. Again though the Cons’ boys turned the two matches around and scored an overall half out of a match that for all the world looked like it was going to go the way of the Legionnaires.
This result gave Ivanhoe A the chance to close the gap at the top and this they did but only by two as they came out 5-3 winners against Belmont B in another match that could have gone either way. Andy Marriott beat Shaun Gebbie in a one sided affair, aided by a 50 and a 40 in the first frame and then a 33 in the second as Shaun knocked in a few of his own. Dan Blunn played Arron Vaughan in a great match. The first went the way of Arron down on the last few colours and the second looked like going the same way until Dan rolled in a nice 33 to take the frame and a half. Ant Moore and Mark Satchwell had two tight frames with Mark taking the first on the pink. He then had quite a bit of run in the second before Ant had a 27 at the end to steal it leaving Mark to wonder how he didn’t claim the victory. Graham Bailey potted nicely to take his first frame with some to spare for Belmont against Ian Rennocks. The second was closer with Ian knocking in a cracking 38 to level the match up and leave Ivanhoe overall winners courtesy of the win for Andy Marriott.
SDSC A scored their first victory of the season with a resounding 6-2 success over Swad Cons A. Harry Farrell was man of the match as he rolled in a 46 in his win against Simon Orpwood. Ben Davies was also in fine form for the Snooker Centre as he notched two against Lee Wood. The Cons talisman Andy Grainger was only able to score one point as he halved with Adam Harrison and there was another draw in the game between Henry Tomas and Paul Slater to pull SDSC A out of the bottom 3.

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2018-19: Week 8

By Mick Buckland

The big winners of the week in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division were Belmont A who won their inter-club derby with the B team 7-1. Arron Vaughan was first up for the B against John Chambers. Vaughan took the game to his opponent and was unfortunate with one or two leaves to hand the first frame to Chambers. The second went down to the final pink, which Chambers fluked into the middle for the 2-0 victory. On the other table Mark Sherratt started well against Mark Satchwell but a missed pink handed Satchwell the frame for the B. Sherratt won the second down on the colours for a half. The first frame between Shaun Gebbie and Owen Jones was littered with errors until Jones made a telling clearance to the pink before Jones won the second more easily for another A team victory. The final tie was between Rich Goldby and Graham Bailey-both players had chances but it was Goldby who took them when it mattered most to complete the 7-1 scoreline to keep Belmont A well in the title race.

Alrewas A kept their challenge going with a good 6-2 home win over Tutbury A. Karl Hancox was in tremendous form as he rolled in efforts of 30, 33 and 30 again against Steve Hathaway, who could only stand and admire. John Richardson kept his good form going by beating Chris Mabbutt in both. Tom Smith and Steve Mabbutt drew their two as did Lee Louch with Dave Mabbutt to leave the Legionnaires 6-2 winners and sat in 3rd place.
The best snooker of the evening was played at Swad Cons where the A side narrowly went down 5-3 to Ivanhoe A. Andy Grainger , for the home side, was in great form as he included a lovely 51 on the way to defeating Ian Rennocks. This , however, was nothing like the form Andy Marriott was in as he smashed in runs of 73, 55 and 51 against Paul Slater, who just didn’t have a look in for 2-2 at half time. Ant Moore got in on the break building stakes as he knocked in a 25 and a 47 against Simon Orpwood who did well to dig in for a share of the spoils and a half. The win for Ivnahoe was effectively sealed by Dan Blunn who had an effort of 32 as he got past the home side’s Simon Mansfield.
At the top, Burton Cons A made it 8 wins from 8 matches but only after another close fought game-this time winning 5-3 away at Tutbury B. The match was won in the first encounter between the two players hitherto top of the averages. In a tight match, Andy Thompson, for The Tutters, knocked in some cracking balls and on another night could have won but it was the all round match experience of Graham Stevens that saw him over the line for the win. On the other table, the home side’s Bill Stewart kept in front right the way down to the colours with Mike Buckland struggling to hang in there. This he did though until Bill missed the pink by some way only for it to go round the table and drop in the far corner to put him one up, Buckland played a little better in the second to always be in control and to come out with a draw. The Cons’ Jon Swift won his first against Alan Davies but Davies struck back to also seal a half in the second. Jan Pawlazycyk potted some lovely balls against Jon Fletcher to claim a draw in a game Fletcher will feel he should have won for the third draw and the narrow win for The Cons.
Burton Cons B drew for the third time in four matches as they continue to struggle to get a side out. Darren Coady was their only winner last week as he beat Adam Harrison of SDSC A 2-0. In reply for The Snooker Centre was Harry Farrell who had a lovely 47 as he beat Simon Shilton.The other two games were halves -Troy Randle with Henry Tomas and Simon Smith with Ben Davies. A draw was probably fair with both sides feeling they could have won.
The final match was between Newhall A and Spot On A. Everything was very tight before halfway with draws between Martin Hurdman and Ade Harper and then Callum Coleman and Tom Elliott. It continued that way after the break with another draw between Carl Glover and Andy Speirs. The snooker of the night though was played by Martin Hicks as he had a 42 on the way to defeating Mark Stirling to secure the extra winning bonus point and a 5-3 win.

In the PJM Fascias Division One, Rolleston A scored a good 6-2 win over SDSC C. Mark Press stopped the main chance of the Snooker Centre grabbing a win as he beat their talisman Andrew Bloor 2-0. Also scoring a double for The Rollers was Bobby Cliff over main league sponsor David Wain. The two matches between Tom Bassett and Brian Bloor and then Rich O’Dell and Garton Bloor were halved.
Ivanhoe C maintained their status as league leaders by virtue of a 5-3 success over SDSC B away from home. Mick Kirk was the man to do the damage as he beat Steve Ayre in both frames including a nice 29 effort. All three other matches were halved with the highlight being the 30 Daz Wilson knocked in against John Davis. Andy Goldingay , for the home side, was unable to keep his run of wins going as he drew one across with Steve Cockeram. Keith Tomlinson also halved his two with Gaz Dolman, leaving the Ashby boys three points clear at the top.
Two of the sides in the bottom three met at Ashby where Ivanhoe D avoided defeat for only the second time this season by drawing four all with Burton Cons C. Steve Castledine and Ian Shrive, for The Cons,  both had twenty something breaks but both could only draw with the home side’s Keith Bale and Ross Tredger.  Winners on the night were Greg Read for The Cons and Adam Briggs for Ivanhoe leaving it all square and both sides still in the relegation zone.
Alrewas B recorded their second 6-2 away win of the season at Ivanhoe against their B team. Ivanhoe’s Stu Tagg and Adam Walton fought out a close affair with a draw the fairest result. Walton by a stunning final long black in the first and Tagg a little more easily for the second. Greg Gallup took the first against Carl Poulton on a re-spotted black. Gallup rode his luck throughout but Poulton couldn’t take his chances and Gallup struck a superb long black to win it. In the second Poulton got on top with a 29 and whilst Gallup fought back bravely couldn’t close the gap. An in form Ian Hiley made short work of Ivanhoe’s Nick Sewell. Sewell did pot excellently but was unable to string those pots together. Hiley did, with a 31 a couple of 20s and some other good breaks to ease to a 2-0 win. Dave Trueman was still looking for his first 2-0 of the season and it came as some surprise to do it against an in form Brendon Mattley. Trueman potted excellently in both frames and Mattley missed some balls he would take in an usual week. Whilst the second frame also went to a re-spotted black it was probably about right that Trueman took it – let’s hope that kick starts his season.
The Stapenhill Institute derby went the way of the A over the B by the narrowest 5-3 scoreline. Jason Spibey and Andy Gretton were the men to do the damage, both scoring wins against Greg Britton and John Sherriff respectively. Rob Kent did put two frames on the board for the B against Chris Sheldrake. The game between Simon Piechowicz and Steve Ford was shared , leaving Stapenhill A in third spot.
Spot On B lost for the third week on the trot-this time 6-2 at home to a rejuvenated Rolleston B outfit. Rob Tubey claimed a good draw against The Spots’ Trevor Heath whilst similar could be said for The Rollers’ Kev Norris against Tony Clements. The men to see Rolleston though were Rob Sanders and Lionel Lewis as they brushed aside John Hardy and Steve Gaunt.

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two,  Swad Cons B made it 5 without defeat as they triumphed over Rolleston C 6-2 at home. Gaz Ward and Aaron Doyle played out a very tactical match which Gaz just about got the better end of. Bob Birch and Mark Storr also had a very close game with a draw being about right. Kieran Dadley and Neil Cheadle also could not be separated leaving Andy Boam to continue his fine form with a good 2-0 win over Steve Atkin.
Burton Cons C went down 6-2 at home to SDSC D. Nick Harcombe maintained his 100% start to the season by beating the home side’s Jim Jennings 2-0-Nick had a 33 which could have been more as he turned down a straightforward pink in favour of a blue to get position on the next red, only to then miss. Bob McInulty was also on form as he beat Tom Egginton. Saving graces for the Cons were from Al Munnien and Greg Hall who both managed a point each in their encounters with the Two Rays, Stretton and Bancroft.
The Woodville derby was won 6-2 by The A over The B to provide the A with their first league win of the season. At the start though it was “Deadly” Denis Moore who got the B off to a cracking start beating Billy Bob Brooks in both although Billy did have a chance in the second frame. Dazzling Daz Scott played his best snooker of the season and claimed both against Mark Gallagher who was not able to play his normal attacking game. Scott’s safety play was excellent throughout and this, I’m told, should give the Worriers’ Academy players a great deal of confidence. Tony Coleman took both frames on the blue against an unlucky B team’s Gary Green to put the A 4-2 ahead.  the deciding match was between Pat “Silver Fox” Ryan and “Gentleman” Jim Marcer. The first Pat took quite comfortably but in the second Jim was 28 in front on the brown only to unluckily foul the black, leaving Pat to clear up for the win.
Belmont D provided one of the shocks of the week as they ran out 5-3 winners against Swad Cons C. Belmont’s Arron Vaughan, floating, played Jordan Watts and the Cons man played a couple of wrong shots at the wrong time, leaving enough chances for Arron to take full advantage and win both frames. Kyle Cope started the better against Andy Biggadike but Andy stayed with him to steal the first. In the second Andy frustrated his opponent to end up scoring the double. Jared Cronje got The Cons back in the match after flying out of the blocks against Ian Gibson with a couple of twenty plus efforts right at the start. Ian fought well but just couldn’t get back close enough. Colin Cope won the first against Tom Holland but Tom stuck at it and ground out a draw to leave the score perhaps fair, although a couple could have gone either way.
Spot On E had a cracking match against Belmont C and came out on top 6-2. Luke Allsopp ran away with his first against Terry Bosworth but the Belmont man countered and rolled in a nice 34 as he forced the draw.Marvin Walker found form at last and won his first double of the season against Graeme Drayton. The two Daves, Goldsmith and Press both played well but it was Goldsmith who came out on top helped by a 20 for The Spots. The match between James Bailey for The Spots and Belmont’s Brian Cutting could have gone either way. Brian’s long potting was unreal and James’ swerve round the black to pot the pink was deserving of winning any frame.
The Snookerettes had an off night as they went down by a whitewash for a rampant Tutbury D victory. Colin Bell, Dave Brady, Jeff Siddalls and Paul Atterbury all had too much for the ladies on this occasion, leaving The Tutters top after 8 games.

2018-19: Week 7

By Mick Buckland

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, there was one of those rare occasions when the match was drawn as a result of all four individual battles also being halved. This was the case as SDSC A took on Tutbury A. Ben Davies and Chris Mabbutt had two good frames with some cracking snooker all round. Harry Farrell and Dave Mabbutt also shared with Dave missing a blue which could have taken both for Tutbury. Henry Tomas potted a great pink to secure his draw in another good game between himself and John Brentnall. Adam Harrison and Steve Mabbutt also enjoyed two good frames with the draw a fair result all round.

Belmont A came out on top 5-3 in a tight battle with Swad Cons A. Rich Goldby ,for the hosts, played the Cons’ Simon Orpwood. Goldby was only left scraps in the first with Orpwood having just enough to get over the line with the better chances he was left. The second was even Stevens until Rich knocked in a lovely 49 to seal the frame before the colours to secure the draw. Rob Chambers started well to keep Ant Rushton at arms length and went away to win the first for Belmont. Rushton came back well to clear to the pink in the second with a nice 44 again to secure the half. Mark Sherratt was in complete control in his first for Belmont against Lee Wood, winning at a canter aided by a good 41 contribution. Wood then capitalised on a fluke to take control of the second, knocking in some cracking pots as he did so for the third draw of the evening. Finally Owen Jones played Andy Grainger with the first being taken by Jones on the final pink. The second saw Jones in front courtesy of a 29 and despite some valiant attempts at snookers near the end, Jones hung on for the win and a 5-3 victory.
Tutbury B held on for a good 5-3 win of their own against Alrewas A. By all accounts it was a brilliant match played out by two evenly matched teams. Andy Thompson continued his fine form winning both against John Richardson-this despite having to play with another cue after his tip came off. Wayne Pereira won his first for Tutbury against Lee Louch down on the green, with Lee bouncing back to be dominant in the second for a share of the spoils. The match of the evening saw Jan Pawlazyck go 40 in front of Karl Hancox in their first after Jan cracked in a good 33 only for Karl to have a 42 of his own in reply for the win. Karl went on to win the second with greater comfort. This left Alan Davies to roll back the years and beat Thom Smith to secure the extra winning point for The Tutters.
Burton Cons A made it seven wins from seven matches but not before they had another fright at home to Newhall A. Martin Hicks got Newhall off to a flying start with a comfortable win over Jon Swift, who  is still short of practice after a hip operation. Martin Hurdman, on the other table, took the first off Mike Buckland down on the pink after some good all round play. Buckland scrambled back to win the second for the Cons to keep the score down to 3-1 at half way. Then, in what surely has to be the display of the season so far, Jon Fletcher showed the old magic as he rolled in efforts of 50 and 40 in his first against Callum Coleman. Coleman then went in off as he attempted to split the pack off the blue in the second, for Fletcher to knock in a cracking 62, just missing the last red, which he wasn’t quite on. With this match taking less than 20 minutes, the score was at 3-3 so the result depended on the encounter between Graham Stevens and Nick Walker. Stevens did manage a 32 but in an otherwise dour affair, Stevens got over the line to complete the comeback and a 5-3 win for The Cons.
There was a heavyweight battle in Ashby between Ivanhoe A and Burton Cons B, which in the end The Cons won 5-3. Both teams were short of regular players but Andy Marriott won his customary two after defeating Mick Simpkins, drafted in at the last minute from Cons A, to put Ashby in front. Darren Coady replied for the Cons by including a lovely break of 70 in his win over Dan Blunn to square the match up. Simon Smith went one up versus Ant Moore only to be pegged back for a draw in the next game. Troy Randle had too much in his locker and won with some ease against C Siviter to complete an impressive win for the Cons which gets them into the title race.
There was another closely fought battle at Spot On, where the club’s A side went down 5-3 to visitors, Tutbury C. The battle of the Toms went the way of Tubury’s Lucas over Elliott from The Spots and Steve Butler also had a double over Ade Harper. Andy Speirs and Steve Burrows had a fair half before the home side’s captain Mark Stirling salvaged some pride with a 2-0 victory over Wayne Smith.
This all means of the 42 matches so far played in the Premier Division this season, 31 of them have ended up with score at 4-4 or 5-3 and there has yet to be a whitewash…there are many good players about and nothing can be taken for granted -all making for a good competition.

There are still two unbeaten sides in the PJM Fascias Division One. Alrewas C lead the way having won 6 and drawn one of their first seven fixtures. Loz Kennerson was the man to make the difference last week as he scored a double in a match where the other three ties were halved away at Spot On B. Steve Butterworth drew with Spot Ons’ John Hardy whilst Lee Cooke shared his two with Steve Gaunt of The Spots. Andy Jenkins knocked in a good 30 for the home side but this was only enough to take one against a battling Simon Tarrant.
Ivanhoe C are also unbeaten but last week the win was beyond them as they were held four across by their club rivals the B team. Steve Cockeram was the main man for the C, knocking in a nice 34 as he beat Greg Gallup. In reply, Stu Tagg stepped up with a double of his own for the C by defeating Graham Measures. The matches between Mick Kirk and Bren Mattley and Gaz Dolman with Matt Gray were halved-Daz top scoring on the night with a 36.
Stapenhill B pulled off an excellent 5-3 win at the home of Alrewas B. John Sherriff secured a 2-0 win against Carl Poulton. The first courtesy of a fluked final pink and the second taken at the death with a final good long pot. Simon Piechowicz played well to take a draw against an out of form Dave Trueman. Piechowicz securing the first comfortably but Trueman rallied and ground out the draw. Adam Walton was unlucky to lose the first against Bryan Sharratt rattling the final black and seeing it drift over the opposite pocket. The second Walton did open up a big lead over Sharratt that he couldn’t bridge. That left Micky Morris and Rob Kent to determine the final result. Excellent long potting first frame saw Kent win at a canter but Morris took the second just as easily but was not enough to get a draw for the Legionnaires.
Burton Cons C and Rolleston A came out all square at The High Street Burton arena. Greg Read was on form for the Cons winning two as did Tom Bassett for The Rollers.  Rob Sanders, floating, took one off Vince Draper of the home side and Simon Shilton and Mark Press were also not able to be separated.
Chris Sheldrake and Jason Spiby were on fine form for Stapenhill Institute as their wins secured a 6-2 victory against Ivanhoe D. Steve Ford and Andy Gretton, both for the Institute were only able to come away with halves in their matches against Matt Tewkesbury and Keith Bale respectively.
Rolleston B drew 4-4 with SDSC B. Match of the night was the draw between Kev Norris and John Davis as both players struck in efforts of 30. Rob Tubey won both his for The Rollers as did Andy Goldingay for The Snooker Centre. The game between Lionel Lewis and Steve Ayre was also halved.

Tutbury D are in second spot in the Newton Fallowell Division Two after a storming 7-1 victory at home to Belmont D who had been trundling along quite nicely themselves to that point.  The Servicemen’s only point came courtesy of Andy Biggadike’s draw with Ian Day. Scoring doubles for The Tutters were Dave Brady, Colin Bell and Paul Atterbury.
Stapenhill C just squeezed past Spot On D by a 5-3 scoreline. Marie Bridges was in fine form for The Snookerettes as she beat Neil Bourne and Yvonne Lawrence nicked another point from Gordon Jennings in a hard fought draw. Seeing the Institute home though were Tim Knopik and Paul Stewart.
Rolleston C were big winners as they dismantled Burton Cons D 7-1. Tom Egginton provided the only highlight for The Cons in his draw with Mark Storr. Aaron Doyle, Steve Atkin and Graham Fisher were all on target to see the victory through for The Rollers .
Swad Cons C lead the way in Division Two at the halfway point of the first half of the season and this is despite winning last week against Woodville B whilst only fielding three players. Mark Gallagher was given the night off and two frames towards his average with Denis Moore scoring the only other point in a draw with Jordan Watts. Colin Cope top scored with a 31 in his win over Gary Green, whilst Brad Williams was also in good form to record a double for The Cons.
The Cons B side also won courtesy of the two frames won by Jon Petcher in a good game with Graeme Drayton. Belmont C’s Terry Bosworth, Dave Press and Brian Cutting halved their three matches with Kieran Dadley, Bob Birch and Andy Boam respectively.
Spot On E remain unbeaten this season and tucked in just behind the leaders after a 5-3 success against Woodville A. Adam Edwards won his in the first half versus Daz Scott along with a draw in the game between Luke Allsopp and Bob Brooks to leave the Spots 3-1 up. The second half was shared with wins for Woodville’s Pat Ryan and The Spots’ Dave Goldsmith.