BURTON Cons A kept up their momentum at the top of the Burton Snooker League’s Just Wood Premier Division with a fine 6-2 away win at Ivanhoe B.
Ivanhoe’s Stuart Tagg played two good frames of snooker, but could still only draw with Mick Simpkins, while Jason Pickering – back in the team after his lay-off – did well to take a frame off John Shilton with some fine snooker.
After that it all went pear-shaped for Ivanhoe, with Owen Jones bristling with confidence as he took both frames off the unlucky Brendon Mattley.
Then Jonathan Fletcher, who has not played much league snooker this season, outplayed Mark Pickering in both frames.
Ivanhoe A and Newhall A, second and third in the table respectively, fought out a high-quality draw.
Newhall A’s most consistent player, Fran McInulty, lost both frames in a quality match against Ivanhoe’s Andy Marriott. Despite McInulty making a 30 break, he lost out as Marriott hit two cracking breaks of 36 and 47.
Ivanhoe went 3-1 up at the turn thanks to Ian Rennocks drawing with Wayne Brewin, who played some solid snooker. Rennocks knocked in a 32 break in the frame he won.
A very determined performance from Mark Satchwell against Michael Kirk, winning both frames, got Newhall back on level terms.
The status quo remained as Darren Noble and Antony Moore shared two entertaining frames for the match to end all square.
A good 5-3 home win for Tutbury A against Ivanhoe C helped to steady the ship.
The return of father-to-be of twins Craig Keen helped to rejuvenate a poor Tutbury side. Keen was in masterful form to take both frames off Darren Wilson with some good pots.
This good work was then carried on by Paul Atterbury as he shared the frames with Graham Measures, putting Tutbury 3-1 ahead. Gaz Dolman started the Ivanhoe fightback with a solid display to beat Colin Bell, but captain Alan Davies won the match for Tutbury with a strong performance in beating Jerry Cook.
Willington B eased their relegation fears by beating SDSC A 5-3 away. Willington’s Tony Clements set out his stall to get his team off to the best possible start as he beat Brian Bloor in a solid manner.
Andrew Bloor pulled a frame back as he drew with Andy Jenkins in a dour affair. Simon Orpwood was back to form after his blip the previous week with a competent display in beating John Hardy.
Steve Gaunt won both frames against Garton Bloor for a Willington win in what turned out to be two extremely close frames.
Riley’s A had a good win at home, beating Belmont B 5-3.
Mark Stirling was the difference between the draw and the win as he was the only player to win both frames on the night as he beat Mick Morris, who was a little bit rusty after a long lay-off.
Andy Spiers drew with Brett Craddock in a couple of close frames while Ady Harper and Arron Vaughan had a couple of quickfire frames with honours shared. Micky Tonks in drawing with Miffa Smith ensured the win for Riley’s.
Belmont A hammered struggling SDSC A 7-1.
Graham Bailey was in fine form as he made light work of beating Steve Ayre with some cracking pots in both frames.
On the other table there were two contrasting frames. Andy Goldingay made a good clearance on the colours to pinch the first frame off Ian Archer before Archer sealed the second.
Josh Gebbie was again in good form as he took both frames off John Davis with some good pots and some even better flukes. Shaun Gebbie then took both frames off Chris Dewey.