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Snooker Review, week 5 -

1st Division round up -

The two promoted sides from last season Southport Cons A and last year's 2nd division Champions Bretherton A clashed this week with the home side edging the tie when recording a solid 4-2 win. The home side got off to a great start when Matty Pollock & Drake Crook both won their frames quiet convincingly to give them a 2-0 lead with Nobby Lee adding to the score when defeating Dave Cottam 82-49. Bretherton's Ron Dickinson won a tight frame over Mike Langford but couldn't claim the last two frames to force a draw when Andy Ward beat Callum Mackenzie 56-14. The defeat for Bretherton leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table and no win as of yet in the league with Tarleton D their next opponents. For the Con Club it's onwards and upwards after taking 9 points from their last 12 but face a very tough trip out to play Tarleton A next.

Tarleton A slipped to their second defeat of the season when going down 4-2 at S & B, their second defeat to a one table set up this year after losing by the same score to Argyle in the opening week of the season. For the Cricket Club though it was a welcome result coming after last weeks 5-1 defeat to Southport Cons as Paul Parker, Tony Milner Mark McDonald and 'Old Father Time' of the league, Barney Newton all recorded good wins for their team. The highlights for Tarleton where Rob Iddon making a good 39 break against Dave Palmer in his 78-29 win and a solid win for Marcus Jackson in the last frame over Dave Green.

Fleetwood Hesketh A slipped from top spot in the table after going down 4-2 to the visiting Birkdale Cons A side even after sharing the opening 4 frames of the night. Fleetwood's Andy Booth lost a black-baller to Mark Horan 49-52 as Martin Brown levelled up beating Phil Fitzgerald with a bit to spare. Gareth got back to winning form and potting prowess when beating Mick Wardle 101-55 mostly to him making a 60 break in his frame as Paul Shawcross earnt his first win of the season when beating Dean Oliver in a tight finish 38-49. But after a slow start to the season the Birkdale lads turned it around after Ronnie Brooks & Ricky Webb saw their opponents off it meant the Birkdale lads had taken big steps towards moving up the table.

Churchtown Cons A & Banks A fought out a tight 3-3 draw after five of the six matches on the night were settled by less than 12 points or less, a one point 56-55 win for Mark Rollins over Mick Coxon being the closest. Churchtown's new boy, James Shaw, lost to Al Sutton on the final black 48-54 as Les Prescott got the better of Chris Aughton 73-61, who was filling in from their 3rd division side on the night. The tight and close frames continued a Dave Harwood beat Martin Sephton by 8 points with Craig Rice coming out a 77-73 winner over Alan Johnson in the other middle frame. Two a piece going in to the last frames and only Billy Cummings could claim to having everything under control running out a 63-15 winner over John Patterson as the tension played out in the Coxon/Rollins frame.

Argyle LTC moved back to the top of the table and a 3 point advantage after turning over Tarleton D 4-2 with John Holmes and Paddy Tyndall both making contributing winning breaks to their winning score. Captain v Captain in one of the opening frames saw Dale Roberts come out a 64-34 winner over Brian Jarrett with Ste Cooper levelling things up when beating Kyle Prescott. The middle frames went on to be shared with John Holmes beating John Greenwood, helped by a 35 break in his frame as Tarleton's Paul Crabtree turned over Danny Jassi 65-53. But the break of the night went to Paddy Tyndall who, after giving 40 start to the handicap, returned with a 39 break to beat the young Connor Ormerod 77-63. Ste Forshaw made short work of beating Neil Ormerod by 50 points 87-37 in the next to seal another win for the team. Last years champions stay unbeaten so far for the season and will look to continue that form when hosting Churchtown Cons A next up as Tarleton D make the short trip to play Bretherton A.

2nd Division round up -

In a division that is separated by only 9 points top to bottom any big win will propel your side up the table and a place nearer the top than the bottom, and that's exactly what happened to Our Lady's last week when they handed out a 6-0 thumping to the visiting Fleetwood Hesketh C side. For the Formby side it was their biggest win for a long with big wins for Ian Knowles, Luke Marshall, Alan Parker & Danny Mycek which saw the home side dominate on the night. There were some close call finishes for Mark Winkley and Ged Aindow but in taking them it saw the home side inflict Fleetwood's first whitewash defeat in the division since returning to this division back in 2018. Although winless so far this year Fleetwood are by no way out of it sat second from bottom, game in hand, and only the 9 points off the lead, and will hope to gain their first win when taking on the Tarleton BC C team. For the Formby mob, the travel to the other Tarleton side, the B team, who remain the league leaders at the moment.

Tarleton B may be leading the division at the moment but their winning streak nearly came to halt when only managing a 3-3 draw when taking on the Railway B team last week. It may not be much of a surprise that the Railway lads drew their match as that has been the common score in 3 of their opening 4 matches so far this season. The Railways Andy Linakar couldn't stop the league's star performer Ian Gautrey in his opening frame, going down 40-59, while Phil Gaskell saw off Ray Forshaw in a 50 point victory 79-28. Jason 'Cockbird' Swarbrick beat Phil Kitchen to stay unbeaten in the division 4 from 4 with Ste Gautrey falling to his first defeat this year when losing to Martin Wood 60-48. The last two frames were shared leaving Tarleton B still in pole position top of the table leaving The Railway B team 2 points back on 16.

Scarisbrick A earned their first win of the season when gaining a well fought 4-2 victory over the visiting Churchtown Cons B team. Scarisbrick's John Mullard kicked things off with a good 61-17 victory, making a nice 26 break in doing so with Paul Connor replying for the visitors when taking his frame 51-34 over Mark Sowerby. The middle frames where shared to even things up, both being claimed on the final colours, Ian Tinsley a 53-44 winner over Gary Hudson and Churchtown's Mark Kitchen beating Paul Horner 54-41. Unfortunately for the Con club no addition was made I the win column as Norma Hallsworth and Ron Calder brought the home side their first team victory consolidating their mid table position in the league.

Life for the recently relegated Railway A team is proving hard so far this year with the lads still awaiting their first league win after going down 4-2 to the Birkdale Cons D team. A great start to the match for the home side saw Steve McClusky and Alec Davies make it 2-0 to the home side, the third time they have done so this season. Tony Brookfield saw off Ally Iddon 71-51, his third win on the bounce, as Billy 'Basher' Evans got one back for the visitors making a quick fire 36 in his 72-44 win over Mark Abbot. The Railways Callum Taylor beat John Delahunty for his first win of the season as Gary Flynn struggled to overcome Chris Alker in the other frame. The Railwaymen have Scarisbrick up next as Birkdale sit out the Open Date fixture this week.

3rd Division round up -

The big Birkdale Cons Derby went the way of the B team as they sent their C team packing handing out a 5-1 thumping to leave them very much in contention near the top of the table in 2nd place one point off the leaders. Derby matches are won and lost by small fractions and it would prove that again in this match as the B team won all of the close frames with 3 of their victory's coming in at 12 points or less. Rocket Reg Dobson beat John McGee 46-44 with John Stringfellow taking his frame 58-46 over Ted Coghlan. The B teams Sean McDerby got some reward for his efforts getting one back on the night in his 64-35 win over Peter Wilding but Phil Green and John Melvin where unable to stop the pressure of the B teams momentum losing the last two frames of the night with a bit to spare. The B team will hope to carry on the winning trend net week when they play host to Banks B with the C team traveling out to play league leaders Bretherton B

Bretherton B may still be top of the division sitting with 3 wins from 5 and just the 2 drawn games but they should have come away from Churchtown Cons D with more than the 3 points they did last week after winning three of the opening four frames on the night. Dave Quinn & Trevor Ford had no answer against Simon Moulton & Nev Marsden losing their frames both by 20 points as Alan Venables took the scalp of Russ Walsh 62-51 to see the visitors sitting pretty 3-1 up. The one frame the Con club did win could have gone the other way as Billy Pye only just beat young Edwin Moulton on the final black 45-39 sitting up the rear guard fight from Al Graham and Steve Mentha to pinch a draw away from the jaws of defeat. The Con club stay very much in touch with the division leaders and take on the basement club Scarisbrick B next while Bretherton play hosts to winless Birkdale Cons C

Scarisbrick C continued their recent good form when they beat the visiting Railway Club C team 4-2 with star performances coming from David Williams and David Jefferies with both players making solid breaks in the 20's to win their frames. Williams making breaks of 22 and 24 for a 76-14 thumping of Railways Nigel Thornton and Jefferies making the best of the breaks a 26 in his 79-34 win against Peter Robinson. It wasn't all plain sailing for the home side as the stalwarts of the Railway side, Guy Riley and Bob Fairclough, both came out on top to get two frames back, but not enough to prevent them slipping to their fourth defeat of the season so far. Scarisbrick will hope to keep up with the leaders in the division when taking on Fleetwood Hesketh B next as The Railwaymen take on the other side from Marshside, Fleetwood Hesketh D.

The Churchtown Cons C team stay unbeaten in the division after claiming a hard fought 3-3 draw in their trip to play Banks B last week, especially after three of the players from Banks hit the 80 points win mark in their winning frames. Graham Melvin was the first to hit the 80 point mark when turning over Tony Baldwin 80-54 but the middle pair of Andy Hardisty and Lee Holmes, both of whom where giving 45 and 50 point start respectively, fought hard and well to come out 83-70 and 83-81 victors. Andy making a 37 break in his frame against Joe Perberdy and Lee a 24 break against Nathan Browne. Well played lads... Although Banks sat 3-1 up, and the last two to go on, they couldn't gain their third win of the season as both Peter Parkinson and Adam Rothwell saw off Bob Burns and Ricky Roberts to record the 3-3 draw

The first win of the season for Fleetwood Hesketh D, a 4-2 win against Scarisbrick B, saw them move ahead of their opponents and hopefully back to somewhere near their runners-up position last season. The opening frames where shared after John Gearie saw off Matt Lowery 79-20 with Colin Coffey having no answer to Steve Roswell in his 34-62 defeat. Fleetwood's Dave Turner didn't lay a hand on Ian Lowery with Larry Scholes responding by beating Mick Hodge by 30 points to level the frames up 2 apiece. But the match went the way of the home side when Bob Ashcroft and Dave Martindale both returned winners to seal Fleetwood's first team win of the season. Scarisbrick stay stuck at the bottom of the table on 9 points but are only three points back from a midtable position.

Southport Cons B bounced back from their 6-0 humbling from Scarisbrick B of the previous week to go on and record their second win of the season when coming out 4-2 winners against Fleetwood Hesketh B last week. Young Harry Pollock won his match against Lawrence Renshaw as Michael Ralph made it 2-0 to the home side when beating Ian Brownhill 61-40. The middle frames were shared with wins for Fleetwood's Phil Marrow when beating Peter Yates as the Cons clubs John Blackhurst beat Mark Beaver just on the final black 68-61. The home side made it win number 2 for the season after John Barton beat Brian Kimberley 55-43 to see Fleetwood's Terry Gowland claim his first win of the season when beating Craig Thomas 60 points to 40.

Individual Cup Competitions -Just a reminder to all of the players who want to enter any of the Individual Cup Competitions you can still register your name should you want to as the draws for the opening rounds will not be done until the beginning of November.

I wish you all good luck for the new season, and lets hope for some close battles and tight finishes in this the Southport Leagues 75th year of competition.

Chris Gill - Gen Sec