Three 7-5's And A No-Show In Div 1

26 September 2017 16:00:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 27 September 2017 17:07:00

The Vic Club 7-5 Bricklayers Arms

The team that came down from the Premier faced off against the team who finished third last year as The Vic Club narrowly edged past Bricklayers Arms in a match that ended 7-5. After Andy Pearce won the first frame for Bricklayers Arms, The Vic Club won the next four on the bounce, with Oliver Burgess, Rocco Rostov, Steve Crutch and Mark Tumilty all securing frame wins. Malcolm Buckingham and Simon Cox did briefly get the game back to a close match up when they both won to make it 4-3 shortly after half time.

The Vic Club made sure of at least a draw when Steve Crutch and Oliver Burgess won their second frames of the night respectively. With no room for error to avoid defeat, firstly Andy Pearce, and then a second win for Malcolm Buckingham, pulled the match close, but Mark Tumilty won the decisive final frame to give The Vic Club the 7-5 win.

The Roths 5-7 Honey Bee Stingerz

Honey Bee Stingerz got off to a winning start, but were pushed close by The Roths, who showed a good account of themselves in their first match in Division 1. The Roths captain Stuart Ladyman started with a win, but Stephen Page and Stuart McFarland soon turned the match around for Honey Bee Stingerz with back to back wins. The game flipped back on its head once more when Tony Davison and Neil Roberts also won a frame each to give The Roths a 3-2 lead.

In what proved to be a decisive three frames, Trevor Gunn, Doug Campbell and Laura Hunter then all won in consecutive frames to lead 5-3. The final four frames were shared out equally as Dan Hare and Casey Dawson won for The Roths, while Trevor Gunn and Russell Tucker won for Honey Bee Stingerz as the match ended 7-5.

Shoot At Will 5-7 Top John

Shoot At Will put up a decent fight in their league opener, but ultimately lost 7-5 to Top John. The match almost could have been split into four quarters, with the sides taking advantage during these periods. Mark Kane, Liam Smith and Jack Seaton made it 3-0 to Top John, only for Chris Johnston, Andy Roberts and Ben Collins to equalise at 3-3 at half time.

The three winners in the first half all won again, but Mark Kane, Liam Smith and Jack Seaton were joined in winning by Max Burgess, as Top John went into a 7-3 lead. Daniel Kerr and Ben Collins did manage to win the last two frames for Shoot At Will to keep the score close between the two sides, but Top John won this one 7-5.

Elsewhere...

Nomads could not manage a full team this week, and so had to forfeit their match, giving John F Kennedy the free 9-0 win. The result puts John F Kennedy into top spot after Week 1, and leaves Nomads bottom and in minus figures.

Shootpool Blues had the first week off, as they enjoyed their bye week, and will be pleased that no team managed a big win in their first week.

Looking Ahead...

Shootpool Blues open up their Division 1 campaign with a home tie against Top John. Honey Bee Stingerz will be hoping that Nomads get a team together as they travel to face them. John F Kennedy will play their first actual frames of the season when they travel to take on Bricklayers Arms, and finally Shoot At Will will play host to The Vic Club.

Fixtures Week 2

Shootpool Blues vs Top John (preview)

Nomads vs Honey Bee Stingerz (preview)

Bricklayers Arms vs John F Kennedy (preview)

Shoot At Will vs The Vic Club (preview)

Table as it stands...

Team P W D L F A FD Pts
1 1 1 0 0 9 0 +9 9
2= 1 1 0 0 7 5 +2 7
2= 1 1 0 0 7 5 +2 7
2= 1 1 0 0 7 5 +2 7
5= 1 0 0 1 5 7 -2 5
5= 1 0 0 1 5 7 -2 5
5= 1 0 0 1 5 7 -2 5
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 1 0 0 1 0 9 -9 -3 *