Top John In Top Spot

04 October 2017 16:45:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 04 October 2017 00:03:00

Shootpool Blues 4-8 Top John

Most people would have expected this match between the last two Division 2 champions to be a close one. And it may have been, if it wasn't for seven frames that Top John one without response to completely take the match away from Shootpool Blues. It started well enough for Shootpool Blues, as John Thorne, Peter Mizon and Rowland Harman all won, with only a solitary Evan Wakelam frame on the board for Top John.

But from 3-1, it all went downhill fast for Shootpool Blues and fantastically well for Top John. Liam Smith and Mark Kane both won twice each in a four frame period either side of half time to go 5-3 up, before Jordan Maxwell Hoff and Max Burgess each won to make it 7-3. Evan Wakelam then won his second frame of the night to make it 8-3. There was chance for Peter Mizon to finish off a good night individually as he won his second for Shootpool Blues, but collectively the team still fell well short in this one.

Bricklayers Arms 8-4 John F Kennedy

Bricklayers Arms started on the back foot, as Nick Tilley Crook put JFK 1-0 up, but Steve Redding and Andy Pearce gave them the lead soon after. Godfrey Atkinson tied the match up at 2-2. But Bricklayers Arms were 4-2 by half time as firstly Mick Whelan won, the JFK forfeited a frame.

Darren Collard pulled one back for JFK, but Mick Whelan and Paul Buckingham won back to back to give

Bricklayers Arms a 6-3 lead. Paul McGill got a win to reduce the deficit to 6-4, but Bricklayers Arms had Steve Redding and a freebie to thank for the 8-4 win.

Shoot At Will 8-4 The Vic Club

Shoot At Will provided somewhat of a shock this week when they beat The Vic Club 8-4. Barry Anderson and Greg Finch gave Shoot At Will are 2-0 lead, before Mark Tumilty pulled one back. Oliver Burgess also won in the first half for The Vic Club, but either side of that win was wins for Andy Roberts and Ben Collins. This left the score 4-2 at half time.

The second half ended with the same scoreline, though much of that was because Shoot At Will won the first three of the second half. Greg Finch and Andy Roberts won their second frames, and Daniel Bunce Kerrial also won as their team led 7-2. Steve Crutch and Derek Aughton did make the score more respectable by winning a frame each for The Vic Club, either side of Ben Collins winning his second for Shoot At Will ad the match ended 8-4.

Nomads 7-5 Honey Bee Stingerz

Nomads won 7-5 against Honey Bee Stingerz, despite having to throw away two frames due to only five players available on the night. Even better for Nomads was that they actually went 2-0 down when Doug Campbell and Stephen Page won for Honey Bee Stingerz. Frank Almeida, Chris Morbey and David Gee all won for 3-2, before they forfeited frame 6 for 3-3 at half time.

Steve Chaloner, Pete Slaymaker, and a second win for Frank Almeida stretched the lead to 6-3 before Jeremy Collins won for a brief reprieve and 6-4. David Gee made sure of the win when he made it 7-4, before Nomads forfeited frame 12 and the match finished 7-5.

Looking Ahead...

Top John will be looking at holding onto their top spot but will face stiff competition when they travel to take on 6th placed The Vic Club. Three players will be on 4 wins and 0 losses going into this match, so some 100% records could fall come the end of this one.

The two teams in joint second, Shoot At Will and Bricklayers Arms, face potentially tricky away matches, as they face 4th placed John F Kennedy and 5th placed Honey Bee Stingerz respectively.

And finally, two sides that will be wanting to turn their fortunes around and move on from opening defeats, 7th placed The Roths and 9th placed Shootpool Blues, face each other with both sides hoping to start their climb up the table.

Nomads are on their bye week during Week 3.

Fixtures Week 3

The Vic Club vs Top John (preview)

Honey Bee Stingerz vs Bricklayers Arms (preview)

The Roths vs Shootpool Blues (preview)

John F Kennedy vs Shoot At Will (preview)

Table as it stands...

Team P W D L F A FD Pts
1 2 2 0 0 15 9 +6 15
2= 2 1 0 1 13 11 +2 13
2= 2 1 0 1 13 11 +2 13
4 2 1 0 1 13 8 +5 13
5 2 1 0 1 12 12 0 12
6 2 1 0 1 11 13 -2 11
7 1 0 0 1 5 7 -2 5
8 2 1 0 1 7 14 -7 4 *
9 1 0 0 1 4 8 -4 4