100% Top John Are Vic-torius

11 October 2017 03:00:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 10 October 2017 04:18:00

5-7 Top John

Top John are still 100% in Division 1, but remain just the one point clear at the top after they beat The Vic Club 7-5. Mark Kane, Max Burgess and Jack Seaton gave Top John a perfect start, but were pegged back when Steve Crutch and Mark Tumilty both won to make it 3-2. Jordan Maxwell Hoff and a second win for Mark Kane saw take a solid 5-2 lead into the latter stages of the match.

But both previous The Vic Club winners, Steve Crutch and Mark Tumilty, won again and were joined this time by Oliver Burgess, and they managed to fight back well to level the match up at 5-5. But Top John saw the fightback off when Jack Seaton and Jordan Maxwell Hoff both won their second frames of the night to give their side the 7-5 win.

John F Kennedy 4-8 Shoot At Will

Shoot At Will remain second, but closed the gap to the top to just a single point as they had a fantastic 8-4 away victory against John F Kennedy. The first two frames in this were shared between the two teams, Barry Anderson and Darren Collard winning for their respective teams. Shoot At Will then went on a nice little run, winning the next four frames to lead 5-1 at half time. The four wins came from Daniel Kerr, Johnny Johnston, Chris Johnston and Ben Collins.

Neil Tisbury and a second win for Darren Collard reduced the deficit to 5-3, but Shoot At Will got over the win line when Andy Roberts and a second for Chris Johnston took them to 7-3. Godfrey Atkinson and Ben Collins both won as the two teams shared the final two frames, as the match finished 8-4 to Shoot At Will.

Honey Bee Stingerz 8-4 Bricklayers Arms

Honey Bee Stingerz have moved up to third and find themselves only two points from the summit after they won 8-4 against Bricklayers Arms, who slipped to fourth in the process. Doug Campbell and Paul Seastram gave Honey Bee Stingerz an early 2-0 lead, before Steve Redding and Mick Whelan pulled two frames back, either side of a Stuart McFarland win.

But from 3-2 up, Trevor Gunn, Stephen Page and a second win for Paul Seastram helped Honey Bee Stingerz into a 6-2 lead. Malcolm Buckingham pulled one back for Bricklayers Arms, but Russell Tucker made sure of the Honey Bee Stingerz win in the next frame. Steve Redding made it 7-4, but Jeremy Collins won the final frame for Honey Bee Stingerz to end the match 8-4.

The Roths 7-5 Shootpool Blues

The final match in Division One saw The Roths get the better of Shootpool Blues. Stuart Ladyman gave The Roths the first frame point, only for Peter Mizon to equalise. John Hamer made it 2-1, but again Shootpool Blues levelled the scores, this time through Ryan May. It was 4-2 at half time, as The Roths pair Casey Dawson and Neil Roberts both won their frames before the break.

John Thorne reduced the deficit to 4-3 soon after the interval, but Casey Dawson and Neil Roberts were on hand to extend The Roths lead to 6-3. With no room for error, Callum Ajmal and Rowland Harman put Shootpool Blues on the brink of walking away with the draw, but The Roths captain Stuart Ladyman made sure that didn't happen as he won the final frame to give his side the 7-5 win.

Looking Ahead...

After all sides take part in the Knockout Cup, the league returns with a big match when second placed Shoot At Will host third placed Honey Bee Stingerz, with both sides wanting a win that will see them keep pace with Top John. The leaders themselves have a home tie against 5th placed John F Kennedy.

Bricklayers Arms will be enjoying their bye week this week, but the four teams below them will all be facing each other. First up, 6th placed The Vic Club travel to face 8th placed Shootpool Blues, meanwhile 9th placed Nomads host 7th placed The Roths.

Fixtures Week 4

Shoot At Will vs Honey Bee Stingerz (preview)

Top John vs John F Kennedy (preview)

Shootpool Blues vs The Vic Club (preview)

Nomads vs The Roths (preview)

Table as it stands...

Team P W D L F A FD Pts
1 3 3 0 0 22 14 +8 22
2 3 2 0 1 21 15 +6 21
3 3 2 0 1 20 16 +4 20
4 3 1 0 2 17 19 -2 17
5 3 1 0 2 17 16 +1 17
6 3 1 0 2 16 20 -4 16
7 2 1 0 1 12 12 0 12
8 2 0 0 2 9 15 -6 9
9 2 1 0 1 7 14 -7 4 *