Top Two Both Win In Div 1

06 December 2017 08:15:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 06 December 2017 15:19:00

Shootpool Blues 5-7 Honey Bee Stingerz

Honey Bee Stingerz stayed at the top of the table this week, and maintained their three point advantage, as they beat bottom side Shootpool Blues 7-5. Ryan May did give Shootpool Blues a surprise lead, only for Stuart McFarland and Paul Seastram to turn the match around soon after. Rowland Harman then equalised at 2-2, only for Honey Bee Stingerz to extend the lead to 4-2 at half time thanks to Trevor Gunn and Doug Campbell. That win for Doug Campbell keeps him in second in the individual stats.

John Thorne reduced the deficit to 4-3 soon after the break, but Honey Bee Stingerz won the next two through a second win on the night for Paul Seastram and Stephen Page to move 6-3 up. Playing for only a draw, Shootpool Blues did their best to get something from the game, and when Peter Mizon and Rowland Harman won successive frames, it set up the chance of a draw. But Honey Bee Stingerz spoiled any comeback party when Trevor Gunn won his second frame of the night to give his side the 7-5 win.

Top John 7-5 Nomads

Top John could only match the leaders score this week, so couldn't close the gap, but do remain in second, and still have the all-important game in hand over them. It was a great start this week for Top John, as Max Burgess, Evan Wakelam and Jack Seaton gave them a 3-0 lead early on. But by half time, that lead had disappeared as Nomads won the next three frames through Chris Morbey, Simon Park and Pat Lappin.

Andy Philbey then made it 4-3 to Top John, and then team mates Jack Seaton and Evan Wakelam both won their second frames of the evening to make it 6-3. Pete Slaymaker then pulled one back for Nomads, but Tom Walker made sure of the Top John win as he made it 7-4 on the night. The final frame went to Nomads, through Frank Almeida, but it wasn't enough to avoid defeat.

Shoot At Will 4-8 Bricklayers Arms

It was all change in the table with this result. The Bricklayers Arms moved up to third with this win, and relegated Shoot At Will down to 5th in the process. Paul Knight gave Bricklayers Arms the first frame, only for Tom Blackburn to equalise for Shoot At Will. Bricklayers Arms then went on a bit of a run, as Andy Pearce, Mick Whelan, Ken Parrott, then Daniel Buckingham with two wins back to back gave them a 6-1 lead.

Chris Johnston pulled one back for Shoot At Will to make it 6-2, before Steve Redding won for Bricklayers to make sure they at least won the match at 7-2 with three to play. The next two frames went the way of Shoot At Will, as Tom Blackburn won his second of the night, and then Andy Roberts won to keep his spot within the division top 10 individual stats. But the final say went to Ken Parrott and Bricklayers Arms, and his second win of the night sealed the 8-4 for his team.

The Vic Club 6-6 The Roths

The final match of the week saw The Vic Club draw 6-6 with The Roths, a result which pushed both teams up the table by one place each. The Roths started the better, going 3-0 up early on through wins for Dan Hare, James Wood and Casey Dawson. The Vic Club pair Steve Crutch and Oliver Burgess kept up their recent form by getting their side back to 3-2, but John Hamer and a second win for Casey Dawson extended the lead to 5-2. That second win for Casey moved him up to joint 5th in the individual stats.

Like so many other The Vic Club games this season, the bulk of their points have come from their big three players, Steve Crutch, Oliver Burgess and Mark Tumilty. This week, 5 of their 6 points belonged to those 3, as they (joined this week by Daniel Englefield) all won second half frames to take a 6-5 lead. It also leaves the trio in 1st, 3rd and 4th in the individual stats, with the spot staying for now with Steve Crutch on 12 wins and 2 losses. Despite the comeback though, the win was just out of reach, as Neil Roberts won the final frame to claim the 6-6 draw.

Looking Ahead...

Week 9 is the week that Honey Bee Stingerz were not looking forward to when the fixtures came out, their bye week at the very end of the fixture list. But they are in a good position, 3 points clear of Top John and 9 clear of Bricklayers Arms. These two sides go head to head, knowing that a decent win for either of them would do wonders for their title hopes.

Elsewhere, 4th placed The Roths travel to play 7th placed John F Kennedy, Shoot At Will host Shootpool Blues and there is a derby as The Vic Club host Nomads.

Fixtures Week 9

Top John vs Bricklayers Arms (preview)

John F Kennedy vs The Roths (preview)

Shoot At Will vs Shootpool Blues (preview)

The Vic Club vs Nomads (preview)

Table as it stands...

Team P W D L F A FD Pts
1 8 5 2 1 53 43 +10 53
2 7 5 1 1 50 34 +16 50
3 7 3 2 2 44 40 +4 44
4 7 2 3 2 42 42 0 42
5 7 3 0 4 41 43 -2 41
6 7 2 3 2 41 43 -2 41
7 7 2 1 4 39 42 -3 39
8 7 3 2 2 39 42 -3 36 *
9 7 0 0 7 32 52 -20 32