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Week 15 write up –

1st Division –

Although Fleetwood Hesketh A stretched their lead at the top of the table to 3 points, it could and should have been a few more after going 4-0 up against Banks A only to come out of the match 4-2 winners. Good wins for Andy Booth and Martin Brown over Mark Rollins & Alan Johnson gave them the perfect start, both winning with a bit of ease on the final colours. The middle frames played out a little closer as Stuart Evans beat Billy Cummings 69-51 with Gareth Hibbott breaking down on 60 to go on and edge out Martin Sephton 96-90…!! Yes folks, 186 points in the frame, Martin getting a healthy 40 start off Gareth, to only lose on the black. Ouch… But the 4-0 lead wasn’t increased as John Prescott got the better of Dean Oliver 65-43 and Al Sutton beating STE Crane 60-35 to give the score line a more flattering look to it for Banks. Let’s hope these ‘dropped’ points don’t come back to haunt the Marshside mob come the title claim come April 9th.

The Churchtown Cons A team put the cat right among the pigeons when turning over Argyle LTC 4-2, which shouldn’t come as a big surprise after they beat them 4-2 in the first fixture back in October. Things got off to a flyer for the Con Club as Craig Rice beat Ste Cooper 59-12 with Les Prescott seeing off John Holmes on the final black 47-40 and a 2-0 start. The fact that they then took the next two frames and go up 4-0 with wins for Dave Harwood over Brian Jarrett and James Shaw thrashing Danny Jassi 84-18 helped along with a 40 break for James means in taking the last two frames Argyle got out of jail a bit. But get out of jail they did as Paddy Tyndall beat Mick Coxon on the final colours 69-58 and Ste Forshaw easing past Trevor Wetton 67-19. It’s the big one next week, Argyle v Fleetwood, a game that Argyle cannot lose if they want to retain their 1st Division Championship title…??

Yet another side went 4-0 up last week but failed to make the most of a great start was S & B who put Birkdale Cons A to the sword in the opening four frames only to lose the last two on the night and gain a 4-2 victory. Paul Parker gave Phil Fitzy the run around beating him 85-35 helped when making a 27 break in the frames as Dave Palmer got past Mark Horan, just, 49-41 and 2-0. With the nature of only the one table on the go Birkdale needed the next frame badly to get back into the match. But Ed Coote held on against Tony Roberts to edge him out 66-62 with recent new addition to the side, James Payne, getting his first win of the season when beating Ricky Webb 63-42. But once again the 4-0 advantage was not drilled home as Paul Shawcross and Ronnie Brooks both won to make sure the night wasn’t totally lost for the Con Club boys.

Southport Cons A beat the visiting Tarleton A team 4-2 but where the other went 4-0 up first, the Bath Street outfit went 2-0 down first before taking the last four frames and record a fine win over the once champions elect side. Chris Hoare got things going with a nice 80-45 frame win over Nobby Lee, a 38 break taken for good measure, with Andy Bolton beating Mike Langford with a bit to spare 78-49. But the Con club fought back taking the next two frames with wins for Matty Pollock over Rob Iddon 75-57 and Dan Foley by the same sort of distance 74-61 over Marcus Jackson. All to play for going in to the last two frames where it was the home side who came out on top with Drake Crook & Ian Higgins seeing off the challenge of Paul Cuerden & Colin Boston to secure the 4-2 comeback and take the win.

Tarleton D put another dagger to the hearts of the visiting Bretherton A side to leave the visitors rooted to the bottom of the table, but now cut adrift of the pack by three points. Connor Ormerod brought up his 10th win of the season when beating Callum Mackenzie 64-45 with Grant Makenzie getting one back when beating Dale Roberts 72-54 after making a couple of quick fire 20 breaks. John Greenwood lost out to Ron Dickinson on the final colours as Neil Ormerod managed to beat Jim Holden and level the match up Desmond 2-2. But with Bretherton only being able to field the 5 men on the night it was left to Richard Gaskell to try and gain the fourth point and win against Dave Cottam, a challenge he accepted with great aplomb beating Dave with some authority 94-14.

2nd Division –

Once over, and sat with a 4 point lead at the top of the table, Our Ladys are in danger of being left behind after they went down 4-2 to fellow promotion title challengers the Tarleton BC B team, now some three points back in third place. Tarleton went strong from the off, playing the two top sticks Ian Gautrey and Jason Swarbrick from the off, proving a good move as both won to go 2-0 up. Tarleton’s Andy Gautrey got past Michael Houghton 59-46 though Ste Gautrey couldn’t make it a clean sweep for the family name losing as he did 60-38 to Danny Mycek. The Formby side could have nicked the draw in the end as Luke Marshall beat Sugar Ray Forshaw 70-42 only for Ged Aindow to lose by the tightest on margins 45-44 to Andy Marsden.

The Railway B boys kept in touch with Tarleton B, when turning over Churchtown Cons B by the same 4-2 score, though they have played one more match than their title challengers. Andy Linaker unfortunately made it three defeats on the trot when Gary Hudson beat him 58-39 though Phil Kitchen levelled it up when he beat Colin Tennant on the final colours 49-40. The match stayed level pegging after the middle frames with wins for Railways Phil Gaskell over Paul Connor with Mark Kitchen getting one back for the Cons club when beating Martin Wood on the final colours. But the match swung the way of the home side when Dennis Woodward beat Dave Pritchard 69-36 and Ste Cobb getting past John Smith by near 30 points to secure only the Con clubs 2nd league win of the season so far.

Tarleton C maintained their current good form when turning over the visiting Fleetwood Hesketh C team with a few players just finding top form at the right time of the season. The class of Andy Rae showed in his frames when he beat Pete Burns 80- making breaks of 39 & 20 in doing so with Dean Bond marching on to victory when beating Andy Reynolds with a bit of ease 73-34. The Tarleton pair of Shaun Fisher & Andy Johnson took the middle frames, Shaun on the final colours 67-55 against Dave Brown, Andy Johnson with a bit more authority when running out a 70-32 winner against Paul Rodgers, Andy making a fine break of 27 in ding so. Phil Keep got the better of Ian Lindsay 78-44, Phil’s 5th win on the bounce at home now, as Jimmy Jones went down without much fuss 64-19 to Danny Clegg, who exacted revenge for Jimmy’s win against him back in October.

No surprise here when Scarisbrick A drew 3-3 with the visiting Railway A team, as the two teams are the draw specialists in the division drawing nearly half of the games they have played so far this season. Scarisbrick got off to a horrible start, going 2-0 down after Ian Tinsley lost to Mark Tomlin by over 30 points with Johnny Boy Mullard losing out to Paul Taylor 71-50. The next committee meeting will be interesting…!! Railways Stephen Metcalfe managed to gain a slim 68-61 victory over Mark Sowerby as Ron Calder got the home side up and running when beating Ally Iddon 67-43, 3-1. But the comeback draw was achieved when surprisingly Graham Ball beat Billy Evans 86-52, Grahams 2nd win of the season, with Norman Hallsworth coming out on top of a high scoring frame 82-71 over Gary Flynn. Scarisbrick sit on 40 points, 6th in the table, but only two points off the top spot. The Railway, game in hand mind, sit on 36 points so can’t count themselves out of it yet. Keep going boys.!!

3rd Division –

We have a new front runner in the division as Scarisbrick C took over top spot in the table after thrashing Scarisbrick B 5-1, their best result against the B tam since they were thrashed 5-1 back in January 2018. David Williams & David Jefferies got the night off to a bit of a flyer, Williams by a big 40 point margin over Matt Lowery, Jefferies by the ever so tight margin of 1 point, 53-52. More misery was piled on to the B team when Dennis Glover ran out a 63-18 winner over Kevin Ford, John Hardisty fairing no better against Dave Oakes, going down 51-23. The Lawrence pair of Howard and Dan couldn’t quite make it a clean sweep 6, as Dan fell to Ian Lowery’s potting, going down 89-20, as Howard managed to see off Peter Simpson on the final colours and so bringing up their 9th win, and biggest Derby win in the league.

In a closely fought Derby match the Churchtown Cons D team came out 4-2 over the Churchtown Cons C team, inflicting the C team’s first league defeat of the season in doing so. As is always the case Derby matches can be a bit of a nail biting affair and the Con Club Derby was no different as Joe Perberdy overcame Tony Wakefield 55-31 with Russ Walsh nicking a black ball 56-50 win against Peter Parkinson. Both of the middle frames were taken by the ‘away’ D team players Dave Quinn & Trevor Ford, Dave beating Tony Baldwin 63-24 and Trevor matching that effort with a 63-48 win over Malcolm Green. Adam Rothwell levelled the black ball wins up between the two sides when beating Mike Pickles 46-43 as Steve Mentha got the all-important 4th point, and decisive win on the night, when beating Brian Sheil 67-44 and D Team glory.

Emotions must have been high but Birkdale Cons B put in a fine performance and tribute to Keith Minshall as they beat the visiting Fleetwood Hesketh D team 4-2 to keep their title aspirations still alive. Peter Wilding managed to edge past Dave Martindale on the final black 50-46 as John Stringfellow saw off the challenge of Neil Rimmer by running out a very nice 71 to 31 winner. Birkdale 2-0 up could very easily have been 2-2 after the middle frames as Bob Ashcroft beat Geoff Tyas by 20 points, even though Geoff recorded a nice break of 21 in the frame, with Fleetwood suffering yet another close call defeat when John Gearie went down 65-56 to Reg Dobson. Birkdale’s John Warnick then beat Colin Coffey by nearly 40 points only for Larry Scholes to gain a 10 point win over David Robinson to give his team a second point on the night and prevent a bit of a wash-out.

Bretherton B were dealt a hammer blow to their promotion ideas when the visiting Railway C team beat them 5-1 to inflict their heaviest defeat of the season so far. Brethertons Ed Moulton continued to rack up the wins when beating Peter Robinson 65-47 as Dave Brown replied in kind when beating Alan Venables with a bit to spare 64-20. But that was a good as it gets for the home side as Max Riley nicked a black baller off Ste Fiddler 66-30 with Big Bad Bob Fairclough gaining a good win over Phil Iddon to make it 3-1. Nev Marsden went down on the final black 46-52 to Jake Wheeler as Captain Guy Riley got the better of fellow Captain Simon Moulton 69-28 and bring up only their third league win of the season, all from their last 4 matches.

And so the beat continues, well it has to, as the Fleetwood Hesketh B team made it match number 14 without a win after fighting back from 2-0 down to earn a very creditable 3-3 draw with the visiting Birkdale Cons C team. To be fair, the opening frames could have gone either way, as Mick Orme lost out against John McGee after going in-off on the final colours once to many times to lose 65-43 with John Melvin ending Ian Brownhills chances of a win when potting the final black and a so taking an early 2-0 lead. Things did shape up in the middle frames though, once the sole onlooker left the building, as Mark Beaver saw off Paul Murphy 67-30 with Phil Marrow bringing up his seventh win of the season when beating Ted Coghlan so levelling the scores up 2 a-piece. Fleetwood’s Brian Kimberley then ran up pot after pot against Ray Wood to run out a super 85-21 winner with Phil Green managing to get the better of Terry Gowland on the final colours to prevent a home win, but at least take a share of the spoils on the night.

Southport Cons B v Banks B – No score card as of yet

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