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O’Connors rise to the top
After their first week hiccup, O’Connors have hit the top of the South London & Kent Pool Alliance Premier Division with a big win over Rileys Rovers.
They had an easy night as they won each set by 4 frames to 1 making the overall score 12-3.
Adam Coppen and Joe Kane were the only unbeaten players on the night, winning all three of their frames, with Coppen recording a break and dish in his final frame.
Despite losing a frame each the rest of the team were in top form as both James Sheed and Jordan O’Connor performed 7-ballers.
Joining O’Connors at the top is Bellegrove Social Club A, who recorded their own big win over Premier Division new boys Rileys Rebels.
It was a good all round team performance to give the Rebels a baptism of fire in the 11-4 victory, as Daniel Heinink won his three frames and Shane Hutley both of his.
Paul Shrimpton, Danny Foley and Stephen Pearce who all won two of their three frames ably backed them up.
Staying in third and the only team to have played two and won two are Rileys Woolwich, who narrowly beat Glenmore Arms A 8-7.
Rileys looked to be running away with it after taking a 5-1 lead but Glenmore won six of the next seven frames to go 7-6 ahead with two frames to play but Rileys were just too strong with Clive Black and Paul Williams taking the last two frames for the match.
Alex Thompson played Tony Halpin twice, with Halpin failing to convert chances in both frames, Thompson made the most of it and took out two great clearances to steal both frames and went on to win his third frame with a great double on the black.
Glenmore debutant Paul Rowlinson battled hard in his second frame to beat veteran Clive Black and Alan Rothwell won his only frame, with Craig Mallinder winning both his frames and Paul Williams his only frame, which happened to be the decider for Rileys.
Pickwick couldn’t follow up their opening day victory over O’Connors going down 8-7 to an ever-improving Foots Cray Social Club as they edged the tactical battle.
This was reflected in the fact that many of the players gained two frame wins but no one managed the full three out of three, most notable was Connor Hewson who played well for his two out of three and Martin Storey who got two out of two.
Two of the Premier Division new boys met at North Heath Social Club where Summerfield Nuthouse were the visitors.
Despite only having four players the Nuthouse felt they had enough chances to win the match but North Heath proved too strong in the end, winning 10-5 with Brett Crawley and Pat Deehy gaining three out of three.
Bellegrove Social Club B echo their A team with an 11-4 win to go top of SLKPA Division One.
O’Dowds A were the visitors and buoyant after their opening day victory and they appeared to carry this forward when they won the first set 3-2 but Bellegrove rallied round and won the next two sets 4-1 and 5-0.
Pre season it looked as though Bellegrove might struggle but thanks to the unbeaten, John Ufuoma, with three wins, Martin Hession on two and Wayne Denton one they are riding high at the top of the table, winning both their league games so far.
Also on two out of two are New Eltham Social Club, who went to the Summerfield and came away 9-6 victors, where player of the night, Billy Dolby played well to come back from six balls down to win the first of his three frames.
Next week New Eltham face Pickwick Academicals and a 100% record will have to go as the Academicals took their tally to two out of two this week with a narrow victory over Royal Oak Addicks.
Academicals skipper Gary Mason was the difference in this match with his three out of three including the deciding frame to give his side the 8-7 victory.
O’Dowds B recovered from their opening day loss by reversing the 11-4 score line in their favour against White Hart.
Dave Mitchell, Richard Chapman and Keith Smith were the heroes on the night all winning their three frames.
They join their A team in equal fifth alongside Fox under the Hill who had a somewhat surprising victory over Glenmore Arms II.
Bill Mossom was in fine form securing all of his three frames in his team’s 10-5 win.
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