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Rebels rack up two wins in a week
Owing to postponed matches from the first week of the South London & Kent Pool Alliance season, both Rileys Rovers and Rileys Rebels had two matches this week and the Rebels had the better week after beating Rovers and more unexpectedly O’Connors.
The week started with Rovers facing Rebels in a rearranged fixture and Rovers started the stronger winning the first set 3-2.
The second set was a tale of dishes, the first from Louis Wilbourne after a dry break and two frames later Ryan Francis performed a break and dish to tie the match at 5 frames all.
Rovers won the next frame but Barry Barham and Wilbourne both won their third frames of the night to put Rebels one frame ahead and on the brink of victory, which Declan Kelly took in the very next frame before Francis also won his third frame to make the final score 8-7 in Rebels favour.
Back to the usual Thursday evening and Rebels pulled off a shock victory against high flying O’Connors by the same 8-7 score line.
It looked like the game was going to form when O’Connors took a 4-1 lead in the first set with Wilbourne winning the only frame for Rebels, his first of two on the night, which took him to six out of seven for the season so far.
The second set was a lot closer with O’Connors just edging it 3-2 to make the score 7-3 overall.
Rebels fought back and won the first three frames of the final set before Trevor Biggs cleared up after Tony Gear’s dry break to set up a nerve jangling final frame decider.
It looked as though Adam Coppen was going to win it for O’Connors when he potted the black in the final frame but he encountered a hideous slice of bad luck when the cue ball cannoned in a loose red, handing the frame and the match to the Rebels.
Going to the top of the division is Rileys Woolwich, who are the only team in the division to have played and won three matches after this week’s 11-4 victory over Summerfield Nuthouse.
It was a great game and an all round excellent team performance from Rileys with Tony Halpin winning all three of his frames, Kevin Smith and Adam Everitt both winning their two and Paul Williams and Paul Dawson victorious in their solitary frame.
Craig Jones was the only player to come out with any credit for the Nuthouse as he won three of their four frames including a clearance after a dry break in the final frame, with Lester Barrow winning their other frame.
Joining Rileys on 27 points at the top of the table are the Pickwick who also managed an 11-4 win.
North Heath Social Club were the visitors and neither team played that well resulting in many scrappy frames that the Pickwick pinched.
Chief thief was Allan Formosa who won all three of his frames.
Foots Cray Social Club are still unbeaten but have only played two matches, winning them both 8-7.
This week’s victims were Rileys Rovers but it could have been so much worse as Foots Cray won the first two sets 4-1 to take an unassailable 8-2 lead but Rovers rallied round and won all five frames in the last set to make the score a more respectable 8-7.
Ryan Francis was the only player to win all of his frames to go six frames unbeaten in the week.
Glenmore Arms A racked up their second victory of the season with an 8-7 win over table topping Bellegrove Social Club A.
It was a great team performance with Mark Carrano winning his only frame and Alex Thompson including a break and dish in his two out of three but Danny Foley was superb in his three frame wins for Bellegrove, two of which were dishes, one direct from his break and the other after a dry break.
Pickwick Academicals hit the top of the SLKPA first division as the only team to have played and won three matches, much like Rileys Woolwich in the Premier Division.
They went to New Eltham Social Club and played a match in the true spirit of the game, eventually winning 9-6 with Dean Williams notching up a win in both of his frames and Gary Mason, Chris Bracey and Graham Levingbird all taking two of their three frames.
For New Eltham Steve Unwin made a brilliant cut on his last yellow on his way to two out of three and Ernie Wellhausen chipped in with the same score.
Bellegrove Social Club B would have gone top had they completed their match against O’Dowds B but they ended the evening 9-5 up with a frame to play, which will be completed later in the season.
So far they have three players who are unbeaten in the match, with John Ufuoma on three out of three, Sirhat Bulbul winning two and Tony Hodsdon one, on his return from injury.
O’Dowds A are second in the table after a massive 11-4 win over Glenmore Arms II, who hit rock bottom as a result.
After winning the first two sets 4-1 the result never really looked in any doubt and they went on to win the final set 3-2.
Captain Kerry Wyatt led the way to the victory winning all three of her frames and they kept the unbeaten bug in the family with dad Tom triumphant in his only frame and partner Les Ryan getting two wins out of two.
The biggest win of the night went to the Summerfield, with a 12-3 victory over Fox under the Hill, to go up three places into fourth.
One point behind them is Royal Oak Addicks who lost 8-7 to bottom team White Hart, who went up two places to eighth as a result.
For more information on the SLKPA including league tables visit our website at www.slkpa.com or contact our Secretary Paul Gafa on 07443 456662 with any queries.
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