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Night of firsts at Rileys
THE form book was thrown out of the window as Rileys Rovers notched up their first win of the season and inflict a first defeat on Rileys Woolwich in the SLKPA.
The first set see-sawed as Tony Halpin won the first frame, Paul Williams handed Darren Porter the second frame, Clive Black gave Steven Reed only one visit in the third frame and Peter Kendrick tied the match at two all before Paul Donohoe took the final frame of the set to give Woolwich the lead.
The second set matched the first, as Black was in scintillating form, to produce a great clearance for the first frame, Porter and Halpin won their second frames of the night, then Williams gifted his second frame to Reed to tie the set at two all again, before John Slade dished up after a dry break to give Woolwich the second set and a 6-4 lead.
Lee Osborn started the final set in style as he punished a mistake by Halpin to 7-ball him in two visits.
After all his hard work Williams finally found some luck and won the second frame of the set to leave Woolwich only needing one more frame for victory but Kevin England made some great pots to beat the in-form Black and Reed made the most of Donohoe’s mistakes to tie the match at seven all.
Kendrick then played the frame of his life to finish off Slade in three visits and give Rovers their first victory of the season by 8 frames to 7.
Replacing Woolwich at the top of the table are O’Connors who beat Premier Division new boys North Heath Social Club 10-5 to go three points clear.
Joining Woolwich on forty-three points are this season’s surprise package so far, Glenmore Arms A after they beat bottom of the table Summerfield Nuthouse.
They won the first set 4-1 with Paul Thomas showing no mercy in beating Julie Lancaster on her birthday.
Shane O’Reilly started what was in danger of being a comeback with a break and dish in the first frame of the second set and Lester Barrow continued that with his first of two frame wins, both against Paul Rowlinson.
Alex Thompson foiled the comeback with the second frame of his hat trick, James Grant also had no birthday spirit for Lancaster and Thomas made the score 7-3 to the Glenmore.
After Barrow won his second frame, Grant sealed the win for Glenmore with his second victory of the night.
Craig Jones took the next frame for his two out of three but Glenmore won the final two frames to make the final score 10-5.
One point behind Woolwich and Glenmore are Bellegrove Social Club A, who lost to the Pickwick 8-7 to go one point behind Bellegrove.
It was a topsy-turvy match with lots of hard fought frames and very little free flowing pool, which the set scores reflected, as Bellegrove won the first and third sets 3-2 and Pickwick the middle set 4-1.
As a result no one managed the full three out of three but Shane Hutley came closest, only missing out due to an outrageous kick but his two frame wins included a great clearance off a dry break.
Danny Foley also recorded two out of three for Bellegrove, as did Pickwick’s Paul Gafa, George Hammond and Gary Dixon, against his former team.
Foots Cray Social Club go up one place into sixth despite only losing one game all season after this week’s victory over Rileys Rebels by 10 frames to 5.
It was a spirited performance by Rebels with Captain Trevor Biggs in fine form for his three out of three and Foots Cray’s Adam Hewson and George Covington, whose hat trick included a 7-baller in his second frame and an excellent finish in his third, joined him.
In SLKPA’s Division One we have an unusual situation with three teams at the top all on the same points but Bellegrove Social Club B take the top spot as they have played one game less and therefore have a better frame difference.
After struggling to find a team before the season began, they are now unbeaten in four games after this week’s victory against Summerfield, who took an early 2-1 lead but Bellegrove went on to win the next five frames to go 6-2 ahead.
Summerfield won the final two frames of the second set but the victors put on another five frame burst in the last set to make the overall score 11-4.
Bellegrove’s victory heavily relied on the form of Terry Mitchell, John Ufuoma and John Skuza who all won a frame in each set.
This victory knocks Picwick Academicals into second place after they lost to O’Dowds A by 8 frames to 7.
As the score suggests it was an extremely close game with Academicals taking the first set 3-2 and O’Dowds the second set by the same score to make it five all.
Alan Dolan put O’Dowds ahead but Levingbirds Graham and Billy gave the Ackies the edge, with Billy’s victory being his third of the night, Kerry Wyatt then won her third frame to tie the match once again before Clive Forrest held his nerve against Gary Mason to give O’Dowds the victory.
In third, because of a previous loss against the Academicals are New Eltham Social Club who this week beat under strength Royal Oak Addicks.
Despite only having four players Addicks managed to come away with five frames but it wasn’t enough as New Eltham finished the match with ten frames and the victory.
Ernie Wellhausen was in sparkling form for his three out of three and Captain Steve Unwin chipped in with a creditable two out of two.
Glenmore Arms II woes continued as they lost 11-4 by SLKPA new boys O’Dowds B to stay rooted at the bottom, six points away from their nearest rivals.
Dave Mitchell was the hero of the night winning all three of his frames while Richard Chapman, Keith Smith and Dan Hunt all scored two frame wins.
Just above Glenmore was the eighth v ninth battle as Fox under the Hill hosted White Hart and the teams switched places as White Hart comprehensively beat Fox 11-4.
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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